A new proposal by a Nassau County executive could double the cost of traffic citations in New York. The proposal, as discussed in a recent CBS piece, could lead to a $100 increase to many different citations.
You're stuck at a red light, several cars back when you realize you forgot to remind your significant other about your dinner reservations. No problem, just whip out your cell and shoot him or her a quick text. It's no big deal, lots of people do it.
New York traffic law has always been complex and the crackdown that motorists have felt since the origination of Vision Zero has increased that. Being cited for traffic violations can have long-lasting impact on drivers. You may be forced to pay high fines or you might even have your driver’s license suspended.
Under New York traffic law, you can receive points on your driving record if you are convicted of traffic violations. The number of points you will receive can vary based upon the type of infraction committed. According to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, you can have your driver’s license suspended if you amass 11 points within an 18-month time period. Some speeding violations can result in 11 points at one time, making it important for you to know the status of your license and how many points different violations are worth.
New York traffic law has seen many changes since the institution of Vision Zero in 2014. Speed limits have been lowered and enforcement of certain offenses has increased. The goal of reducing traffic fatalities is a noble one indeed but drivers in New York still have rights and should understand those when facing a speeding ticket or a citation for any other reason.
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.
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 law enforcement efforts coincide with an increase in traffic citations, New York citizens and criminal law experts alike often begin to question the correlation. Could an increase in offenses be resulting in a higher number of citations and arrests, or are focused efforts leading to more identified violations? These types of questions were being asked in response to evidence suggesting that texting-while-driving traffic violations are on the rise in the Big Apple.
From improper lane changes or speeding, to texting and driving or alcohol-impaired driving, there are a number of traffic violations in New York City. If convicted of these types of charges, motorists may face a range of penalties. It may behoove people to understand these consequences, to ensure they are aware of their rights in the event they receive a traffic ticket.
Often, people in New York City, and throughout the state of New York, operate motor vehicles for their jobs. According to the New York Department of Motor Vehicles, people must have a commercial driver license, or CDL, in order to operate certain types of commercial motor vehicles. These include those vehicles that weigh more than 26,000 pounds, busses or vehicles meant for the transportation of 15 passengers or more, trailers with a gross vehicle weight rating of 10,000 pounds or more, and any vehicle that must have a hazardous material placard. Receiving tickets for traffic violations in the state of New York can have a serious impact on people’s CDLs.