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Carrying car insurance: State requirements for coverage

It is a requirement of the law to keep up-to-date auto insurance on your vehicle. The least insurance you can have is called liability insurance; it provides you with enough coverage to pay for damages and medical expenses in the case of a crash.

Hit a parked car? Here's what you should do

Hitting a parked car is something that no one intends to do but that does happen. Maybe the parking space was smaller than expected or the vehicle wasn't as far away as you thought when it happened. Whatever the reason is, if you hit a parked car, there are some steps you should follow.

National Motorists Assoc. urges end to ticket quotas nationwide

The National Motorists Association recently sent a letter to Elaine Chao, the current U.S. Secretary of Transportation, seeking two changes in national transportation policy. First, they urged the Trump administration to end its support for traffic ticket quotas. Second, they asked the administration to choose a head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration who is ready to "shake up the status quo."

Can speeding tickets result in jail time or other penalties?

Speeding tickets are certainly not uncommon. Because of this, many people may not think they're a big deal. The truth is that they can have some serious implications, depending on why you've received a ticket and how fast you were traveling. Besides raising the cost of your insurance policy, a speeding ticket can actually land you in jail.

New device could detect a driver's text messages, activities

If you've been accused of texting behind the wheel, then this new tool might be of interest to you. Nicknamed the textalyzer, the technology has been created to determine if a person has been using his or her phone illegally while driving. Now, there could be proof that you were paying attention instead of having allegations thrown at you.

Textalyzer: the Breathalyzer for cellphones

You're stuck at a red light, several cars back when you realize you forgot to remind your significant other about your dinner reservations. No problem, just whip out your cell and shoot him or her a quick text. It's no big deal, lots of people do it.

A look at traffic ticket statistics in New York City

New York traffic law has always been complex and the crackdown that motorists have felt since the origination of Vision Zero has increased that. Being cited for traffic violations can have long-lasting impact on drivers. You may be forced to pay high fines or you might even have your driver’s license suspended.

How many points do traffic violations add to a license?

Under New York traffic law, you can receive points on your driving record if you are convicted of traffic violations. The number of points you will receive can vary based upon the type of infraction committed. According to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, you can have your driver’s license suspended if you amass 11 points within an 18-month time period. Some speeding violations can result in 11 points at one time, making it important for you to know the status of your license and how many points different violations are worth.

Get the facts about traffic violations in New York

New York traffic law has seen many changes since the institution of Vision Zero in 2014. Speed limits have been lowered and enforcement of certain offenses has increased. The goal of reducing traffic fatalities is a noble one indeed but drivers in New York still have rights and should understand those when facing a speeding ticket or a citation for any other reason.

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