Speeding in New York

Speeding tickets in New York are probably the traffic ticket we receive the most questions about. Speeding ticket points range from three to eleven (enough for a suspension from a single speeding ticket) depending on how far over the limit you were driving. Speeding tickets are not good for your driving record and certainly not good for your automobile insurance. Motorists who have been issued a speeding ticket will usually claim one of the following:

  • I wasn’t driving as fast as the officer said I was
  • I was driving above the speed limit but I have a good reason
  • I was just keeping up with traffic
  • I was speeding and I simply got caught

Our strategy generally does not depend on which category applies to our client. The issuing officer is likely to offer the same testimony regardless of the category in question. In the officer’s opinion, you were speeding, it wasn’t justified and it doesn’t matter how fast anyone else on the road was driving. If you have reasons you feel you were not guilty, don’t expect the officer to agree (he wouldn’t have issued the ticket if that was the case).

In some cases, it is possible for an individual to have a defense or justification for speeding that couldn’t be explained to the officer (or the officer simply wouldn’t accept) during the car stop. Of course, we’ll be happy to discuss any potential defense or justification in your case. That said, we make sure you understand that offering a defense or justification is a strategy that must be considered carefully. It’s basically an admission as far as the speed in question. If the judge doesn’t agree with or believe the defense or justification, you’ve admitted to speeding and the judge doesn’t think you had a good reason for driving too fast.

Speeding Ticket Law

The complete text of the New York State speeding statute can be read here.  It is listed as NYS VTL §1180

Speeding Ticket Methods

While there are a number of different technologies and methods used nationwide to measure speed of a vehicle, the three seen most with respect to New York speeding tickets are radar, laser and pace (clock and follow). All methods of measuring speed may have a similar purpose but they achieve their objectives and are operated quite differently. Read more about the different methods used to measure speed.

In any speeding case, an officer must be prepared to offer certain evidence and set forth certain testimony to the court. Feifer & Greenberg attorneys are highly experienced and familiar with all the issues involved with a speeding ticket. Whether we proceed to trial or negotiate a plea bargain, we will do everything possible to minimize the damage caused by a speeding ticket in New York.