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New York traffic laws apply to everyone, even officers

No one is happy to see that little slip of paper under their windshield wiper indicating they have been issued a parking ticket. Although receiving a ticket can be an inconvenience, acting out or further bending of the traffic laws will most likely only ensure that you face additional, and possibly more severe, consequences. Regardless of if you are in New York City, or some other locale in the U.S., traffic laws are enforced for everyone, whether you are a doctor, a housewife or a law enforcement officer. These laws are not meant to aggravate or annoy motorists, but rather to ensure the safety of the roads and highways.

Recently a man was pulled over after allegedly committing several traffic violations. Law enforcement reportedly pulled him over for ostensibly running a red light. A traffic agent for the New York Police Department, apparently the man was angered at having received a ticket for parking in a zone where standing is not permitted, and drove right through a red light following an argument with the officer who issued him the ticket.

As a result of the incident, the man is now facing much more than just a parking ticket. He has been charged with reckless driving, as well as reckless endangerment for his alleged traffic violations. While the parking ticket itself would likely have only resulted in a fine, the more serious traffic charges could result in much stiffer penalties, such as jail time, license suspension, or extensive fines and court fees.

Sometimes, based on their position, profession or other factors, people may feel like they are entitled to a certain amount of leeway when it comes to traffic violations. Police, however, must enforce the laws for everyone in the same way to maintain order and safety on streets and roads.

Source: The New York Daily News, “Traffic cop was angry over getting a parking ticket in Brooklyn, so he ran red light… and was arrested: officials”, Thomas Tracy, April 26, 2013

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