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March 2015 Archives

Using phones while driving could cost teen drivers their licenses

The use of cellular phones for many New York teens is almost second nature. As such, they often do not see the dangers that can arise from using their phones when they are operating motor vehicles. Under New York state law, however, teenage motorists could face serious penalties if caught talking or texting while driving. At Martin A. Kron and Associates, LLP, we often consult with teen drivers who have received tickets for using portable electronic devices in their vehicles. In this post, we will discuss the law regarding the use of such devices, and the penalties that may result from such tickets.

Refusing a breath test in New York carries serious penalties

An evening of fun and revelry can quickly become one filled with panic and fear when New Yorkers are pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving. Many choose not to submit to a breath test in an effort to prevent incriminating themselves. However, declining to perform a breathalyzer does not necessarily mean that a person will not be charged with DUI. In fact, refusing a breath test carries serious penalties, some of which are just as severe as those resulting from alcohol-related offenses.

What does Vision Zero mean for speeding drivers in New York City?

In 2014, the mayor of New York City rolled out his Vision Zero plan. The purpose of the plan is to reduce the number of pedestrian deaths and improve the overall safety on the city’s streets. An important aspect of Vision Zero was the reduction of the speed limit to 25 mph for the majority of New York City’s streets. While many people have heard of Vision Zero, and likely the speed limit reductions, few understand the implications for motorists. At Martin A. Kron & Associates, LLP, we have consulted with a number of people who have received speeding tickets since the implementation of Vision Zero. In this post, we will discuss how the plan is being enforced, and the penalties for receiving a speeding ticket in the city.

Can traffic tickets affect New York commercial driver licenses?

Often, people in New York City, and throughout the state of New York, operate motor vehicles for their jobs. According to the New York Department of Motor Vehicles, people must have a commercial driver license, or CDL, in order to operate certain types of commercial motor vehicles. These include those vehicles that weigh more than 26,000 pounds, busses or vehicles meant for the transportation of 15 passengers or more, trailers with a gross vehicle weight rating of 10,000 pounds or more, and any vehicle that must have a hazardous material placard. Receiving tickets for traffic violations in the state of New York can have a serious impact on people's CDLs.

Understanding the impact of social media on New York DUI cases

People in New York City, and throughout the state, who are believed to be driving drunk are frequently arrested by law enforcement. According to a report by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, there were 50,805 drunk driving arrests in 2013 alone. Often, those arrested do not realize that in addition to field sobriety and breath tests, their social media accounts could also be used against them. At the law firm Martin A. Kron & Associates, LLP, we often work with people who have experienced this type of situation and are unaware of the potential consequences. In this post, we will discuss how social media can impact DUI cases.

Man charged with fleeing the scene after Long Island accident

Being involved in a motor vehicle accident can have potential serious effects for people in New York City. Not only is there the potential for injury, but those who cause accidents may also face criminal charges if they have violated New York traffic law. As a result, they could be sentenced to jail time, have their driver’s license suspended or be fined.

How does New York City’s speed camera program work?

Like many cities throughout the U.S., New York City is cracking down on speeding in an effort to make the city’s streets safer. One of the methods being employed is the use of speed cameras. Law enforcement and government officials have touted the success of the program since its inception. However, many drivers fear that they may be wrongly or unjustly ticketed. In order to help protect themselves from speed camera tickets, it behooves people to have an understanding of how the program works.

An overview of conditional licenses in the state of New York

There are a number of reasons for which people in New York may have their driving privileges suspended. According to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, the reasons for a driver’s license suspension may include convictions of drug or alcohol-related driving offenses. During their suspension periods, people may struggle to get to and from work and maintain their employment. In some situations, those who have had their licenses suspended may be eligible for a conditional license.

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