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Driver Violation Points chart

Traffic Tickets New York:

What is the Driver Violation Point System “Points” and how does it work?

  • If you receive 3 speeding tickets, within 18 months, your license can be SUSPENDED.
  • If you receive 2 cell phone violations, within 18 months, your license can be SUSPENDED.
  • If you receive 6 or more points on your New York State driving record in 18 months,
    you must pay a Driver Responsibility Assessment fee. HIRE A LAWYER TO PREVENT THIS!

The Driver Violation Point System gives the New York State DMV a way to identify and take action
against high risk drivers.  The DMV assigns points for certain traffic violations. If you get 11 points
in an 18-month period, your driver license may  be suspended. However, the point system is not
the only way to lose your license.


How your point total is calculated
•you must be convicted of the traffic violation before points are added to your driving record
•your point total is calculated based on the date of the violation, not the date of the conviction
•the points for violations that all occurred within the last 18 months are TOTALED

Number of points assigned for common traffic violations / Violation Points
Speeding – MPH over speed limit not indicated 3
Speeding 1 – 10 MPH over speed limit 3
Speeding 11 – 20 MPH over speed limit 4
Speeding 21 – 30 MPH over speed limit 6
Speeding 31 – 40 MPH over speed limit 8
Speeding More than 40 MPH over speed limit 11 Reckless driving 5
Failed to stop for a school bus 5
Inadequate brakes 4
Improper cell phone use 5
Following too closely 4
Passing improperly or changing lanes unsafely 3

Driving to the left of center, driving in the wrong direction 3
Failed to obey a traffic signal, a stop sign, or a yield sign  3
Railroad crossing violation  3
Failed to yield the right-of-way  3
Passenger safety violation 3 (see below)

(including seat belt and child safety seat violations for passengers under the age of 16)
Left the scene of an accident that includes property damage or the injury of a domestic animal 3
Other moving violations 2
Inadequate brakes (vehicle of an employer) 2
Use of portable electronic device (“texting”) 5


Out-of-state convictions
If you are convicted of a traffic violation in another state or country, points are not added to your
New York State driving record, unless the violation occurred in Ontario or Quebec. New York State
has a reciprocal agreement with Quebec and Ontario. Traffic violation convictions that occur in these
provinces are recorded on your New York State driver record, and the convictions have the same
effect and carry the same points as convictions that occur in New York State. This can affect your
driver violation point total and Driver Responsibility Assessment.


Insurance Premiums
Insurance companies have their own point systems and can increase your premiums based on your
driving record.  Contact your insurance company for more information.


Point and Insurance Reduction Program
If you take a DMV-approved Point and Insurance Reduction Program (PIRP) course, you can:
•reduce your driver violation point total by a maximum of 4 points
•save 10 percent on your automobile liability and collision insurance premiums.

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