The Broome County District Attorney has implemented a program whereby motorists charged with certain non-serious speeding, moving, and equipment violations may attend a traffic safety course approved by the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles in lieu of a conviction for the traffic offense. Upon the successful completion of this traffic safety course, the motorist's traffic ticket will be dismissed, there will be no fine or surcharge, and there will be no record of conviction on the motorist's driving record.
Description of the Program:
Upon acceptance to the program a motorist will be given 60 days to complete a 6 hour traffic safety course approved by the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles. This course may be completed in a traditional classroom format, or online. After the motorist successfully completes the course, he or she will receive a certificate of completion from the course, a copy of which must then be forwarded to the District Attorney's Office within the 60 days. There will be a non-refundable application fee for admittance to the diversion program, the fee schedule is outlined below.
To be eligible to enter the traffic diversion program, a motorist must meet the following eligibility requirements:
Application & Administrative Fees:
There will be a non-refundable fee of $200 per ticket ($150 Application Fee plus $50 Administrative Fee) for all eligible offenses except for using a mobile phone or a portable electronic device while driving in violation of V.T.L. 1225-C or 1225-D, or speeding in a school or construction zone in violation of V.T.L. 1180f or 1180c. The fee for a V.T.L. 1225-C, 1225-D, 1180c or 1180f ticket is $400 per ticket ($150 Application Fee plus $250 Administrative Fee). Examples: If a motorist is charged with speeding, 15 miles per hour over the speed limit, and failure to signal, the fee would be $400, or $200 per ticket. If a motorist is charged with speeding, and using a cell phone, the fee would be $600, $200 for the speeding ticket and $400 for the cell phone ticket. If a motorist is charged with speeding, using a cell phone, and failure to wear a seatbelt, the fee would be $800, $200 each for the speeding and seatbelt ticekts and $400 for the cell phone ticket.
How to Apply:
After You Have Been Accepted:
If you are accepted into the traffic diversion program, you will be notified by mail of your acceptance. Once you receive this notice, you will have 60 days from the date on the notice to complete a New York State Department of Motor Vehicles approved traffic safety course. The course must be an approved course from the NYS DMV Point Insurance Reduction Program. A list of approved courses can be found here. If you have an out of state driver's license, please do not take the course with "American Safety Council," as they will not provide you with proof of completion. Please note, the fee for the traffic safety course is not included in the administrative fee to enter the diversion program.
Please Note: If you submit false information on your application for admittance to the diversion program, you will be terminated from the program and your application fee will not be refunded.