Impact of Traffic Tickets on Low Income Motorists

VTL 1129 Following Too Closely

“Following Too Closely” is considered one of the more serious traffic violations. This violation carries 4 points and a maximum fine of $243. More importantly, your insurance company will see it and will undoubtedly raise your premiums. The following is the exact wording of the statute:

§ 1129. Following too closely. (a) The driver of a motor vehicle shall not follow another vehicle more closely than is reasonable and prudent, having due regard for the speed of such vehicles and the traffic upon and the condition of the highway.
     (b) The driver of any motor truck or motor vehicle drawing another vehicle when traveling upon a roadway outside of a business or residence district and which is following another motor truck or motor vehicle drawing another vehicle shall, whenever conditions permit, leave sufficient space so that an overtaking vehicle may enter and occupy such space without danger, except that this shall not prevent a motor truck or motor vehicle drawing another vehicle from overtaking and passing any like vehicle or other vehicle.
     (c) Motor vehicles being driven upon any roadway outside of a business or residence district in a caravan or motorcade whether or not towing other vehicles shall be so operated as to allow sufficient space between each such vehicle or combination of vehicles so as to enable any other vehicle to enter and occupy such space without danger. This provision shall not apply to funeral processions.

This ticket is often issued subsequent to a traffic accident. The good news is that this type of ticket is easier to beat than other tickets. If you have a good traffic ticket lawyer in your corner you can be assured you will get a good result. The Benjamin Goldman Law Office has had success in handling these violations and will be glad to discuss your ticket.


Written By: Benjamin Goldman, a “Clients Choice” Traffic Lawyer in Albany, NY. The Benjamin Goldman Law Office 243 S Allen St Suite 104, Albany, NY 12208 (518) 660-1950

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