A Summons for Slow Speed or Blocking Traffic (39:4-97.1) in New Jersey will cost you two points on your license and can cost you over $2500.00 in increased insurance rates over the next 3 years. Slow speed or blocking traffic is a common ticket given to new drivers and the elderly who common drive slow. Just like it is illegal to speed it is illegal to go too slow. Going to slow is generally considered by most judges, going anything slower than 10 MPH under the speed limit. You can also get this ticket if you stay in the passing lane too long on a multiple lane highway. This is because a slow-moving vehicle that remains in the passing lane and blocks other traffic is considered to be going to slow (Kendall vs. Kendall, (527 A.2d 96)
The Points associated with this ticket can cost you dearly on your insurance. You can lose 3 points a year off your license for your motor vehicle record if you remain violation free for a year, but for Insurance purposes it takes 3 years from the date of your violation/conviction for the points to be eliminated off your insurance. That is why a conviction for this offense should be fought with proper legal representation as it can cost you thousands of dollars.
If mandatory court appearance is checked on your ticket for slow speed or blocking traffic in addition to the 2 points you the judge does have the discretion to suspend your license. If you lose your license either because you have accumulated too many points or because the judge feels that your violation warrants a suspension, you could lose your job, your house and all that is important to you! Don't go it alone we can help. Call our office at 1-800-9-RIGHTS or (732) 257-5040 to setup a free in office consultation to find out how we can help you reduce or eliminate these penalties. You have rights, but you must know how to protect them we can help.
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Under NJSA: 39:5-31: A judge may suspend the driving privileges of any person he/she deems to be guilty of a “willful violation” of the law. In simplified layman terms this means that, if the driver knew or should have known, what he/she was doing was illegal or improper, (example running a red light or speeding double the limit or 30mph or more over the limit etc.) the judge may issue a license revocation or suspension to that person even if the particular statute has no provision for a license suspension.
A suspension under 39:5-31 is generally only given by a judge when a ticket is either:
- Marked with a mandatory court appearance or
- When an accident occurs as a result of the ticketed persons actions or
- If the person has a bad past driving record. (points may go away over time, but the violation stays on your record for life)
Accordingly, If your ticket is marked mandatory court appearance, do not try to handle this ticket yourself, put the experience of Attorney Aalsberg to work for you to help reduce or eliminate any possible license suspension. Attorney Aalsberg has a 98%* Success rate to win, reduce or eliminate the penalties for all NJ traffic ticket charges.