What is a Disobey Traffic Control Device Ticket?

A Police Officer can write a ticket for disobeying a traffic control device. We all know that. Are you aware that there are many types of Traffic Control Device tickets? A device is not limited to something mechanical, like a signal light. New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law (NYS VTL) considers these to be Traffic Control Devices:

A Signal light (Including but not limited to: to lights hanging above the intersection, or on poles at the corners);
Signs (Including, but not limited to Stop Signs, No Turns, No Right Turn, No Left Turn.) They can apply to specific days and times;
Pavement markings in the street (Including but not limited to arrows pointing straight ahead or pointing to the left or right.)
Be prepared to obey signs, signals, and pavement markings. In Manhattan, as well as the other boroughs of Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens and Staten Island, signs can be posted right in front of you, or above you, or in your lane. So, look down, be aware of what is to the right or left of you and below you too. Sometimes there are so many signs you can be confused- pay attention. Signs such as STOP SIGN, STAY IN LANE, RIGHT TURN ONLY-All can be considered disobey traffic control devices.

NYS VTL section 1110(a) states, “Every person shall obey the instructions of any official traffic control device applicable to him placed in accordance with the provisions of this chapter, unless otherwise directed by a Traffic or Police Officer, subject to the exceptions granted the driver of an authorized emergency vehicle in this title.”

What does this section of the VTL mean? A control device can be defined as a sign, signal, or device placed by the state to guide traffic. These signs are placed by the government to attempt to reduce the amount of accidents and keep traffic moving to prevent congestion. If you fail to make a full and complete stop for a Stop Sign, the Police Officer has discretion to issue a Stop Sign ticket (3 points) or a Traffic Control Device (2 points) ticket.

Many signs and devices are time based. For example, No Right Turns 7am-7pm or No Turns Monday-Friday. Other signs restrict the type of vehicles that can travel in a particular street or lane. For example, No Commercial Traffic, or Buses Only. A Bus Lane Ticket is its own specific violation. A Bus Lane violation can also be written as a Traffic Control Device Ticket. Both carry 2 points for convictions.

A conviction for a Traffic Control Device summons will add 2 points to your license, and a fine of at least $138. Fines are often increased if your driving record has other convictions.

How can you avoid receiving this ticket? The best advice I can offer you as a Traffic Ticket Attorney is to be fully aware of all posted signs, devices and pavement markings. Come to a complete stop when at a stop sign, be wary of time restrictions on turning. Sometimes it is as simple as just knowing what time it is. A safe driver is aware of their surroundings and not distracted.

If you do happen to receive a ticket for Traffic Control Device, Red Light, Speed, or Improper Use of Portable Electronic Device/Cellphone, please call us at (212) 227-9008 or email and we will be happy to help or answer any questions. You may also text us at (516) 960-8436.