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New York State Approved Point Reduction Program

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Speeding (mph over posted limit) :  
1 to 10 3
11 to 20 4
21 to 30 6
31 to 40 8
More than 40 11
Reckless Driving 5
Failure to stop for a School Bus 5
Following too closely (tailgating) 4
Inadequate Brakes 4
Inadequate brakes (vehicle of an employer) 2
Failing to Yield Right-Of-Way 3
Violation Involving Traffic Signal, Stop Sign, or Yield Sign 3
Railroad Crossing Violation 3
Passing improperly, changing lanes unsafely, driving to the left of center, driving in the wrong direction 3
Leaving scene of an incident involving property damage or injury to a domestic animal 3
Passenger safety violation, including seat belt and child safety seat violations for passengers under the age of 16 3
Improper cell phone use 5
Use of portable electronic device ("texting") 5
Any other moving violation 2

The following table shows the point values assigned to moving traffic violations. The "points" are assessed against your driving record based on the date you committed the violation, not the date you were convicted in court. If you accumulate 11 or more points in 18 months, you will be called to a DMV hearing, after which your license may be suspended or revoked. You will be offered the option of waiving the hearing or accepting a definite period of suspension.

Some license revocations and suspensions are mandatory and do not depend on points. These include three speeding violations within 18 months, and convictions involving alcohol or drugs.

For more information about license suspensions and revocations, please refer to the publication "Suppose Your License Were Taken Away" (C-12), available at any motor vehicle office.

New York Safe Drive offers the New York Point Reduction Course (Defensive Driving Course) online.  Aside from providing you with a NY insurance reduction, the course will also reduce 4 points from the accumulated points on your NY motor vehicle report.

Below is a list of New York traffic violations and the points you will receive for each violation.

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