How are points assigned to your driving record in New York?

I don't understand how points work. I got tickets for running a red light and using my cell phone while driving.

“In New York, the DMV uses several types of violations to assign points to a driver. This is called the Driver Violation Point System.
The purpose of this system is to identify high-risk drivers. Some violations that add points to your license are:
  • Speeding (3 to 11 points)
  • Reckless driving (5 points)
  • Failing to stop at a stop sign (5 points)
  • Failing to yield (3 points)
  • Failing to stop for a school bus (5 points)
  • Improper passing (3 points)
  • Leaving the scene of an accident (3 points)
  • Improper turn (2 points)
While the number of points attached to violations vary from 0 to 11 points, you can only have a certain amount of points in 18 months. If you exceed 11 points within 18 months, your license will be suspended.
As you received a ticket for running a red light and using your cell phone, you likely have eight points on your license. If you’re worried about getting another ticket, you may want to consider taking the Point and Insurance Reduction Program.
This can help prevent your license from being suspended as well as save you money on your car insurance when you shop quotes with car insurance broker Jerry.”
Emily Maracle
Answered on Oct 11, 2021
Emily Maracle is a car insurance specialist living in New York. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she has a degree in English Literature and a background in customer service. She enjoys cooking, gardening, and living sustainably. In the future, she can't wait to upgrade to a hybrid or electric car.

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