A little over a year ago, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed one of the state's most stringent vehicle traffic laws into effect. Specifically, back on July 12, 2011, he signed a bill designed to crack down on distracted driving by effectively banning motorists from using their cell phones or other handheld devices while behind the wheel.
It appears that law enforcement officials throughout the state of New York have been going to great lengths to enforce one of the state's newer -- and decidedly more stringent -- vehicle traffic laws over the past six months.
Over the long Thanksgiving weekend, law enforcement officials throughout the state of New York took part in an extensive campaign designed to enforce some of the more stringent vehicle traffic laws.
Over the next few days, drivers all over the state of New York will be hitting the roads and highways for Thanksgiving travel. However, before heading out and driving back, motorists should know that law enforcement officials will be conducting a statewide campaign designed to enforce some of the more stringent vehicle traffic laws.
One of New York's better-known - and perhaps infamous - vehicle traffic laws is the prohibition against texting while driving. Originally passed in November 2009, the law (which has since been amended) makes texting while driving a primary offense. This means that any law enforcement official in the state of New York can currently stop and ticket a motorist solely for texting while driving.
Most National Football League (NFL) fans know Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson for his pure speed and punishing style of play. However, police in a Minneapolis suburb - looking to tackle a statewide problem - put the brakes on Peterson earlier this week, issuing him a traffic violation for failing to wear a seat belt.
For those unfamiliar with New York's vehicle traffic laws, it's important to know that the state does not hesitate to hand out citations and assess points against motorists' driving records in the name of public safety.
Here in New York, we have some fairly strict vehicle traffic laws governing the use of cell phones while driving and the practice of texting while driving. Specifically, both are considered primary offenses, meaning they are illegal and any law enforcement official in the state can currently stop and ticket a motorist for either offense.
In 2001, New York legislators passed a bill which banned texting while driving as "distracted driving" became a national focus in terms of roadway safety. The initial law made distracted driving a secondary offense, meaning that it could not be the basis of a traffic stop, but once pulled over, a driver could also be fined $100 for their cell phone use.
In vehicle traffic law news, officials with the New York State Police have officially announced the results of this year's "Click It or Ticket" campaign, which ran from May 23 through June 5. Now, in its tenth year, the program is designed to remind both motorists and vehicle occupants of the importance of wearing a seat belt through increased patrols/checkpoints.