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In New York, be careful where and how you drive

If you're a veteran of New York's roadways, this might not come as a huge surprise, but a recent study indicates that your odds of getting a traffic ticket for speeding or something else may depend heavily on where you happen to be driving.

In other words, the rules of the road aren't always evenly applied. The police in Erie County pass out the most tickets. In 2017, they handed out a cool 50,000. Broome County, by comparison, only fewer than 12,500. However, those numbers are actually deceptive because there's far less traffic in Broome. The police there are actually far more aggressive about ticketing drivers than the police in Erie.

The lesson for most drivers is that they need to be cautious when going through unfamiliar areas. You may know what the police in your own area will tolerate, but that doesn't mean it's the same everywhere else in the state.

Here are some other important facts about speeding tickets that people need to know:

  • There are no speeding ticket "quotas" for police officers. That's an urban myth. You're just as likely to get a ticket on the first of the month as you are at the end of the month.
  • You can and will get ticketed for going too slow. A car that's moving unusually slowly can put others at risk because of the way it disrupts traffic patterns. If you see a posted minimum speed limit, pay attention.
  • Moving with the rest of traffic won't prevent you from getting a speeding ticket. If you're moving along in a block of speeders, you may all just end up with tickets, especially if the police are working in teams to pull you over.

A speeding ticket is a lot more costly in New York than people realize. Aside from heavy fines and court costs, a ticket can also put points on your license and affect your insurance rates for years to come. If you've been issued a speeding ticket, an experienced traffic attorney may be able to help you mitigate the damage.

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