The proliferation of smart phones and wireless internet access coupled with the advent of social media has served to drastically transform how news is delivered and we communicate with one another. A vital news tip can be tweeted or an important personal accomplishment posted in the blink of an eye. However, there are some people whose love of social media and need to communicate instantly may go a bit too far.
Thanks to certain technological advancements, global positioning systems are now standard equipment in many cars, trucks and buses. In fact, these GPS devices have now evolved to such a degree that they can instantaneously find the fastest route to a particular location, identify where traffic has slowed to a crawl and inform the user of existing vehicle traffic laws.
No stranger to traffic violations, earlier this week actress Lindsay Lohan was arrested in New York City, for yet one more incident involving the operation of a motor vehicle. The incident in this case took place in an alley near the popular Dream Hotel. As she parked a Porsche SUV, she reportedly hit a pedestrian who then fell to the ground. Though after parking, both Lohan and her companion looked the vehicle over, neither made a move to acknowledge the incident and instead headed to a nightclub.
While state and federal officials have conducted seemingly hundreds of studies examining the effects/impact of drunk driving, they have actually done remarkably little research on the effect of driving under the influence of drugs.
It's bad enough to get one speeding ticket. Getting two speeding tickets at the same time is much worse -- and not something that anyone expects to happen. It did happen recently, though, to a retired couple driving on a Georgia road. The driver informed a local news station that she was astonished when a patrol car pulled her over, as she hasn't gotten a speeding ticket in 30 years. However, by the time she pulled over to the side of the road, there were two police cars behind her.
Is it possible to be two places at once? According to the rules of science -- and the rules of common sense -- the answer to that question is, of course, no. However, it appears that the New York Police Department may think otherwise as it somehow managed to issue a traffic violation to a college student who was behind bars at the same time he allegedly ran a red light.
Most New York City residents may not realize that with a strong defense, one can successfully defend against drunk driving charges. One recent case highlights the fact that even when the facts seem straightforward and do not seem to be in an accused person's favor, acquittal may still be appropriate and achieved.
Everyone in New York knows the heart dropping feeling they get when they see the dreaded parking ticket on their car. And no one needs reminding of how vicious the enforcement is if you don't pay them either.