Disobeying a Traffic Control Device in NY

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You are speeding down the Taconic Parkway and get a ticket for driving 21 miles per hour over the posted speed limit.If you are convicted of the alleged speeding violation, you face a minimum fine of $180 and a maximum fine of $300 (not to mention a surcharge of at least $80 and a Driver Responsibility Assessment of $100 per year for three years payable to NY DMV).Upon conviction, the NY Department of Motor Vehicles automatically tacks 6 points onto your license. (Read more about costly speeding tickets.)

Fines and Points

The total fine for disobeying a traffic control device violation in New York is $235.00 and 2 points on your driving record. VTL 1110(a) and its consequences are much more preferable to a NY speeding ticket and its hefty fine and point total.In addition, if this is the only offense you have on your record, your insurance rates cannot be increased, which would be the case with a single speeding ticket.Moreover, due to receiving less points, it is unlikely that you will have your driver’s license suspended (due to having too many points on your license) or to be driving on an already suspended license.Note that if you live in a state other than New York, a skilled attorney may be able to negotiate your offense down to a violation that carries 0 points in your home state.

What Does it Mean to Disobey a Traffic Control Device?

Instead of pleading guilty and paying the fine, you decided to call New York Traffic lawyer Adam Rosenblum. Thankfully, Mr. Rosenblum skillfully convinced the district attorney to lower the charge to NY VTL 1110(a), Disobeying a Traffic Control Device in NY.You were ecstatic with the outcome, but you were left wondering what it means to disobey a traffic control device inNew York.New York Traffic Law defines a “traffic control device” as a sign, marking, or device placed by the authority (i.e. the government) to regulate, warn, and guide traffic (see New York VTL 153).New York VTL 1110(a) reads:“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.”This law is somewhat of a “catch-all” because any time a driver fails to follow street signs such as a yield, traffic signal, or speed sign, he disobeys a traffic control device.However, these violations have their own respective laws. Nevertheless, every time you do not obey a sign, signal, or marking on a pavement you can be found to be in violation of VTL 1110.

Who Should I Contact?

What happens if you get into another jam or need some general advice?Contact Adam H. Rosenblum of The Rosenblum Law Firm. His team of aggressive NY traffic ticket attorneys will negotiate with the prosecutor and try to reduce your New York speeding ticket to one for disobeying a traffic control device.Remember, you probably are facing a large NY speeding penalty, so make sure to contact The Rosenblum Law Firm today. Our team of attorney has experience achieving favorable resolutions for our clients, even if it is not your first time receiving a ticket. E-mail or call 888-883-5529 today. 

Do You Have Any More Information About NY Traffic Tickets?

If you received any other type of NY traffic ticket, feel free to check out our FAQ that tells you Everything You Need to Know About New York Traffic Tickets as well as the Top 10 Things You Must Know Before Going to Traffic Court.  

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  • justin
    March 30, 2018

    i was driving upstate NY i was on interstate 90 in the town of Rotterdam i was driving the speed limit of 65 mph when i noticed that nys troop car 2t13 was tail getting me i moved over from my left lane to my right to let him pass he proceed to pass and came in the right lane when he passed i moved back over to my left he slows down and pulls behind me again than turns on his lights i move over to the left shoulder of the roadway officer nagle said that the reason why he pulld me over was because i was in the passing lane and i wasn’t passing any vehicle i explained to the officer that its my first time coming up state and i didn’t know that i wasn’t supposed to be in that lane he said that he is going to still give me a ticket because i was on the left shoulder when i should be on the right i don’t know what should i do in this case

    • Ronen Cohen
      April 11, 2018

      Justin – what is the specific violation you are being charged with? There may be a few different tickets the officer could have issued to you at the stop. Generally – these are 2 -3 point violations that we suggest you contest.

  • Jeremy Morgan
    January 29, 2018

    I am a class a cdl holder and did not see the sign saying dot check station on I-87 north. I got a failure to obey traffic signal sign. I have never gotten a ticket before in my entire cdl career. How much do these tickets usually run for? And it is it possible the judge will be a little more leanant with me for first time offense? I do have a out of state license.

    • RLF Attorneys
      February 1, 2018

      Please clarify both the location, and the specific offense in question. There are two court systems in NY, both handling tickets markedly different. Furthermore, clarification on the specific offense charged will allow us to provide you with the specific point value, and fine amount of this ticket.

  • Sam
    June 12, 2017

    I got 3 tickets for speeding in the last 16months(3 within 18months leads to license revocation). I have pulled my drivers record after getting the 3rd ticket(before the court date). I saw that my previous 2 tickets were for ‘disobeying a traffic device’. Does that mean that I don’t have any speeding ticket and my license cannot be revoked?

    • Sam
      June 12, 2017

      I mean my previous 2 tickets were reduced I guess.
      The record shows the following for both of my tickets
      Conviction: DISOBEYING TRAF DEV

      • Sam
        June 12, 2017

        Sorry, I did not mention that all three tickets were in NY and I have a NY DL.
        1st Ticket: Driving 68mph on a 55mph road.
        2nd Ticket: Driving 72mph on a 55mph road.
        3rd Ticket: Driving 82mph on a 65mph road.

        • RLF Attorneys
          June 14, 2017

          Sam – please contact me at 888-883-5529. If possible, I would like you to forward me a copy of your abstract so I may review in detail. I will then be happy to answer any questions you may have.

      • RLF Attorneys
        June 14, 2017

        Sam – please contact me at 888-883-5529. If possible, I would like you to forward me a copy of your abstract so I may review in detail. I will then be happy to answer any questions you may have.

    • RLF Attorneys
      June 14, 2017

      Sam – please contact me at 888-883-5529. If possible, I would like you to forward me a copy of your abstract so I may review in detail. I will then be happy to answer any questions you may have.

  • Rich Pezzullo
    June 5, 2017

    I was fined $2150 after pleading guilty to VTL 1110 0A
    Any chance it was a typo? Do fines run that high?

    • RLF Attorneys
      June 12, 2017

      Rich – this is the standard price for this type of ticket

  • Natalie
    May 19, 2017


    I made a left on a no turn sign – beacon, ny parking lot. I didn’t see it. Cop said he saw me do it the night before which is not true. Then he gave me a vlt 1110a ticket – beacon ny. I can’t take time off work to plead not guilty. Please tell me how many points and how long this will stay on my record? This is my 1st ever ticket for anything. I’m worried. Thank you. N.

    • RLF Attorneys
      May 25, 2017

      Natalie – this 2 point ticket will cost approximately $243. For suspension & assessment fee purposes, points are effective 18 months from the date of violation. Your insurance rates will often be impacted for years after the conviction date. Hiring an attorney will allow you to contest this ticket without physically appearing in court.

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