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       Although a traffic ticket may seem relatively minor, they can have a long-lasting big impact because many of these charges can result in points on your permanent driving record, expensive fines, high insurance rates and surcharges, loss of insurance, loss of driving privileges, community service and even time in jail in some cases. 


       And these tickets can have a substantial impact on your life with respect to your ability to drive to and from work, and your ability to keep your job if you have a commercial driver’s license (CDL). If you are not a U.S. citizen, conviction of certain traffic offenses may affect your immigration status, even if you are a permanent resident


       Attorney Mario Di Rienzo's experience in New Jersey Municipal Court traffic matters includes violations of driving while revoked or suspended, careless driving, speeding, improper turn violations, failure to stop or yield, failure to maintain automobile insurance, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to report an accident, reckless driving, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DWI DUI), refusal to take a breath test, and possession of drugs in a motor vehicle.

       To learn more about Attorney Mario Di Rienzo’s experience and qualifications, please use the link below to view his profile:

Mario Di Rienzo, Esq.


       As an Attorney with the previous experience of being a former New Jersey State Trooper for over 22 years, Mario Di Rienzo has a unique perspective and experience in the Municipal Court System.  Also, he has strong relationships with the Police and Prosecutor’s.  For a Free Consultation, Call Now at 908-329-2727 or fill out our on-line Contact Form.


Traffic Violations & Points


39:4-35 Failure to yield to pedestrian in crosswalk - 2 points

39:4-36 Failure to yield to pedestrian or pass a vehicle yielding to a pedestrian - 2 pts

39:4-41 Driving through safety zone  - 2 pts

39:4-52 Racing on Highway - 5 pts

39:4-55 Improper action or omission on grades and curves  - 2 pts

39:4-57 Failure to observe directions of an officer - 2 pts

39:4-66 Failure to stop before crossing sidewalk - 2 pts

39:4-66.1 Failure to yield to pedestrians or vehicles entering or leaving highway - 2 pts

39:4-66.2 Driving on private property to avoid traffic signal or stop sign - 2 pts

39:4-71 Improper driving on sidewalk - 2 pts

39:4-80 Failure to obey directions of an officer - 2 pts

39:4-81 Failure to observe traffic signal - 2 pts

39:4-82.1 Improper operating of vehicle on divided highway or divider - 2 pts

39:4-83 Failure to keep right at intersection - 2 pts

39:4-83 Failure to pass right of vehicle proceeding in opposite direction - 2 pts

39:4-85 Improper passing on right or off roadway - 4 pts

39:4-85 Wrong way on one-way street - 2 pt

39:4-86 Improper passing, in “No Passing” zone - 4 pts

39:4-87 Failure to yield to overtaking vehicle - 2 pts

39:4-88 Failure to observe traffic lanes - 2 pts

39:4-89 Tailgating - 5 pts

39:4-90 Failure to yield at intersection - 2 pts

39:4-90.1 Failure to use proper entrances to limited access highway - 2 pts

39:4-91 Failure to yield to emergency vehicle  - 2 pts

39:4-96 Reckless Driving - 5 pts

39:4-97 Careless Driving - 2 pts

39:4-97a Destruction of agricultural or recreational property - 2 pts

39:4-97.1 Slow speed blocking traffic - 2 pts

39:4-97.2 Unsafe Driving (third offense only) - 4 pts

39:4-98 Speeding up to 14 mph above limit - 2 pts

Speeding 15-29 mph above limit - 4 pts

Speeding 30 mph or more above limit - 5 pts

39:4-105 Failure to stop at traffic light - 2 pts

39:4-115 Improper turn at traffic light - 3 pts

39:4-119 Failure to stop at flashing red signal - 2 pts 

39:4-122 Failure to stop for police whistle - 2 pts

39:4-123 Improper right or left turn - 3 pts

39:4-124 Improper turn: from approved course - 3 pts

39:4-125 Improper U-turn - 3 pts

39:4-126 Failure to give proper signal - 2 pts

39:4-127 Improper backing or turning into street - 2 pts

39:4-127.1 Improper crossing of railroad grade crossing - 2 pts

39:4-127.2 Improper crossing of bridge - 2 pts

39:4-128 Improper passing of railroad grade crossing by certain vehicles - 2 pts

39:4-128.1 Improper passing of school bus - 5 pts

39:4-128.4 Improper passing frozen dessert truck - 4 pts

39:4-128 Leaving scene of accident (no injuries) - 2 pts

39:4-129 Leaving the scene of accident (with Personal injury) - 8 pts

39:4-144 Failure to observe stop or yield signs - 2 pts



Traffic Violations Surcharges or Suspended License


If you accrue 6 or more points on your license within three years, you will be hit with a surcharge of $150, plus $25 for each point beyond six. This is in addition to any fines for the traffic violations that gave you the points.  Be advised that having 12 or more points on your driving record at any time will result in your license being suspended. A judge can also suspend your license for any willful violation of NJSA 39:1-1 to NJSA 39:5G-2.


Point Deductions


While a record of your violations stays permanently on your record, points are deducted from your record as follows:  Up to 3 points may be subtracted from the total points on your driving record for each year you go without a violation or suspension; 2 points are deducted by taking an MVC-approved defensive driving course only once every five years; a driver improvement program can deduct 3 points once every two years; and a probationary driver program will also earn a 3 point deduction.


Higher Insurance Rates


Traffic tickets can also raise your insurance premiums since car insurance carriers assign their own system of points for moving violations and insurance points received within the last three years are used to determine the premium that you must pay for liability coverage. If you accrue too many points, you may lose your insurance and then you would need to obtain coverage through the New Jersey Personal Automobile Insurance Plan (NJAIP) at a much higher cost.

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