Under the law, a New York driver is speeding if they operate their car above the posted speed limit in a particular area or zone. Therefore, a person driving 27 miles per hour in a 25 miles per hour zone is speeding, but it is a stretch of logic to suggest that this person should face the same penalties as someone who drove 90 miles per hour in a 45 miles per hour speed zone.
For this reason, the penalties for speeding are assessed based on how far above the speed limit the driver was going. In New York, a person who speeds less than 10 miles per hour over the posted limit may be sentenced to up to 15 days in jail; they may also be filed up to $150. However, if a driver speeds more than 10 miles per hour over the posted limit, they may be sentenced to jail for up to 30 days.
Not every person charged with speeding will be imprisoned, although many who elect not to contest their charges may suffer other consequences. They may be fined hundreds of dollars. They may also have points assessed against their drivers' licenses.
Points can be a problem for drivers, as too many points on one's license may lead to the loss of a person's driving privileges. Speeding tickets are, therefore, serious and can create significant legal and financial headaches for individuals. Those who wish to get help defending against speeding claims can choose to work with defense attorneys.