Last month, a Buffalo man was informed that the state Department of Motor Vehicles had suspended his driver's license for nonpayment of a traffic violation issued to him while he was in New York City.
If you drive in New York City, Mayor Bloomberg wants you to slow down. As part of the city's latest foray into tinkering with vehicle traffic laws, the mayor recently announced the expansion of the "slow zone" program, which will reduce the speed limit in 13 neighborhoods from 30 miles-per-hour to 20 miles-per-hour.
Prosecutors are used to enforcing the law. Now, for one Brooklyn prosecutor, the tables are turned, and he is the one being prosecuted for allegedly violating not only motor vehicle traffic laws, but also laws against resisting arrest, possession of marijuana, and attempted assault of a police officer. It all started on a Saturday evening earlier this month, when the prosecutor was driving at a high speed in Queens, changing lanes without signaling on the Whitestone Expressway. According to court papers, he was driving so erratically that other cars on the road had to swerve to avoid hitting him. Unfortunately for him, one of the cars he cut off was an unmarked police car with four on-duty NYPD narcotics officers inside.
If your travels take you to different parts of the city, you may feel as if you are more likely to get a certain type of traffic violation in one neighborhood than you are in another. Interestingly, recently released data from the New York Police Department sheds some light on this topic, revealing the most common citations issued in New York City neighborhoods thus far in 2012.
If you have lived in New York City for any reasonable amount of time, you are more than likely familiar with those stretches of highway scattered throughout the Five Boroughs that are notorious for lengthy traffic backups, honking horns, and major headaches. However, have you ever wondered how New York City compares with the rest of the country in terms of congested roads? Do we lead the nation in terms of speeding cars coming to a screeching halt during the morning and nighttime commutes?