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Speeding tickets can cost you money and your driver’s license

You may not think of speeding as a serious violation, but it is. Speeding killed over 9,000 drivers and factored in 26 percent of all traffic deaths in 2017. That’s a startling number since drivers are in direct control over the speed of their vehicles.

There are several other potential consequences for speeding violations aside from death. Traffic violations such as speeding can impact your driving record and in turn, your insurance rates. Accumulating an excess of speeding violations may result in the suspension or revocation of your license. Speeding is a violation taken seriously in New York.

Know the law

You may believe that you can accrue three speeding tickets in 18 months and not lose your license. While there is some truth to this, suspension can occur with as little as one speeding violation. Suspension occurs when your license reaches 11 points against it. Look at this breakdown:

  • The minimum penalty for speeding is three points, which is the penalty for excessive speeds of 10 miles per hour or more or when the ticket doesn’t indicate a speed.
  • Speeds greater than 11-20 miles per hour will count as four points and 21-30 miles per hour over will count as six points. You see that suspension is possible with just two tickets for excessive speeds of 21 miles per hour or more.
  • Violations for speeds over 31-39 miles per hour bring eight points against your license. Any additional speeding violation in 18 months would likely result in suspension at this point.
  • A speeding violation of more than 40 miles per hour over the speed limit will result in 11 points and the suspension of your license.

Speeding hurts your wallet

Minimum fines range from $45-$360 for first-time offenders. However, those with multiple violations within 18 months may find their fines between $150-$600. Fines may escalate further in school zones and double in work zones. New York state will assess a fee for surcharges when your license reaches six points. Can you think of better uses for that kind of money than paying for traffic violations?

Reach your destination in one piece

Now that the weather is getting nice again, you may feel compelled to cruise with the top down. Going for a drive on a beautiful day is among the little pleasures in life but do so responsibly. Speeding violations can impact your driver’s license status and jeopardize your independence through driving. You may also pay over $1,000 for a single fine. In addition to the often-fatal nature of speed-related crashes, speeding isn’t worth the risk.

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