In the state of New York, a traffic control device is defined as follows: All signs, signals, markings, and devices not inconsistent with this chapter placed or erected by authority of a public body or official having jurisdiction for the purpose of regulating, warning or guiding traffic.
The law further states: Every person shall obey the instructions of any official 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.
What this means to drivers is that if they fail to obey any sign or traffic signal, they may be issued a ticket for disobeying a traffic control device in addition to other charges.
For example, a driver who is pulled over for speeding in the state of New York may be charged with excessive speed. In addition, the driver may also be cited for failure to obey a traffic control device. Each charge brings with it its own set of fines and points. Any traffic control device violation in the state automatically earns a driver two points on their license if convicted.
If you are charged with one of these violations, it is recommended that you consult a traffic lawyer. Pleading guilty or automatically paying your citation could result in fines and points. Subsequent violations could mean additional penalties. While most traffic violations are minor, convictions can build upon one another and increase financial hardship.