As freezing rain, snow and ice cover New York roads this winter, it is imperative for drivers to practice safe driving. Not only may this preserve their health and well-being, but it can also help to avoid expensive traffic violations. According to the Federal Highway Administration, roughly 23 percent of all motor vehicle accidents every year are weather-related, and an accident can result in a speeding ticket or worse.
When someone from law enforcement pulls you over, you might receive a traffic ticket and escape with a fine and a few points on your license. At Martin A. Kron & Associates, LLP, we know that many people do not realize that in certain situations, the penalties may be much more harsh. There are times when a traffic offense in New York can become a criminal charge, forcing you to appear in court and face severe consequences.
A drunk driving conviction can have lifelong consequences. At Martin A. Kron & Associates, LLP, we understand the punishments associated with such a charge in New York. It is important that you know what you may face should you get pulled over on suspicion of DUI.
The effects of a traffic citation go far beyond simply the fine listed on the ticket. If you have been cited for a violation in New York, it is important that you understand the number of ways that the charge will affect you.
Most people have seen at some time a vehicle with a very large load that has is accompanied by an escort or a flagger. In New York, the ability to act as an escort driver requires special certification that is separate from and in addition to the primary driver’s license per the Department of Motor Vehicles. Persons who hold escort driver certifications can lose their privileges to escort oversized loads in certain circumstances and must follow not only the specific rules pertaining to escorting but also all vehicle traffic laws in New York.
Drivers in New York may sometimes feel as though they are under siege from increasing vigilance regarding speeding or other traffic violations. The city’s stated goal of eliminating pedestrian deaths has seen many slow zones developed and more emphasis on citations in some areas. Violations for driving while intoxicated continue to be taken seriously and can leave drivers with serious long-term consequences if convicted.
In New York, drivers can be subject to many different consequences for traffic-related offenses. These can include the loss of driving privileges in the form of either a revoked or suspended driver’s license. The New York Department of Motor Vehicles outlines some of the offenses that can lead to license revocations and how long such revocations can last.
New York drivers have seen an increase in awareness relating to traffic violations such as speeding in the past year or so as part of the mayor’s Vision Zero plan. In addition to having points on your license added when a violation occurs as well as paying fines, people can find their driving privileges suspended for certain periods of time. Understanding the state’s laws pertaining to these suspensions is important for all persons who drive in New York.
People who live and drive in New York regularly have become highly aware of the increased police surveillance on many different traffic situations. The growth of slow zones, erection of several red light cameras and more are just some of the visible signs of how New York law enforcement is aiming to crack down on traffic violations. These situations can lead to fines, points on licenses and more.