Ignition interlock devices have been used to deter individuals convicted of drunk driving in New York from once again getting behind the wheel. Currently, there are more than 200,000 ignition interlock systems installed on cars in the United States. The goal of these devices is to prevent drinking and driving and reduce the number of serious car accidents caused by drunk drivers.
From busy streets and pushy pedestrians to noisy neighbors and crowded subways, there are certain realities of big city life that most New Yorkers simply accept as being unavoidable. Interestingly, there is one such "reality" of New York living that city officials are now attempting to eliminate altogether through a very unlikely mechanism: a traffic violation.
One of New York's better-known - and perhaps infamous - vehicle traffic laws is the prohibition against texting while driving. Originally passed in November 2009, the law (which has since been amended) makes texting while driving a primary offense. This means that any law enforcement official in the state of New York can currently stop and ticket a motorist solely for texting while driving.
While many people may not realize it, this week is National Teen Driver Safety Week. Created by a congressional resolution sponsored by over 50 federal lawmakers back in 2007, the week is designed to increase safety awareness among both teen drivers and their parents. Interestingly, one New York politician is using National Teen Driver Safety Week as a platform to promote a dramatic change to vehicle traffic laws.
Most National Football League (NFL) fans know Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson for his pure speed and punishing style of play. However, police in a Minneapolis suburb - looking to tackle a statewide problem - put the brakes on Peterson earlier this week, issuing him a traffic violation for failing to wear a seat belt.
Last month, our vehicle traffic law blog reported on how motorists using some of New York City's busiest thoroughfares - the George Washington Bridge, Lincoln Tunnel, Holland Tunnel, Goethals Bridge, Bayonne Bridge, and Outerbridge Crossing - were being forced to pay substantially higher tolls by the Port Authority. Now, it appears as if this phenomenon is slowly spreading to other parts of the state.
Every day in New York City, thousands of people take to the streets both on foot and in cars to go to work, school, shopping or other important locations. Given this large amount of foot traffic and vehicle traffic speeding about the streets, you would think that there would be serious pedestrian-car accidents on an hourly basis.
In recent news, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the results of a comprehensive - and very interesting - survey concerning the trends/patterns of driving under the influence (DUI). In fact, the survey even determined which U.S. states had the highest and lowest rates of drunk driving. Where did New York rank on the list?
Over the next few years, New York City will undergo something of a transformation as more bike lanes are added to city streets and bridges, and city officials roll out a new bicycle-sharing program. However, while this plan is being lauded by both proponents of alternative transportation and environmental advocacy groups, others are worried that the growing number of speeding bicyclists will lead to more pedestrian accidents.