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How speeding tickets help fund NY’s big government

Isaac DeLeon was on his way home from work at Greece Ridge Mall when he was stopped for speeding.

“It was actually my first time getting pulled over, so my heart dropped,” he said.

However, he got a real fright when he found out how much it would cost him. For going 55 miles per hour on a 40 mile per hour road, he was fined $180. There was a nearly $100 surcharge on top of that. To make matters worse, he got another ticket a few weeks later.

“There’s even a driver’s assessment cost,” DeLeon said. “If you get more than enough points within a year, it’s an extra $300.”

Those added costs are a major source of revenue for New York state. The average cost of a speeding ticket ranges from $90 to $600. In addition to those fines, New York imposes a moving violation surcharge. It’s $88, no matter the violation.

For some drivers that means the surcharge is more than the fine itself. Rochester attorney and legal analyst Bob Brenna says given the high cost and the potential impact on insurance, people should question their ticket in court.

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