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NYC Ticket Writing Up Two Years in a Row

Last year, we predicted that the number of tickets written throughout New York City for 2023 would surpass the total number of traffic tickets written in 2022. Based on data from the NYPD Moving Violations Summonses Data set for 2023 we see that we were correct. Ticket writing in New York City has increased for the second year in a row.

The number of traffic tickets written in New York City increased by approximately 14% from 2022 to 2023. In 2022 there were 606,000 traffic tickets issued throughout New York City, 2023 had a total of approximately 690,000 traffic tickets written. This marks the second year in a row that the total number of traffic tickets issued in New York City rises. In 2021 there were 508,284 traffic tickets issued.

In 2022 the most frequently issued tickets containing points were for the following violations; Speeding, Disobey a Traffic Device, NYC Redlight, Failure to Yield to Pedestrian, and Improper Turn. Those 5 violations were still the most frequently issued tickets containing points in 2023. They accounted for 50% of the traffic tickets issued in New York City for 2023. However, the number of tickets written for some of these violations actually decreased from 2022 to 2023.

Data Source: NYPD Moving Violations Summonses Data 2023

The following violations saw a decrease; Speeding, Failure to Yield to Pedestrian.

The following violations saw an increase; Disobey Traffic Device, NYC Redlight, and Improper Turn.

Additional violations to take note of are Improper Cellphone Use or Operating a Motor Vehicle While Using a Portable Electronic Device violations. These violations contain 5 points and a fine. Approximately 16,000 tickets were issued for Cellphone Use or Operating a Motor Vehicle While Using Portable Electronic Device in 2023.

Speeding Tickets

The number of Speeding tickets written in New York City remained about the same from 114,000 in 2022 to 108,630 in 2023, only a 5% decrease from one year to the other.

When Speeding tickets are issued by a police officer, points range from 3-11. Speeding tickets are broken down by the following criteria:

  • 1-10 miles over the speed limit = 3-point ticket
  • 11-20 miles over the speed limit = 4-point ticket
  • 21-30 miles over the speed limit = 6-point ticket
  • 31-40 miles over the speed limit = 8-point ticket
  • 41+ miles over the speed limit = 11-point ticket

Convictions that carry 6 or more points will also trigger a Driver Assessment (will be discussed below).

Disobey Traffic Control Device Tickets

The number of Disobey Traffic Control Device tickets written in New York City increased from 98,000 in 2022 to 120,000 in 2023, approximately a 22% increase from one year to another.

These tickets carry 2 points. New York Vehicle and Traffic Law 153 defines a traffic control device as all signs, signals, markings, and devices placed or erected by an authority or public figure to regulate, warn, or guide traffic.

Red Light Tickets

The number of Red Light tickets written in New York City increased from 40,000 in 2022 to 48,100 in 2023. Approximately a 20.25% increase from one year to another.

These tickets carry 3 points and fines vary depending on how many Red Light tickets you are convicted for within an 18 month period.

  • 1st offense carries a minimum fine of $278
  • 2nd offense carries a minimum fine of $463
  • 3rd offense carries a minimum fine of $1028

A second Red Light conviction would also trigger a Driver Assessment fee of at least $300. Driver Assessment fees will be discussed below.

Failure to Yield to Pedestrian

The number of Failure to Yield to Pedestrian tickets written in New York City decreased from 38,000 in 2022 to 35,500 in 2023, approximately a 7% decrease from one year to another.

Failure to Yield to Pedestrian tickets contain 3 points. A ticket for Failing to Yield is written when a driver drives through a crosswalk without yielding to pedestrians or not yielding to cars coming from the opposite way.

A decrease in Failure to Yield to Pedestrian tickets could jeopardize the safety of pedestrians citywide or it could be a sign that motorists are driving more carefully and adhering to pedestrian safety when driving.

In 2022 there were 19 cyclist fatalities and 139 pedestrian fatalities from motor vehicle collisions. In 2023 there were 29 cyclist fatalities and 104 pedestrian fatalities from motor vehicle collisions. Any Failure to Yield incidents involving an accident are not dealt with in a regular Traffic Violations Bureau court but rather in OATH court.

Failure to Yield to Pedestrian cases that are sent to OATH court have initial fines of $250 and/or 30 days in jail depending on the severity of the accident. If the accident results in a fatality the hearing will be held at the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Improper Turn Tickets

The number of Improper Turn tickets written in New York City increased from 30,000 in 2022 to 34,000 in 2023. Approximately a 13% increase from one year to another.

Improper Turn Tickets carry 2 points. These summonses are issued when drivers make right or left turns from the lane not closest to the curb.

Protecting Your License

Accumulating points on your license is problematic for many reasons, including fines, possible suspensions, and increases in insurance premiums. Every time you are convicted of a moving violation you accumulate points on your driver’s record. Your license may be suspended if you accumulate too many points on your license.

An additional consequence of accumulating points on your driver’s record is a Driver Assessment. The Driver Responsibility Assessment is a fee that drivers must pay to the DMV if a driver accumulates 6 or more points on their record within 18 months. The purpose of the assessment fee is to prevent repeated behavior and improve traffic safety.

The assessment fee for receiving 6 points on your license within an 18-month period is $300. Drivers who receive any additional points on their license are also subject to an additional fee.

If you have already accumulated points on your license we advise taking a Defensive Drivers course. Drivers can take a Defensive Driving Course or an Accident Prevention Course which deducts 4 license points and offers a 10% reduction on insurance premiums. These courses are 6 hours long and can be taken both in person and online.

Attorney Michael Block has more than 35 years of experience fighting traffic tickets and achieving positive outcomes for his clients. When you receive a traffic ticket and would like to keep your insurance premiums as low as possible, as well as maintain your driving privileges, please contact our office at 212-227-9008 for a free consultation.