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June 2011 Archives

Are New York's traffic roundabouts causing more accidents than they are preventing?

Over the years, public safety officials have devised a variety of methods to reduce the number of traffic violations and serious accidents caused by both poor road design and human error. One of these methods, the roundabout, was imported straight from Europe and touted as a guaranteed way to reduce traffic tickets/accidents.

Study: 'Buzzed Driving' poses increased risk of fatal accident

There is no disputing the danger posed by drivers whose blood alcohol content exceeds the legal limit of .08. They are simply more susceptible to DUI-related accidents by virtue of their seriously impaired reflexes and judgment. However, what about drivers who have consumed only a minor amount of alcohol or who are "buzzed?" While most people assume that these drivers are probably okay to get behind the wheel, a new study reveals that this might not be the case.

'Hail no, this plan must go!' Yellow cab drivers take to the streets to protest proposed livery cab legislation

A controversial new vehicle traffic law currently being considered by the state legislature is generating headlines throughout New York City, and has even resulted in hundreds of taxi drivers taking to the streets in open protest.

New York bill makes distracted driving a primary offense

In 2001, New York legislators passed a bill which banned texting while driving as "distracted driving" became a national focus in terms of roadway safety. The initial law made distracted driving a secondary offense, meaning that it could not be the basis of a traffic stop, but once pulled over, a driver could also be fined $100 for their cell phone use.

New York State Police announce results of annual 'Click It or Ticket' campaign

In vehicle traffic law news, officials with the New York State Police have officially announced the results of this year's "Click It or Ticket" campaign, which ran from May 23 through June 5. Now, in its tenth year, the program is designed to remind both motorists and vehicle occupants of the importance of wearing a seat belt through increased patrols/checkpoints.

City councilman peddling license plates for bike messengers

Walk down any busy street in New York City and you will more than likely see bike messengers or food delivery cyclists weaving their way through traffic in a rather hurried manner. While time is understandably of the essence for many of these cyclists, their no-nonsense approach to navigating the Big Apple's congested streets has done little to earn them the goodwill of either motorists or pedestrians.

Controversial loophole in New York DUI law finally closed

In you are convicted of a DUI-related offense in the state of New York, you will face some rather harsh penalties concerning your driving privileges. For example, a conviction on a first offense DUI will result in your driver's license being suspended for a minimum of six months.

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