If you’ve been cited for a traffic infraction, then there may be a driver responsibility assessment (DRA) that you have to pay the New York Department of Motor Vehicles for the next three years. State officials generally only impose a DRA if you rack up six or more points on your driving record during an 18-month period or a judge or jury convicts you of select traffic offenses.
DRAs is a fee that you must pay on top of any surcharges, penalties or fines associated with a traffic conviction. State officials see DRAs as a way to improve driver safety and deter repeated motorist problem behaviors.
Any motorist convicted of a drug- or alcohol- involved incident while operating a snowmobile, boat, or motor vehicle may have to pay a DRA. The same might occur if a motorist refuses a blood alcohol content test in New York.
A driver who accumulates six or more points in New York state or the Canadian provinces of Ontario or Quebec within 18 months may also have to pay a DRA. Motorists may have to pay a DRA regardless of where their driver’s license was issued.
The violation and related points associated with the offense determine how much of a DRA a motorist must pay.
Motorists convicted of drug or alcohol-related or chemical test refusal offenses may have to pay a minimum of $250 per year or $750 across three years. Motorists with six points on their license during an 18-month period may have to pay at least $100 per year or $300 across three years. There’s a $25 per point per year fee for each one that exceeds six during an 18-month period.
State officials require motorists to pay their fees by the due date to avoid suspension of their driver’s license.
Traffic violation charges can put your ability to operate a vehicle at risk. Not paying your fines can too. You may want to consult with an attorney to ensure that you protect the right that you cherish so much.
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