In the state of New York, one-way roads are clearly marked. Motorists are expected to follow traffic signs and to travel in the designated direction down a one way road. A failure to follow the law can result in a motorist being ticketed for going the wrong way down a one-way road.
If you are accused of going in the wrong direction and are given a one-way road ticket, you should be proactive in responding. Traveling the wrong way down a one way road is considered a serious moving violation and is a violation that could potentially lead to additional charges, such as a charge of reckless driving.
You can fight the accusations against you and may be able to avoid a conviction if you have justification for going down the one way road or if there is insufficient proof you were traveling down the road in the wrong direction. You should speak with a New York traffic lawyer as soon as you have been accused of going down the road in the wrong direction.
NY Traffic Firm has helped many motorists to successfully fight one way road tickets. Give our team a call to learn how we can help you to build a defense to avoid conviction or how we can assist you in trying to reduce penalties and consequences if you don’t want to fight the ticket.
The laws in New York are very clear in prohibiting drivers from traveling in the wrong direction on a one way road. New York Traffic Code Section 1127 establishes rules for one-way roads. According to the relevant law, a vehicle is permitted to drive only in the designated direction when traveling on a road that is designated as a one-way road.
Drivers may turn the wrong way down one-way roads for many reasons. Some motorists simply make a wrong turn because they cannot see the sign or become confused. In other cases, a driver may have been trying to take a shortcut or escape a traffic jam. There may be obstacles on the road that force a driver to go the wrong way down a one-way road, or a motorist may simply follow a GPS device that provides bad information and instructs the motorist to turn the wrong way down a one-way road.
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Penalties and consequences for driving the wrong way down a one-way road can be very serious. When you receive a ticket, the fine could be around $150 and there could be an additional $93 court surcharge.
The offense of driving the wrong way down a one way road also results in three points on your license. Too many points on your license could result in your license being lost, so your license is at risk if you have prior moving violations or are cited for subsequent moving violations after getting a one way road ticket.
If you are trying to apply for any job that has a requirement of a clean driving record, your history of violations could have an adverse impact and be disqualifying. Your auto insurer is also likely to raise your premiums due to points on your license an a conviction for traveling the wrong way down a one way road.
The penalties and consequences become hasher for those who are repeatedly convicted of violating traffic laws. If you are a repeat offender, a fine for a second offense could be $350 and a fine for a third offense could be $450. A jail sentence is possible for a one-way road ticket, and you could be ticketed for reckless driving as well.
If you are given a one way road ticket, you should contact a NY traffic ticket attorney. You could avoid being found guilty of this offense if you can successfully raise defenses such as arguing that the traffic sign was missing or obscured so there was no way you could have known the road was only open to one-way traffic.
NY Traffic Firm can assist you in identifying possible options for defenses and can help you to fight accusations made against you that you broke New York’s traffic laws.
We can also help you to try to reduce penalties in situations where you wish to admit to violating the law. Give us a call today to find out more about how our firm can help you.
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