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What is the meaning of Leandra's Law?

Leandra's Law is one that was written in honor of an 11-year-old child who was killed while riding with one of her friends' mothers. The mother was intoxicated at the time of the collision.

After the crash and the child's death, the New York State Legislature made changes to the state's vehicle and traffic laws. Now, those who drink and drive face heavier penalties.

Don't drive without making sure your registration is valid

It's against the law to drive your vehicle without registering it, having a license or carrying insurance. If you've been caught without your registration, that's a serious offense that could lead to deep trouble.

In New York and New Jersey, you can be fined for driving without a valid registration. You may also face penalties including time in jail depending on the circumstances. While each state has slightly different laws, you should never drive without registration.

Leonia to fine nonresidents for using its streets

Imagine being told you're going to be fined because you decided to drive through a town in which you're not a resident. It's ludicrous to most people, since most roadways are public. However, in a town in New Jersey, people could find themselves being fined just for driving through Leonia.

Leonia is a town west of New York city. It's close to George Washington Bridge, which makes it a popular place for people to detour to avoid traffic. When driving apps became popular, they began to reroute people through the town, and now the town has struck back by putting a fine in place. The ban prohibits anyone who isn't a resident in the town from driving on the roads between 6 to 10 a.m. and 5 to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Even DUI stops require reasonable suspicion

The police have to suspect you're driving drunk before they pull you over. They must have reasonable suspicion. This is key because, without it, any evidence obtained during the stop may be illegal.

What this means is that officers can't go out after, say 2:00 in the morning, and pull cars over at random. Yes, they may know that the bars just closed at 2 a.m., and they may believe that means some drivers are drunk, but that's not enough to infringe on someone's rights with a random stop.

New Jersey's tickets at a high thanks to new laws

If you drive in New Jersey, you may have noticed more people pulled over than usual in the last year or so. There's a good reason for that. Changes to some of New Jersey's laws have resulted in more people being ticketed than in the past.

The number of traffic tickets given out in New Jersey is growing, all thanks to a new law that requires you to keep your windshield and license plate visible and unobstructed. Do you like to hang fuzzy dice on your rear-view mirror? Don't, you'll end up with a ticket. Do you have a foggy cover on your license plate? Be prepared to get stopped.

Carrying car insurance: State requirements for coverage

It is a requirement of the law to keep up-to-date auto insurance on your vehicle. The least insurance you can have is called liability insurance; it provides you with enough coverage to pay for damages and medical expenses in the case of a crash.

There are some different things you should know about insuring your vehicle in New York. Like many other states, it has rules and regulations that apply to anyone who owns a vehicle.

Evading police could lead to a misdemeanor or felony charge

Evading police is something you don't ever want to do. Evading police refers to when you try to avoid an officer after he or she tries to stop you or pull you over. It's always better to stay calm and to look for a place to pull over if you're in your vehicle; running from the police only puts you and others in danger.

On the whole, it's always in your best interests to do what an officer asks. For instance, if he or she asks you to lie down on the ground, you should oblige in most cases. Likewise, if the officer asks you to remain in your vehicle, you shouldn't get out of the car.

How can you avoid a hit-and-run charge?

You were pulling out of a parking space when you realized you hadn't given yourself enough room. You scraped the car next to you, and when you looked at the damage, it was fairly obvious that there had been contact between your vehicles.

Now, you're not sure what you should do. If you stay, you don't know how long you'll be waiting for someone to arrive. If you leave, you don't want to get charged with a hit-and-run. What should you do?

When is a license revoked?

A driver's license is typically suspended unless there is a cause to revoke it completely. A revocation is different from a suspension, because the revocation is more serious. The revocation results in the complete loss of your license for a period of time.

Several actions can result in the loss of your license through a revocation. These include leaving the scene of an accident in which there was an injury, failing to appear in court for a traffic summons, drag racing, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and reckless driving.

The New Jersey point system determines your right to drive

In New Jersey, you can lose your license if you have enough negative points on your record. The state suspends a person's license if he or she has 12 or more points on his or her driving record. The notice of suspension comes in the mail, which is why it's important to keep your license up-to-date.

Getting points on your license can increase your insurance rates, which may make it harder to get insurance. Without insurance, it's not legal to drive in the state of New Jersey.

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