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Not all field sobriety tests are accurate

The horizontal gaze nystagmus test (HGN), is a simple test used by the police to identify if a person is intoxicated or impaired when driving. The HGN looks at the eye movements and determines if the eyes are jerking when looking from side to side. Alcohol and some drugs make the jerking motion of the eyes more obvious, suggesting impairment.

This test isn't foolproof. There are medical conditions and medications that can cause the eyes to jerk and result in the failure of the test. This is just one of several field sobriety tests that you may be asked to take that doesn't truly represent your level of intoxication or impairment.

Police looking to stop distracted drivers throughout April

April is almost here, and with it comes a new 21-day campaign called, "UDrive. UText. UPay." This campaign, with the help of local officers, intends to enforce distracted driving laws to reduce the risks to drivers on the roads.

Actions the police will be looking for include talking on a cellphone, putting on makeup, eating behind the wheel, playing on your phone or texting, among others. The primary focus is on cellphone use, but anything that is considered a distraction could get you pulled over and fined.

Does New York have more than one DWI charge?

Driving while intoxicated or under the influence can make you a danger to yourself and others. Impairment of any kind means you're not as focused on the road as you should be. Driving without focus puts you in a dangerous situation and is likely to result in a crash.

There are different levels of impairment. The level of impairment you're at depends on a number of factors including your weight, gender, the food you've eaten, how much alcohol you've had and how long it took you to drink the alcohol in your possession.

Is a suspension the same as a license revocation?

You were driving over the speed limit. You've had speeding tickets in the past, but you never thought speeding multiple times would end up resulting in you losing your license. Unfortunately, points from tickets add up. Over time, you could lose your license permanently if you keep getting traffic violations.

Fortunately, there is a difference between losing your license temporarily or permanently. A suspended driver's license is one that you lose for a short period of time. You can't legally drive with a suspended license until the court releases you to do so.

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.

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