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Monday, March 8, 2010

How to Handle a New York Uniform Traffic Ticket

Traffic tickets tend to fall into two categories- a moving violation includes a violation such as exceeding the speed limit, and non-moving violations include things like parking tickets. Violation of traffic laws can result in a fine or penalty points on your license.

In New York in particular, the Department of Motor Vehicles has a database of motorists that keeps a record of any violations so there really is nowhere to hide. If you do happen to lose your ticket then you should contact the New York DMV immediately. After a motorist has been issued a ticket they will be given the option to put in a plea of guilty or not guilty to a local court.

The most important thing to remember when handling a traffic ticket is to deal with the issue as soon as you can. The longer you leave it, the worse it can get.

If you do find yourself in the situation where points are going to be added to your driver’s license then you may want to take the New York defensive driving course. This course is approved by the New York DMV and can actually reduce the points on your license. However, the course is not just designed for point reduction; it can also provide a mandatory 10% auto insurance rate reduction on your liability, no-fault and collision insurance premiums. At the same time as all this, you will also be developing defensive driving concepts and roadway survival skills. And the course only takes six hours. In these six hours there is no need for any classroom time as the course is based entirely on the internet. This means you can fit the course into your busy lifestyle and you can learn at a place that best suits you.

However, the course will have no bearing over a license suspension or revocation. Finally, it is important to remember that the course may only be used once in an 18 month period so it should not be seen as a quick fix to multiple traffic offences.

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