In what has become an annual tradition for the past three years, New York State Police will be out in force this week to specifically target drivers that are speeding.
In 2011, the State Police began a campaign dubbed “Speed Week” in honor of the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series at The Glen.
During last year’s Speed Week blitz, police issued a whopping 1,200 speeding tickets. In addition, over 1,300 other traffic citations were issued during Speed Week 2012, including DWI, cell phone and seatbelt tickets, as well as tickets for several other kinds of New York traffic violations.
“Speeding is the number one cause of deaths on our roads each year and it is a dangerous activity that puts everyone at risk,” New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said. “So slow down and drive safely or you will be pulled over.”
Out-of-state visitors should be especially careful because they are often unfamiliar with the speed limits in New York State and can be caught off guard. Believe it or not, New York is a member of the Interstate Drivers Compact and will report speeding convictions to all 50 states as well as Canada. In addition, regardless of whether or not points will end up on your driving record, there are still significant penalties you will have to pay if convicted of speeding in New York, including the Driver Responsibility Assessment which starts at $300 (and this is in addition to the ticket fine).
Everyone seems to have something to say when stopped for speeding. The most common reaction is “I wasn’t speeding!” but in reality this defense is hard to prove in court. The second most common response is to make an excuse like “I really had to go to the bathroom” or “it was an emergency.” The problem with this is that speeding is a strict liability offense. This means that all the officer has to do is prove you exceeded the posted speed limit. Unless you can prove otherwise, you will be convicted notwithstanding any excuse or explanation you might have which in your mind justifies the act.
Hence, the best way to get out of a speeding ticket is to not speed in the first place. If you get pulled over for speeding, it is important to be respectful and not argue with the police officer, however tempting that might be. The next thing to do is consult an experienced traffic ticket attorney who can help explain your options.
If you or a loved one recently received a NY speeding ticket, contact The Rosenblum Law Firm today.