Do Points From Traffic Tickets Transfer From State to State?

Announcer: PYX 106, Quinn and Cantara.

Quinn: It’s 1-800-LAW-1010, Paul Harding on the phone to help control Cantara’s frustrations this morning.

Cantara: Yeah, Paul, thanks for doing this. It should be a pretty simple one for you. How are you doing, by the way?

Attorney Harding: I am doing well and I will do the best I can.

Cantara: I just want to paint the picture. This is her third ticket in less than three months, two in Vermont and one for looking at her phone while pulling out of a Dunkin’. I sat with the patrol officers on every one of these.

Quinn: I bet you do.

Cantara: Here’s my question. Do you lose the points off your license if your ticket comes from out of state?

Attorney Harding: So here is the deal. You get 11 points or more in 18 months…

Cantara: That’s a lot.

Attorney Harding: …you risk revocation of your license. However, if you sort of move around to different states, the points don’t transfer. So those two tickets she got in Vermont, those points, whatever she ended up pleading to, she may end up getting those reduced. But those points will not go towards her 11 points she’s allowed to get up to in New York state.

Quinn: Oh, let it rise this week, buddy.

Cantara: I actually think if all of the infractions came in the state of New York, it would be 11.

Quinn: So what.

Cantara: Because it’s five for the cell phone thing and then three for the speed. So she would be right there.

Quinn: Oh, my God.

Cantara: So there’s a chance my baby Mama would have to take an Uber every day to get my kids to school.

Quinn: Oh, my God, dude. Look out.

Attorney Harding: Well, there’s always a chance for a reduction. But you’re right, you know. If you just kind of get the ticket and pay the ticket, you get 11 or more, they will revoke you for a short time, kind of slap you on your wrist. If you do it again, it keeps getting more and more Uber potential rides, yes.

Cantara: How do you think this would play out in court? Because she said that even the cop said he…the speed limit was 45 then it went to 30 and then it went right back to 40. And the 40 speed limit was in her sights but she hadn’t quite reached it.

Quinn: Okay.

Cantara: So he got her for doing 40 in a 30 and he even admitted it was a little crooked. But if you go to court and say the cop even admitted it was a little crooked, that doesn’t help does it?

Attorney Harding: It doesn’t help a whole lot, no. Because where you are at the time of the speed limit, not where you’re going to be is the deciding factor. Now, I think he was being pretty humane, said, “Listen, you know,” I’m guessing, “I get it” you know, “There was a little window here.” But during that little window, [inaudible 00:02:14] school.

Quinn: There are so many spots though, I mean.

Cantara: I think Paul makes perfect sense, though. It’s where you are, not where you are going. Because, eventually, I’m going to the Autobahn.

Quinn: That’s a good point. There’s one over on…on the way to Gloversville from Saratoga that just like goes from a 55 right down to like a 35, or something for a real brief of time.

Cantara: And then back up again.

Quinn: It’s like in Galway or something and it gets my wife every time, too.

Cantara: I like to set it and forget it at two miles under the speed limit on my cruise control.

Quinn: Piece of cake.

Cantara: That’s my thing.

Quinn: Piece of cake, 25 stay alive.

Cantara: All right. It looks like my old lady is off the hook for another month or so huh, Paul?

Attorney Harding: Until she gets her next one. Let me know if she does.

Quinn: That’s good news, Paul.

Cantara: Thanks. She’d be happy to hear that, Paul. We really appreciate it.

Quinn: Now, does she gonna have to go to Vermont and take care of all those court stops?

Cantara: No, no. Just pay the ticket and be thankful that you have your license.

Quinn: She can plead it though. She can go up there.

Cantara: It’s a two-hour drive to go argue a ticket. It doesn’t make any sense.

Quinn: I know. All right, Paul.

Cantara: Thanks.

Quinn: 1-800-LAW-1010,

Cantara: He’s the best.

Quinn: Paul Harding from Martin, Harding & Mazzotti.