N.Y. Vehicle & Traffic Law Section 155
Traffic infraction


The violation of any provision of this chapter, except articles forty-seven and forty-eight, or of any law, ordinance, order, rule or regulation regulating traffic which is not declared by this chapter or other law of this state to be a misdemeanor or a felony. A traffic infraction is not a crime and the punishment imposed therefor shall not be deemed for any purpose a penal or criminal punishment and shall not affect or impair the credibility as a witness or otherwise of any person convicted thereof. This definition shall be retroactive and shall apply to all acts and violations heretofore committed where such acts and violations would, if committed subsequent to the taking effect of this section, be included within the meaning of the term “traffic infraction” as herein defined. Except in those portions of Suffolk county for which a district court has been established, outside of cities having a population in excess of one million in which administrative tribunals have heretofore been established, courts and judicial officers heretofore having jurisdiction over such violations shall continue to do so and for such purpose such violations shall be deemed misdemeanors and all provisions of law relating to misdemeanors except as provided in § 1805 (Plea of guilty, how put in)section eighteen hundred five of this chapter and except as herein otherwise expressly provided shall apply except that no jury trial shall be allowed for traffic infractions. In those portions of Suffolk county for which a district court has been established and in cities having a population in excess of one million in which administrative tribunals have heretofore been established, the criminal courts of such cities or portions of Suffolk county in which a district court has been established shall have jurisdiction to hear and determine any complaint alleging a violation constituting a traffic infraction, except that administrative tribunals heretofore established in such cities or portions of Suffolk county in which a district court has been established shall have jurisdiction to hear and determine any charge of an offense which is a traffic infraction, except parking, standing or stopping. In cities having a population in excess of two hundred thousand in which administrative tribunals have heretofore been established, and any such administrative tribunal established by the city of Yonkers, the city of Peekskill, or the city of Syracuse, such tribunals shall have jurisdiction to hear and determine any charge of an offense which is a parking, standing or stopping violation. Any fine imposed by an administrative tribunal shall be a civil penalty. For purposes of arrest without a warrant, pursuant to article one hundred forty of the criminal procedure law, a traffic infraction shall be deemed an offense.

Source: Section 155 — Traffic infraction, https://www.­nysenate.­gov/legislation/laws/VAT/155 (updated Apr. 27, 2018; accessed Apr. 20, 2024).

100
Definition of words and phrases
100‑A
Access highway
100‑B
Ambulance
100‑C
Articulated bus
100‑D
Agricultural equipment
101
Authorized emergency vehicle
101‑A
Automobile transporter
101‑B
Boat transporter
101‑C
B-train assembly
102
Bicycle
102‑A
Bicycle lane
102‑B
Bicycle path
102‑C
Bicycle with electric assist
103
Bureau
104
Bus
105
Business district
105‑A
Car carrier
105‑B
Certificate of registration
106
Circulatory roadway
106‑A
Civil defense emergency vehicle
107
Classes of cities
107‑B
Commercial towing
108
Commissioner
109
Controlled-access highway
109‑A
Correction vehicle
109‑B
County emergency medical services vehicle
109‑C
Conviction
110
Crosswalk
111
Curb
112
Department
112‑A
Department of transportation
113
Driver
114
Driveway
114‑A
Drug
114‑B
Emergency operation
114‑C
Escort vehicle
114‑D
Electric personal assistive mobility device
114‑E
Electric scooter
115
Explosives
115‑A
Fire vehicle
115‑B
Flagperson
115‑C
Emergency ambulance service vehicle
115‑D
Environmental emergency response vehicle
116
Flammable liquid
117
Gross weight
117‑A
Hazard vehicle
117‑B
Hazardous operation
117‑C
Hazardous materials emergency vehicle
117‑D
Blood delivery vehicle
117‑E
Human organ delivery vehicle
118
Highway
119
House coach
119‑A
Ignition interlock device
119‑B
Inflatable restraint system
120
Intersection
121
Laned roadway
121‑A
Limited use automobile
121‑B
Limited use motorcycle
121‑C
Limited use vehicle
121‑D
Leased vehicle
121‑E
Livery
121‑F
Low speed vehicle
122
Local authorities
122‑A
Maximum gross weight
122‑B
Maximum performance speed
122‑C
Mobile home or manufactured home
123
Motorcycle
124
Minimum maintenance road
125
Motor vehicles
125‑A
Off-highway motorcycle
126
Omnibus
127
Overhang
128
Owner
129
Park or parking
129‑A
Parking area of a shopping center
129‑B
Parking lot
130
Pedestrian
130‑A
Wheelchair
131
Person
131‑A
Place of public assembly
132
Police officer
132‑A
Police vehicle
133
Private road
134
Public highway
134‑A
Qualifying highway
134‑B
Radar detector
134‑C
Laser detector
135
Railroad
135‑A
Railroad grade crossing
136
Railroad sign or signal
137
Railroad train
137‑A
Rental vehicle
138
Residence district
139
Right of way
140
Roadway
140‑A
In-line skate
140‑B
Roller skate
140‑C
Skate board
140‑D
Roundabout
141
Safety zone
141‑A
Sanitation patrol vehicle
141‑B
Sani-vans
142
School bus
143
Semitrailer
143‑A
Shoulder
144
Sidewalk
144‑A
Slope
144‑B
Snow emergency
145
Stand or standing
145‑A
State expressway routes
145‑B
State interstate routes
145‑C
Snow emergency route
145‑D
Definition of snow tire
145‑E
Stinger-steered automobile transporter
145‑F
Stinger-steered boat transporter
146
Stop
147
Stop or stopping
148
Street
148‑A
Taxicab
148‑B
Tow truck
149
Through highway
151‑A
Tractor
152
Traffic
153
Traffic control devices
154
Traffic-control signal
155
Traffic infraction
156
Trailer
157
Trolley bus or trolley coach
158
Truck
158‑A
U turn
158‑B
Vanpool vehicle
159
Vehicle
159‑A
Waste collection vehicle
160
Wheel lift
161
Work area

Accessed:
Apr. 20, 2024

Last modified:
Apr. 27, 2018

§ 155’s source at nysenate​.gov

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