Say you have just been pulled over by a police officer. After that uncomfortable feeling wears off from being pulled over, you look at the ticket and see that you have “Disobeyed a Traffic Control Device,” or violated Section 1110(a) of the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law.
Now the question becomes, what does it mean to disobey a traffic control device? Section 1110(a) of the NYS VTL states:
Every person shall obey the instructions of any traffic control device applicable to him placed in accordance with the provisions of this chapter, unless otherwise directed by a traffic or police officer, subject to the exceptions granted the driver of an authorized emergency vehicle in this title.
The majority of Section 1110(a) cases arise out of a motorist allegedly disobeying a traffic sign or a pavement marking. This can include things such as a yield sign, double solid yellow lines, a solid white line or even a red light if the officer is feeling generous and does not want to give you the harsher penalty of disobeying a red light. It is a very broad violation and one that an experienced traffic court attorney deals with regularly.
Disobeying a traffic control device is a two-point violation in the State of New York and carries a fine of up to $150 plus a surcharge. If you are ever pulled over and written a ticket for Disobeying a Traffic Control Device, always fight it. The points and money associated with the ticket can be burdensome. If you are looking for an attorney to advocate on your behalf, do not hesitate to call the Ticket Defenders. We are well-versed in this violation and the consultation is always free.