Disobeying a Traffic Control Device in NY

by Adam Rosenblum on February 23, 2012

You are speeding down the Taconic Parkway and get a ticket for driving 21 miles per hour over the posted speed limit.If you are convicted of the alleged speeding violation, you face a minimum fine of $180 and a maximum fine of $300 (not to mention a surcharge of at least $80 and a Driver Responsibility Assessment of $100 per year for three years payable to NY DMV).Upon conviction, the NY Department of Motor Vehicles automatically tacks 6 points onto your license. (Read more about costly speeding tickets.)

Fines and Points

The total fine for disobeying a traffic control device violation in New York is $235.00 and 2 points on your driving record.If you are looking for information on how to pay your fines online, click here.VTL 1110(a) and its consequences are much more preferable to a NY speeding ticket and its hefty fine and point total.In addition, if this is the only offense you have on your record, your insurance rates cannot be increased, which would be the case with a single speeding ticket.Moreover, due to receiving less points, it is unlikely that you will have your driver’s license suspended (due to having too many points on your license) or to be driving on an already suspended license.Note that if you live in a state other than New York, a skilled attorney may be able to negotiate your offense down to a violation that carries 0 points in your home state.

What Does it Mean to Disobey a Traffic Control Device?

Instead of pleading guilty and paying the fine, you decided to call New York Traffic lawyer Adam Rosenblum. Thankfully, Mr. Rosenblum skillfully convinced the district attorney to lower the charge to NY VTL 1110(a), Disobeying a Traffic Control Device in NY.You were ecstatic with the outcome, but you were left wondering what it means to disobey a traffic control device inNew York.New York Traffic Law defines a “traffic control device” as a sign, marking, or device placed by the authority (i.e. the government) to regulate, warn, and guide traffic (see New York VTL 153).New York VTL 1110(a) reads:“Every person shall obey the instructions of any official traffic-control device applicable to him placed in accordance with the provisions of this chapter, unless otherwise directed by a traffic or police officer, subject to the exceptions granted the driver of an authorized emergency vehicle in this title.”This law is somewhat of a “catch-all” because any time a driver fails to follow street signs such as a yield, traffic signal, or speed sign, he disobeys a traffic control device.However, these violations have their own respective laws. Nevertheless, every time you do not obey a sign, signal, or marking on a pavement you can be found to be in violation of VTL 1110.

Who Should I Contact?

What happens if you get into another jam or need some general advice?Contact Adam H. Rosenblum of The Rosenblum Law Firm. His team of aggressive NY traffic ticket attorneys will negotiate with the prosecutor and try to reduce your New York speeding ticket to one for disobeying a traffic control device.Remember, you probably are facing a large NY speeding penalty, so make sure to contact The Rosenblum Law Firm today. Our team of attorney has experience achieving favorable resolutions for our clients, even if it is not your first time receiving a ticket. E-mail or call 888-883-5529 today. 

Do You Have Any More Information About NY Traffic Tickets?

If you received any other type of NY traffic ticket, feel free to check out our FAQ that tells you Everything You Need to Know About New York Traffic Tickets as well as the Top 10 Things You Must Know Before Going to Traffic Court.  

103 thoughts on “Disobeying a Traffic Control Device in NY

  1. I’m confused about the “move-over” law in New York State. If I’m on a road with only one lane in each direction, and the road has a solid middle line, am I supposed to cross the line and get in the oncoming lane (assuming no oncoming traffic) or should I just stay in my lane and slow down? And how slow should I drop my speed to?

    Sue on
    • The move over law only apply if it is reasonable to move over. In your situation, the best course of action would be to slow down and proceed with caution.

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  2. I was given tickets, he said he stopped me for my tinted windows, he gave me 4 tickets for each window on my sedan, than the last one was was disobeyed traffic device, said i drove over 55, and didnt even tell me, he told me the allowed percentage of tints but not the amount allowed, never mentioned a over speed limit ticket, what can i do?
    Thanks in advance

    Fatlum krkuti on
    • He told me amount allowed**
      One ticket was clearly written for all tints, he i guess decided to write 3 more and one for over speed limit and the last 4 had one comment saying i went over posted speed limit, but not how much i went over by, i have a scroll of about 5 feet

      Fatlum krkuti on
      • As you have pointed out – you are not facing a speeding ticket here. Rather, you are facing a 2 point disdobey traffic control device ticket. In order to provide further information, I need ot know the location of this incident – as court procedures differ by location.

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  3. i received a scrolling cell phone ticket in Manhattan on 29th st between 9th and 10Ave. Would you be able to convert it into a ticket with penalty but not points?

    Almir Lalicic on
    • Almir – there is no plea bargaining in this court. In order to contest this ticket, you must bring this matter to trial, and cross examine the police officer.

      RLF Attorneys on
  4. i received a “Disobeyed traffic Control Device” for going 47 in a 30. Officer sad she was giving me a break. I am a PA resident and was traveling through Greenwood lake NY. I did get a speeding ticket earlier this year in NY but had it dropped to a none moving violation with no points. I don’t have any points on my record. Should i fight this? what is the fine and will i get points if i plea guilty?

    Ryan on
  5. Hi, I received a ticket for Fail To Observe a Traffic Control Device in NY back in May 27th 2014. Its been so long I don’t even remember the the incident. I’m from NJ and I do feel it should get dismissed due to the fact that I was driving a a commercial vehicle for a company I no longer work for. I do feel I should fight this ticket but I want to just get this over with with out it affecting my license or insurance. What do you suggest?

    Jimmy Rosario on
    • Jimmy – In order to advise you on the relevant procedure, I need to know which court is handling this matter. I strongly suggest you addresses this as soon as possible, as your license will potentially be suspended in NY as well as NJ.

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  6. I was pulled over today on I684 by a NY State Officer though I was already in CT. He told me that I was going 86 in a 65 and gave me “Disobeyed Traffic Control Device” Violation. When he handed it to me he said that “this won’t affect your license” and that I simply need to plead either guilty or not guilty. He did not include my speed on the ticket, only that I violated the speed limit. Should I plead guilty? I do not want to raise my insurance or get 2 points on my license!

    Elena West on
    • Elena – the officer gave you a ‘roadside reduction.’ We can not advise you on the CT point system, however, the violation will transfer to CT. It is unclear whether your insurance company raises your rates for this type of violation. Please note – this violation is substantially better than the speeding ticket the officer could have charged you with. Addtionally, prosecutors are often reluctant to provide any further reduction after a roadside reduction has been granted.

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  7. Hi. I received a TVB ticket for making a left turn on the center line instead from the left lane on 129the and Lexington. My record is clean and I just have my first insurance. Will this cause a raise on my insurance? What you recommend to plead guilty or not ?

    Fernando on
    • Fernando – This is a 2 point moving violation which can cause an increase in your insurance premiums. I recommend you plead Not Guilty to contest the ticket.

      RLF Attorneys on
  8. My husband recieved a speeding ticket in Newburgh, NY. We sent in the paperwork to have a trial by mail I also enclosed my husbands driving abstract which has been clean for over 10 years. We recieved back a plea offer…VTL1180a….Would like to know what the fines are? My husband is licensed in PA.

    Thank you

    Zee on
  9. Hi, I have got a speeding ticket 1180(d) for driving 81mph in 65mph zone. My wife was not well then but I couldn’t explain that to the officer and he gave me the ticket. I pleaded not guilty for that and explain the whole situation. Later I got the mail from District Attorney and they gave me 1110(d) to VTL 1110(a) – (2 Points). Failed to obey traffic control device. Will there be any chance to fight for this?

    Rupee on
    • Rupee – while there is an opportunity to contest this, generally speaking, there will not likely be any further reductions to this violation as you have already received a reduction from the district attorney.

      RLF Attorneys on
  10. I was in a very similar situation except I was traveling from a 30 into a 55 zone.
    The officer said I was clocked at 42 mph.
    Gave me a ticket for disobeying a traffic control device.
    It does not say roadside reduction, but in additional information says that I was observed going a speed in excess for the posted speed limit. (No 42 mph on the ticket)

    Should I fight it in court or just mail it in and plead guilty.

    Pamela McHenry on
    • Pamela – while the location of the incident makes a difference – generally – a roadside reduction from a 55/30 (6 point ticket) to a 2 point violation is a favorable result. You may contact us to discuss further. I would like to know where you are licensed to drive, as that will have significant implications.

      RLF Attorneys on
    • Generally, a clerical error on the ticket such as a missing letter or letters in a name, is not enough for the court to dismiss the ticket. The best way to reduce or dismiss this violation would be to plead Not Guilty and fight the ticket in court.

      Adam Rosenblum on
  11. i received a ticket for disobeying a traffic control device on I-84 E/B. Ticket says the vehicle was at 86 mph in a 65 zone in direct observation. How can the cop be in direct observation by making a u turn from W/B 1/2 mile later?
    I plead not guilty and now
    I got the Notice to appear but it does not have a date nor address on the notice.

    missie on
  12. Hi, I received a traffic summons for disobeying a traffic control sign, for making a left turn on 46th st around 8 o’clock a couple of weeks ago, the car in front of me made the left turn as well and was also pulled over, I’m not scheduled to go to court until December, should I plead guilt or not guilty, I’m 18 years old

    Blake Espinal on
    • Blake – I suggest you plead not guilty and contest this 2 point ticket – as it does have potential impacts on your insurance rates.

      RLF Attorneys on
  13. My son got a ticket 1110A for crossing white line on to turn right at a light. Light was green, one car in front of him driving straight, his right wheels crossed over the white line to turn right and a police officer who was sitting in hidden on a person’s private property up in the woods pulled him over and stated he road on the shoulder and gave him the ticket. We stated we only cross over onto shoulder partially to turn right while person in front of us was going straight. The officer then stated well the light was red and you road on the shoulder and gave him a ticket. Is there anyway to fight this, as it is a hefty fine and points for a college student

    Connie on
    • Connie – while I believe you will be able to contest this ticket, the procedure for fighting a ticket hinges on the precise location of the incident. You may reach us at 888-883-5529 for a free consultation.

      RLF Attorneys on
  14. I received a violation 1110A for making a left turn where I supposedly wasn’t supposed to I guess during certain hours. Honestly I did not see any signs but was following my GPS. When I made the left turn there were cops sitting there just waiting for people to make that turn, pulling people over left and right. I was actually on my way to an 8 hour defensive driving course. I did complete that course. Is there any way that I can beat this ticket and not get the points or violation on my license?

    Kimberly Neos on
  15. I received one of these tickets for turning left during a restricted time (no left turn between 7AM-9AM or something like that). The intersection had signs on either side. The sign on the left side was spray painted almost completely black. I took a picture of the sign after the ticket. Do you think I have a case, or will they say I should have known since there was a second sign?

    David on
  16. So I was on the highway driving within the HOV lane. A small red van was going 40 and impeding traffic. There was a exit to the Hov lane. A few cars and my own took the opportunity to pass the red van. Unfortunately my car went over the double white lines when passing. Minutes later unmarked cop car tailed us for a few (turned sirens) and pulled us over. Violation is “Disobeyed traffic control device”. I guess I’m ticked off since the cop did the same move as I did just to pull me over without sirens and the red van drove away without being pulled over. It is my first ticket and I was driving with a permit with dad by my side. I believe the fine is 230 and potentially 2 points. Unbelivable.

    John on
    • John – the fine for this 2 point violation depends on where the incident occurred. If you are interested in contesting this ticket, you may contact us for a free consultation at 888-883-5529.

      Adam Rosenblum on
  17. Hello, I got a ticket for going 88 in a 65 back in 2009. After pleading not guilty today I was sentenced a plea offer (reduction) to a 1110 (a) Failure to obey a traffic control device. The condition is that I will face a maximum fine plus surcharge. What kind of fee am I looking at and can I even fight that and get another reduction.

    Jamel Wright on
  18. Hi, I receive a “Disobeyed traffic control device” ticket when I headed to NYC from Ontario. The charge is based on “direct observation”. Because it is a small town, and the cop does not record my speed. And the additional information says “the cop was travelling north on .. street and observed the vehicle travelling south at 47 in a 30 past …”. I really do not believe his observation since we are on opposite direction. Should I plea non guilty?

    Liqiang on
  19. Hi. I received a speeding ticket in 2013 for going 20 over the limit. It was absolutely not true and I pled not guilty. I appeared in court a few months later and accepted the plea the DA gave me for disobey traffic control device, with carried a $150 penalty and 2 points. In applying for a job recently I got asked about convictions of misdemeanors and felonies and other offenses or violations including DUI and DWI. I answered no in good faith. I happened to look at my abstract after the fact and now realize the word “conviction” is used on it in relation to the traffic violation. Isnt what I pled to a non-criminal traffic offense/violation? Did I answer my jobs application question incorrectly? concerned that in a background check it will say I had a criminal conviction, etc. I did reach out to HR to say I thought I answered it correctly but still brought to their attention that I did receive a minor traffic violation in 2013, etc. (which they said ok and no issue), but still concerned as I honestly did not think I had a criminal record of any sort. Appreciate your thoughts.

    Michelle on
  20. i got a ticket at manhattan 42 st and 5th ave
    officer told me i made right turn at 42 st that is not allowed but i heard mostly left turn not allowed between 7am to 7pm at manhattan i got this ticket around 1am midnight
    is officer is right?
    and is that possible i can save point from license?

    fahim on
  21. I got a ticket for disobeying a traffic control device for going 79 in a 55mph zone it was on the Taconic parkway and I live on the island how should I plead on the ticket? What is the fine on the ticket?

    Frank on
    • Frank – you are facing a fine of approximately $138 – assuming this case is before the Traffic Violations Bureau. This ticket can potentialy impact insurance rates. We therefore suggest you fight this ticket to avoid / mitigate the consequences.

      Adam Rosenblum on
  22. Hi, back on June 13 2016 around 3am in queens. I did a u-turn in front of a cop and I clearly didnt pay attention to the sign saying no “u-turn”. But the ticket states as below …I really dont understand it. Should I plea not guilty and fight it and Im a NJ resident as well will the points carry over and cause my insurance to increase ?

    DATE-LOC     06/13/16                                        SECT. LAW  1110A
    RETRN-DTE   08/07/16                                        TIME  NOT SET
        168-35 Rockaway Boulevard,  2nd Floor

    c. Peterson on
    • You are being charged with an 1110(a) violation – a ‘disobey traffic control device’ ticket. This 2 point violation will transfer over to New Jersey, and has the potential to increase your insurance rates.

      Adam Rosenblum on
  23. Hi my wife got a ticket saying “disobeyed traffic control device”. She was pulled over for doing 82 mph in a 55 mph in Nassau County. Can you tell me what it means by disobeyed traffic control instead of speeding and what kind of fine and points are we looking at. Thanks

    Dan on
  24. Hello – I just received a ticket in a NY village I have am from MA. The village I was traveling through is known for giving out tickets, I was speeding, however it was late at night and I didn’t not realized I had passed into that village. The officer gave me a ticket and said if I come back on the court date he will reduce it to a moving violation, but if I ask him to write a deposition, although he wouldn’t mind the paperwork, he wouldn’t reduce the ticket.

    The next day I realized the ticket has the wrong make and model of the car and the wrong Registration state.

    Can I get this thrown out because of the misinformation? Keeping in mind this village is known for giving out tickets so they don’t seem to be lenient and I was indeed speeding, although not intentional.

    Erinn Kennedy on
  25. Hello. Village police officer claimed I was doing 44 in a 30. (This is within a mile or so of the speed limit changing from 55 to 30.) I thought I was doing 40. Officer reduced violation to “failure to obey traffic control device (I have a PBA sticker on my car). He told me I could go to court or mail in my ticket. There is nothing written on the ticket about how much it will be. We had a very polite exchange. Court is not till July, and it is in the middle of the day. I can make it, but I will need to bring my 8 yr old with me. Should I go to court or should I just take my lumps (woman in my early 40s)?

    Ann on
  26. Hi how are you? i have a NYS driver license and registration, I received a ticket for disobeying sign. The PO did not fill out the state portion on the ticket. Can the ticket get dismiss for failing to complete this?

    Ariel on
  27. Hello I received a ticket for “disobeyed traffic control device” i was going 71 in a 55. Im wondering if i should plead not guilty and try and get it reduced to something much smaller, im reading into it and i dont know what to do please help. There was a guy riding his bike and i had to go into the other lane so i didnt hit him i used my blinker and everything. Can i plead not guilty and say i had to go to the other lane to avoid hitting a person because the lines in the middle of the road is a trafic controlled device and i can make that my case because that actually did happen. Im 17 years old and i really dont want to have 2 points on my license already

    AJ on
    • We would recommend that you fight any traffic violation that carries points. Do you have a probationary license? These points not only include fines but can very opften cause an increase in your insurance premiums. Please feel free to call so we can discuss your options in more detail.

      Lindsay Bernstein, Esq.
      Rosenblum Law Firm

      Adam Rosenblum on
  28. Hi,

    I got a 1110A, disobey traffic control device ticket at Mount Morris, on my drive to NYC. Because I’m a Canadian driver from Ontario. Will the points be taken into account for my Canadian driver license? Moreover, It will be a long drive for me to go to the court to contest the ticket by myself. Can I ask a lawyer to contest it without myself showing up?

    Thank you

    Alex on
    • Alex,

      NY and Canada have a reciprocal agreement where points from New York are often added to your Canadian record as demerits. We are generally able to negotiate to either reduce or eliminate the points from this ticket. Additionally, once you retain an attorney in NY you would not have to appear in court. Please feel free to call so we can discuss your options in more detail.

      Lindsay Bernstein, Esq.
      Rosenblum Law Firm

      Adam Rosenblum on
  29. Hi,

    I received a ticket for disobeyed traffic control device. I make a right turn at the Conner where is prohibited between 7:00am and 9:00am. I just followed GPS and received the ticket with more than 10 drivers.
    How much is the ticket and how many points for this violation?
    my location is New York Nassau county. Thank you.

    David Song on
  30. Hi. I made a right turn on 34th7th in Manhattan, and there was sign that said no right turns (Except Buses). This was in violation of 1110A, which includes 2 points in addition to the fine. Is it possible to pay a higher penalty without the points?

    MYNY on
  31. Hi this is Syed I received a ticket for disobeyed traffic control device I change the line in Lincoln tunnel so there is a point and how much is the fine

    Syed on
  32. Hi Adam — I received a “Disobey Stop Sign” violation (VTL 1172a) in NYC.

    My record is completely clean.

    How should I proceed?


    J on
    • J – you are facing a 3 point ticket that carries fines along with an impact on your insurance rates. Therefore, I suggest you fight this ticket to avoid / mitigate the consequences.

      Adam Rosenblum on
  33. Hi
    I received a ticket for disobeyed traffic control device. I originally was speeding 52 in a 35. I was honest with the officer and told him I thought it was still 45 so he reduced my ticket. Should I plea guilty on the ticket? I have no current violations.

    Crystal on
    • Hi Crystal, the information is not sufficient enough to provide with the correct assistance. If the officer has reduced your ticket to 45 on a 35 that is 10mph over the limit. This is a 3 point ticket with a maximum fine of $243. We suggest pleading not guilty. If you have any more questions or concerns please contact us for a free consultation at 888-883-5529.

      Adam Rosenblum on
  34. Hi. I received a TVB ticket for making a left turn on the center line instead from the left lane. He marked $50
    On the fine. What is the mandatory surcharge? It saids $58 for equipment and $88 for all other violation. Do I have to pay that also?

    Gus on
  35. Hi my names ginger my son is 17 he just got pulled over and was giving a ticket for Disobeying a traffic device He was actually speedingAt the end of the ticket It says disobeying traffic device but then there’s a number that says 8335 at the end of the disobeying traffic device do you know what that means and will he get his lisence pulled should he plead guilty or not guity and will he have to go to court the police officer told him what to do but he was so scarded and upset cause its his first time every he don’t remeber what the told him

    Ginger Phillips on
    • Hi Ginger, your son is looking at a 2 point ticket with a maximum court fine of $235. These points would not cause his insurance rates to increase and will not have his license suspended.

      Adam Rosenblum on
  36. Hi Adam I got a ticket for disobeying a traffic sign instead of a speeding ticket going 50 in a 35… my ticket says the officer didn’t provide a supporting deposition when the ticket was issued. Should I request for a supporting deposition and see if the cop does nothing and the charge get thrown out?

    Jake on
    • Hello Jake, you are looking at a 2 point ticket with a maximum fine of $235. This will not affect your license if you do not have any other points and it will not affect your insurance. You could ask for a supporting deposition.

      Adam Rosenblum on
  37. Tengo un tiket por disobeyed traffic control device en canajoharie town. Tengo hasta el 04/21/2016. Que debo haser y cuanto me puede costar la defensa por un abogado. Vivo en miami florida.

    Antonio Gomez on
  38. Hi Adam, I received a ticket in violation of 1110A, disobeying traffic control device. What generally happens to one’s insurance rates after this violation? Thanks.

    Alexander on
  39. Hi Adam,
    I got pulled over going about 55 in a 30, long story short, I really just didn’t see the sign as I was coming up to the bend and an officer was waiting on the other side. Anyway, he found me to be very polite and brought my ticket down to a 1110A Disobeying traffic control device ticket. My question is should I just pay the fine and take the 2 points? Is there any way to get it so I will get no points? I recently took a NYS Drivers safety course and I have a perfect record besides this incident.

    Richard on
  40. Hi Adam, I’m in a similar predicament, officer simply wrote disobey sign on ticket, Violation 1110A then handed me ticket without explaining which sign was disobeyed. Don’t I have a right to mount a defense and challenge the officer? If so how is anyone supposed to so if they don’t even know what traffic device was violated? This seems like a huge loop hole to me.

    Ralph R. on
    • Hello Ralph, this is not actually a loop or a reason for the ticket to be dismissed. You are currently looking at a 2 point ticket with a maximum fine of $235. The points will not cause your insurance to increase.

      Adam Rosenblum on
  41. I received one of these disobeyed traffic control device tickets.
    Officer claimed I was speeding, however I wasn’t and then he gave me this ticket and I’m wondering if it’s legal because his original claim was that I was speeding but he didn’t clock my speed so he had no way to probe that I was. I was going the limit. How can he give me a ticket like this when I wasn’t in any violation of ANY signs speed or other. And after he pulled me for “speeding” he then tacked on a ticket for my address being wrong on my license (which he wouldn’t have found out had he not pulled me over for no reason) and he also claimed to had witnessed me put my seat belt on when he pulled me over which is false I had it on the whole time all he saw me do was reach into my pocket to grab my wallet.

    Logan on
  42. My ticket I made a right turn on 2nd ave & 37th in Midtown
    Honestly I didn’t expect a time restriction on a right turn so I didnt look for one, they are mostly on left turns. But this restrictions is from 7am-10am no right turns & I got caught around 7:02am to 7:05am the ticket was written for 7:08am is there anything I can do?
    Till this point in 8 years I never got any kind of ticket or points on my license.

    Joel on
  43. What happens if you turned a litre further than what was needed but still got disobeying traffic control device wasn’t speeding or anything

    Tina on
    • Hi Tina, unfortunately the information you have provided is not sufficient to have this ticket dismissed. Its a 2 point ticket with a maximum fine of $235. These points do not transfer to your license.

      Adam Rosenblum on
    • Hello Anthony, unfortunately having the wrong color detail on a ticket will not have the ticket dismissed. If you would like more information please provide further details about your ticket or contact our office for a free consultation at 888-883-5529.

      Adam Rosenblum on
  44. Hi I received a violation of traffic control device ticket.. It’s there anyway to beget the points taken off and just pay a fine

    Erica Strother on
    • Erica – in order to provide you with an answer to your question, I need additional information – specifically the name of the court, and whether this was a ‘roadside reduction.’

      Adam Rosenblum on
  45. Disobeyed traffic sign ticket . there was graffiti on sign when I went back to take photo it was cleaned off. How many points for this on liscence?

    gab sol on
  46. What if i was going the speed limit in a 35 and i was written a ” didnt obey a traffic contol device” ticket and the oficer estimate my speed at 50. Can anything be done?

    Tim on
    • I just received a ticket concerning NYTL 1110A–“disobey traffic signal”. My question: does the officer have to state what signal or sign? He simply wrote “Disobey Sign”. Can I take this to court and get it thrown out?

      Nick on

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