According to the U.S. Census Bureau, New Jersey has more residents working out of state than any other state in the country. More than 1.83 million New Jersey workers leave their county to work, with the majority of commute out of the Garden State pouring into Manhattan, New York. While there are many factors for residing in New Jersey while commuting to New York and other surrounding states for work, the major factor is getting more bang for your buck when it comes to the housing market.
Going out of state to work has many advantages, but it also has its downfalls, namely the bleak possibility of getting an expensive speeding ticket. Getting a ticket can mean expensive fines, points on your driving record, the possibility of the suspension of your driver’s license and a hike in your insurance premium. However, the main question many New Jersey commuters think about is whether it makes any difference if the ticket is issued while driving on New York ground. The quick and simple answer is no, you will face the consequences regardless of which state issues the speeding ticket.
Driver’s License Compact Between New York and New Jersey
The Big Apple and the Garden State have signed a pact known as the Driver’s License Compact. Under this law, both states are free to share relevant information about any of their motorists. For example, if you are a New Yorker and get a speeding or any other moving violation while driving in New Jersey, the state of New York will be notified about your ticket. Likewise, the same applies if you are licensed in New Jersey and get a moving violation while driving in New York.
The Consequences for New Jersey Drivers
The penalties and consequences of moving violations on your driving record are handled differently in each state. Just because a moving violation in New York carries both a fine and points on a motorist’s driving record, it does not necessarily mean the motorist will face the same consequences in New Jersey. It will be up to the New Jersey department of motor vehicle to determine whether to add points on your driving record.
Moreover, the points system for each traffic violation is not necessarily the same in each state. For instance, if you get a speeding ticket for going 33 miles over the speed limit in New York, New Jersey will add 2 points on your record. However, a similar ticket would result in 8 points for a New York driver. It should be noted that insurance companies can and most often increase their insured’s policy premium based on the state with the highest points, not where you are licensed.
If you received a traffic violation in New York and are licensed in New Jersey, you need to immediately call New Jersey speeding tickets attorney Dan Matrafajlo at 908-248-4404 for a free consultation. Mr. Matrafajlo has the experience needed to fight your traffic violations to avoid the negative consequences on your driving record.