New York’s Driver Responsibility Assessment
As if New York Traffic Fines (please see our June 21, 2008 post) were not high enough, New York has a Driver Responsibility Program that can cost those who pay traffic fines in New York a whole lot more. Under the Program in New York, a Driver Responsibility Assessment is billed by New York DMV if you obtain 6 points on your license in 18 months. The Assessment starts at $100 per year for a period of 3 years (for a total of $300) and adds $25 per point per year over 6 points (for example 8 points costs $150 per year for three years).
The Driver Responsibility Assessment in New York applies to both New York Drivers and out-of-state drivers. The penalty for failing to pay is suspension of your driving privileges in New York.
Its important to remember that the Assessment is on top of the fine, surcharge and any raise in insurance rates.
Many drivers in New York who get tickets and plead guilty by mail get completely taken by surprise when they get this additional bill in the mail from New York Department of Motor Vehicles. It’s easy to get to six points in New York. Speeding 76 or above in a 55 mile per hour zone is six points for one ticket. Failing to signal a lane change and 41 in a 30 mile per hour zone is another easy way to get to six points.
Bottom line, if you receive any traffic summons in New York State consult an experience New York Traffic Attorney and get the facts before you plead guilty.