Getting ticketed for driving above the speed limit is one of the most common ways to break the law in New Jersey, and it’s something that happens to many otherwise law-abiding citizens throughout the course of their travels on the roadway. While defensive driving is always a priority, if you’re faced with the common situation of receiving a speeding ticket, here’s what you’ll need to know.
Associated Penalties: One of the biggest difficulties people face after they receive a speeding ticket are ‘points’, which go on a license and tend to increase insurance rates. For someone travelling 1-14 miles per hour over the speed limit, they will receive two points. Four points will be given if the speed was between 15-29 mph over the limit, and five points are given to those who speed more than 30 mph over the limit. With a fiver point ticket, the drivers’ license will likely also be suspended by a judge.
One exception to the above rule about points is that if a driver received a speeding ticket in a state other than New Jersey, no matter the speed which they were over the limit, they will only have a two point penalty on a NJ driving record.
In addition to points, there are also a number of fines that will accumulate for the driver in question. The fees can reach between $52 to $202, which can be doubled if the incident occurred in a construction zone or by doing 75 or higher in a 65 zone. This is also true in other “safe corridor” areas which are chosen by officials and raise revenue for the Turnpike authorities.
Speeds to Remember: If you haven’t had a speeding incident, congratulations! Here is a quick review of some of the commonly seen speed limits in New Jersey. Though this is a good rule of thumb to keep in mind, remember to always be alert on the roadway for posted signs, as well as changes that would indicate a work zone or other reason to go slower—such as a school crossing or accident.
- 25 MPH: This is the slowest commonly regulated speed, and is present in residential areas and school zones, as well as in some business areas.
- 35 MPH: This is for larger business districts and some residential areas, where the homes are somewhat more separate from the road than in a development.
- 50 MPH: This is a typical top speed for roads which are not residential or commercial.
- 55 MPH: This is the top speed, other than 65, which is commonly seen on highways throughout the state.
Lawyer Up: If you have received a speeding ticket and are looking to challenge it in the courts, it is imperative to work with an accomplished lawyer to get the job done. Contact me, David C. Barry, today for a free phone consultation about my services and past experience winning cases for my valued clients. I can be reached during business hours at 732-238-8686.