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Most common traffic tickets in New York and the points they carry

On Behalf of | Mar 15, 2022 | Uncategorized

The Department of Motor Vehicles in New York uses a point system to penalize people who are observed breaking traffic laws. These points range from 1 to 11, with 11 being the most serious violation. Here’s a look at some common traffic tickets, the points they impose and how they could affect you.


Driving above the speed limit is the most penalized traffic violation in New York. The points on your ticket will vary depending on how fast you are going. For example, if you were speeding 15 mph above the limit, that violation carries four points on your ticket, and speeding 40 mph or more over the limit can result in 11 points on your license with a possibility of suspension.

Cellphone use

There’s an increasing problem of distracted driving in New York, and the main culprit is texting or calling while driving. Using any electronic device could lead to five points on your license, plus fines.

Disregarding traffic signs

Traffic signs are put in place to help keep drivers safe. They provide important information about the road rules and how to navigate through an area safely. Violations for not obeying traffic signs carry three points.

What do points mean to you?

Traffic violations carry harsh penalties in New York because drivers are engaging in risky behaviors and possibly causing a disruption on the road that could have a far greater impact. The number of points you have will affect you in many ways:

  • It can lead to license suspension or revocation.
  • It can increase your insurance premiums by 100%.
  • Your driver responsibility assessment can come with heavy fees.
  • The points you accrue in New York can follow you in other states.

Traffic violation points will stay on your record for up to 18 months. However, you can reduce or remove them from your license much faster by signing up for the Point and Insurance Reduction Program course through New York’s DMV.