Cost of Speeding in NYC: Up to $600 And Someone’s LIFE, Maybe (Don’t Speed)

Some REAL INTERESTING FACTS in Robert Kolker’s NY Mag piece on New York pedestrian deaths:

“ …. a pedestrian struck at 40 miles per hour is four times more likely to die than one struck at 30 miles per hour, who in turn is six times more likely to die than one struck at 20 miles per hour.”


“… most police precincts in New York only hand out about two speeding tickets per week.”


“In 2011, cops gave out more tickets for drivers with cars with tinted windows (4,967) than they did for drivers who were speeding (3,779).”


According to Matthew J. Weiss, ESQ., a traffic lawyer with the motto “Traffic ticket? It’s no big deal!,” NYC speeding ticket fines start at $45 and go up to $600, plus an additional $70 surcharge from the state, fees based on the points on your drivers licence, and jail time if the judge doesn’t like the look of you. Good thing the odds are EVER IN THE FAVOR of speeding drivers getting away with it. Please everyone let’s look both ways before we cross the street and beware of turning trucks that can’t see us and also let’s all hold hands and also probably stay in our houses, forever.

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