How to Contest NYC Speeding Camera Tickets — and Win

Appeal Speeding Tickets How to Contest NYC Speeding Camera Tickets — and Win

How to Contest NYC Speeding Camera Tickets — and Win

Speed cameras in NYC are only allowed in school zones and the project is about to expire (July 2022) but is likely to be renewed and possibly expanded. The cameras are active between 6 am and 10 pm, Monday through Friday. Supporters see the cameras as more equitable and reducing accidents, detractors accuse them of "nickel and diming” New Yorkers.

If you got a speeding ticket from one of these cameras, then you might be wondering how to handle it. It might be tempting to simply pay the fine, or even to ignore the ticket, although this is a bad idea for many reasons.

Contesting the ticket is somewhat complicated, but with DoNotPay, it will be easier to get your speeding ticket dismissed and avoid consequences such as higher insurance premiums and a "dirty" driving record.

How Do New York City's Speed Cameras Work?

Speed cameras are pretty simple:

  1. Radar detects whether a car is traveling over the posted speed limit.
  2. A camera is triggered that takes a photo of the vehicle's license plate.
  3. The ticket is mailed to the address on record of the vehicle's owner.

Older systems work by taking a series of photographs with time stamps. The exact locations of NYC's cameras are kept secret to keep drivers from slowing down as they approach the camera and then speeding up again, which can cause more accidents.

Speeding Ticket Fines in New York City

Above the Speed Limit (MPH)Minimum FeeMaximum FeePossible Prison Term
1 - 10 MPH$45$150Not more than 15 days
11 - 29 MPH$90$300Not more than 30 days
30 MPH and Above$180$600Not more than 30 days

Is Contesting a Speeding Camera Ticket in NYC Worth the Hassle

Some people don't feel contesting these tickets are worth it. However, it is always worth it. When you pay the ticket, you end up with points on your license that stay there for a few years. Your auto insurance company will then hike your premiums. Repeated speeding tickets can cause them not to renew your policy.

So, why else is it worth it?

  • The system counts on most people paying the fine without disputing it.
  • While New York does not dismiss speeding tickets if you take a driving course, completing a Point and Insurance Reduction Program (PIRP) course can reduce the number of points, and some, though not all, insurance companies will let this mitigate any premium hikes.
  • You can potentially get the ticket cost reduced if you can't afford to pay it.

Paying the ticket is always an admission of guilt. If you think you can get it dismissed, do. This can be a little harder with cameras because there are no human operators involved. Another reason to contest is if somebody else was driving your car and you can prove it. Of course, this may just shift the violation onto them, but you should not be paying a fine for your teenage child or the friend you loaned your car to.

How to Fight a Camera Speeding Ticket in Court

If you do need to fight it in court, then you should start by gathering any evidence that supports your position. If a sign was damaged or obscured, take photos of it. If your GPS data shows that you were not speeding, submit that. You can make the argument that the cameras were not working properly.

If anyone else was in the car and can vouch for you not speeding, make sure to call them in.

You typically don't need a lawyer for this. It's simple enough that almost anyone can represent themselves. However, DoNotPay, the world's first robot lawyer, can help you with some of the minutiae of fighting a camera speeding ticket.

Contest Camera Tickets in New York in Less Than 120 Seconds

DoNotPay has contested many, many traffic tickets, especially in New York. In fact, we have beaten 160,000 parking tickets and camera speeding tickets are just as easy. Our service has been praised by and many others. It's really easy. All you have to do is:

  1. Log-in to DoNotPay and find the Speeding Ticket product.


  2. Upload a photo of your speeding ticket.


  3. Provide us with some details on why you believe the citation issued is a mistake.


  4. Select whether or not you want the letter mailed to the traffic ticket issuer on your behalf! 
  5. That’s it! You’ll receive an appeal letter that contains state vehicle codes to boost your case.


Our success rate is higher than doing it on your own. We can't promise that you will beat the speeding ticket, but we can give you the best possible shot.

What Else Can DoNotPay Do?

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Trust DoNotPay to handle tedious things so you don't have to, whether it's contesting a speeding ticket or working out how to get compensation for that time you were stranded in Chicago.

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