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14 Nov how to avoid a traffic ticket in New York City

how to avoid a traffic ticket in New York City

New York City has about 4 million residents and if they’re like most people, they probably drive to work. Commuting in New York is hectic, and with 5 boroughs and over 11 million residents across all of New York state, finding parking can be very difficult. While finding parking in NYC is challenging for visitors and tourists alike, it is an everyday issue for city residents. There are just too many people living in too small of an area for there to be enough space for everyone’s vehicle. This means that you will likely get a parking ticket at some point during your time living in New York.

You need to know what you are facing if you don’t take some steps. As an example, running a red light in New York is considered aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. The first time you are pulled over for it, you can be fined up to $1,000 and face 60 days in jail. Each following offense adds more jail time on top of that. If your license has been suspended because of unpaid tickets or unsafe driving records, things get even worse. When caught without valid registration, insurance or even basic safety equipment like brakes or windshield wipers, offenders are usually cited for unsafe operation of their vehicle as well as failure to stop/yield at an intersection with control signals.

In New York City, there are two main types of moving violations: petty and serious. The former is for minor offenses such as rolling through a stop sign or failing to signal, and penalties include points on your license, fines from $50-$300, and up to 15 days in jail. More serious infractions—including going more than 25 miles per hour over the speed limit—carry a minimum penalty of five points on your license and up to 90 days in jail. Should you be convicted of any moving violation or crime in NYC, your personal information will be passed along to insurance companies.