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What is the driver's license points system in New York?

Last week this blog reviewed why it is so important to fight unjust traffic tickets. After all, being issued a traffic ticket may come with more than just a fine to pay. The accumulation of points on one's driver's license could in some cases result in the loss of one's driver's license, which can understandably have a seriously negative impact on one's day-to-day life. It is a penalty that should be avoided at all costs.

How does the New York driver violation point system operate? It allows the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles to impose penalties on motorists by assigning points on one's driver's license based on the alleged traffic infraction. If, within the span of 18 months a motorist accumulates 11 points on his or her license, that individual may face the suspension of his or her license to drive. Points cannot be assigned to an individual until there is a conviction. However, the points are then applied going back to the date that the alleged infraction occurred, instead of when the individual was convicted.

The number of points that may accumulate depends on the alleged infraction. For example, if an individual drives 10 miles per hour over the posted speed limit, that individual will accumulate three points on his or her license. However, if an individual drives 30 miles per hour over the speed limit, that individual will accumulate six points on his or her license. The wrongful use of a cell phone will result in five points being added to an individual's driver's license. These are only a small handful of infractions that will result in points being added to a motorist's license; there are many others.

This is only a general review of the points system in the state of New York. Motorists who have further questions about this topic should consider seeking advice to learn more.

Source: dmv.ny.gov, "About the NYS Driver Point System," Accessed Sept. 28, 2015

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