Every day hundreds of drivers across the state of New York are issued traffic citations for exceeding the speed limit. In the vast majority of cases, the people issued these tickets are not bad drivers, rather they simply had a momentary lapse in judgment or just did not realize how fast they were going.
While traffic camera systems are designed to be efficient and unbiased, they can sometimes prove to be models of imperfection. To illustrate, consider a recent news story out of Ohio, where moving violations were issued to a man in a coma.
According to sources, 35-year-old James B. allegedly committed traffic violations by driving 49 miles-per-hour in a 35-mile-per-hour zone back in July 2012. However, at the time the violations occurred, he was in an area hospital fighting for his life after suffering a massive heart attack and slipping into a coma. Family rushed in from out-of-town to visit him, fearing that he wouldn't survive. During that time, one of his family members used his car, which led to the speeding tickets.
As we speak, people across the state of New York are begrudgingly putting away their decorations, taking down their lights, and saying their final goodbyes to friends and families as the holidays have officially drawn to a close. Of course, with the end of the holiday season also comes the release of comprehensive statistics summarizing the impact of the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign.
Of all the methods used to enforce the vehicle traffic laws here in New York City, the one that probably causes the most resentment among drivers is red-light traffic cameras, which automatically take photos of the license plates of cars running red lights in intersections. Traffic tickets are then automatically issued to the owners of the photographed cars.
In a very interesting story, a Texas judge has finally paid an outstanding speeding ticket that resulted in the issuance of three arrest warrants. The ticket, which was written in 2008, has been the subject of a lengthy legal challenge and much discussion in legal circles. However, the criminal appeals court judge brought all of that to a halt last Thursday -- and before his legal troubles could get any worse.
Back in April, our blog discussed how a New Jersey lawmaker asked a state trooper who pulled him over on his way to the Statehouse to give him a break on a speeding ticket.
You might not be shocked to learn that directors of states' Highway Safety Divisions have a traffic violation or two on their records. But how about 34 entries? As surprising as that may seem, that's exactly what the Boston Globe recently discovered on the record of the director of the Massachusetts Highway Safety Division.
Last week, a judge threw out criminal charges filed against a photographer accused of driving dangerously while attempting to take photos of pop star Justin Bieber.
Every morning thousands of parents here in New York and across the country drop their children off at the local school bus stop, trusting that the bus driver will transport their precious cargo to school safely. While this is exactly what happens the overwhelming majority of the time, there are unfortunate exceptions.
Last week, our blog discussed how the nation's capital saw a rather large profit this past fiscal year -- $84.9 million to be exact -- thanks to so-called traffic camera enforcement, meaning both red light cameras and speed cameras. However, we also discussed how area motorists were less than thrilled with this trend, calling it nothing more than a backdoor commuter tax designed to generate revenue for the cash-strapped city.