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March 2012 Archives

Former prosecutor with Bronx D.A. pleads guilty to DUI

Last May, our blog discussed how one of the more prominent law enforcement agencies in all of New York City -- the Bronx District Attorney's Office -- was under fire for perhaps providing favorable treatment to a fellow prosecutor who was arrested for DUI.

D.C. poised to increase number of traffic cameras

Ask any motorist here in New York about the city's vehicle traffic laws and propensity for handing out traffic violations, and you are more than likely going to get an earful. While this frustration is understandable, it may help to remember that things could definitely be worse.

Nassau County goes after woman for unpaid parking tickets -- 15 years later

Here in New York City, our vehicle traffic laws dictate that the statute of limitations on parking tickets is approximately eight years and three months. This means that the Parking Authority has a little over eight years to try to collect on outstanding parking tickets, likely employing a variety of methods -- warrants, towing, booting -- to do so.

Amish group challenges state's slow-moving vehicle law

In a very interesting case out of Kentucky, a group of Amish men who were issued multiple traffic violations for failing to mount a state-mandated safety device on their horse-drawn buggies have officially taken their fight against the state law to the next level.

Once, twice, three times a speeding ticket for one driver

It's happened to quite a few of us. You have to jump behind the wheel of your car and rush to work, school, the airport or a doctor's appointment because you were either late getting up or simply lost track of time. However, if you tried a little too hard to make up for lost time while navigating roads and freeways, you may have found yourself in the crosshairs of a law enforcement official who is more than willing to give you a speeding ticket.

Mets catcher arrested for spring training DUI

Both Mets fans and Yankees fans are anxiously awaiting the end of spring training, counting down the weeks until the two teams pack up their gear to leave Florida and come back to New York to start the regular season. In fact, while most of us tend to think of spring training as something to be endured rather than enjoyed, it has produced some rather notable headlines this year. Just last weekend, for example, a member of the Mets was arrested on DUI charges in Florida.

State Supreme Court emerges as battleground over bike lane ticket

As many people know all too well, the New York Police Department (NYPD) is more than willing to issue tickets for traffic violations to unwitting motorists and bicyclists. While many of these tickets are likely legitimate and follow the letter of the law, others are not. In fact, recent reports indicate that bicyclists here in the Big Apple are regularly being ticketed for a bicycle maneuver that many people believe is technically not illegal.

List ranks NYC No. 1 for speed traps

Last fall, our blog reported on a list released by The National Motorists Association (NMA) -- a nonprofit organization "dedicated to ... stopping the use of traffic tickets to generate revenue" -- ranking the U.S. cities with the highest number of so-called speeding traps.

Toll increase on New Jersey Turnpike results in less traffic

In vehicle traffic law news, the New Jersey Turnpike Authority has released official figures on the number of cars and trucks using their thoroughfare following a rather significant toll increase in January. Not surprisingly, they show that many motorists may be seeking alternative routes.

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