Holiday times, especially when spanning a weekend, are common times for law enforcement to step up their efforts in cracking down on traffic violations. New Yorkers may often feel as though every day is a holiday with the crackdowns they have seen since the mayor launched the Vision Zero plan last year. However, there still remain more arrests and tickets over key holiday times, including for driving while intoxicated.
Speeding or other traffic violations that may involve pedestrians are not the only situations watched more carefully by New York police these days. Especially over a holiday weekend, law enforcement can be expected to monitor suspected drunk driving activity more closely as well. Local news media give a lot of attention to reports involving people arrested for driving while intoxicated and often paints them as irresponsible citizens that do not care about others. That, however, is not necessarily an accurate or complete view.
New Yorkers quick to jump on the bandwagon that all people arrested for impaired driving offenses are irresponsible drunks should rethink that position. Many a responsible and professional person has been and can find themselves in such a situation. A quick stop for happy hour on the way home from the office all that is needed to put a person in jeopardy of a drunk driving arrest.
Every resident in New York City by now is familiar with Vision Zero. Enacted roughly a year and a half ago, this program was instituted by the mayor with the focus on making the city safer for pedestrians. Slow zones, red-light cameras and greater enforcement have all been part of this process. Another part of the process has been more tickets and revenue for the city for traffic violations that pertain to pedestrians.
Driving in New York is considered a privilege and one that is able to be taken away depending upon the circumstances. This can happen in the form of a license suspension or a license revocation, both of which are managed through the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles. There are many things that can result in this action, not all of which are even related to driving. For this reason, it is important to have an understanding of these situations.
Vision Zero is something that all New Yorkers by now should be familiar with. Whether you agree with the program or not, the fact that it is having an impact in many ways cannot be disputed. The mayor asserts that the goal of Vision Zero is to improve safety on New York City streets. That goal, according to a document on the city’s website, NYC.gov, requires a crackdown on motorists for specific actions.
When New York City’s mayor announced the Vision Zero campaign at the beginning of 2014, residents in and around the city had much to learn. Since then, dramatic changes have been seen all in the name of improving safety for pedestrians. To many motorists, the changes seem to focus equally on cracking down harder and harder on drivers and issuing as many citations for traffic violations as possible.
Despite the fact that New York City is known around the world for its public transportation system, millions of residents continue to rely on their own vehicles on a daily basis. Having a suspended driver’s license can have a profound and costly impact on a person’s life, as being prevented from driving can prohibit someone from doing everything from going to work to caring for his or her children. Having an understanding of the two primary types of driver’s license suspension in the state, as well as where NY suspended licenses are enforced, is an important part of defending against such penalties.
If you or a loved one were involved in an automobile accident with someone on a bicycle, you may have serious questions and concerns over being accused of causing the collision. The number of people riding bicycles as a regular form of transportation is on the rise in New York, and the number of bicycle accidents that occur every year is also significant. Unfortunately, many bicycle riders’ failure to acknowledge and/or abide by New York traffic laws contributes to serious and even fatal accident injuries.
No matter if you are visiting the Big Apple or call New York home, it is important to be aware of road and safety regulations across the state. Speeding violations are a major cause of citations and arrests, and many times they are the result of drivers simply not knowing when and how vehicle speeds are monitored. One aspect of constructing an effective defense against speeding charges is understanding the methods used by law enforcement agencies to determine violations. That is why we here at Martin A. Kron and Associates, L.L.P., are committed to educating our clients about speeding regulations and monitoring techniques.