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March 2013 Archives

New York to increase traffic safety with harsher penalties

Traffic related laws are developed and enacted in order to maintain order and safety on the nation's roadways. For some drivers, one traffic violation is enough to prevent them from breaking the laws of the road again. Other drivers, however, may find themselves with multiple traffic violations. In order to cut back on repeat offenses, some states, such as New York, are creating new legislation that would create stricter consequences.

New York teen faces more than DWI charge in fatal accident case

Getting caught drunk driving by authorities can often lead to multiple criminal charges. There are times when no one is harmed by drinking and driving, but other times there can be more serious consequences of driving under the influence of alcohol. In those cases, often a DWI charge is just the tip of the iceberg. As New York and other states continue to crack down on drivers who operate vehicles while they are intoxicated, it is likely the charges and penalties will continue to be heavily enforced.

Neither rain, nor sleet, nor traffic tickets? USPS caught in citation scandal

The United States Postal Service has been in the news off and on over the last year due to its proposed budget cuts and the possibility of eliminating mail delivery on Saturdays. However, the federal agency really grabbed headlines last month after claiming that its employees were somehow immune from traffic violations.

City officials renewing calls for speed cameras after release of NYC traffic fatality data

This past Monday, the New York City Department of Transportation released data on motor vehicle fatalities for 2012 and the numbers were rather disconcerting. In particular, the data revealed that speeding motorists were responsible for 81 fatalities in 2012, a 65 percent increase from 2011, which saw a total of 49 speeding-related fatalities.

Is a class action lawsuit against N.J. red light cameras drawing closer to an end?

Thanks to the technological advancements of the last decade, it's virtually impossible to go anywhere in public without potentially being recorded by a sophisticated surveillance system or even a cell phone camera. As evidenced by the popularity of reality shows, internet news sites and viral videos, many people might not actually mind this as much as you might think. However, there is still one forum on which no one wants to be recorded under any circumstances: red light cameras.

NYPD announces dramatic change to its accident investigation policy

For many years now, one of the most contentious issues between the New York Police Department, and safety advocates, citizens and the City Council has been the adequacy of vehicle traffic laws governing accident investigations.

Ohio judge turns off speed cameras, calling them a 'scam'

From the biggest cities to the smallest towns, thousands of people across the U.S. receive a nasty surprise while leafing through their daily mail: a speeding ticket. What makes it so particularly frustrating is that many of these speeding tickets are not issued by an actual human being, but rather by a sophisticated camera system designed to detect even the slightest infraction.

Survey examines the impact of traffic tickets on insurance premiums

We are all very familiar with the potential consequences of traffic violations: large fines, points against your license and, of course, increased insurance premiums. Interestingly, the online comparison site InsuranceQuotes.com recently performed a survey designed to determine whether insurance premiums do indeed go up after the issuance of traffic tickets.

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