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August 2014 Archives

Two drivers cited for drunk driving in fatal crash

New York residents are well aware of the increased emphasis on speeding and pedestrian safety in the city. That, however, does not take away from any efforts to crackdown on driving while intoxicated. The penalties for a DUI conviction remain as strong today as ever. Paying steep fines, losing driving privileges, being required to use ignition interlock devices in order to drive again and even spending time in jail are all common consequences that defendants can incur if they are convicted of these types of charges.

Break from school may not be break from lower speed

Statewide, New York has placed multiple traffic cameras in areas designated as slow zones. Many of these are near schools. The cameras are allowed to issue speeding tickets to drivers who exceed the school speed limit by at least 10 miles per hour. The effort is designed to reduce traffic accidents and fatalities, improving safety for all residents.

Tour bus driver charged with DUI in New York

When drivers in New York are involved in traffic accidents, investigations may be initiated in order to determine the causes of them. Sometimes, arrests are made by police at accident scenes depending upon the circumstances. This may often happen if drunk driving or other related offenses are believed to have been involved.

New city speed limit receives mixed reviews

The effort throughout New York City to crackdown on people who speed is nothing new, having been launched earlier this year with the Mayor’s Vision Zero plan. Reports have indicated that some areas have seen an increase in the number of speeding tickets and other citations issued in 2014 compared to prior years. Some people may even find themselves facing additional points on their licenses or drivers’ license suspensions.

Some DWI penalties expected to strengthen

Around the nation, laws pertaining to drunk driving have grown stricter and stricter over the years. This includes the enactment and enforcement of stronger penalties. New York has some of the harshest laws of any state in the country. For people who are arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, this can make them more concerned about successfully defending against the accusations.

Drivers' licenses suspended for tax preparers

Many elements of New York’s traffic laws have been highly publicized this year. Much of this is due to the launch of New York City’s Vision Zero program, spearheaded by the city’s mayor. The goal of the program is to completely eliminate all pedestrian deaths by the year 2020. Increased crackdowns have subsequently been realized against speeding and failing to yield to pedestrians. This, however, does not mean that other traffic violations, such as driving with a suspended license, are not receiving high levels of attention by authorities.

Mixed results seen from Vision Zero effort

This year saw the beginning of a new push throughout New York City to not just reduce but to ultimately eliminate pedestrian deaths citywide. This effort, known as Vision Zero, is spearheaded by the mayor and while improving safety is the stated goal, it has far-reaching implications to drivers who are cited for traffic violations.

New IID technology tested by NHTSA

Penalties for driving while intoxicated convictions typically include many components. Fines, jail time, suspension or revocation of driving privileges and community service are among the common consequences. As noted by the Governors Highway Safety Association, New York is one of few states that also require the use of ignition interlock devices after any and all DWI, DUI or DWAI convictions. The majority of states order IIDs only for drivers with exceptionally high blood alcohol contents or with prior drunk driving convictions.

State prosecutor wants stronger DUI penalties

Over the course of the past few decades, drunk driving laws and penalties around the country have changed. In most states, including New York, the changes have meant stricter laws and harsher consequences for any people found guilty of driving while intoxicated. Imposed penalties can include jail time, very steep fines, loss of driving privileges and the required use of ignition interlock devices once driving privileges are restored.

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