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Speeding Manhattan driver refused license and passport

By now, every New York resident has likely heard of the mayor’s Vision Zero plan. This, along with other programs such as the slow zones, is part of a larger effort to improve safety on New York City streets for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians alike. Part of achieving this goal includes the issuing of many speeding tickets or other traffic citations. Drivers who face fines for speeding may also be subject to license suspension and other consequences.

A man who taped himself driving at record speed around Manhattan last summer is now facing trial for his speeding activities. Prosecutors offered him a bargain if he agreed to enter a guilty plea, indicating he would need to spend 60 days in jail followed by a five year period of probation and 15 days of community service. Through his attorney, the defendant declined. If convicted, he could face up to one year in jail.

As part of the proceedings, a judge ordered that the man driver’s license and passport continue to be withheld. The driver is a citizen of Canada but is married to an American woman. His trip through Manhattan was recorded at 24 minutes in all and he is allegedly said to have indicated he could have driven the route even faster, in as little as 19 minutes. The man asserts that despite his speed, he drove safely on his route.

Traffic violations can leave drivers facing jail sentences, points on their records and more. Getting help with these issues can alleviate some of the consequences. It may be worthwhile to consult an attorney before deciding upon a defense plea.

Source: New York Daily News, “The speed demon who ‘drove around Manhattan in 24 minutes’ can’t get his driver’s license back: judge,” Dareh Gregorian, March 4, 2014

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