In vehicle traffic law news, the list of over 500 U.S. cities that utilize some form of red light camera program got the slightest bit shorter this past week when the city of Los Angles officially declared that it was hitting the "off" button.
Football fans here in New York City and across the nation were undoubtedly overcome with happiness when the National Football League (NFL) and the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) announced that they had agreed to a new collective bargaining agreement earlier this week. Now that the season is officially scheduled to start, teams will be scrambling to sign free agents, including wide receiver Braylon Edwards who made headlines just last week after pleading guilty to DWI/DUI-related charges in a New York City courtroom.
Earlier today, the New York State Thruway was the scene of a tragic truck-tour bus accident that resulted in at least one fatality and multiple injuries. However, it has since come to light that the driver of the tour bus had previously had his driving privileges in the state of New York suspended over speeding tickets.
In vehicle traffic law news, New York City officially unveiled its newest weapon in the fight against Midtown traffic congestion earlier this week: a real-time, remote-controlled system that allows city engineers to control the flow of traffic.
For those unfamiliar with New York's vehicle traffic laws, it's important to know that the state does not hesitate to hand out citations and assess points against motorists' driving records in the name of public safety.
Most of the current press coverage concerning the National Football League (NFL) has to do with the lockout and the - increasing likely - chance that the players and owners will reach an agreement that saves the season. However, even with this dedicated lockout coverage, some NFL players are still managing to make national headlines - although perhaps not as they would have liked. For example, a star wide receiver and Super Bowl MVP was arrested for DUI this past weekend.
Here in New York, we have some fairly strict vehicle traffic laws governing the use of cell phones while driving and the practice of texting while driving. Specifically, both are considered primary offenses, meaning they are illegal and any law enforcement official in the state can currently stop and ticket a motorist for either offense.
For the last few years, users of iPhones, Blackberrys and Android-based phones have become accustomed to downloading new phone applications - or "apps" - designed to alert them to the location of speed traps, red light cameras and even DUI sobriety checkpoints not otherwise made public by the police.
With the Fourth of July weekend officially underway, motorists all over the state of New York will be driving to cabins, resorts or the homes of family and friends to celebrate the long holiday. However, with this influx of motorists will undoubtedly come an increase in the number of law enforcement officials looking to hand out tickets for speeding or other traffic violations.