Last month, a Buffalo man was informed that the state Department of Motor Vehicles had suspended his driver's license for nonpayment of a traffic violation issued to him while he was in New York City.
While this may seem like a rather unremarkable story as far as vehicle traffic law is concerned, consider the following detail: the man has never set foot in New York City.
As it turns out, the man -- who insists that he was never notified of the license suspension by the DMV or sent a court summons regarding the matter -- was actually driving around with a suspended license for over two years.
He only became aware of the problem last month after his insurance agent had run a standard motor vehicle report.
"'You are suspended.' For what? 'You got a traffic ticket in New York City.' I says, 'I have never been to New York City in my whole life. I have lived in this state 63 years - have never been there,'" recalled the man.
Unfortunately for the man, he has been unable to get his license suspension reversed by the DMV and still hasn't received any answers from authorities as to how his suspension occurred in the first place. In fact, he indicated that he finally gave up trying to fix his situation via the telephone after getting nowhere when he called.
"I called there, I got an answering machine, and then another machine, and then another machine. I just go down the line - machine after machine after machine. I says, forget this," he said.
The DMV, though, has since indicated that they received the man's forms -- which were mailed in over a month ago -- and that the man should have answers in the near future.
News outlets are theorizing that since the ticket was issued for disobeying a traffic device in a Brooklyn neighborhood, it's highly likely that the red light camera snapped a picture of another driver and wrongly assigned it to him.
It should be very interesting to see how this case transpires. Stay tuned for further developments from our New York vehicle traffic law blog ...
If you are dealing with a suspended license, fight to keep your driving privileges and your insurance premiums as low as possible. Consider contacting an attorney who understands New York's confusing legal system, and who can save you time and frustration.
This post was provided for informational purposes only and is not to be construed as legal advice. Names have been withheld to protect the identity of the parties.
WIVB, "Man who's never been to NYC gets ticket," Al Vaughters, Dec. 14, 2012