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Traffic Charges Codes Breakdown

Some of the most common New York traffic violations and their fines are detailed below. Note that other costs may apply, such as surcharges and court costs. 

Additionally, all of the violations detailed below carry potential jail time of up to 30 days, and some of the more serious traffic violations, such as aggravated driving and DUI offenses, can lead to prison terms. 

375-2(a)1 — No/Inadequate Lights

This ticket results from failure to have proper lighting or any lighting whatsoever on your vehicle. This charge is a fix-it ticket, which allows the ticketed individual to have the ticket dismissed upon fulfilling certain conditions. 

With this particular infraction, the condition requires the individual to repair the defective equipment no later than 30 minutes after the sun has set on the next business day after the infraction occurred. 

Fines range from $0 to $150.

375-2(a)3 — No/Insufficient Tail Lamps

Police officers give no/insufficient tail lamp tickets when your tail lights are not working properly or are nonexistent. It is also a fix-it ticket. The conditions for getting it dismissed are the same as those for the above-listed violation: repairing the defect no later than 30 minutes after the sun has set on the business day following the day of the ticket.

Fines for this violation begin at $0 and max out at $150.

375-12-a(a) — Sign or Obstruction on Windshield

You risk getting a ticket when your windshield is obstructed by a sign or another obstruction. The only thing that can be on your windshield at any time is a certificate or paper required by the law. Both the owner and the operator can face a ticket.

The fines for this infraction start at $0 and max out at $150.

375-18 — Inadequate/No Directional Signals

Failure to have properly working blinkers can lead to a ticket, as can not having directional signals altogether. It is also a fix-it ticket that must be handled in the same manner as the fix-it tickets listed above.

375-30 — Driver’s View Obstructed

Driver’s view obstructed tickets are common when an officer believes an item hanging from the rear-view mirror is unreasonably obstructive to the driver’s view. However, other alleged obstructions may form the basis for a ticket.

The fines for this violation range from $0 to $150.

375-31 — Inadequate Muffler

Inadequate muffler tickets are given to vehicles that police suspect are too loud or inadequate at filtering a vehicle’s exhaust. Individuals who possess aftermarket mufflers often run into trouble with this ticket. Fortunately, it is a fix-it ticket that you can take care of fairly easily.

The fines for having an inadequate/no muffler start at $0 and reach $150. 

375-40(b) — Inadequate or No Stop Lamps

If you have a car newer than 1952, which most do, you must have properly functioning stop lights or brake lights. Typical situations that lead to this type of ticket include broken or cracked brake lights, brake lights that are too dim, and altered brake lights that do not meet minimum requirements. 

375-40(b) is a fix-it ticket with the same conditions as the other fix-it tickets detailed here. But it is also a serious hazard and a high liability risk.

Fines range from $0 to $150. 

Fighting Traffic Charges

New York Traffic Ticket Lawyers can help you comb through the regulations that apply to your case and fight to get you a favorable resolution to your charge. If you are in central New York, contact us before you plead guilty to anything, and let’s explore your options for handling your ticket.

One of the founding members and partners of New York Traffic Ticket Lawyers, Clifton C. Carden III, Esq. is highly experienced and knowledgeable in New York traffic law. Clifton treats each one of his cases with a no-nonsense, results-oriented approach, which has brought a cult-like following from his clients. He is also the firm’s in-house expert on New York DWI law. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Clifton by clicking here.