We are often asked the question “How much does a New York Speeding Ticket cost?”. The literal answer for a first conviction is that a New York speeding ticket costs between $45 and $600. For speeding 1 to 10 mph over the limit the range is $45 to $150. For speeding 11 mph to 30 mph, the range is $90 to $300. Finally, for speeding 31 mph or more, the range is $180 to $600. For a second speeding conviction, the maximum fine can be increased by up to $150 and for a third it can be increased by up to $375.
Of course, these fine ranges do not include the $70 additional New York State surcharged imposed on all moving violations. Additionally they do not include the Driver Responsibility Assessment Fee that is imposed on motorists who accumulate 6 or more points on their licenses within an 18-month period. The DRAF fee is $300 for 6 points and $75 for every point above 6.
However, there are many other “costs” of a NY speeding ticket. It is not widely known (or enforced) but a judge can actually impose up to 15 days in jail for a speeding 1 to 10 mph speeding ticket, and up to 30 days for 11+ mph speeding ticket, except for cases heard at the Traffic Violations Bureau (NYC, Rochester and Buffalo) where the judges do not have the authority to incarcerate.
On the other hand, you likely know that a speeding ticket conviction results in points being added to your driver’s license. A speeding ticket carries a total of 3- to 11-points. Below is the chart.
Speeding 1 to 10 3 points
Speeding 11 to 20 4 points
Speeding 21 to 30 6 points
Speeding 31 to 40 8 points
Speeding 41+ 11 points
Beyond the points, a speeding ticket can result in a suspension or revocation. Some judges will suspend a motorist for just one 8-point or 11-point speeding ticket conviction. Some will suspend for two speeding convictions. DMV can suspend if you accumulate 11 or more points within 18 months (from speeding convictions or otherwise). Finally, three speeding convictions within 18 months will result in an automatic and mandatory 6-month revocation of driver’s license.
Another cost of a speeding ticket conviction involves your automobile insurance rates. By law, a New York insurance company cannot raise your rates for one speeding conviction of 15 mph above the limit (or less) if you have an otherwise clean record. For a higher speeding ticket or multiple convictions, however, your auto insurance rates can be hiked. The only option to address a hike is to take the Driver Safety Class that takes 10% off your insurance rates.
As you can see, there are many costs associated with speeding. You therefore should always be aware of speed limits and heed your speedometer. For 20+ years, our law firm has helped thousands of motorists each year fight their traffic tickets throughout New York State and keep their licenses as clean as possible. Feel free to call us at 212-683-7373 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for a free consultation.