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Driving without insurance: An extreme risk in New York

No one should ever drive without insurance. Driving without insurance is an incredible risk. If you get into an accident, there's a potential for you to face a lawsuit. If you're stopped by police for another traffic issue, you could face the loss of your license and other penalties.

Part of maintaining your vehicle is keeping car insurance on it. If you do not have insurance, you are required to turn in your registration and license plates before your insurance expires, according to the New York Vehicle and Traffic Code. Your vehicle registration is immediately suspended when your policy lapses, and the insurer does send an electronic notice to the Department of Motor Vehicles.

New device could detect a driver's text messages, activities

If you've been accused of texting behind the wheel, then this new tool might be of interest to you. Nicknamed the textalyzer, the technology has been created to determine if a person has been using his or her phone illegally while driving. Now, there could be proof that you were paying attention instead of having allegations thrown at you.

The tool would allow the police to crack phones, opening the programs to see if someone had sent or received texts recently. Lawmakers in New York, one of the cities considering the devices, say that too many people text and drive without facing penalties for doing so.

Mom of man who allegedly left accident scene says he's innocent

"We are grieving -- we lost one son, and we have one son that's wanted for something he didn't do," said a Queens mother, whose 19 year-old son is accused of crashing his 2008 Acura and leaving his mortally injured brother, 22, behind in the car as he fled the scene.

"My son will be at the precinct today with a lawyer, giving his side of the story, and we have video showing that my son wasn't driving the car," she added.

Sometimes, a breath test is full of hot air

A New York City police officer pulled you over and suspected you of drunk driving. He or she administered a breath test that indicated you had a blood alcohol concentration level at or above .08. For the officer, this might conclusively prove your impairment and provide probable cause (a legal reason) to arrest you. However, to a criminal defense attorney, it's far from conclusive.

Questions about the machine

2 lessons from proposal to double cost of traffic tickets in NY

A new proposal by a Nassau County executive could double the cost of traffic citations in New York. The proposal, as discussed in a recent CBS piece, could lead to a $100 increase to many different citations.

Traffic violations are particularly frustrating since, unlike other charges, the accused is generally not innocent until proven guilty. Instead, the accused must either pay the fee or go to traffic court to prove his or her innocence.

Driving without borders: out-of-state tickets do no harm, right?

It's a common myth that many commuters driving from New York to New Jersey and vice versa believe is true: If I get pulled over across the bridge, it is like it didn't happen in my home state.

Unfortunately, in our technologically advanced world, it is like there isn't a border at all between the two states when it comes to state agencies and insurance companies sharing information.

Textalyzer: the Breathalyzer for cellphones

You're stuck at a red light, several cars back when you realize you forgot to remind your significant other about your dinner reservations. No problem, just whip out your cell and shoot him or her a quick text. It's no big deal, lots of people do it.

A horn blares just as you're about to hit send. You react, press the gas pedal, and move forward only to realize that not only wasn't the honk aimed at you, traffic in front of you hasn't started moving! Can you stop in time to avoid the car in front of you?

Can junior drivers have licenses suspended or revoked?

New York, like many other states in the country, has adopted what is referred to as a graduated approach to driver’s licenses for people under the age of 18. This means that drivers who receive learner’s permits or junior drivers’ licenses can only operate motor vehicles under certain restrictions. These restrictions ease in a graduated fashion until they are eventually lifted.

The New York Department of Motor Vehicles website indicates that teenagers in New York will automatically be graduated from a junior driver’s license to a senior license upon turning 18. New York teenagers who are under 18 years old can earn a senior license before turning 18 if they successfully pass a college driving instruction course or if they have graduated from high school. Under New York traffic law, a teenager must be 16 years old before being granted a junior learner’s permit. Out-of-state residents who are under 16 are not allowed to drive in New York even if they are allowed to do so in their home states.

New York noted for strict DUI laws

Drunk driving has long been a common topic among public safety advocates. Certainly most people in New York would agree that keeping the roads safe and reducing traffic accidents is important. However, many motorists also recognize that over-vigilance can lead to inaccurate stereotypes about people who are arrested for driving while intoxicated. It is also important for people to remember that not everyone arrested for DWI, DWAI or DUI charges is actually guilty.

A study recently released by Wallet Hub notes that South Dakota, Maryland, the District of Columbia, Pennsylvania and North Dakota are the most lenient on people charged with drunk driving. In contrast, Arizona, Kansas, Alaska, West Virginia and Connecticut are the strictest. New York was called out as number 30 on the list of the harshest states for DUI laws and penalties.

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