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. Speed enforcement is particularly intense in the towns of Fishkill and
Traffic law enforcement along Rt. 9 is largely done by local town, village or city police departments, although both
NYS Police and Dutchess County Sheriff's patrol Rt. 9 on a regular basis, particularly on the section north of
Rt. 22 is a north/south artery close to the NY/CT border. Speed limits vary from between 30 mph and 55 mph. Enforcement is done by NYS Police, Dutchess Sheriff's Department and local police agencies. Radar speed enforcement by stationary or moving units is common along all of Rt. 22, though moving patrol car enforcement is most common.
Driving While Intoxicated (DWI / DUI) Enforcement
In 2009 there were nearly 3000 arrests for alcohol or drug related impaired or intoxicated driving (DWI, DWAI, DWAI-D) in
All of these offenses are "criminal" violations of the law and, as a result are prosecuted by the Dutchess County District Attorney's office. DWI cases are handled by 3 "DWI prosecutors" who make all of the 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 issued in
Dutchess County Courts-Adjudication
Non-criminal traffic tickets are all prosecuted in local city, 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 Dutchess County District Attorney's office. Felony DWI cases are prosecuted in Dutchess County Court, which is in Poughkeepsie and handled by the Dutchess District Attorney's county court unit.
The busiest traffic courts in
Each of these courts has its own "traffic prosecutor" for NYS Police tickets. They all have ifferent policies as to plea bargain reductions, fines, etc. All of these courts permit attorneys to apear 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 Dutchess County Courts, 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
of LaGrange-Dutchess County - court profile
Town of Clinton-Dutchess County - court profile
Town of Stanford-Dutchess County -
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
For detailed info on Dutchess County click here
For detailed info on Columbia County click here