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Traffic Tickets in South Carolina and New York

Whether you plan on vacationing this summer in Myrtle Beach or want to visit the Statute of Liberty, there are a few things that you ought to know about getting traffic tickets in South Carolina and New York.

Both New York and South Carolina have a Point System. However, the way points are assigned is quite different.

The following article will explain these differences while hoping to give motorists a better idea of the penalties they can expect to receive if ticketed in NY or SC.

South Carolina's Point System

In South Carolina, traffic offenses are worth 2, 4, or 6 points.

Generally, points will stay on your SC license for 2 years. However, the violation will not be erased from your record.

In other words, the points will no longer count toward suspension or revocation of your driving privileges after 2 years, but your driving record will still contain the offenses you committed (and your car insurance carrier will still know about them).

If you receive 12 or more points on your South Carolina license, your driving privileges will automatically be suspended.

The duration of your suspension will depend on the amount of points you accumulate:

  • If you amass 12-15 points, you will be suspended for 3 months.
  • If you amass 16 or 17 points, you will be suspended for 4 months.
  • If you amass 18 or 19 points, you will be suspended for 5 months.
  • If you amass 20 or more points, you will be suspended for 6 months.

Common SC Traffic Offenses from A-Z

  • Dangerous Parking: 2 Points
  • Driving at Least 10 MPH Too Fast for Conditions: 2 Points
  • Driving in the Wrong Lane: 2 Points
  • Driving in Unsafe Conditions: 2 Points
  • Driving Within or Through a Safety Zone: 4 Points
  • Failing to Give a Signal for Stopping, Turning, or Suddenly Decreasing Speed: 4 Points
  • Failing to Yield Right-of-Way: 4 Points
  • Failure to Dim Lights: 2 Points
  • Following Too Closely: 4 Points
  • Having a Defective Tail Light: 2 Points
  • Ignoring Any Traffic Device: 4 Points
  • Ignoring Approaching Train Signal: 4 Points
  • Ignoring Railroad Signal/Sign: 4 Points
  • Ignoring Traffic Director: 4 Points
  • Illegal Passing: 4 Points
  • Illegal Turning: 4 Points
  • Improper Backing: 2 Points
  • Improper Brakes: 4 Points
  • Improper Lights: 2 Points
  • Improper or No Signal: 4 Points
  • Improperly Changing Lanes: 2 Points
  • Operating on Wrong Side of the Road: 4 Points
  • Passing a Stopped School Bus: 6 Points
  • Reckless Driving: 6 Points
  • Speeding 1-10 MPH Over the Speed Limit: 2 Points
  • Speeding 10-25 MPH Over the Speed Limit: 4 Points
  • Speeding 25 MPH or More Over the Speed Limit: 6 Points

New York's Point System

Unlike SC's Point System, NY does not set a fixed rate for points or divide them into three categories.

A traffic ticket in New York can range from 0 points to 11 points.

If you receive 11 or more points within 18 months, your New York license will be suspended for 6 months.

Likewise, if you are convicted of driving without insurance, your license will be suspended for 1 year.

Common NY Traffic Offenses from A-Z

  • Failure to Obey Stop Sign: 3 Points
  • Failure to Stop for School Bus: 5 Points
  • Failure to Yield Right of Way: 3 Points
  • Failure to Yield to an Emergency Vehicle: 2 Points
  • Following Too Closely: 4 Points
  • Inadequate Breaks (if Employer's Vehicle): 2 Points
  • Inadequate Breaks (if Your Vehicle): 4 Points
  • Leaving the Scene of an Accident: 3 Points
  • Mobile Phone Violation: 3 Points
  • Non-Moving Violations: 0 Points
  • Passed Red Light: 3 Points
  • Railroad Crossing Violation: 3 Points
  • Reckless Driving (Criminal Traffic Violation): 5 Points
  • Seatbelt Violation or Child Restraint Violation (if Under 16): 3 Points
  • Speeding (MPH Not Indicated on Ticket): 3 Points
  • Speeding 1-10 MPH Over Speed Limit: 3 Points
  • Speeding 11-20 MPH Over Speed Limit: 4 Points
  • Speeding 21-30 MPH Over Speed Limit: 6 Points
  • Speeding 31-40 MPH Over Speed Limit: 8 Points
  • Speeding 41 or More MPH Over Speed Limit: 11 Points
  • Unsafe Lane Change, Improper Passing, Driving in Wrong Direction: 3 Points
  • Using a Portable Electronic Device (Texting, using iPod, etc.): 3 Points

Out-of-State Traffic Tickets

Both NY and SC signed the Driver's License Compact, so they freely share driver information with one another.

If you receive a NY traffic ticket but are a SC driver, contrary to popular belief, SC will be notified about the ticket you received. Likewise, this too applies if you are licensed in NY and got a ticket in SC.

As a general rule, in South Carolina the ticket you receive in New York will be entered on your record and points will be assessed as if you received the ticket in South Carolina.

This means that a NY speeding ticket could put 2 points on your South Carolina driving record!

However, in New York, the New York State DMV does not record out-of-state violations committed by New York drivers in other jurisdictions unless they were alcohol- or drug-related or a moving violation committed in Quebec or Ontario.

This means that if you are a NY driver and speed in SC, you will only bear the cost of the fine SC levies against you and an insurance hike (i.e. no points).

Remember, if you recently received a traffic ticket, contact an experienced traffic ticket attorney today.  

If you received a ticket in South Carolina, contact the Lord Law Firm for a free consultation.  

Author Bio

Adam H. Rosenblum of The Rosenblum Law Firm is a NY traffic ticket lawyer licensed to practice in both New York and New Jersey.

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