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Whether a ticket will increase your insurance depends on a number of factors including which insurance company you have coverage with. Certain insurance companies will provide more leeway than others when deciding whether to raise insurance rates. New York Insurance Law section 2335 permits insurance companies to raise insurance rates for a number of reasons, in summary these include, if  you have a conviction for speeding sixteen miles per hour or more over the speed limit, two or more moving violation convictions of the vehicle and traffic law, if you have been convicted of leaving the scene of an accident without reporting it, a conviction for driving while intoxicated or impaired due to drugs or alcohol, a conviction for speeding or reckless driving that resulted in injury or death, and convictions of speeding and / or reckless driving on 3 or more occasions.Below is the complete statute:

New York Insurance Law section 2335

N.Y. ISC. LAW § 2335

No  insurer  authorized  to  transact  or  transacting  business  in  this  state,  or controlling or  controlled by or under common control by or with an  insurer  authorized  to  transact or transacting business in this state, which sells a policy  providing motor vehicle liability insurance coverage in this state shall  increase the policy premium in connection with the  insurance  permitted  or  required  by  this  chapter  solely because the insured or any other  person who customarily operates an automobile covered by the policy:

A. Has been found guilty of a traffic infraction  under  any  of  the  provisions  of  the vehicle and traffic law provided, however, that this  provision shall not apply to a conviction for a violation which occurred  during the thirty-six month period ending on the last day of the  fourth  month  preceding  the  month of the effective date of the policy if such  conviction consisted of:

  1.  operating a motor vehicle at a speed of more  than  fifteen  miles  per hour in excess of the legal limit;
  2.  operating  a  motor vehicle in excess of the speed limit, or in a  reckless manner, where injury or death results therefrom;
  3. operating a motor  vehicle  in  excess  of  the  speed  limit,  or  reckless   driving,  or  any  combination  thereof,  on  three  or  more  occasions;
  4. operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated  or  impaired  by  the  consumption of alcohol;
  5. operating  a  motor  vehicle while impaired by the use of a drug,  within the meaning of section one thousand one hundred ninety-two of the  vehicle and traffic law;
  6. homicide or assault arising out of the use or operation of a motor  vehicle, or criminal negligence in the  use  or  operation  of  a  motor  vehicle  resulting  in  the injury or death of another person, or use or  operation of a motor vehicle directly or indirectly in the commission of  a felony;
  7. operating a motor vehicle while seeking to avoid  apprehension  or  arrest by a law enforcement officer;
  8. filing  or  attempting  to  file a false or fraudulent automobile  insurance claim, or knowingly  aiding  or  abetting  in  the  filing  or  attempted filing of any such claim;
  9. leaving the scene of an incident without reporting;
  10. filing a false document with the department of motor vehicles, or  using a license or registration obtained by filing a false document with  the department of motor vehicles;
  11. operating a motor vehicle in a race or speed test;
  12. knowingly  permitting  or  authorizing  an  unlicensed driver to  operate a motor vehicle insured under the policy;
  13. operating a motor vehicle insured  under  the  policy  without  a  valid  license  or  registration  in  effect,  except  when  the  person  convicted had possessed  a  valid  license  or  registration  which  had  expired  and  was subsequently renewed, or during a period of revocation  or suspension thereof, or in violation of the limitations applicable  to  a  license issued pursuant to article twenty-one or article twenty-one-a  of the vehicle and traffic law; or
  14. two or more moving violations  of  any  other  provision  of  the  vehicle and traffic law;

B. Has had a temporary suspension of a driver's license pending a  hearing, prosecution or investigation or an indefinite suspension  of  a  driver's  license  which  is issued because of the failure of the person  suspended to perform an act, which suspension will be terminated by  the  performance of the act by the person suspended, or has had more than one  such temporary or indefinite suspension arising out of the same incident  issued  against  him  or  her, provided that the foregoing provisions of  this section shall not apply if such suspension or  suspensions  has  or  have  not been terminated on or before the effective date of the policy;  or

C. With respect to  a  non-commercial  private  passenger  automobile  insurance  policy,  has  had  an  accident  while operating a commercial  vehicle in the  course  of  employment  and  in  the  discharge  of  the  employee's  duties  at  the time of the accident, unless the accident is  determined to have been  caused  by  the  intentional  action  or  gross  negligence of the insured.