A New York State Trooper caught Judge Jeanine Pirro driving 119 mph in a 65 mph zone on Sunday. Pirro claims she “didn’t realize” how fast she was driving. After all, she spent hours on the road driving to see her sick mother.
Lucky for her, Pirro only got a speeding ticket.
Pirro is the star of the Fox News show, “Justice with Judge Jeanine.” She formerly starred on the CW show “Judge Jeanine Pirro.” Before working in television, Pirro served as a district attorney and judge. She ran, unsuccessfully, for New York State Attorney General in 2006.
New York Law
New Yorkers are pretty lucky when it comes to speeding laws.
Law enforcement officers in Georgia can arrest any driver caught driving over the speed limit. All speeding tickets in Georgia are also misdemeanors. Virginia drivers can be cited for reckless driving if caught driving more than 80 mph, or 20 mph over the speed limit.
New Yorkers just get fines and points. Just speeding is not enough to qualify for a reckless driving ticket.
New Yorkers, however, are not so lucky when it comes to the consequences of speeding tickets. The Empire State nickles and dimes, and fines its speeding citizens to death.
I would probably faint if I had to pay a speeding fine in New York.
First-time speeders must pay somewhere between $45 and $600. Second and third-offense speeders can add $150 and $375 respectively to their bills.
These fines do not include the $70 state surcharge that every speeder must pay. They also do not include the Driver Assessment Fee that drivers must pay once they have 6 or more points on their record.
The Driver Assessment Fee costs New York drivers $300 for the first six points. Each point over 6, costs another $75.
The State can yank your license if you have more than 11 points on your record. If a judge really wanted to stick it to Pirro, he or she could send her to jail for up to 30 days.
Jeanine Pirro is likely looking at more than $1,000 in fines and fees. She also gets an automatic 11 points added to her record because the Trooper caught her driving more than 41 mph over the speed limit.
It’s a good thing Pirro can afford to pay the fines she will face. That kind of fine would break my heart and my bank account. Which is why I never drive more than nine mph over the speed limit…