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Speeding tickets add up, especially in school zones

Speeding in a school zone is a traffic crime that can have significant penalties. School zones are generally marked with signs and flashing lights that warn people to slow down. There may be markings on the road to indicate that there are pedestrian crossings and schools nearby.

In school zones, the speeds are listed. Usually, speeds are no higher than 25 mph. Speeding through the area can lead to a ticket, and the penalties are usually much higher than for other speeding offenses.

How high are the penalties for speeding in school zones in New York?

Fines vary for school zones, but they are higher each time you are convicted of a speeding violation within 18 months of the other. For typical speeding tickets, you'll be fined up to $150 for speeding 10 mph over the limit and could spend up to 15 days in prison. If you're going 11 to 29 mph over the limit, you'll face fines of at least $180 and up to $300, which could be even more if you've sped through a school zone.

The interesting thing about New York is that many school zones also have speed cameras. Even if you think you've escaped without a ticket, you may end up getting one later on thanks to the speed camera's quick snap of your plates.

Whether you've been speeding for an emergency or for fun isn't taken into consideration, but that's why it's smart to defend yourself, even over something like a speeding ticket. Your explanation could help reduce the fines or eliminate the ticket completely.

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