Pound Ridge is a small town in Westchester County, NY. It has a population of 5,104. It is also home to deer, emus, swans, ducks and geese, foxes and coyotes, raccoons, otters, squirrels, chipmunks, frogs, crickets, etc.
The average person would never think that Pound Ridge has a problem of too many NY speeding tickets.
Despite a concerted effort to slow down traffic in Scotts Corners, Pound Ridge’s business district, Pound Ridge Police Department has found that motorists are not obeying the 30-mph speed limit. Scotts Corners is an area of several blocks with a retail establishment.
Complaints about speeding in Pound Ridge increased in recent years. The issue peaked last year when an elderly man was killed when walking along Westchester Avenue in Scotts Corners.
By employing daily radar details in the business district, Pound Ridge police gathered data over a 24-month period of 2010 and 2011. Police Chief David Ryan claims that his officers are issuing about the same number of tickets every quarter in Scotts Corners despite the heavy police presence. Normally, when a strong police presence exists, drivers slow down.
The Pound Ridge Police Department’s study shows that in 2010 and 2011 the average speed in Scotts Corners increased from 48.5 mph to 52.1 mph even though it is a 30-mph zone. It was also reported that the number of tickets handed out in each quarter of 2011 increased by about 50% over the first quarter in 2010.
The study showed that the average speed in Scotts Corners is 52 mph in a 30-mph zone. A NY speeding ticket of 22 mph over the speed limit may cost the driver up to $300 in fines and 6 points on his driving record.
Six points within 18 months means that the driver needs to pay a Driver Responsibility Assessment of $100 per year for 3 years and $25 per year for three years for each point over 6.
These fines and surcharges don’t even take into account the increase in insurance premiums that you can experience.
Pound Ridge Police are hoping to change drivers’ behavior by enforcing the speed limit every day.
“We will increase our enforcement and reduce our tolerance levels if necessary,” Ryan said.
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