The following information is updated periodically. However, laws and regulations can change between updates. State statutes and local ordinances are the ultimate authorities for these issues.
Points of Interest
Rural Interstates: Cars 55*, Trucks 55*
Urban Interstates: Cars 55*, Trucks 55*
Other Limited Access Roads: Cars 55*, Trucks 55*
* Except for certain designated highways
These speed limits apply unless a different limit is posted.
Speed limits are absolute--exceeding the speed limit is illegal per se (regardless of whether it was safe under the specific conditions).
Speed Limits Enforcement Techniques
Enforced through use of:
Automated Speed Enforcement: Yes
Ticket Payment Methods
Consult your ticket or clerk of courts
Trial By Declaration Allowed
Jury Trial Allowed
Member of Nonresident Compact
Member of Driver License Compact
When and Where to File Accident Reports
Accidents involving death, personal injury, or property damage exceeding $500 must be reported immediately to the local authorities and within 5 days in writing to the Motor Vehicle Division.
Resident Insurance Requirements
Liability insurance is required (although some states allow posting a cash bond or such as an alternative)
Minimum Coverage Required:
Injury to one person: $25,000
$50,000 because of the death of one person in one accident and $50,000 for two or more persons injured in any one accident and $100,000 for the deaths of two or more persons in one accident.
Property Damage: $10,000
Uninsured motorist coverage is required
New York is a "no-fault" state
Novice Drivers: No special restrictions
School Bus Drivers: No special restrictions
All Drivers: Hand-held cell phone use prohibited, using primary enforcement, and text-messaging prohibited, using secondary enforcement
Telephone: 505/827-9000 (Department Of Public Safety) or http://www.nydmv.state.ny.us/broch/c49.htm (Traffic Violations Bureau)
Emergency Cellular Phone Number: 911
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This page was last updated: August 2010