Traffic Violations

The NY state department of motor vehicles deals with traffic violations that are not of a criminal nature. This allows the court to focus on other criminal offenses in the state. Notably, the Traffic Violations Bureau does not handle packing tickets. Below are some common traffic violations:

  • Speeding: 2 – 11 points
  • Refusal to submit to a chemical test
  • Driving on a suspended license
  • Allowing a suspended driver to drive
  • Improper passing of a school bus
  • DUI
  • Reckless Driving
  • Violating traffic signs
  • Improper U-turn

Traffic Points

Every traffic violation is awarded traffic points. The traffic laws stipulate the number of points to be awarded for each violation. The more serious the violation the more points you are awarded in your driving record. There are penalties for accumulating your points beyond a certain point. For example, accumulating more than six points makes you eligible for driver responsibility assessment fines.

Below are examples of traffic points awarded for various violations:

  • Speeding: 2 – 11 points
  • Passing a red traffic light: 2 – 4 points
  • Improper passing of a school bus: 5 points

Driving points have a negative effect on your insurance premiums. More points equate to higher insurance premiums. They could also lead to revocation of your driving license and hefty fines. Subsequent offenders, CDL offenders, and junior license offenders are served more severe penalties.