Failure To Yield Tickets

There are multiple situations where New York motorists can be ticketed for a failure to yield.  Most drivers know that they will receive a ticket if they ignore a yield sign, but did you know that you can be ticketed in situations that do not involve a yield sign.  Below is a discussion of some of the circumstances in which a New York motorist is required to yield.

Approaching An Intersection Tickets

Section 1140 of the New York Vehicle and Traffic Law ("NY VTL") requires that motorists (i) when approaching an intersection must yield right of way to vehicles that have already entered the intersection, and (ii) yield right of way to the driver on the right when two vehicles enter an intersection at approximately the same time.

Making A Left Turn Tickets

Section 1141 of the NY VTL requires that drivers intending to turn left must yield to oncoming traffic.

Approaching A Yield Sign Tickets

Section 1142(b) of the NY VTL requires that motorists approaching a yield sign must slow down or if necessary stop to yield right of way to approaching vehicles and pedestrians legally crossing the road. 

Entering A Roadway Tickets

Section 1143 of the NY VTL requires that motorists about to enter or cross a roadway from an alley, driveway, or any other entry that is not a roadway, must yield the right away to all approaching vehicles.

Emergency Vehicle Tickets

Section 1144(a) of the NY VTL requires that drivers when approached from the rear by an authorized emergency vehicle displaying illuminated red lights and an audible siren must move over and stop until the emergency vehicle has passed. 

The requirement of Section 1144(a) should not be confused with the "move over" requirement of Section 1144-a.  Section 1144-a requires drivers to move over when approaching an emergency or hazard vehicle stopped on the side of the road with flashing lights.  Click here for a discussion of New York's move over law.

Pedestrian In A Crosswalk Tickets

Section 1151 of the NY VTL requires that when traffic control signals are not in place or not operational, motorists must slow or stop for pedestrians crossing the roadway within a crosswalk.  However, pedestrians cannot enter the crosswalk in a manner that makes it impractical for the driver to yield, i.e., the pedestrian cannot simply jump or run into the crosswalk.  A crosswalk is defined to include both marked crosswalks, whether at an intersection or not, and unmarked crosswalks which are defined as the part of the roadway at an intersection that connects the sidewalks on opposite sides of the roadway.  Drivers approaching from behind cannot pass a vehicle stopped for pedestrians in a crosswalk.

Pedestrian On A Sidewalk Tickets

Section 1151-a of the NY VTL requires that drivers emerging from or entering an alleyway, building, private road, or driveway shall yield to any pedestrian on the sidewalk.  In fact, drivers emerging from an alleyway, building, private road, or driveway are required under NY VTL 1173 to stop before driving onto the sidewalk or, if there is no sidewalk, before entering the roadway.


A first conviction for each of the above offenses will cost you 3 points on your driving record, and a $93 surcharge.  A first time conviction for failing to yield to an emergency vehicle will also cost you a $275 fine.  A first time conviction for all other failing to yield violations discussed above will cost you a $150 fine.  Each first time conviction includes the possibility of 15 days in jail.  The fines, and possible jail time increase if you receive multiple convictions in any 18 month period.

Contact A Failure To Yield Ticket Attorney

Contact the Shelton Law firm if you receive a failure to yield ticket.  The Shelton Law Firm knows how to defend clients charged with a failure to yield.  With our money back guarantee you can relax and we will do all the work.  We will go to court on your behalf and fight to reduce your points, reduce your fines and avoid increases in your insurance rate.  With the Shelton Law Firm on your side, you have the peace of mind to know that your failure to yield ticket attorney will zealously defend your rights.