New York State Point System – How it affects you

New York State functions on a point system and it is especially important to know because of point consequences (for example see our License Revocation blog).

The point system

A point system is associated with traffic violations. Meaning that nearly every traffic violation carries points. New York State DMV assesses points to a violation. It is referred to as the Driver Violation Point System and allows the NYS DMV to identify and punish high-risk drivers.

 How it works

Points are added to a driving record after a person is convicted of a traffic ticket violation. Points are added to a driving record as of the day the ticket was issued, not the conviction date.

How long do points stay on a driving record?

One of the biggest myths about the point system is that after a certain amount of time points come off, or “fall off” a driving abstract. This is not true. Points stay on a driving history FOREVER. Once added, the points are there to stay.

Although points never come off a driver’s abstract, after a certain amount of time the points no longer count against a driver. This “certain amount of time” (AKA look-back period) depends who is reviewing a driving record and why. For example, for purposes of license suspension, the DMV look-back period is 18 months; auto insurance – three years; and for alcohol related offenses, the look-back period may be a lifetime.

The consequences

There are lots of consequences. The most common include higher car insurance rates, a New York State DMV assessment and driver license suspension and revocation.

How to fight points

One way to fight points is to take a DMV approved Point and Insurance Reduction Program (PIRP). Otherwise known as a “safe driving course.” The course credits 4 points to a driving history and will save a driver money on his or her car insurance premium. A second way to fight points is to not get them in the first place. How do you do this?

Enlist the help of a professional. Call us now at 917-300-3334 for a free traffic consultation or contact us online before you make a costly mistake. The best Westchester County traffic ticket firm will save you time and money. Let your traffic attorney, Elisa Claro, Esq., do the heavy lifting for you. We handle your case from start to finish. Hurry! Call the best Westchester County traffic ticket firm today: 917-300-3334.

The Claro Law Firm services New York State, including Westchester County- Pound Ridge, Lewisboro, Mount Vernon, Port Chester, Yonkers, and Rye.

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