Traffic Violations in New Jersey


Traffic Violations in New Jersey

The state of New Jersey is strict in ensuring their roads are a safe place for all drivers. Because of this, they take traffic violations very seriously. When a driver receives a traffic violation, they can face certain consequences. While any penalty can affect a driving record and insurance premiums, what they are can depend on the violation and its severity. Consequences a driver may face can consist of fines, points on their license, surcharges, and possibly a license suspension. When facing a traffic violation, it can be beneficial to enlist an attorney as they may be able to negotiate the ticket and potentially downgrade it to a lesser offense.

Types of Violations

There are many different types of traffic violations that a driver may fail to abide by. This may include the following:

  • Speeding
  • Cell phone violations
  • Reckless driving
  • Failure to yield
  • Driving without a license
  • Ignoring traffic signs/signals
  • Causing an accident that results in injury

Moving Violations

The state of New Jersey follows a point system when determining consequences for speeding. Drivers pulled over for speeding may face consequences that can affect their record. When this happens, they may be required to pay a higher insurance premium in addition to fines or state surcharges. The penalties for speeding can vary depending on how fast a driver was going over the speed limit. The New Jersey speeding 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

Reckless Driving

In New Jersey,  reckless driving is defined 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 may include actions such as excessive speeding and driving under the influence. Reckless driving is a serious violation in New Jersey and is treated as such. These tickets may result in hefty fines and a possible license suspension.

Cell Phone Violations

If a driver uses a cell phone while operating a vehicle, they are endangering everyone on the road. When this happens, they can be issued a ticket that is followed by a certain set of consequences. Depending on the offense, a driver may face fines between $200 and $800 in addition to 3 points on their driving record.

Driving Without a License

When a driver commits serious traffic violations, they can have their license taken away. If this happens, it is illegal for them to operate a vehicle at all. It is also illegal for an individual to drive when they have never been issued a license in the first place. Depending on the offense, a driver may be charged with a fine between $500 and $1000 as well as possible jail time.

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