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Man enters not guilty plea for traffic tickets

New York drivers can receive citations for a variety of traffic law infractions at any time. However, it is important for all residents to remember that a traffic ticket defense is possible. A single ticket does not necessarily need to result in a default conviction. This is the case for a variety of ticket reasons such as speeding, failure to obey a traffic signal, reckless driving or more.

A man driving a vehicle based out of Washington State recently initiated an effort to fight not just one but two traffic tickets that he received in Ithaca when he entered a plea of not guilty in a case. The defendant was driving a tractor-trailer that ran into a restaurant after he was unable to bring the truck to a proper stop in time. Since the incident, the driver was cited with two different violations. One of the citations was for driving a vehicle that was too long and the other was for operating the vehicle with defective brake-limit device.

Investigators will be looking into the situation to learn more about what elements were involved in the wreck. It is not known if the issue with the brake system was at all related to the cause of the crash. A woman was killed as a result of the accident. The incident will proceed to a trial without a jury on August 7 in Ithaca.

If drivers do not pursue proper defenses, default convictions can happen. This can leave them vulnerable to many penalties. Working with an attorney after receiving a speeding ticket or other citation may be something to consider for anyone in such a situation.

Source:, "Driver in fatal Ithaca crash pleads not-guilty to traffic violations," David Hill, July 2, 2014

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