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Residents concerned about lack of speeding tickets issued

New York residents are aware of the laws governing traffic. From speeding to appropriate lane changes and more, the city’s traffic laws are intended to keep motorists and others on the roads safe at all times. New York police officers can cite drivers found to be breaking any of the these laws and the consequences can include fines, points on driver’s records or more depending on the severity of the violation or specific circumstances.

While the city of New York sees the development of many slow zones intended to help reduce speeding in the last couple of months, two Brooklyn police precincts report issuing no speeding tickets at all during the month of September. New York Police Department Precincts 76 and 78 were found to have not issued any such citations despite an overall increase by 25 percent for the entire year compared to last year. The same two precincts, however, wrote a total of 136 citations in September for cell phone violations.

Residents in Brooklyn are concerned that many speeders are going unnoticed but officers say that the few accidents that happened in September were not affected by speed. Other precincts wrote speeding tickets during this timeframe, with the 77th precinct issued a total of 77 speeding tickets and the 94th precinct wrote 45 speeding citations. The article that reported the ticket data did not indicate any reason for the lack of such tickets by the two precincts.

Drivers that have received traffic tickets, especially if facing license suspensions or jail sentences, may consider speaking to an attorney to get help. Proper defense can make a difference in these situations.

Source: New York Daily News, “Free ride? Speed demons get away with no tickets in two Brooklyn precincts,” Sasha Goldstein, October 30, 2013

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