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Study shows that states with more traffic laws have fewer deaths

Drivers in New York are aware of the state’s strong stance against drinking and driving. New York traffic law has also been increasing the effort to reduce vehicular accidents and fatalities with a range of efforts on the part of law enforcement and municipal officials ranging from CITE vehicles to designated slow zones in New York City. Any person who receives a traffic ticket or DUI arrest is eligible for an appropriate defense but should be aware of the consequences.

An article in a recent media source published some details of a 30-year study by a New York University professor that indicates that states with the most number of laws governing alcohol or traffic in some way have the lowest rate of vehicular deaths. Given this, it is unlikely that New York drivers will see much easing up in terms of traffic laws and consequences ranging from jail sentences to fines, points and more.

The study showed a growing differential between states in the adoption of traffic and alcohol laws from 1980 to 2009. In 1980, the number and type of laws around the country were more similar. But, over the years, some states have instituted far more laws than others and those are the states that have fewer recorded traffic fatalities now. Laws that work to change driver behavior were those focused on in the study including the use of child seats or other restraints, taxes on beer, penalties for DUIs and more.

Drivers who receive citations for any traffic-related offense can work with a lawyer to obtain an adequate defense. This may be a wise thing to do and can help to ensure that any penalties are appropriate.

Source: UPI, “More alcohol, traffic  laws correlate to fewer U.S. traffic deaths,”December 8, 2013.

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