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03 Jan How does the NY Traffic Tickets Points System Work? 5 Reasons to Use

How does the NY Traffic Tickets Points System Work? 5 Reasons to Use

One of the key components of New York traffic law is the points system, which is officially known as the Driver Violation Point System. It is a program designed to help the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) identify drivers who may pose a higher risk than others, providing the DMV with a way to take action against such drivers. The points system, as covered over at, is meant to act as a deterrent and ensure that drivers who have penalties and points imposed on them don’t make the same mistake again. The DMV assigns a specific number of points to certain infractions such as speeding, using a cell phone while driving, running a red light, among others, and the number of points imposed depends, typically, on the severity of the infraction. It is worth pointing out that if you receive 11 points during 18 months, then the DMV has an option of suspending your driver’s license.

A predetermined number of points are attached to every New York traffic violation, and while most traffic violation point totals are fixed, the points associated with speeding violations work on a sliding scale. The DMV will then add up the total amount of points that you have accumulated within the past 18 months to determine your score. However, as pointed out by, points are not added to your point total until you are convicted of the traffic violation in question. This means that pending traffic violation tickets do not count towards one’s point total. Additionally, the 18 months is based on the date of the violation and not the date of the conviction, which means that if a violation occurred 18.5 months ago, but you were convicted for it 16 months ago, the points from that violation will not go towards your point total.

If your point total is at least 6, then you will have to pay a Driver Responsibility Assessment Fee, and for each point that you have over 6, the Driver Responsibility Assessment Fee increases. When you hit 11 points, then you may have your license suspended meaning you won’t be able to drive until your license is reinstated. In addition to these two consequences, if you accumulate points on your driver’s license, you can expect your insurance rates to go up as covered over at This is because your insurance provider will see you as dangerous or unfit to drive and, therefore, a huge liability to them. This shows just how accumulating points can cost you in New York.  Below are some of the common infractions and the points attached to them.

Leaving the scene of an accident (property damage) – 3 points

Leaving the scene of an accident (with injury) – 4 points

Running a red light or stop sign – 3 points

Improper use of a cellphone or texting – 5 points

Following too closely (tailgating) – 4 points

Failure to stop for a school bus – 5 points

Reckless driving – 5 points

Improper passing – 3 points

Speeding over the limit – 3 to 11 points

Given how costly accumulating points can be in New York, you must consult with a good and experienced traffic lawyer if you get a traffic ticket, and the following are 5 reasons why you should consult with the top-rated

They can get the ticket dismissed

In addition to many traffic tickets having errors, you may also feel like you have gotten an undeserved ticket and you want to fight it. As outlined over at, blindly paying your traffic ticket has lots of consequences over and above the fine you will have to pay including increased insurance premiums and a possible suspension of your driver’s license if you accumulate 11 points within 18 months. This is why you should always look to fight your traffic tickets, and if you choose to do so, you want to make sure that you have the right help on your side, which is where the top-rated comes in.

They can get you a points reduction

While it is not always possible to get a dismissal, and even the best lawyers such as can’t guarantee you that, it doesn’t mean that if a dismissal is not possible then you have to pay the maximum fine for your ticket. A good and experienced New York traffic lawyer, like, will be able to get you a reduction, ensuring that you suffer minimal damage in terms of points accrued as well as fines imposed.

They understand the TVB

If you receive a traffic ticket in New York City and its 5 boroughs, as well as in the cities of Buffalo and Rochester (but not their suburbs), your case will go into the TVB as discussed over at This is why you need to use a good and experienced lawyer like who knows all about the TVB has got experience of handling cases there and knows the procedures and rules, including the fact that there are no plea bargains in the TVB system.

They are trained to handle trials

A good and experienced New York traffic lawyer, like, is trained to handle trials and has got vast experience on the same. They know how to pick apart arguments and can also handle rigorous questioning and are at home when it comes to trials. Whether it is in the TVB system or traffic court in the rest of New York state, the top-rated will have you covered as far as trial is concerned and will give you the best chance of a positive outcome.

They have relationships

An experienced New York traffic lawyer, as is the case for, will also have existing relationships with prosecutors and judges assigned to your case. They will therefore give you the best chance of a good outcome by leveraging these relationships. Additionally, while this is usually unsaid, in the TVB, judges give lawyers like deference which is why it is important to use him rather than going it alone.

Hopefully, this article will help you understand the NY traffic points system while also showing you why you should use if you get a traffic ticket and want to fight it to prevent an accumulation of points on your driver’s license, and the consequences that follow.