Exceeding the speed limit can be very dangerous. It is easy to lose control of a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed, which can lead to an accident. If a driver is speeding and causes an accident, they could face much more serious consequences, especially if someone is injured or killed.
Speed limits and other traffic laws are put into place to maintain order and safety on the nation's roadways. Consequences for breaking those laws have been established to encourage motorists to drive with care. Often, those penalties can become even more severe when there is an extreme or repeated traffic violation allegation.
Traffic laws are created and enforced in order to keep everyone safe on the roads, whether they are driving, walking, cycling or even working. Violating those laws, however, can lead to penalties such as fines or points on your license. These consequences are often meant to serve as a deterrent, to keep drivers from recklessly or carelessly operating their motor vehicles. Still, drivers are only human and sometimes they make mistakes without intending to.
Speeding does not seem like that big of a deal to many drivers. At one time or another, almost all motorists have driven faster than legally allowed. New York and other individual states are responsible for making and enforcing their own traffic laws. Speeding may seem like a minor offense to some, but many times additional charges and consequences come with a speeding charge.
Traffic related laws are developed and enacted in order to maintain order and safety on the nation's roadways. For some drivers, one traffic violation is enough to prevent them from breaking the laws of the road again. Other drivers, however, may find themselves with multiple traffic violations. In order to cut back on repeat offenses, some states, such as New York, are creating new legislation that would create stricter consequences.
The United States Postal Service has been in the news off and on over the last year due to its proposed budget cuts and the possibility of eliminating mail delivery on Saturdays. However, the federal agency really grabbed headlines last month after claiming that its employees were somehow immune from traffic violations.
This past Monday, the New York City Department of Transportation released data on motor vehicle fatalities for 2012 and the numbers were rather disconcerting. In particular, the data revealed that speeding motorists were responsible for 81 fatalities in 2012, a 65 percent increase from 2011, which saw a total of 49 speeding-related fatalities.
From the biggest cities to the smallest towns, thousands of people across the U.S. receive a nasty surprise while leafing through their daily mail: a speeding ticket. What makes it so particularly frustrating is that many of these speeding tickets are not issued by an actual human being, but rather by a sophisticated camera system designed to detect even the slightest infraction.
Two weeks ago, we discussed how federal prosecutors had filed a multitude of criminal charges against nine sitting and former judges of the Philadelphia Traffic Court, alleging that these officials engaged in an intricate scheme to fix or reduce traffic violations for business, social or political associates. According to the 77-count indictment, the judges allegedly threw out tickets for such offenses as speeding and/or turned these tickets into lesser offenses from July 2008 through September of 2011. In other cases, the judges are accused of finding certain defendants not guilty despite the existence of incontrovertible evidence or granting them continuances of trial dates such that they could "judge shop."
Federal prosecutors recently filed fraud charges against nine current and former judges of the Philadelphia Traffic Court, alleging that these officials reduced traffic violations for several well-connected drivers. According to sources, the judges are accused of fixing traffic citations for what prosecutors call business, social or political associates. And in return? According to the charges, these judges received such perks as free car repairs or even free shipments of fresh seafood. The 77-count indictment filed against the judges includes conspiracy, mail fraud and wire fraud charges. Prosecutors are alleging that they threw out tickets for such offenses as speeding and/or turned these tickets into lesser offenses. In other cases, the judges are accused of finding drivers not guilty despite the existence of incontrovertible evidence.