POINTS FOR COMMON TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS

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Violation Points

• Speeding 01 – 10 MPH over speed limit:  3
• Speeding 11 – 20 MPH over speed limit:  4
• Speeding 21 – 30 MPH over speed limit:  6
• Speeding 31 – 40 MPH over speed limit:  8
• Speeding > 40 MPH over speed limit:      11

• Reckless driving: 5
• Failed to stop for a school bus: 5
• Inadequate brakes: 4
• Improper cell phone use: 5
• Following too closely: 4
• Passing improperly, changing lanes unsafely, driving to the left of center, driving in the wrong direction: 3
• Failed to obey a traffic signal, a stop sign, or a yield sign: 3
• Railroad crossing violation: 3
• Failed to yield the right-of-way: 3
• Passenger safety violation, including seat belt and child safety seat violations for passengers under the age of 16: 3
• Left the scene of an accident that includes property damage or the injury of a domestic animal: 3
• Inadequate brakes (vehicle of an employer): 2
• Use of portable electronic device («texting»): 5
• Other moving violations: 2

Points are not assigned for the following violations:
• any bicycle violation, any pedestrian violation any parking violation
• any violation related to unregistered, unlicensed and uninsured operation
• any violation related to motor vehicle inspection, vehicle weights or dimensions or vehicle equipment other than inadequate service brakes
• any violation related to a business or the sale of goods established in the Vehicle and Traffic Law or any local law
• a violation related to the improper use of High Occupancy Vehicle Lanes in Suffolk County, between exits 49 and 57 of the Long Island Expressway

Driver Responsibility Assessment: If you receive 6 or more points on your New York State driving record in 18 months, you must pay a driver Responsibility Assessment fee. If you are convicted of a traffic violation in another state or country, points are not added to your New York State driving record, unless the violation occurred in Ontario or Quebec.

This information is Courtesy of: The Law Firm of Greenspan and Greenspan

Disclaimer: The most updated information must be obtained from the Department of Motor Vehicles.