Minimizing The Financial Impact Of A Driver Responsibility Assessment
In New York, multiple traffic violations can result in serious consequences. In fact, the state will eventually put you through the driver responsibility assessment, and you will be assessed fines on top of your traffic tickets.
I am attorney James M. Wagman, and from my law offices, I can help you take action to minimize the damage of the driver responsibility assessment.
Understanding The Fines Connected To A DRA
The driver responsibility assessment, or DRA, began in November of 2004 as a way of punishing those drivers who receive multiple traffic violations in a short period of time. If you accumulate six driving points in an 18-month period, you have to pay a $300 fine. This is separate from any court fine regarding traffic laws, and it applies to all drivers, even those from out-of-state.
What Can Go Wrong
You are allowed to pay your DRA in installments of three years, but if you fail to do so, your driver’s license could be suspended. If you are an out-of-state driver, your right to drive in New York could be suspended if you fail to pay. In addition, you will be fined $75 a year for each additional point you earn over the 18-month period. This is another reason to build a strong defense for your traffic offenses and keep points off your license.
What You Can Do
As your attorney, I can help you take action to reduce the impact of the New York driver responsibility assessment. For example, if you take and pass the defensive driving test, you can eliminate up to four points on your license. While this will not directly affect the results of your New York DRA, it will still give you a break on your insurance payments and could help you save your license.
Contact My Firm For More Information
As a dedicated traffic attorney, I protect the driving records of New York and out-of-state drivers. I understand the wide range of consequences you can face after a traffic violation and will answer all your questions if you are facing charges in Upstate New York traffic courts. Call 866-901-8742 or contact me online today for a free initial consultation.
I represent clients from throughout the U.S. and Canada with traffic law concerns near the New York State Thruway, the Taconic State Parkway, Routes 9 and 9W, and other thoroughfares throughout New York state.