Unfortunately, rolling right through a stop sign happens to the best of us. Sometimes we are in a hurry or do not even notice the sign. However, it is vital to know that failing to stop for a stop sign is a big deal in New York and it can be quite costly.
Disobeying a stop sign is a serious violation in New York. Believe it or not, if you plead guilty or are convicted of violating VTL 1172a, you could be facing:
- 3 Points on Your License
- $150 Fine
- $88-$93 Surcharge
- 15 Days in Jail
If you run a second stop sign within 18 months of your first conviction, you will again face the same penalties noted above, but the fine will double and you could go to jail for up to 45 days.
If you are caught running a third stop within 18 months of your first conviction, the fine will go up to $450 and you could go to jail for up to 90 days.
Remember, you can get pulled over for not stopping at a stop sign if you reduce your speed and slowly roll through it. You are required by law to come to a complete stop.
Most motorists are either pulled over for blowing right through the stop sign because they did not see it or for coasting through it instead of making a complete stop.
When driving, look carefully where you are going and be on the lookout for stop signs. If you see one, be sure to stop entirely and wait a second or two before continuing to drive. That second could be the difference between shelling out $235 (and getting 3 points) or keeping your driving record clean.
Official Text of New York’s Stop Sign Law
New York Vehicle and Traffic Law (VTL) §1172. Stop signs and yield signs.
(a) Except when directed to proceed by a police officer, every driver of a vehicle approaching a stop sign shall stop at a clearly marked stop line, but if none, then shall stop before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection, or in the event there is no crosswalk, at the point nearest the intersecting roadway where the driver has a view of the approaching traffic on the intersecting roadway before entering the intersection and the right to proceed shall be subject to the provisions of section eleven hundred forty-two.
Who Should You Contact?
If you recently received a New York traffic ticket for disobeying a stop sign (VTL 1172a), contact Adam H. Rosenblum of The Rosenblum Law Firm. His team of NY traffic ticket attorneys will do all they can to protect your legal rights and fight to get you the results you want. Call today at 888-883-5529.