How to Avoid a NY Speeding Ticket According to the Data

New York consistently ranks as one of the worst states to get a speeding ticket. Drivers pay hefty fines, suffer the consequence of points, can see increased auto insurance, and can easily lose their license over a New York speeding ticket. In most cases attempts to talk one’s way out of a speeding ticket simply does not work.

Fortunately, there may be a way to avoid getting a speeding ticket in the first place. By parsing newly released 2017 data from the Department of Motor Vehicles, the Rosenblum Law has analyzed the places and times one is most and least likely to get a speeding ticket in New York.

New York Counties Speeding Ticket Per Capita

Drive at 3am on Mondays

Regardless of where one drives, there are certain times of the day and days of week when police are less inclined to write speeding tickets (or less awake). It should come at no surprise that in 2017, the time period in which the least speeding tickets were written was between 3am and 6am. Of the hundreds of thousands of speeding tickets issued in New York that year, just 2.5% were handed out during that time. This is slightly above the nine-year average of 2.4%. The largest proportion, approximately 22%, are given to drivers just after the morning rush between 9am and noon on any given year.

Police precincts don’t take weekends off, but Mondays seem to be light days for speeding tickets in New York. On average, from 2009 to 2017 just 13.5% of speeding tickets were written on Mondays. Tuesdays are also fairly light, with 13.9% being issued on those days. While most of us look forward to Fridays, those are the worst days for speeding; police give out an average of 15.7% of speeding tickets on the last day of the work week (maybe they’re jealous?).


Drive During the Dead of Winter

December and January typically sees the least amount of speeding tickets issued each year. In 2017, drivers in NY received 7.7% of tickets in the first month of the year and 6.5% in the final month. This trend is fairly consistent year over year, with an average of 7.2% and 6.5% of tickets given out in January and December over the past nine years. March and August are historically the worst month for speeding, with both months averaging about 9.3% of all speeding tickets.


Drive Less Than 11 mph Over

The best way to avoid a speeding ticket is to not exceed a speeding ticket by more than 10 mph. In instances where speed is specified, less than 2% of tickets on average are for going less than 11 mph over the limit. In 2017 that figure was just 1.89%. Of the past nine years, only once (2014) did that number come close to 3%. In 2009 it was barely over 1%.


Drive in Counties with Low Conviction Rates

Sometimes a speeding ticket is unavoidable. A person who is ticketed for speeding should hope it happens in a county with low conviction rates. Orleans County by the Canadian border convicted barely more than half of all drivers who were ticketed there in 2017. According the most recent data, 49.29% of drivers had their tickets dismissed or were acquitted of the speeding charges. Another 34.7% were convicted on a different speeding charge or a non-speeding charge. Only 17.6% were convicted of the charges issued by the officer. Livingston, Otsego and Broome Counties dismissed or acquitted a little over a third of speeding charges last year.

Even in Manhattan, a surprising number of drivers got a break. Almost 13% of speeding tickets were dismissed or the drivers were acquitted of the charges, which is the 10th highest dismissal/acquittal rate in the state. Don’t be fooled: Manhattan is part of the Traffic Violations Bureau (TVB), which does not allow for plea bargains. Drivers who opt to fight a TVB ticket must realize it’s all or nothing.