Traffic Codes & Fines For Traffic Violations in New Jersey

Traffic offenses are classified into three categories based on their severity. These categories include failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk, failure to obey traffic signals, speeding, and careless driving. There are additional points for failure to comply with officer directions, leaving the scene of an accident with no personal injury, and speeding. Below you’ll find detailed information about each of these offenses and their respective fines.

Points values

The number of points you receive for a traffic violation in New Jersey varies depending on the type of offense you committed. In general, the more serious the violation, the higher the points you will receive. Moreover, each point will be associated with a certain amount of fine, which will be higher the more points you receive. Points for traffic violations in New Jersey are awarded by the motor vehicle commission. They are issued based on severity, and getting too many points will lead to higher fines, surcharges, and license suspension.

Penalties

Penalties for traffic violations in New Jersey vary according to the violation. Speeding fines are generally higher if you’re moving over the posted limit. Points are also added to your driving record for each point over the speed limit, so any traffic offense can cost you more than you may think. If you’re not sure what the penalty is, Log on to NJMCDirect from this link. Penalties for traffic violations in New Jersey can range from a small fine to a license suspension.

Court costs

There are many different ways to pay court costs for traffic violations in New Jersey Municipal Court. In most cases, the defendant will be required to pay court costs if found guilty of the offense. However, the court can also convert a traffic fine into jail time, or impose other financial obligations. Court costs can range from $33 per violation to $75 or more if the offense was committed while a peace officer or police officer was involved. Drivers should contact their court as soon as they fall behind on traffic fines.

NJSA SECTIONOFFENSEPOINTSFINE
NEW JERSEY TURNPIKE, GARDEN STATE PARKWAY AND ATLANTIC CITY EXPRESSWAY
27:23-29Moving against traffic2
27:23-29Improper passing4
27:23-29Unlawful use of median strip2
NEW JERSEY TURNPIKE, GARDEN STATE PARKWAY AND ATLANTIC CITY EXPRESSWAY
39:3-4Driving or parking unregistered motor vehicle$54
39:3-9aFailure to notify of a change in name$55
39:3-9aFailure to endorse your license$55
39:3-10Driving with an expired license$54
39:3-11Violating a restricted or conditional license$55
39:3-17Failure to possess drivers’ license or registration (for non-resident motorists)$180
39:3-20“Excess weight — plus $100 for each 1,000 lbs or fraction thereof/ Operating constructor vehicle in excess of 45 mph”3$530
39:3-20(b)Speeding — commercial vehicle — load exceeds axle limitations$85 – $180
39:3-20(b)Speeding in a Safe Corridor or Construction Zone or 65 MPH area — commercial vehicle$85 – $180
39:3-29Failure to possess driver’s license or registration$180
39:3-29Refusal to exhibit driver’s license or registration$180
39:3-32Failure to replace lost, destroyed or defaced driver’s plates$55
39:3-33Display of unclear or indistinct license plates$54
39:3-36Failure to notify of complete change of address$26
39:3-38Use of marker other than one issued$55
39:3-44Vehicle in unsafe condition$54
39:3-47Improper lighting equipment; altering equipment$54
39:3-47aFailure to use headlights with wipers$54
39:3-49Inadequate headlights$54
39:3-50Unauthorized use of certain colored lights$54
39:3-51Improper auxiliary driving lamps$54
39:3-52Improper additional lighting equipment and use thereof$54
39:3-53Improper spot lamps$54
39:3-54Miscellaneous improper lights$54
39:3-55Improper operation with alternate road lighting equipment$54
39:3-56Operating without at least two front lighted lamps$54
39:3-57Improper single beam lighting$54
39:3-58Improper multiple beam headlights$54
39:3-59No light beam indicator$54
39:3-60Improper use of high and low headlight beams$54
39:3-61Failure to equip motor vehicle with lamps and reflectors required$54
39:3-61.1Improper mounting of lamps and reflectors$54
39:3-61.2Improper combination of lighting devices and reflectors$54
39:3-61.3Improper stop lamps$54
39:3-61.4Improper placement and use of red lamps and flags on overhanging loads$54
39:3-61.3Unlit lamps on parked vehicle$54
39:3-64Improper emergency warning light equipment$54
39:3-64.3Failure of itinerant vendor to flash signals when stopped for transacting business$54
39:3-65Failure to equip farm machinery and other vehicles with lamps$54
39:3-66Failure to maintain lamps$54
39:3-69Failure to equip vehicle with horn$54
39:3-70Noisy muffler$54
39:3-71Failure to equip vehicle with mirrors$54
39:3-72Tire in unsafe operating condition$54
39:3-73Improper use of tire chains$54
39:3-74Obstruction of windshield for vision$54
39:3-75Failure to equip vehicle with safety glass$54
39:3-76.2Failure to equip vehicle with safety belts$54
39:3-76.2aFailure to use a child passenger restraint when transporting a child under the age of eight and weighing less than 80 pounds$54
39:3-76.2fFailure to wear seat belt$46
39:3-76.3Motorcycle handle bar grips too high$54
39:3-76.4Failure to equip motorcycle with special muffler systems$54
39:3-76.5Failure to equip motorcycle with footrests and helmet for motorcycle passengers$80
39:3-76.7 to 3-76.10Motorcycle helmet, goggles and other safety equipment violations$54
39:3-77Selling or using unapproved devices or equipment$55
39:3-79.1Failure to equip bus, truck or trailer with mud flaps$54
39:3-81Misuse of stud tires (limited to this portion of statute only) By regulation of the Director of Motor Vehicles, stud tires shall not be used on a highway earlier than November 15 or later than April 1 of each year$55
39:3-84Violation of dimensional restriction$185
39:3-84Violation of weight restriction if total excess weight is less than 10,000 pounds, then the payable amount equals $.02 x (total excess weight) + $23, but no less than $81. If total excess weight is greater than 10,000 pounds, then the payable amount equals $.03 x (total excess weight) + $23$85 + fee per excess weight
39:4-11 to 4-14.2Violations concerning bicycles and roller skates$54
39:4-11 to 4-14.3Operating motorized bicycle on a restricted highway2
39:4-11 to 4-14.3dMore than one person on a motorized bicycle2
39:4-5 to 4-25.1Violations concerning horses and horse-drawn vehicles$54
39:4-26 to 4-30Violations concerning machinery, vehicles or apparatus of unusual size or weight (fine to be paid to agency charged with maintenance of road upon which violation occurs)$85
39:4-32 to 4-37.1Pedestrian violations / Failure to yield to pedestrian in crosswalk; passing a vehicle yielding to pedestrian in crosswalk2$54
39:4-38 to 4-45Street car violations / Driving through safety zone2$54
39:4-46Failure to display owner’s name on commercial vehicle (fine to be forwarded to Director of Motor Vehicles)$26
39:4-52Racing on highway
39:4-53Leaving vehicle with engine running$54
39:4-54Violation of dimension restriction on trailers$85
39:4-54Violation of weight restriction trailers$85-185
39:4-55Failure to control vehicle on steep grades and curves / Improper action or omission on grades and curves2$54
39:4-56Delaying traffic$54
39:4-56.6Abandonment of vehicle on private property$55
39:4-57Failure to comply with directions of officer2$54
39:4-57Safe Corridor, Construction Zone or 65 MPH area — Failure to comply with direction of officer$72
39:4-57.1Failure to activate interior light at request of officer$80
39:4-58Vehicle loaded so as to obstruct view$54
39:4-59Hitch-hiking$54
39:4-60Soliciting trade or contributions on highway$54
39:4-61Tailboard riding$54
39:4-62Leaving curb$54
39:4-64Throwing litter from vehicle$230
39:4-65Letting off or taking on persons other than at curb$54
39:4-66Failure to stop when emerging from alley, driveway or garage2$54
39:4-66.1Failure to yield right-of-way when entering private road or driveway2$54
39:4-66.1Safe Corridor or Construction Zone — Failure to yield right-of-way when entering private road or driveway$72
39:4-66.2Driving on public or private property to avoid a traffic sign or signal2
39:4-67Obstructing passage of vehicles$54
39:4-68Doors of streetcar or autobus open$54
39:4-69Riding on part of street car or vehicle not intended for passengers$54
39:4-71Driving on sidewalk2$54
39:4-71Safe Corridor, Construction Zone — Driving on sidewalk$72
39:4-72Failure to stop on signal from driver of horse$54
39:4-76Overweight vehicles on bridges (interstate) — fine to be forwarded to Director of Motor Vehicles$85 + fee for excess weight
39:4-77Loading so as to spill$55
39:4-78Carrying metal so as to create noise$54
39:4-79Backing vehicle to curb to unload$54
39:4-80Disregard of officer directing traffic2$85
39:4-80Safe Corridor, Construction Zone or 65 MPH area — Disregard of officer directing traffic$140
39:4-81Failure to observe traffic signal2$85
39:4-81Safe Corridor, Construction Zone or 65 MPH area — Failure to observe traffic signal$140
39:4-82Failure to keep right2$85
39:4-82Safe Corridor, Construction Zone — Failure to keep right$140
39:4-82.1Driving on safety island2$85
39:4-82.1Safe Corridor, Construction Zone or 65 MPH area — Driving on safety island$140
39:4-83Failure to keep right at intersection2$85
39:4-83Safe Corridor, Construction Zone — Failure to keep right at intersection$140
39:4-84Failure to pass to right when proceeding in opposite directions5$85
39:4-84Safe Corridor, Construction Zone or 65 MPH area — Failure to pass to right when proceeding in opposite directions$140
39:4-85Failure to pass to left when overtaking / Improper passing on right or off roadway4$85
39:4-85Safe Corridor, Construction Zone or 65 MPH area — Failure to pass to left when overtaking$140
39:4-85.1Wrong way on one-way street2$85
39:4-86Failure to overtake and pass properly; crossing “no passing” lines4$85
39:4-86Safe Corridor, Construction Zone or 65 MPH area — Failure to overtake and pass properly; crossing “no passing” lines$140
39:4-87Failure to give overtaking vehicle right of way2$85
39:4-88Failure to obey regulations in marked lanes2$85
39:4-88Safe Corridor, Construction Zone or 65 MPH area — Failure to obey regulations in marked lanes$140
39:4-89Following another vehicle too closely5$85
39:4-89Safe Corridor, Construction Zone or 65 MPH area — Following another vehicle too closely$140
39:4-90Failure to yield right of way at intersection2$85
39:4-90Safe Corridor, Construction Zone or 65 MPH area — Failure to yield right of way at intersection$140
39:4-90.1Entering or leaving limited access highways improperly2$85
39:4-90.1Safe Corridor, Construction Zone or 65 MPH area — Entering or leaving limited access highways improperly$85
39:4-91Failure to yield right-of-way to emergency vehicles2$85
39:4-92Failure to pull over for emergency vehicle; following emergency vehicle too closely2$85
39:4-92.1Following fire department vehicle too closely back to fire station$85
39:4-94Railroad employee unnecessarily blocking highway with train$85
39:4-96Reckless driving5
39:4-97Careless driving where no accident involved personal injury2$85
39:4-97Safe Corridor, Construction Zone or 65 MPH area — careless driving where no accident involved personal injury (accident resulting in personal injury cannot be paid through the Violations Bureau)$140
39:4-97aDestruction of agricultural or recreational property2
39:4-97.1Slow speed so as to impede or block traffic2$85
39:4-97.2Driving in an unsafe manner (points only for third or subsequent offense within five years of most recent 39:4-97.2 conviction)4
39:4-97.3Use of a cell phone while driving$130
39:4-98Speeding — exceeding limit by 1-9 miles per hour$85
39:4-98Safe Corridor or Construction Zone speeding — exceeding limit by 1-9 miles per hour$140
39:4-98Speeding — exceeding limit by 10-14 miles per hour$95
39:4-98Safe Corridor, Construction Zone or 65 MPH area — speeding — exceeding limit by 10-14 miles per hour$160
39:4-98Speeding — exceeding limit by 15-19 miles per hour$180
39:4-98Following anoSafe Corridor, Construction Zone or 65 MPH area — speeding — exceeding limit by 15-19 miles per hour$180
39:4-98Speeding — exceeding limit by 20-24 miles per hour pursuant to N.J.S.A. 29:4-98.7, all fines have been doubled for any defendant charged with speeding 20 MPH or more over the speed limit. NOTE: Exceeding the posted speed limit by 20 miles per hour or more in a Safe Corridor or in a Construction Zone requires a court appearance.$200
39:4-98Speeding — exceeding limit by 25-29 miles per hour — pursuant to N.J.S.A. 39:4-98.7, all fines have been doubled for any defendant charged with speeding 20 MPH or more over the speed limit.$220
39:4-98Speeding — exceeding limit by 30-34 miles per hour — pursuant to N.J.S.A. 39:4-98.7, all fines have been doubled for any defendant charged with speeding 20 MPH or more over the speed limit.$240
39:4-98Speeding – exceeding limit by 35-39 miles per hour — pursuant to N.J.S.A. 39:4-98.7, all fines have been doubled for any defendant charged with speeding 20 MPH or more over the speed limit. NOTE: Exceeding the posted speed limit by 40 miles per hour or more requires a court appearance.$260
39:4-98Exceeding maximum speed 1-14 mph over limit2
39:4-98Exceeding maximum speed 15-29 mph over limit4
39:4-98Exceeding maximum speed 30 mph or more over limit5
39:4-100Exceeding speed limit across sidewalk (4 MPH)$80
39:4-105Failure to stop for traffic light2
39:4-115Improper turn at controlled intersection3$85
39:4-115Safe Corridor or Construction Zone — Improper turn at controlled intersection$140
39:4-116Improper turn at arrow$85
39:4-117Special pedestrian signals — motorist or pedestrian violation$85
39:4-119Failure to observe flashing traffic signals2$85
39:4-119Safe Corridor or Construction Zone — Failure to observe flashing traffic signals$140
39:4-122Failure to obey whistle of police2$85
39:4-122Safe Corridor or Construction Zone — Failure to obey whistle of police$140
39:4-123Improper right and left-hand turns3$85
39:4-123Safe Corridor or Construction Zone — Improper right and left-hand turns$140
39:4-124Failure to turn as indicated by buttons or markers at intersection3$85
39:4-124Safe Corridor or Construction Zone — Failure to turn as indicated by buttons or markers at intersection$140
39:4-125U-Turn on curve or grade or where view obstructed or “No U-Turn” sign3$85
39:4-125Safe Corridor or Construction Zone — U-Turn on curve or grade or where view obstructed or “No U-Turn” sign$140
39:4-126Failure to signal before starting, turning or stopping3$85
39:4-12665 MPH area — Failure to signal before starting, turning or stopping$140
39:4-127Improper backing or turning in street2$85
39:4-127Safe Corridor, Construction Zone or 65 MPH area$140
39:4-127.1Failure to stop at railroad crossing2$85
39:4-127.2Failure to stop for gate at approaches to movable span bridge2$85
39:4-128Improper crossing of railroad grade crossing by certain vehicles2
39:4-128.1Improper passing of school bus5
39:4-128.4Improper passing of frozen dessert truck4
39:4-129Leaving the scene of an accident – no personal injury2
39:4-129Personal injury8
39:4-135Improper parking$54
39:4-136Parking on highway$54
39:4-137Allowing a vehicle to stand on highway unattended while the motor is running and without setting the brakes$54
39:4-138(a)Improper parking within intersection$54
39:4-138(b)Improper parking on a crosswalk$54
39:4-138(c)Improper parking in a safety bus zone$54
39:4-138(d)Improper parking in front of a driveway$54
39:4-138(e)Improper parking within 25 ft. of a crosswalk$54
39:4-138(f)Improper parking on a sidewalk$54
39:4-138(g)Improper parking in a no parking area established by the State Highway Department$54
39:4-138(h)Improper parking within 50 feet of a stop sign$54
39:4-138(i)Improper parking within 10 feet of a fire hydrant$54
39:4-138(j)Improper parking within 50 feet of a railroad$54
39:4-138(k)Improper parking within 20 feet of a driveway entrance to a fire station or 75 feet on the opposite side of the street$54
39:4-138(l)Improper parking alongside or opposite street excavation or obstruction, causing traffic obstruction (when properly signposted)$54
39:4-138(m)Double parking$54
39:4-138(n)Improper parking on a bridge, elevated structure, underpass or immediate approaches (except where space for parking is provided)$54
39:4-139Loading or unloading for an unreasonable period of time$54
39:4-144Failure to obey stop or yield right-of-way signs2$54
39:4-144Safe Corridor, Construction Zone or 65 MPH area — Failure to obey stop or yield right-of-way signs$140
39:4-145Failure to yield to a vehicle entering a stop or yield intersection after stopping$85
39:4-207.9Failure to remove snow from handicapped parking space$230
39:4-215Failure to obey signals, signs or directions$54
39:5C-1Racing on highway5
39:5D-4Moving violation committed out-of-state2
39:8-1Failure to have inspections$130
39:8-4Failure to make repairs$130
39:8-6Failure to display approval certificate (fines for inspection violations are forwarded to Division of Motor Vehicles)$130
39:8-62Operation of diesel powered motor vehicle — emission violation — no certification of repair — first offense only (the payable amount may be reduced to $150.00 if a certification of repair is provided and it is acceptable to the Court)

Suspension of driver’s license

A person may be charged with driving while suspended due to several different violations. The charges may range from simple infractions, such as speeding, to more serious indictable crimes. In New Jersey, indictable crimes carry multiple degrees of severity, ranging from fourth degree to first degree. The level of severity depends on the circumstances surrounding the charge. It is important to understand the differences between these charges and to avoid making a mistake.

Suspension of personal property

The Supreme Court of the state of New Jersey has set limits on the length of a suspended driver’s license. In the past, municipal and superior court judges had sole discretion in determining whether to suspend a driver’s license. This change required judges to consider seven factors, which should guide them when determining how long to suspend a driver’s license. Judges must also state a specific reason for the suspension.

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