Driving simulation games award you points for driving faster. The New York State police will do the same if they catch you speeding, yet in this case, those points will see you losing, not winning.
Speeding tickets consider how far you were above the legal limit. Here is how it breaks down:
- 1 to 10 miles per hour (mph) above the limit gets you 3 points
- 11 to 20 mph over gets you 4 points
- 21 to 30 mph over gets you 6 points
- 31 to 40 mph over gets you 6 points
- Over 40mph above the limit for a particular stretch of the road equals 11 points
You may also pick up points for other offenses at the same moment
The police clocked you going 10 mph too fast, warranting three points, but also claim you were on your phone as you passed them, so give you another five points for improper phone use. Then they notice your child is not using an age-appropriate restraint, so add another three points for good measure.
Before you know it, you are well over the 11-point threshold allowed in any 18-month period, and they move to suspend your license. You consider arguing, but they tell you they could add five more points for reckless driving if they wanted to.
All that can happen because you were late to drop your child off at daycare. It does not take much to lose your license. Getting legal help to contest each and every charge will be crucial. Overturning a charge means you do not get the associated points. Not accruing points means you retain your license and are free to drive your child to daycare tomorrow (although you might want to leave a little earlier).