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Do I pay driver responsibility assessment for traffic violations?

New Yorkers who are confronted with the penalties for alleged traffic violations might have to deal with a driver license suspension, insurance impacts and even jail time. The alleged acts that led to the citation or arrest will dictate the penalties a person will face. The point system is often a source of confusion and other aspects of it can be complex. One issue that frequently causes uncertainty is the driver responsibility assessment. Knowing when this could be an issue is important when formulating a defense against the charges.

When a driver has amassed six or more points on their drivers license within 18 months, they will have a driver responsibility assessment. This is not a charge in lieu of other penalties, but is added to other penalties. Drivers will face the driver responsibility assessment if they have one of the following issues: they are convicted of DUI in a motor vehicle, boat, or snowmobile in the state; they refuse a chemical test to determine blood-alcohol content; they accrued six points or more on their license within 18 months for traffic violations not just in New York, but also in Ontario and Quebec.

The points will determine how much the driver responsibility assessment is. DUI or refusal will cost $250. For three years, that comes to $750. With six points or more in 18 months, it will cost $100 annually with a three-year total of $300. If it exceeds six points, the amount will rise by $25 every year for each point beyond six. Those who do not pay might have their driver license suspended. The suspension will be lifted once the payment is received.

The point system and driver responsibility assessment are in place to dissuade drivers from committing various acts that result in points being placed on their license. While it might not seem like a significant amount of money, the way that drivers end up paying for the driver responsibility assessment can be problematic with DUI, refusal and other allegations having various penalties linked to them. To avoid a conviction and the need to pay the driver responsibility assessment, having legal guidance from a law firm that handles traffic violations and other driving issues in New York is essential.

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