In several joint safety studies over the past few months, government agencies such as the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) have all come to the same conclusion when it comes to speeding-related passenger vehicle crashes. Speed kills almost exactly as much as drunk driving.

And though the most recent study (the NTSB) found several characteristics between speed and crash involvement to be complicated, its data clearly drew strong conclusions that speeding increases risks in both a driver’s chances that they will be involved in a crash and the odds that those who speed (or are passengers in a speeding vehicle) will be severely injured or killed.

This study connected speeding to 112,580 highway crash fatalities from 2005 to 2014. During the same time period, 112,948 died in alcohol-involved crashes.

In announcing 2017’s “Speed Week” this past summer, specifically targeting speeders on all of New York State’s roads, Governor Cuomo’s office noted that nearly one third of all fatal crashes in New York State are caused by a speeding driver. During that week (June 7 through June 13, 2017) state troopers ticketed almost 9,500 drivers on New York highways and interstates for speeding,

For a while, the NYPD has also been cracking down on speeders as part of Mayor de Blasio’s parallel Vision Zero plan to make the streets safer across all five boroughs by cutting traffic injuries and deaths. In addition to speeding, other violations that are specifically targeted are failure to yield to pedestrians, texting while driving, and DWI (driving while intoxicated). The NYPD said it has issued a record 137,000 speeding tickets in 2017, and they will continue aggressively targeting speeders. And the mayor’s proposed budget has several Vision Zero initiatives, including 120 new radar guns for local precincts. “The number one problem is reckless drivers,” de Blasio said. “They’re the ones with two tons of steel at their disposal.”

Speeding Fines, Jail Time and Driving Points Drive Home the Point

When they’re caught, speeders in New York State face some of the toughest penalties in the country. A first conviction for a New York speeding ticket costs between $45 and $600 and largely depends on how fast you were going. If it’s 31 mph over the limit, you get to pay the $600 max. A second conviction can go as high as $750 maximum, and a third conviction nets you a $975 fine.

But wait: there’s more. The state piles on plenty of fees, such as “moving violation” surcharges and “Driver Assessment Fees,” that can cost a first-time speeder more than a thousand dollars…Cha Ching!!! And some judges could even sentence you to 15 days in jail for speeding 1 to 10 mph, and up to 30 days for an 11+ mph violation.

A speeding ticket also drops points on your driver’s license record:

  • 1 to 10 mph over the limit – 3 points
  • 11 to 20 – 4 points
  • 21 to 30 – 6 points
  • 31 to 40 – 8 points
  • 41+ – 11 points.

Suspensions or revocations of drivers’ licenses for exceeding points is common; in some speeding cases, suspension or revocation is mandatory after one conviction And let’s not forget those higher insurance rates, since you must have at least liability coverage in New York. We won’t speculate how high they might go, other than to suggest that bad drivers – based on point systems – uniformly pay the highest rates.

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