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5 Frequently Asked Questions About Traffic Tickets

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According to the NYPD, law enforcement issued over 600,000 moving violation tickets in 2022 in New York City.

Learning more about the implications and handling procedures of these tickets can help you maintain a clean driving record and avoid escalating penalties.

1. What happens when you receive a traffic ticket?

A traffic ticket in New York City is a legal notice issued by a law enforcement officer to a motorist or other road user, indicating that the user violated traffic laws. Penalties for these infractions may include a fine, demerit points added to your driving record or even a court appearance.

2. How much does a typical traffic ticket cost?

The cost of a traffic ticket in New York City varies depending on the severity of the violation. A minor parking ticket might cost anywhere from $45 to $125, while a speeding ticket can range from $150 to $600. Additional charges often apply and repeat offenses may lead to higher fines.

3. Does receiving a traffic ticket mean automatic points on your license?

Many traffic violations in New York City result in points added to your driving record. For instance, speeding can add anywhere from 3 to 11 points, depending on how much over the limit you were driving. Accumulating 11 points in an 18-month period may result in license suspension.

4. Can you contest a traffic ticket?

Yes, you can contest a traffic ticket in New York City. If you believe the ticket is unjust, you may plead not guilty and request a hearing. Keep in mind that there are deadlines for this process and delaying could result in additional penalties.

5. What happens if you ignore a traffic ticket?

Ignoring a traffic ticket is not advisable. If you fail to respond to a ticket, you may face additional penalties, including increased fines and possible license suspension. In some cases, non-response can even lead to a warrant for your arrest.

Understanding the implications of traffic tickets and how to appropriately respond can save motorists in New York City unnecessary complications.

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