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July 2013 Archives

Long Island man pleads guilty following fatal high-speed crash

Motorists in New York City and elsewhere are likely aware that the greater the speed a vehicle is traveling at, the greater the likelihood of the driver losing control of the vehicle. When alcohol is involved, this possibility only increases as intoxication often causes impairment and slowed reflexes.

Driver convicted of drunk driving twice in less than a month

Drunken driving charges can be very serious. Many states, including New York, have strict consequences for drivers who are convicted of driving under the influence. Possible consequences include jail time and license suspensions, among other penalties. For motorists who have repeated DUI convictions, the penalties can be harsher.

NYPD stop for no brake lights leads to discovery of stolen car

Vehicle laws in New York City and other cities throughout the U.S. are meant to ensure that the vehicles on the roads are in safe, working order. When there is a problem with these types of features on a vehicle, a driver may be pulled over by authorities and issued a warning or ticket. In some cases, however, if a motorist has outstanding legal issues, a stop of this kind can lead to much more serious legal problems.

Driver in fatal car crash sentenced to 6-month license suspension

Driving is considered a privilege in New York City and other cities across the U.S. When a driver commits multiple or serious traffic violations, they may face a suspended license as a consequence. Distracted driving, speeding and disobeying traffic signs and signals are types of violations that can lead to a driver’s license suspension.

New York bus driver arrested, charged with endangerment and DUI

Drinking and driving can be a dangerous game. Not only are there the physical risks posed by the threat of an accident, there is also the risk of being caught by authorities. In the event a motorist is suspected of driving under the influence, law enforcement may stop them in order to investigate further, which can have serious repercussions. 

Driver causes fatal accident after losing control of speeding car

In New York City and elsewhere, speed limits are put in place on roads to protect drivers and their passengers. The limits are typically based on the area and the uses of the road in question, as well as what is considered to be safe for handling on the road. When drivers use excessive speed, not only do they risk a ticket from law enforcement, they also risk injuring themselves, their passengers or other motorists. 

Multiple traffic violations driver leads NYPD officers on chase

In New York City, as well as in other cities all throughout the U.S., traffic laws are created and enacted in order to maintain order on the streets and protect those who use them. In the event a motorist is caught violating one of those laws by law enforcement officers, they could face a range of consequences, including fines, points or even a jail sentence, depending on the charges.

60-license suspensions for texting junior drivers in New York

Between 2005 and 2011, the state of New York reported a doubling of the number of car accidents where cellphone use was involved. In 2011 alone, there were reportedly more than 25,000 car accidents caused by distracted drivers that resulted in injury or death. In order to combat these staggering numbers and increase the safety of New York’s roadways, New York lawmakers have created and enacted laws with harsher consequences for distracted drivers.

Sisters charged with DUI after cops witness both behind wheel

Readers in and around New York City are likely aware that there are laws which prohibit drinking and driving. Readers also likely know that, if you are suspected of driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, a field sobriety test or blood alcohol test will typically be administered to determine your impairment and, you could be arrested and/or charged with a criminal offense. What may come as a surprise, however, is that you can face charges even if you are not witnessed operating a motor vehicle, but are only found behind the wheel while the vehicle is running.

NYC lawmakers approve use of cameras to catch speeding motorists

There are traffic and vehicle laws in place in New York City, as well as throughout the rest of the U.S., to keep roads safe. Law enforcement officers are charged with the task of ensuring motorists obey those laws. With so many drivers hitting the roads each day, this can turn into a daunting task because enforcement is subject to police being in the right place at the right time to observe a traffic offense. Some states have started taking advantage of technological advancements in order to assist cops in policing the streets.

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