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State and city officials work on new traffic laws

New Yorkers live among some of the nation’s most congested and busiest streets. Whether as drivers, passengers or pedestrians, there are risks associated with being on the streets of New York City every day. For drivers, one of those risks is being accused of breaking New York’s traffic law in some way. The associated fines or other penalties after receiving a speeding ticket or other citation can be costly and challenging.

The mayor of New York City is on a mission to improve safety for everyone, according to his statements. State lawmakers are also focusing on this mission as a bill is now on its way to the governor that will allow the speed limit to be reduces in parts of New York City to 25 miles per hour. While officials bill these and other steps in a positive manner, some drivers may not feel the same way. They can, instead, feel under siege as the focus is clearly on traffic violations.

The mayor recently signed into effect 11 different new laws that are designed to reduce the number of vehicular accidents and associated injuries or deaths on the city’s streets. These are all part of the larger plan known as “Vision Zero” which seeks to eliminate all traffic fatalities in New York City by the year 2020. Among the new laws are provisions to amend intersections identified as dangerous as well as crackdowns on reckless or speeding drivers.

As the laws become stricter in New York City, the need for help with a traffic ticket defense may increase. Talking to a lawyer could be one way that people find the help they need in these circumstances.

Source: CBS New York, “DeBlasio Signs 11 ‘Vision Zero’ Bills Into Law,” June 23, 2014

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