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.
Most drivers in New York, and elsewhere, are aware that the posted speed limits indicate the maximum speed they are allowed to drive. Furthermore, they are generally cognizant of the fact that exceeding those limits can result in them receiving a speeding ticket. Many motorists, however, do not realize that they can also be ticketed for speeding, even if they are not driving faster than the limit. In order to avoid getting speeding tickets, it behooves people to understand the state’s laws regarding the maximum speed limits.
In 2014, the mayor of New York City rolled out his Vision Zero plan. The purpose of the plan is to reduce the number of pedestrian deaths and improve the overall safety on the city’s streets. An important aspect of Vision Zero was the reduction of the speed limit to 25 mph for the majority of New York City’s streets. While many people have heard of Vision Zero, and likely the speed limit reductions, few understand the implications for motorists. At Martin A. Kron & Associates, LLP, we have consulted with a number of people who have received speeding tickets since the implementation of Vision Zero. In this post, we will discuss how the plan is being enforced, and the penalties for receiving a speeding ticket in the city.
Like many cities throughout the U.S., New York City is cracking down on speeding in an effort to make the city’s streets safer. One of the methods being employed is the use of speed cameras. Law enforcement and government officials have touted the success of the program since its inception. However, many drivers fear that they may be wrongly or unjustly ticketed. In order to help protect themselves from speed camera tickets, it behooves people to have an understanding of how the program works.
There are any number of reasons why people in New York, and elsewhere, may drive in excess of the speed limit. While it may seem minor, speeding on New York roads can result in serious legal issues for motorists, regardless of the reasoning. There are a number of penalties that may be levied on drivers of non-commercial vehicles who are caught exceeding the speed limit, many of which far outweigh a simple slap on the wrist.
Residents of New York understand all too well the serious consequences that can come from what may originally seem an otherwise minor traffic infraction. Even small violations can result in high fines and even loss of driving privileges depending upon the circumstances. Speeding has taken center stage recently in New York City but other situations are equally of risk to drivers. It is not only within the limits of the city or even the state that drivers must be aware as some citations in other parts of the United States or Canada can affect driving privileges in the state of New York as well.
Drivers in New York face some of the nation’s busiest and most congested roads. The large number of pedestrians, taxi cabs, buses, bicycles, passenger cars, trucks and more that must share the roads can create unique challenges for drivers of any vehicle type. The City of New York has been implementing many changes designed to slow drivers down over time and that trend is expected to continue for several years.
As part of the mayor’s Vision Zero plan, New York residents and visitors have seen an increase in the crackdown on speeding this past year. This effort is unlikely to ease up anytime soon as the goal of the program is to completely eradicate pedestrian deaths in the city’s five boroughs by the year 2020 and speeding has been identified as one critical component to those deaths.
In the past year, most New Yorkers have likely heard or seen many news stories related to the city’s efforts to reduce speeding and related motor vehicle accidents. One of the strategies utilized is the creation of what are referred to as neighborhood slow zones, or just slow zones. These are designated locations throughout the city in which specific actions are taken to create the desired reduction in speed and increase in safety.
A driver can receive traffic tickets for a variety of reasons in New York, from parking citations to driving while intoxicated. Certainly speeding tickets have garnered a lot of attention in the past several months with the implementation of slow zones and other efforts to crack down on drivers who exceed the stated speed limits. Traffic violations are generally categorized in one of three ways—criminal, parking and non-criminal.