The penalties for traffic violations in New Jersey Municipal Court range in severity.  Some violations merely come with a fine, while moving violations involve points being assessed to your record.  Some of the more serious violations may involve license suspension, community service or jail time.

An experienced criminal defense attorney may be able to help you reduce or eliminate your traffic violation points associated with the traffic ticket or tickets you received or even dismiss the ticket or tickets entirely.  Call now to speak with the Law Office of Jason T. Komninos at (201) 343-4622.

The following is a list of the most common traffic violations and the amount of points assessed for each:

Violation is listed first, then the amount of points next to it

New Jersey Turnpike, Garden State Parkway and Atlantic City Expressway
27:23–29 – Moving against traffic – 2
27:23–29 – Improper passing – 4
27:23–29 – Unlawful use of median strip – 2

All Roads and Highways
39:3–20 – Operating constructor vehicle in excess of 45 mph – 3
39:4–14.3 – Operating motorized bicycle on a restricted highway – 2
39:4–14.3d – More than one person on a motorized bicycle – 2
39:4–35 – Failure to yield to pedestrian in crosswalk – 2
39:4–36 – Failure to yield to pedestrian in crosswalk; passing a vehicle yielding to pedestrian in crosswalk – 2
39:4– 41 – Driving through safety zone – 2
39:4–52 – Racing on highway – 5
39:4–55 – Improper action or omission on grades and curves – 2
39:4–57 – Failure to observe direction of officer – 2
39:4–66 – Failure to stop vehicle before crossing sidewalk – 2
39:4–66.1 – Failure to yield to pedestrians or vehicles while entering or leaving highway – 2
39:4–66.2 – Driving on public or private property to avoid a traffic sign or signal – 2
39:4–71 – Operating a motor vehicle on a sidewalk – 2
39:4–80 – Failure to obey direction of officer – 2
39:4–81 – Failure to observe traffic signals* (Red Light Camera* – 0 pts.) – 2
(*No points assessed for red light camera violation)
39:4–82 – Failure to keep right – 2
39:4–82.1 – Improper operating of vehicle on divided highway or divider – 2
39:4–83 – Failure to keep right at intersection – 2
39:4–84 – Failure to pass to right of vehicle proceeding in opposite direction – 5
39:4–85 – Improper passing on right or off roadway – 4
39:4–85.1 – Wrong way on a one-way street – 2
39:4–86 – Improper passing in no passing zone – 4
39:4–87 – Failure to yield to overtaking vehicle – 2
39:4–88 – Failure to observe traffic lanes – 2
39:4–89 – Tailgating – 5
39:4–90 – Failure to yield at intersection – 2
39:4–90.1 – Failure to use proper entrances to limited access highways – 2
39:4–91–92 – Failure to yield to emergency vehicles – 2
39:4–96 – Reckless driving – 5
39:4–97 – Careless driving – 2
39:4–97a – Destruction of agricultural or recreational property – 2
39:4–97.1 – Slow speed blocking traffic – 2
39:4–97.2 – Driving in an unsafe manner – 4
(points only for third or subsequent offense within five years of most recent 39:4-97.2 conviction)

39:4–98

  • Exceeding maximum speed 1-14 mph over limit – 2
  • Exceeding maximum speed 15-29 mph over limit – 4
  • Exceeding maximum speed 30 mph or more over limit – 5

39:4–105 – Failure to stop for traffic light – 2
39:4–115 – Improper turn at traffic light – 3
39:4–119 – Failure to stop at flashing red signal – 2
39:4–122 – Failure to stop for police whistle – 2
39:4–123 – Improper right or left turn – 3
39:4–124 – Improper turn from approved turning course – 3
39:4–125 – Improper u-turn – 3
39:4–126 – Failure to give proper signal – 2
39:4–127 – Improper backing or turning in street – 2
39:4–127.1 – Improper crossing of railroad grade crossing – 2
39:4–127.2 – Improper crossing of bridge – 2
39:4–128 – Improper crossing of railroad grade crossing by certain vehicles – 2
39:4–128.1 – Improper passing of school bus – 5
39:4–128.4 – Improper passing of frozen dessert truck – 4
39:4–129 – Leaving the scene of an accident – No personal injury – 2
39:4–129 – Leaving the scene of an accident – Personal injury – 8
39:4–144 – Failure to observe stop or yield signs – 2
39:5C–1 – Racing on highway – 5
39:5D–4 – Moving violation committed out-of-state – 2

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