Saturday, February 9, 2013

Traffic Tickets and DMV Points

We handle all traffic tickets in Erie County including those heard in the local town and village courts. Call our office 24 hours, 7 days a week for a free consultation.
  • Speeding
  • Driving with a Suspended/Revoked License
  • Reckless Driving
  • Uninsured Motor vehicle
  • Redlights, Stop-signs
While a traffic ticket may seem to be a simple matter, be cautious! Simply paying the ticket does not put the matter behind you. The Department of Motor Vehicles may assess points to your license resulting is higher insurance rates or in some cases even LOSING YOUR LICENSE. While the points may only last a short time, the insurance rate increase may last longer.

Violation Points
Speeding (MPH over speed limit not indicated) 3
Speeding (MPH over speed limit)  
1 - 10 MPH 3
11 - 20 MPH 4
21 - 30 MPH 6
31 - 40 MPH 8
More than 40 MPH 11
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 belts, child safety seats, or passengers under the age of 16 3
Reckless driving 5
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
Inadequate brakes 4
Other moving violations 2
Failed to stop for a school bus 5
If you receive 11 points or more in 18 months, the DMV suspends your driver license. You can request a DMV hearing only to show that a different person committed the violations. You cannot request a DMV hearing to prove that you were not guilty of the violations. You cannot request a DMV hearing to request a waiver of the suspension.

 J. John Sebastian, Attorney

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