Speeding in a School Zone in New York (VTL 1180-c)

by Adam Rosenblum

school-zoneIf you are caught speeding in a school zone, you are risking a great deal.  A “school zone” is usually the main street in front of a school or similar institution that has its own unique road laws that require you to slow down to speeds usually below 20 MPH. The hallmark of a school zone is the time frame in which its special speed limit is enforced. In most cases, the school zone speed limit will be applicable from 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM.

Obviously, the rationale behind school zones is safety. When children can be playing outside, walking about, or getting ready to walk home for the day, allowing cars to whiz by would be undeniably dangerous. School zone laws allow for our children to cross in front of and around schools safely and without difficulty.Due to this strong logic, prosecutors and judges look very unfavorably upon someone who has been caught speeding in a school zone.

Consequently, it is crucial to hire an experienced traffic ticket attorney to help defend your rights to the fullest extent possible.

Fines for Speeding in a School Zone

If you are caught speeding in a school zone, the time you were caught will determine how severe the penalties will be.

According to VTL 1180-c, if you were ticketed on a non-school day or between 6 PM and 7 AM on a school day and it is your first conviction, you could be facing the following penalties:

  • 1-10 MPH Over the Speed Limit
    • 3 Points
    • Fine of $45-$150
    • Surcharge of $80-$85
  • 31-40 Over the Speed Limit
    • 8 Points
    • Fine of $180-$600
    • Surcharge of $80-$85
    • Up to 30 Days in Jail
  • 11-20 MPH Over the Speed Limit
    • 4 Points
    • Fine of $90-$300
    • Surcharge of $80-$85
    • Up to 15 Days in Jail
  • 41+ Over the Speed Limit
    • 11 Points
    • Automatic License Suspension
    • Fine of $180-$600
    • Surcharge of $80-$85
    • Up to 30 Days in Jail
  • 21-30 Over the Speed Limit
    • 6 Points
    • Fine of $90-$300
    • Surcharge of $80-$85
    • Up to 15 Days in Jail

 

If you were ticketed between 7 AM and 6 PM on a school day and it is your first conviction, you could be facing the following penalties:

  • 1-10 MPH Over the Speed Limit
    • 3 Points
    • Fine of $90-$300
    • Surcharge of $80-$85
  • 31-40 Over the Speed Limit
    • 8 Points
    • Fine of $360-$1,200
    • Surcharge of $80-$85
    • Up to 30 Days in Jail
  • 11-20 MPH Over the Speed Limit
    • 4 Points
    • Fine of $180-$600
    • Surcharge of $80-$85
    • Up to 15 Days in Jail
  • 41+ Over the Speed Limit
    • 11 Points
    • Automatic License Suspension
    • Fine of $360-$1,200
    • Surcharge of $80-$85
    • Up to 30 Days in Jail
  • 21-30 Over the Speed Limit
    • 6 Points
    • $180-$600
    • Surcharge of $80-$85
    • Up to 15 Days in Jail

 

As you can see, this offense is extremely serious. Even during non-school hours you can end up paying stiff fines and penalties. Make sure to hire an experienced NY traffic ticket attorney who can help defend your rights, keep you out of jail, lower your fines, and keep you on the road.

Who Should You Contact?

If you recently received a NY traffic ticket for speeding in a school zone (VTL 1180-c), contact The Rosenblum Law Firm today. Our team of traffic ticket attorneys has a successful track record of fighting these cases and getting the results you want. Call us today at 888-883-5529.