In New York, delivery drivers who receive traffic tickets may face fines, points on their driver’s license, and increased insurance rates.
The specific penalties for a traffic violation will depend on the nature of the infraction and the driver’s driving record. Common traffic violations for delivery drivers throughout the five boroughs include speeding, failing to obey traffic signals and improper lane changes.
Penalties for traffic violations
The penalties for traffic violations can vary depending on the severity of the infraction and the driver’s driving record. For example, a driver caught speeding may receive a fine, while a driver who causes an accident while under the influence of alcohol may face harsher penalties, such as jail time. The Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee stipulates that driving 30 mph over the speed limit carries a maximum fine of $600 and up to 30 days in jail.
Points on their driver’s license
The number of points added to a license will depend on the nature of the violation. Accumulating too many points can lead to a suspension or revocation of a driver’s license. A good advocate can contest this in court, but it is better to play it safe than end up sorry.
Premium increases for auto insurance
Delivery drivers should also be aware that traffic violations can affect their insurance rates. Insurance companies use a driver’s driving record, including any traffic violations and accidents, to determine their risk level and set their rates. Drivers with a poor driving record are high-risk and may have to pay higher rates for their insurance.