VTL 1180(b) - Speeding in a 55 Mile Per Hour Zone

If you are cited with speeding on a road in New York State with a 55 MPH speed limit, you will be charged with Vehicle & Traffic Law § 1180(b). The exact wording of the relevant sub-statute is:

(b) Except as provided in subdivision (g) of this section and except when a special hazard exists that requires lower speed for compliance with subdivision (a) of this section or when maximum speed limits have been established as hereinafter authorized, no person shall drive a vehicle at a speed in excess of fifty-five miles per hour.

1180(b) is the second most “popular” speeding ticket in New York State. The first is 1180(d). More tickets for 1180(d) are issued than 1180(b) because 1180(d) applies to all speed limits and 1180(b) applies only to 55 mph speed limits. It is unknown why there is a separate subsection for 55 mph zone roads. For all practical purposes, 1180(b) is the same as 1180(d). The fines and possible points are the same.

In New York City, the default speed limit is 25 mph. Outside of the city, the default speed limit is 55 mph. Interstate highways in New York State have a default speed limit of 65 miles per hour. There are some portions where the speed limit on the highways is reduced to 55 mph. The speed limit on parkways never exceeds 55 mph.

The Benjamin Goldman Law Office has handled thousands of 1180(b) tickets. Our firm has had much success in obtaining dramatic reductions for many of our clients. This is done mostly by entering into plea bargain dispositions that result in a substantial modification of the charges. Advantageous plea bargains are not obtained by convincing the judge or prosecutor of your version of events. This rarely works. There are various legal techniques and procedural tactics that good traffic lawyers utilize to obtain highly advantageous reductions.

The Benjamin Goldman Law Office is dedicated to helping motorists with speeding tickets. We have helped thousands of clients avoid the costly consequences of a serious speeding violation appearing on their driving record. Our firm takes on cases all across New York State, from Valley Stream to Amherst. We will be glad to review your speeding charges and let you know what we can do for you. Consultations are always free.

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