Frequently Asked Questions

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How is my point total calculated?

If you are convicted of a violation that occurred while your car was moving (e.g. speeding, failing to stop for a red light, failing to stop at a stop sign, etc.), points will be assigned to you based on a schedule adopted by the New York State legislature. If you accumulate three speeding violations or 11 points within an 18 month period, the Department of Motor Vehicles will suspend your license. If you accumulate 6 or more points within an 18 month period (which could result from just 1 conviction of 21 mph over the speed limit), you will have to pay NY State $100.00 per year for 3 years plus $25.00 for each additional point accumulated. The number of points attributed to various infractions are as follows.

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 violation, not the date of conviction.

The points for violations that all occurred within the last 18 months are added to calculate your point total.

Violation: 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
Failing to stop for school bus 5
Improper cell phone use 5
Following too closely (tailgating) 4
Inadequate brakes 4
Passing improperly, changing lanes unsafely, driving left of center, driving in wrong direction 3
Failed to yield the right of way 3
Violation of traffic signal, stop sign, or yield sign 3
Railroad crossing violation 3
Passenger safety violation, including seat-belt and child safety seat violations for passengers under the age of 16 3
Leaving scene of an incident involving property damage or injury to an animal 3
Inadequate brakes (vehicle of employer) 2
Any other moving violation 2

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