New Jersey Drivers With New York Traffic Tickets
It happens to us more often than we would like to admit.
There we are, cruising from New Jersey into New York for our morning commute or a weekend getaway. Suddenly, we see the flashing lights, are pulled over, and receive a traffic ticket.
Getting a New York traffic ticket while being licensed to drive in New Jersey presents a few challenges that all drivers should be aware of.
It is crucial to understand whether you can receive points on your NY license for traffic offenses you commit in NJ (and vice versa) as well as the general differences between traffic violations in NY and NJ.
Note that certain offenses carry points in NY and not NJ. Experienced attorneys who practice law in both states may be able to get your ticket reduced to a violation that carries points in NY but 0 points in NJ.
Driver’s License Compact
Both New York and New Jersey have signed the Driver’s License Compact. This means NY and NJ freely share driver information with one another.
If you receive a NY traffic ticket but are a NJ driver, contrary to popular belief, NJ will be notified about the ticket you received. Likewise, this also applies if you are licensed in NY and got a ticket in NJ.
New Jersey Drivers
If the traffic ticket you received in New York carries both a fine and points, it will be up to NJ to determine whether to assess points on your license or not.
According to the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, under most circumstances, out-of-state moving violations are worth two points. (See N.J.S.A. 39:5D-4)
For example, if you were caught speeding 33 miles over the posted speed limit in New York, New Jersey will put 2 points on your driver’s license (even though this offense is worth 8 points in NY).
However, it is important to note that your insurance company will rarely treat the incident in this manner.
Make no mistake, your insurance company can, if they choose to, find out what offense you committed in NY and could increase your rates based on the amount of points NY would have assessed (i.e. 8 points in our example).
New York Drivers
New York handles things differently. If you have a New York driver’s license and receive a New Jersey traffic ticket, New York will not typically add points onto your driver’s license.
According to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, The NYSDMV does not record out-of-state violations committed by NYS drivers in other jurisdictions. The exceptions are alcohol-related violations, drug-related violations, and moving violations committed in Quebec or Ontario.
Therefore, if you are caught speeding 33 miles over the posted speed limit in New Jersey, you will not have a single point added onto your New York driver’s license.
However, as we explained earlier, your insurance carrier will have the ability to raise your insurance rates due to the violation you committed (and it will likely know that this offense would have been worth 5 points if you were licensed in NJ).
As far as fines are concerned, no state can require you to pay a double fine. As such, you will only be required to pay the state in which you received the ticket.
If you got a NY traffic ticket, you will pay the State of New York. If you got a NJ traffic ticket, you will pay the State of New Jersey.
Differences and Similarities
If you are New Jersey driver and you are caught speeding, the following point schedule will be used:
- Speeding 1-14 MPH Over the Limit: 2 Points
- Speeding 15-29 MPH Over the Limit:4 Points
- Speeding 30 MPH or More Over the Limit: 5 Points
However, New York’s speeding point schedule is broken down quite differently:
- Speeding 1-10 MPH Over Speed Limit: 3 Points
- Speeding 11-20 MPH Over Speed Limit: 4 Points
- Speeding 21-30 MPH Over Speed Limit: 6 Points
- Speeding 31-40 MPH Over Speed Limit: 8 Points
- Speeding 41 or More MPH Over Speed Limit: 11 Points
Lastly, reckless driving is worth 5 points both in NY and NJ.
Adam H. Rosenblum of The Rosenblum Law Firm is traffic ticket lawyer licensed to practice in both New York and New Jersey.
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