Fight Your Route 17 Speeding Ticket and Save Money
Did you receive a speeding ticket on State Route 17? If so, you are not alone. Each year, thousands of drivers are issued an expensive speeding ticket on their way to visit their kids at college, vacation, and business. Many drivers are unaware of the speed limit changes from 65 mph to 55 mph and find themselves facing hundreds of dollars in fines, hundreds more in a Driver’s Responsibility Assessment fee payable to Albany, and even more in insurance increases.
Some of these penalties can be reduced or eliminated by hiring our experienced SR-17 Ticket Lawyers. We can help.
About Our Firm: Our law firm has been recognized as some of the finest lawyers in New York State and we have been more than 30 years of legal experience. Our traffic ticket defense practice is led by a former prosecutor with the knowledge and skills to fight for you. Give us a call today and ask for your confidential consultation. We can be reached at 800-893-9645.
Busy Courts: Route 17 cuts cross the many counties in New York State. As such, many different courts have jurisdiction over tickets along this busy highway. Some of the more active courts to receive tickets include:
- Blooming Grove Town Court 6 Horton Rd, Washingtonville, NY 10992
- Chester Town Court in Orange County
- Hanock Town Court
- Hanover Town Court aka Silver Creek
- Liberty Town Court
- Mamakating aka Wurtsboro
- Rockland Town Court
- Sloatsburg Village Court
- Suffern Village Court
- Sanford Town Court aka deposit
- Thompson Town Court/Monticello
- Tuxedo Town Court
- Vestal Town Court
- Windsor Town Court
About NYS Route 17 (Route 17)
New York State Route 17 state highway commonly called NY Route 17 or just NY 17 is a famous touring highway nearing about 400 miles long. Extending 397 miles (or 638.91 km) long from the Pennsylvania border close to Erie through the Southern Tier to the New Jersey line at Suffern, it’s the longest state road in the state of New York. It is the primary route going through the New York State, and thanks to its preference amongst previous and today’s motorists, it has been rated among the coolest, most beautiful roads in the US.
This major east-west is among the oldest tour routes; so old that it has been on maps of the state highways system since its inauguration. The original version of it was done and opened in the late 1920s and run north to Harriman before veering northwest through Orange, Sullivan and Delaware counties of the Catskill Mountain. Also, Route 17 is the second-longest highway of any type all over the US, second only to the Thruway.
Route Description: This expressway begins at the point where I-86 meets New York–Pennsylvania border and continues eastwards through the Southern Tier to Jamestown. It crosses the Allegheny Reservoir near the Allegany State Park and heads east to Salamanca country where it then forces its way through several towns and counties. Basically, it spread out from Pennsylvania to Elmira where it further leads to Harriman before slicing through to emerge and merge with I-287 near the New Jersey state line.
History and Early Changes: NY 17 used to be the central segment of a famous trail known as the Liberty Highway that linked New York City and Cleveland. The path would connect the two cities through Erie, the Southern Tier, Liberty, and Hackensack. However, in 1908, there’s a primary configuration of the Liberty Highway starting from Westfield all the way to Harriman, then designated as Route 4 - an unsigned legislative route.
In 1924, the state of NY finally started to sign its significant highways adopting route numbers. Route 2 was subsequently converted to Route 17 with most of the changes focused on following a ‘more southerly routing’ than the previous Route 4. It bypassed Little Valley to the south and followed a direct connection of the Randolph- Salamanca. In the end, NY 17 followed the previous Route 39-b to the state of New Jersey at Suffern.
Upgrade to I-86 status: Tourism in the Catskill Mountains region skyrocketed in the 1930s and boomed after the 2nd World War, stretching the-then roads to their maximum. Sunday afternoons in the summertime were the worst with traffic jams filling almost every town around and nobody seemingly doing anything about it. Numerous fatal crashes soon ensued, including the infamous two milk tanker truck of the 1950s.
This followed the first four-lane road – the first free long-distance expressway and perhaps the only all over the US. Intersections were soon replaced with well-spaced access ramps, flyovers, and the 65mph (or 105 km/h) rule.
The first segment of this new highway cut through Middletown in 1951. Later, following the realignment of NY 17, more freeways (called Quickways) would emerge. This extended from the 1950s all the way to the 1990s when the NYS Route 17 finally ended in Pennsylvania state line to Harriman as a continuous limited-access highway.
Upgrading the NY 17 expressway to Interstate standard is currently underway, and it involves removing all at-grade intersections and driveway access. The upgrade also means all non-standard horizontal and vertical geometrics will be removed altogether still in line with the intention of eliminating all operational and safety deficiencies.
Initially, this was to be done in 1999 when the first 177 miles (westernmost 177) miles of it was to be upgraded. It, however, commenced in 2006, starting with the segment between Broome-Delaware County and Interstate 81. Once all this is over, the freeway will have all of its NY 17 signs replaced with I-86 and this once-longest, and many motorists’ favorite tourist route will remain as a short fragment in Orange and Rockland counties. Basically, it will be truncated to Harriman, a move that has attracted unrests from the locals.
Sights and Attractions along this route: Route 17 isn’t just significant because of its size and age. The corridor where it is situated is known for it's historic, scenic and recreational purposes. Adjacent to this is the covered bridges in Sullivan County, National Soaring Museum, Allegany State Park, and the Newtown Battlefield. Also, the route serves to demonstrate how transportation in the state has grown from the time of trails and canals to date.
It serves 11 counties and passes through five cities before entering the vicinity of several more, including Middletown and Jamestown and ends at the lower Hudson Valley. At the moment, Route 17 is mostly a limited access highway that all vehicles, except commercial vehicles, trucks and those with ads and promos.
New York State Point System:
The number of points a driver is facing will depend on the nature of the charge. Most moving violations will vary from 0 to 11 points. The majority of clients that hire our firm are facing a speeding ticket. This chart will help you quickly ascertain the number of points you are facing.
01 to 10 mph over the limit
11 to 20
21 to 30
31 to 40
More than 40
Here is a list of some common charges were have helped our client’s fight.
- Speeding under VTL § 1180 (b)
- Speeding under VTL § 1180 (d)
- Cell Phone under VTL § 1225
- Child Seatbelt under VTL § 1229
- Failure to Move Over under VTL § 1144-A
- Failure to Signal under VTL § 1163
- Following Too Closely under VTL § 1129
- Operating Without Insurance under VTL § 319
- Red Light under VTL § 1111
- Stop Sign Violation under VTL § 1172
- Suspended License Operation under VTL § 511.1 (Misdemeanor)
- Unsafe Lane Change under VTL § 1128
What are the benefits of retaining your firm?
Going to court can be a time consuming and stressful proposition for many motorists. Our attorneys have been appearing in traffic courts for years and can assist you in alleviating your stress and help reduce the points levied against your license. By reducing your ticket, we can help save you on rising insurance costs.
We are familiar with the “ins and outs” of the court. Our attorneys have excelled at getting speeding tickets, suspended licenses cases, and other matters either dismissed or reduced. Under most normal circumstances, our client’s never appear in court on traffic infractions. This will saves them valuable time and money. Give us a call today to learn how we can save you money, time, and points on your license at 800-893-9645.