This is a guest blog post written by New York speeding ticket lawyer Adam H. Rosenblum
With summer right around the corner, many drivers are beginning to plan their vacations.
Whether you choose to take a trip to New York or head down south, the following article will help you better understand some of the similarities and differences between New York and Missouri law when it comes to out-of-state speeding tickets.
Drivers License Compact
Both New York and Missouri signed the Drivers License Compact. This means NY and MO freely share driver information with one another.
If you receive a NY traffic ticket but are a MO driver, contrary to popular belief, MO will be notified about the ticket you received. Likewise, this too applies if you are licensed in NY and got a ticket in MO.
Make no mistake, in Missouri, convictions for out-of-state moving violations will appear on your Missouri driving record and count against you.
This means Missouri drivers will receive points on their licenses for the speeding tickets they receive in New Yorkor other states.
Generally, you will receive the amount of points that you would have been given were you to have been caught speeding in Missouri.
According to the Missouri Point Schedule, regardless of the speed you were traveling, you will receive 2 points for exceeding the posted county or municipal speed limit.
If you exceeded a posted state speed limit, you will receive 3 points.
Therefore, if you receive a New York speeding ticket and you are a Missouri driver, depending on the surrounding circumstances, 3 points might be assessed against you.
Make sure to hire an experienced traffic ticket attorney who can help you plead down to a non-moving violation in order to avoid the negative impact of having points on your license.
New York Drivers
In New York, things are quite different.
If you have a New York drivers license and receive a Missouri speeding ticket, New York will not add points onto your drivers license.
According to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, The NYSDMV does not record out-of-state violations committed by NYS drivers in other jurisdictions.
However, there are exceptions for alcohol- and drug-related violations as well as moving violations committed in Quebec or Ontario.
Essentially, if you are caught speeding 35 miles over the posted speed limit in Missouri, you will not have a single point added onto your New York drivers license.
However, your car insurance carrier will have the ability to raise your rates due to the violation you committed (and they almost always do).
Moreover, when it comes to fines, no state can require you to pay double. You can only be required to pay the state in which you received the ticket.
If you got a NY speeding ticket, you will pay the State of New York. If you got a MO speeding ticket, you will pay the State of Missouri.
In Missouri, if you are caught speeding, you will receive the same amount of points regardless of how fast you were traveling over the posted limit (see the Missouri Point Schedule).
As noted above, if you received a speeding ticket from the state, you will have 3 points added onto your Missouri license.
However, if you were ticketed by a county or municipality, you will have only 2 points assessed against you.
New Yorks point schedule is broken down very differently.
In NY, the amount of points a driver receives directly correlates to how many miles over the speed limit he was going:
- Speeding 1-10 MPH Over Speed Limit: 3 Points
- Speeding 11-20 MPH Over Speed Limit: 4 Points
- Speeding 21-30 MPH Over Speed Limit: 6 Points
- Speeding 31-40 MPH Over Speed Limit: 8 Points
- Speeding 41 or More MPH Over Speed Limit: 11 Points
Ultimately, if you or a loved one recently received an out-of-state speeding ticket, be sure to contact an experienced traffic ticket attorney today.
Adam H. Rosenblum of The Rosenblum Law Firm is a New York speeding ticket lawyer.