Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Do You Know How To Get Out of a Speeding Ticket in New Jersey?


Traffic Defense Lawyers Give Tips For Avoiding Speeding Tickets


Driving is a privilege.  But many people take this right for granted, and drive at excessive speeds on a regular basis, without considering the very real dangers of driving unsafely.

While the statistics for auto accidents have decreased over the years, accidents caused by speeding continue to take the lives of too many people every year.  “Of the 32,885 people killed in 2010, roughly 1/3 -- 10,530, to be precise -- were killed in crashes caused by speeding. According to the GHSA, speeding stats haven't improved in over 30 years.”
In the state of New Jersey, there are some guidelines listed on the DMV website in terms of what penalties to expect for speeding.
Read below for the points that you will acquire on your driving record for individual driving offenses.

NJSA point schedule

NJSA
Section
Offense
Points
New Jersey Turnpike, Garden State Parkway and Atlantic City Expressway
27:23–29
Moving against traffic
2
27:23–29
Improper passing
4
27:23–29
Unlawful use of median strip
2
All roads and highways
39:3–20
Operating constructor vehicle in excess of 45 mph
3
39:4–14.3
Operating motorized bicycle on a restricted highway
2
39:4–14.3d
More than one person on a motorized bicycle
2
39:4–35
Failure to yield to pedestrian in crosswalk
2
39:4–36
Failure to yield to pedestrian in crosswalk; passing a vehicle yielding to pedestrian in crosswalk
2
39:4– 41
Driving through safety zone
2
39:4–52
Racing on highway
5
39:4–55
Improper action or omission on grades and curves
2
39:4–57
Failure to observe direction of officer
2
39:4–66
Failure to stop vehicle before crossing sidewalk
2
39:4–66.1
Failure to yield to pedestrians or vehicles while entering or leaving highway
2
39:4–66.2
Driving on public or private property to avoid a traffic sign or signal
2
39:4–71
Operating a motor vehicle on a sidewalk
2
39:4–80
Failure to obey direction of officer
2
39:4–81
Failure to observe traffic signals* (Red Light Camera- 0 pts.)
2
*No points assessed for red light camera violation
0
39:4–82
Failure to keep right
2
39:4–82.1
Improper operating of vehicle on divided highway or divider
2
39:4–83
Failure to keep right at intersection
2
39:4–84
Failure to pass to right of vehicle proceeding in opposite direction
5
39:4–85
Improper passing on right or off roadway
4
39:4–85.1
Wrong way on a one-way street
2
39:4–86
Improper passing in no passing zone
4
39:4–87
Failure to yield to overtaking vehicle
2
39:4–88
Failure to observe traffic lanes
2
39:4–89
Tailgating
5
39:4–90
Failure to yield at intersection
2
39:4–90.1
Failure to use proper entrances to limited access highways
2
39:4–91–92
Failure to yield to emergency vehicles
2
39:4–96
Reckless driving
5
39:4–97
Careless driving
2
39:4–97a
Destruction of agricultural or recreational property
2
39:4–97.1
Slow speed blocking traffic
2
39:4–97.2
Driving in an unsafe manner (points only for third or subsequent offense within five years of most recent 39:4-97.2 conviction)
4
39:4–98
Exceeding maximum speed 1-14 mph over limit
2
Exceeding maximum speed 15-29 mph over limit
4
Exceeding maximum speed 30 mph or more over limit
5
39:4–105
Failure to stop for traffic light
2
39:4–115
Improper turn at traffic light
3
39:4–119
Failure to stop at flashing red signal
2
39:4–122
Failure to stop for police whistle
2
39:4–123
Improper right or left turn
3
39:4–124
Improper turn from approved turning course
3
39:4–125
Improper u-turn
3
39:4–126
Failure to give proper signal
2
39:4–127
Improper backing or turning in street
2
39:4–127.1
Improper crossing of railroad grade crossing
2
39:4–127.2
Improper crossing of bridge
2
39:4–128
Improper crossing of railroad grade crossing by certain vehicles
2
39:4–128.1
Improper passing of school bus
5
39:4–128.4
Improper passing of frozen dessert truck
4
39:4–129
Leaving the scene of an accident –
no personal injury
2
Personal injury
8
39:4–144
Failure to observe stop or yield signs
2
39:5C–1
Racing on highway
5
39:5D–4
Moving violation committed out-of-state
2
If you’ve been pulled over for excessive speeding or multiple moving violations, then you will need legal representation - call us today for your free consultation.  However, if  you were pulled over for driving 5-10 miles over the speed limit, then these next tips will be helpful to you.  
  1. Demonstrate Compliance.  When you are pulled over, show your respect for the officer by turning off the motor and keeping your hands at 10 and 2 on the steering wheel.  This demonstrates your complete compliance. Whatever the situation, do not get out of the car for any reason.  When the officer approaches your car, the best thing is to do as he asks you, by giving your license and registration information.
  2. Don’t Admit Guilt.  While the officer may have caught you speeding, there is no reason to admit any guilt as this could be used against you in court.  
  3. Don’t Defend Yourself.  This is not the time to ask the officer to give you mercy or to begin crying.  The best policy is to draw as little attention to yourself as possible.  Feel free to respectfully ask to see the radar gun, and even where the officer was located when he clocked your speed.  Save your defense arguments for your court hearing.
  4. Postpone Your Court Hearing.  The worst thing you can do when trying to avoid a traffic ticket is to simply miss your court hearing.  This could result in more penalties and fines.  By requesting your court hearing to be moved to later date, you have a better chance of having the officer miss the court hearing, which is an automatic canceled ticket.
  5. Make Contact.  Before the court appearance, take the time to call or write the officer who issued the ticket.  Respectfully explain that you are willing to have an alternative punishment for the speeding ticket and wonder if he would be willing to discuss the alternatives with you.  Most people don’t consider this as an option, but approaching an officer in this way may result in getting that ticket reversed.
  6. Court Hearing.  You have done all you can to ask for an alternative to the ticket, and all you can do now is hope that the impressions you made on the officer have paid off.  Remember to approach the court with respect, kindness, and a calm attitude.  State your case and hope for the best.
Remember:  Every time you speed, you are breaking the law and you are willingly taking the risk of getting another ticket.  So the moral of the story?  Drive the speed limit and stay under the radar.  

You might have missed the article A Speeding Ticket Will Cost You More Than Just Money.


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