It’s not hard getting a red light ticket in New York. The traffic can be frantic and you, as a driver, are under constant pressure from those around you. New York City has a red light camera system in operation and you are likely to get a ticket if the camera catches you going through a red light in hundreds of different locations across the city. The New York City authorities post the locations of these cameras on their website, but it is best to take extra care when approaching an intersection controlled by a traffic light whether you know there is a red light camera installed in that place or not.
Red light tickets in New York depend on whether you got one from a police officer or because you were caught by a camera. If you got one from an officer, you will face a fine and you will also get 3 points on your license, if convicted. The fine depends on the exact location and whether it is a first offense or not. If you were in upstate New York State, for instance, the fine would be less than if you were in Brooklyn or anywhere else in New York City
Red light tickets work a little like parking violations if you are caught by a red light camera. The ticket is charged to the registered owner of the vehicle rather than the driver. You just have to pay a fine and it won’t go on your license as extra points.
Stop Sign Violations
Stop signs are important because they are almost always located in places where safety is concerned. They may be at intersections and allow a right of way to vehicles crossing in front of you. They may be near schools and pedestrian crossings. If you roll through a stop sign and are spotted by a law enforcement officer then you can be given a stop sign violation ticket. This will mean you have to pay a fine and will gain 3 points on your license as well.
The fine is normally $100, but the exact amount may depend on whether it is a first offense or not.
Insurance Premiums May be Affected by any Traffic Violation
You may find that if you are charged with a red light or stop sign violation that it could affect your insurance premium. This is because insurance companies view a traffic violation of this nature as an increased risk. The increase in your insurance premium next time the installment is due could even be more than the fine you paid.
Points are Accumulative
Whatever points go on your license – 3 points in the case of red light or stop sign violations – accumulate. If your points go over 10 in any 18 month period in New York State, then you risk losing your license. If you are not sure how many points you have on your license and how a new ticket will affect you, then you can request a points summary from the state Motor Vehicle Department.
Use a Traffic Lawyer to Help Fight Your Traffic Charge
When you add up the fines, insurance hikes and possible loss of license from accumulated points it starts to make sense to hire a New York traffic violation lawyer. He or she has the experience and skills to help you get your charge dismissed or the penalties reduced.