Putnam County, NY occupies 246 sq. mi. between the Hudson River and the NY/CT border.   It extends from the Westchester County border in the south for more than 15 miles north to the border with Dutchess County, NY.
 
The county is made up of 9 towns and village municipalities.  There are no cities in Putnam County.icipalities.  The county has a population of just over 100,000 and most of the communiteis would be classified as "exurban" residential areas.
 
The main north/south roads are Rt. 9, Rt. 22 and the Taconic Parkway.  I-84 runs east/west along the northern border of the county.
 
Polices Agencies
 
Both almost all of the other towns and villages in Putnam County have municipal police departments.  Tthe NYS Police and/or the Putnam County Sheriff's Office engage in extensive traffic and law enforcement activities.
 
Traffic Enforcement

Traffic law enforcement along all of I-84 is exclusively handled by officers from "Troop T" of the NYS Police.  The speed limit on I-84 is mostly 65 mph, though there are sections with 55 mph limits.  Nearly all speeding tickets are written for speeds of  more than 10 mph over the limit.  Speed enforcement is almost excluviely done through stationary or moving radar with occassional two officer laser speed traps.  Speed enforcement is very intense in the towns of Southeast (Brewster, NY) and Kent (Kent Lakes, NY).
 
Enforcment along the Taconic Parkway is almost exclusively handled by officers from "Troop K" of the NYS Police (there is some occassional traffic enforcement by the Putnam Sheriff's Department).  The speed limit along the whole length of the Taconic is 55 mph and almost all speeding tickets are written for speeds more than 10 mph over the limit.  Stationary rader and laser speed detection are widely used along the whole length of the parkway.  The Taconic's winding, hilly path creates numerous opportunities for radar or laser speed traps that cannot be detected in advance.  Enforcement is partuclarly intense in the towns of Kent, Putnam Valley and Philipstown.
 
Traffic law enforcement along Rt. 9 and Rt. 9D is largely done by local town and village departments, although both NYS Police and Putnam County Sheriff's patrol Rt. 9 on a regular basis.  Stationary radar traps are less frequent and most enforcement is by moving radar or "pacing."  Speed limits along Rt. 9 vary between 30 mph and 55 mph and change frequently as the road passes through more congested areas.
 
Rt. 22 is a north/south artery close to the NY/CT border.  Speed limits vary from between 30 mph and 55 mph.  Enforcment is done by NYS Police, Putnam Sheriff's Department and local police agencies.  Radar speed enforcement by stationary or moving units is common along all of Rt. 22, though moving partrol car enforcement is most common.
 
 
 
 
Driving While Intoxicated (DWI / DUI) Enforcement

In 2009 there were nearly 800 arrests for alcohol or drug related impaired or intoxicated cdriving (DWI, DWAI, DWAI-D) in Putnam County.  Both the NYS Police, Putnam County Sheriff's Department and all of the local police forces made numerous arrests.  Most arrests occurred after dark with many taking place after midnight.  Police officers assume that many driver's who are out after midnight have consumed alcohol and or drugs.  As a result they are looking for any lawful reason to pull drivers over in order to investigate possible DWI incidents. 
 
All of these offenses are "criminal" violtions of the law and, as a result are prosectured by the Putnam County District Attorney's office.  DWI cases are handled by local Asst. District Attorneys assigned to each local court, they make all final decisions about plea bargaining, prosecution, etc.  For more information about DWI, click here. 
 
 
Other Vehicle Related Crimes

Aside from DWI arrests, the very large number of traffic tickets isssued in Putnam County typically leads to several hundred other vehicle related criminal arrests.  Most common of these is "Aggravated Unlicsed Operation" and "Driving with Suspended Registration."  Both are generally charged as misdemeanor crimes and can result in a permanent criminal record if a driver is convicted as charged.  In most cases, these charges can be reduced to non-criminal traffic violations by an attorney familiar with the polices of the Putnam County DA's office.  For more information about other vehicle related criminal offenses, click here.
 
Putnam County Courts-Adjudication

Non-criminal traffic tickets are all prosecuted in local town or village courts.  If the tickets were issued by a NYS trooper they are prosecuted, in most localities, by a "special prosecutor" appointed by the District Attorney's office.  In some rural communities there is no prosecutor and the tickets are handled by the troopers themselves.  However, this can create special problems since the troopers are not allowed to plea bargain. 
 
Misdemeanor criminal violations are also handled in local courts, but prosecution is done by the Putnam County District Attorney's office.  Felony DWI cases are prosecutored in Putnam County Court, which is in Carmel and handled by the Putnam District Attorney's county court unit.
 
The busiest traffic courts in Putnam County are:  Kent Town Court (Kent Lakes, NY).  Southeast Town Court (Brewster, NY), Putnam Valley Town Court (Putnam Valley and Cold Spring Village Court (Cold Spring, NY).,
 
Each of these courts (except Cold Spring Village( has its own "traffic prosecutor" for NYS Police tickets.  They all have different policies as to plea bargain reductions, fines, etc.  All of these courts permit attorneys to appear on behalf of clients charged with non-criminal violations, without the Defendant being required to attend the court session.   For address and phone number information on all Putnam County Courts, click here.
Frequently Asked Traffic Law Questions, click here
Frequently Asked Traffic Law Questions, click here
DMV Points & Fines Chart, click here
DMV Points & Fines Chart, click here
Putnam County Traffic Enforcement (for Dutchess County click here, for Columbia County click here).

For detailed information about the busiest town courts along the Taconic Parkway select below:

Town of Yorktown-Westchester County - court profile 

Town of Kent-Putnam County - court profile 

Town of East Fishkill-Dutchess County - court profile

Town of LaGrange-Dutchess County - court profile

Town of Clinton-Dutchess County - court profile

Town of Stanford-Dutchess County - court profile

Town of Milan-Dutchess County - court profile

Town of Gallatin-Dutchess County - court profile

Town of Claverack-Columbia County - court profile

Town of Ghent-Columibia County - court profile

Town of Chatham-Columbia County - court profile 

For detailed info on Putnam County click here

For detailed info on Dutchess County click here

For detailed info on Columbia County click here

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