Most Common Traffic Violations in New Jersey | What to Know

Failing to follow the rules of the road can be incredibly dangerous. As a result, traffic violations are taken very seriously in New Jersey. If you are pulled over for a traffic violation, you may face some serious consequences. Read on to learn more about the most common traffic violations and their associated penalties.

Speeding Violations

If you drive over the speed limit, you may receive a speeding violation. This subjects you to the New Jersey point system, which can place points on your driving record. The amount of points is dependent upon how fast you were driving over the limit. The point system is as follows:

  • 2 points for driving 1-14 miles over the speed limit
  • 4 points for driving 15-30 miles over the speed limit
  • 5 points for driving 30 miles over the speed limit

Accumulating a certain number of points can mean losing your license.

Cell Phone Violations

It is widely known that it is illegal to use an electronic device while driving- this includes the use of a cell phone. Using your phone, even for something as simple as checking your GPS is a distraction from the road, which can endanger yourself and others. This can result in fines ranging from $200 to $800 in addition to 3 points on your driving record. 

Reckless Driving 

The state of New Jersey defines reckless driving as “a violation performed by a driver that willfully and wantonly disregards the rights and safety of other drivers in a way that endangers people or property.” This can include excessive speeding, improper lane changes, driving under the influence, and more. The consequences of these actions can result in hefty fines and a possible license suspension. 

Driving Without a License

If you have committed previous traffic violations, you may have had your license suspended. If your license has been suspended, you are unable to drive. If you choose to do so anyway, it is considered its own offense. Depending on the circumstances, a driver can receive a fine between $500 to $1000 and possible jail time.

If you are pulled over for any of the above violations, you will likely need the help of an experienced traffic violations attorney. Reach out to our firm today.

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