As you've made your way across New York's many streets, highways and freeways, you have more than likely witnessed a wide array of otherwise questionable driving behaviors, including speeding, failing to obey posted traffic signs, and talking/texting on a cell phone to name only a few. After witnessing such behavior, you probably thought to yourself that our state has the worst drivers in the entire United States.
Over the next few days, drivers all over the state of New York will be hitting the roads and highways for Thanksgiving travel. However, before heading out and driving back, motorists should know that law enforcement officials will be conducting a statewide campaign designed to enforce some of the more stringent vehicle traffic laws.
If you have lived in New York City for any reasonable amount of time, you are more than likely familiar with those stretches of highway scattered throughout the Five Boroughs that are notorious for lengthy traffic backups, honking horns, and major headaches. However, have you ever wondered how New York City compares with the rest of the country in terms of congested roads? Do we lead the nation in terms of speeding cars coming to a screeching halt during the morning and nighttime commutes?
If asked to identify the reasons for a major traffic backup here in New York City, most people would probably guess an accident caused by inattentive driving or speeding, road construction or even sheer congestion as the most likely causes. Interestingly, a major traffic backup in the city this past weekend was caused by none of these factors, but rather by a single person: Batman.
In 2007, New York City officials implemented a new program targeting one of the most reviled traffic violations throughout the Five Boroughs: parking tickets.
Most problems concerning the New York Public Library likely have to do with funding, overdue fines, loud patrons or perhaps even stolen books. However, the revered institution is currently dealing with a bona fide scandal after its head official was arrested for DUI last weekend.
Most stories about police chases inevitably seem to involve speeding suspects who are fleeing the scene of a crime or drunk drivers who are oblivious to the flashing lights and sirens around them. However, a recent incident out of Miami has put an interesting twist on this typical news story.
For many motorists, red-light traffic cameras are the bane of their existence, recording and issuing extremely costly traffic violations for a momentary lapse in judgment. In fact, motorists aren't the only ones who have taken issue with red-light traffic cameras. Both highway safety advocates and other privately funded groups have disputed the efficacy of the cameras in terms of preventing accidents.