Last August, the state of New York enacted the final provision of Leandra's Law, a rather stringent DUI law named after an 11-year-old girl who was tragically killed in a drunk driving accident on the West Side Highway back in 2009.
In these tough economic times, several major U.S. cities have found a new cash cow: Red light cameras that are bringing in big bucks every time they film a traffic violation.In fact, our very own New York City has found that red light cameras are a big source of extra income. How big? Last year, the city nabbed more than $52 million in fines, according to a recent story in the New York Daily News.The cameras, mounted at busy intersections, routinely film motorists as they are running red lights. In fact, there are now 150 red light cameras in our fair city.
Now that summer is officially winding down, people across the state of New York will be looking to maximize their time spent outdoors before the leaves start to fall and the gray skies return. This means more time spent at BBQs, baseball/softball games, parties and outdoor restaurants/taverns with patios. However, one of the staples of all of these outdoor events is alcohol and with this abundance of alcohol comes an increased risk of motorists driving under the influence (DUI).
In an attempt to improve the safety of motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcyclists, as well as control the general flow of vehicle traffic, lawmakers in 24 states have enacted "complete street" legislation.
Those who live, work and play in New York and New Jersey are all too familiar with the many tolls situated on the area's bridges and tunnels. (In fact, many are also probably familiar with the traffic violations/citations that can result from accidentally forgetting to pay these tolls.)
In vehicle traffic law news, a significant portion of the New York State Thruway was temporarily shut down earlier this week due to a serious construction accident, causing significant backup and lengthy delays.
You may want to keep one eye on your speedometer for the remainder of the week as law enforcement agencies will be devoting significant time and energy into catching speeding motorists on New York's many streets, highways and freeways.
Here in New York, there has been significant discussion over the last few weeks about the efficacy of our state's DUI laws. Much of this conversation has likely been spurred by the two-year anniversary of the horrific accident on the Taconic Parkway in which eight people were killed in a wrong-way collision, and a spate of other crashes involving wrong-way drivers.
In the aftermath of the ticket fixing scandal that rocked New York City earlier this year - particularly the Bronx - officials with the New York Police Department's Internal Affairs (IA) Bureau have been working overtime to uncover any potential improprieties on the part of police officers in issuing traffic violations.