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Traffic Tickets in New York State

NY Driver Responsibility Assessment

In the State of New York, if you receive a conviction after receiving a ticket for a traffic violation, you may be directed to pay what is called a driver responsibility assessment penalty ("DRAP"). The purpose of such a payment is to prevent repeat offenders from continuing their driving misbehaviors thereby increasing traffic safety for the residents of the State.​

If convicted of specific traffic offenses, or if you accrue 6 or more points on your driving record within 18 months, you must pay a driver responsibility assessment in NY to DMV, and this penalty can either be paid in one lump sum or over three consecutive years. The assessment fee is in addition to any files, surcharges, or penalties that are involved in your traffic conviction. NY DMV will send the driver a statement which includes how much he or she owes, or you can access your statement a few days after your conviction. 

Violations Get Points

  • Speeding ticket:

       1-10 MPH over: 3 pts

       11-20 MPH over: 4 pts

       21-30 MPH over: 6 pts

       31-40 MPH over: 8 pts

       Over 40 MPH: 11 pts

  • Texting while driving: 5 pts

  • Reckless driving: 5 pts

  • Illegally pass school bus: 5 pts

  • Illegal cell phone use: 5 pts

  • Illegal electronic device use: 5 pts

  • Tailgating: 4 pts

  • Improper passing: 3 pts

  • Unsafe lane changing: 3pts

  • Driving in the wrong direction: 3 pts

  • Disobey a red light: 3pts

  • Disobey STOP sign, YIELD sign: 3 pts

  • Failure to yield right of way: 3 pts

  • Failure to yield pedestrian: 3 pts

  • Railroad crossing violation: 5 pts

  • Any other moving violation: 2 pts

Violations Not Warrant Points

  • Parking violations

  • Bicycle violations

  • Pedestrian violations

  • Unregistered, unlicensed, or uninsured operation of a vehicle (although an insured conviction will lead to revocation and civil penalty)

  • Motor vehicle inspections weights, dimensions, or equipment except for inadequate service brakes

  • Business or sale of goods violations

  • Any other violation not resulting from the operation of vehicle

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