Imprudent Speed Tickets in NY

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Imprudent Speed Tickets in NY: Understanding the Definition and Penalties

Definition and Penalties

Imprudent Speed Tickets in NY

Under VTL 1180, drivers in New York can receive a speeding ticket for “imprudent speed,” even if they are traveling at or below the posted speed limit. Imprudent speed refers to driving at a speed that is considered unreasonable and unsafe given the weather or other roadway conditions.

The penalties for an imprudent speed ticket include:

Fines: Firstly, a first offense costs between $45 and $150. Secondly, a second offense within 18 months can cost between $45 and $300. Lastly, a third offense within 18 months can cost between $45 and $525.

Points: A conviction for imprudent speed carries 3 points, which is not tied to the posted speed limit.

Surcharges: Additionally, there is a mandatory state surcharge of either $88 or $93, depending on the location of the ticket.
Driver Responsibility Assessment (DRA) fees: Moreover, if the total number of points on a person’s license reaches 6 or higher due to an imprudent speed conviction, they must pay a DRA fee. Specifically, the fee is $300 for the first 6 points and $75 for each additional point.
Auto Insurance Increases: Furthermore, imprudent speed is considered a moving violation and can impact auto insurance rates, typically ranging from 5% to 20% based on driving history and other factors.

Understanding Imprudent Speed in New York

VTL 1180(a) and Hazards

According to VTL 1180(a), drivers must not drive at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent given the existing conditions and potential hazards. The statute does not specify the exact factors or hazards, allowing officers to use their discretion when issuing imprudent speed tickets. Some reasons for issuing such tickets include reduced visibility due to rain or fog, poor road conditions like wet or icy roads, physical hazards such as debris or potholes, and the presence of pedestrians, cyclists, or workers.

Fighting a Ticket for VTL 1180(a) Speed Not Reasonable and Prudent

Pleading the Ticket Down or Fighting the Charges

There are two main strategies to avoid the consequences of an imprudent speed ticket. Firstly, the driver can negotiate with prosecutors to plead guilty to a lesser charge, aiming to reduce the ticket to a non-moving violation. This can lead to a reduced fine, no points on the license, and no impact on auto insurance rates. In some cases, depending on the driver’s history, accepting a ticket reduced to a 2-point non-speeding violation, such as disobeying a traffic device, can be beneficial.

Alternatively, when plea bargaining is not an option or the prosecutor is unwilling to make an offer, fighting the underlying charges may be necessary. To contest a charge of imprudent speed, the driver must demonstrate that the alleged hazards or conditions were not present or that the speed was reasonable given the circumstances. This can involve challenging the officer’s description of the scene and pointing out any inconsistencies or lack of logical hazards.

While these strategies may seem challenging for the average driver, hiring a skilled traffic ticket attorney can greatly increase the chances of success. Moreover, an attorney can handle plea bargaining or defend against the charges on behalf of the client, reducing the need for a court appearance.

Why Contact Our Attorney for Imprudent Speed Tickets in NY?

Legal Expertise

Dealing with traffic tickets can be complex, especially when it comes to challenging the charges of imprudent speed. Firstly, our attorney has in-depth knowledge of New York traffic laws and the legal strategies necessary to build a strong defense. Secondly, with our expertise, we can analyze the details of your case, identify potential weaknesses in the prosecution’s argument, and develop a solid defense strategy tailored to your specific situation.

Protecting Your Rights

Our attorney is dedicated to protecting your rights throughout the legal process. Firstly, we will ensure that your voice is heard and that you receive fair treatment under the law. Secondly, by representing you in court, we can fight to have the charges reduced or dismissed, potentially saving you from the financial penalties, points on your license, and increased insurance rates associated with imprudent speed tickets.


Contacting our attorney provides you with a convenient and hassle-free way to address your imprudent speed ticket. Firstly, we understand that attending court hearings and dealing with legal procedures can be time-consuming and stressful. Secondly, by entrusting your case to our attorney, you can save valuable time and energy. Moreover, we will handle all necessary court appearances, negotiations with prosecutors, and paperwork on your behalf, allowing you to focus on other important aspects of your life.

Favorable Outcomes

With our attorney’s extensive experience in handling traffic ticket cases, we have a proven track record of achieving favorable outcomes for our clients. Firstly, whether it’s negotiating for a reduced charge, getting the ticket dismissed, or obtaining a favorable verdict in court, our attorney will diligently work to achieve the best possible result for your case.

Don’t Face Imprudent Speed Tickets Alone – Contact Us Today

When it comes to imprudent speed tickets in New York, it is crucial to have a skilled attorney by your side. By contacting our attorney, you can benefit from our legal expertise, protection of your rights, convenience in handling the legal process, and a higher chance of achieving a favorable outcome. Don’t face the consequences of an imprudent speed ticket alone. Contact us today for a consultation and let us help you navigate the complexities of the legal system.

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