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Did a film company post fake 'no parking' signs in Astoria?

One of the realities of living in a city the size of New York is that you are bound to encounter a television or film crew shooting scenes on a public street sooner or later. Sometimes this can prove to be a real thrill and provide a much-appreciated look at life behind-the-scenes. Other times it can prove to be a real nightmare, tying up traffic and temporarily eliminating entire blocks of valuable parking spots.

Look very closely the next time you get a parking ticket here in NYC

Of all the traffic violations that you could be issued here in New York City -- speeding, red light summonses, failure to yield, etc. -- none are perhaps as frustrating as parking tickets. When you see that colored envelope tucked beneath the windshield wiper of your car, your first reaction is probably to utter an otherwise unprintable sequence of words and crumple the ticket in anger.

How was a college student ticketed for running a red light while in police custody?

Is it possible to be two places at once? According to the rules of science -- and the rules of common sense -- the answer to that question is, of course, no. However, it appears that the New York Police Department may think otherwise as it somehow managed to issue a traffic violation to a college student who was behind bars at the same time he allegedly ran a red light.

Police cracking down on commercial trucks parking on city streets

In this blog, we've often discussed tickets issued for various traffic violations, but this post is all about parking tickets. In fact, commercial truck drivers who drive in or through New York City should be aware that police are now cracking down on 18-wheelers parked on the streets in the Bronx. Recently, police in the Bronx's 45th Precinct slapped 14 parking tickets on commercial trucks in one night, with exceptionally high fines -- reportedly as high as $515. It was a deliberate attempt to send a message to commercial truck drivers that on-street parking will no longer be tolerated.

DOT report sheds light on traffic patterns in NYC

Those who must navigate the busy streets of New York in cars or trucks frequently seem to have two primary complaints: traffic violations and the speed of traffic. Interestingly, the New York City Department of Transportation recently released a report that could shed some light on this latter point, particularly in regards to when traffic moves the fastest.

Electric bicycles presenting a dilemma for NYC officials

New York's restaurant industry is currently enjoying the use of electric bicycles. Food delivery people can hop on the bike, which has a top speed of 20 mph, and arrive at their destination with the food freshly cooked and still piping hot. The only problem is that such a feat may result in the electric bike rider being cited for a traffic violation. Electric bikes are "100 percent illegal to ride" in New York City. However, the laws are confusing and some police officers themselves aren't even aware that they are illegal.

How to make a traffic ticket less painful

When you get a ticket for a traffic violation, the bad news keeps on coming. First, there's the fine for the ticket itself. Then comes the increase in insurance premiums, which for some traffic violations can cost thousands of dollars over the long term. For example, a ticket/charge for reckless driving increases premiums by an average of 22 percent. In some states, these rate increases stay in place for up to seven years. Interestingly, SmartMoney recently published a few tips on how to lessen the pain after you've received a citation. Firstly, a spokesperson for the National Motorists Association told the site that drivers should always consider fighting their traffic tickets.

Will New York City install cameras to catch speeders?

New York City may soon be getting more aggressive about catching drivers who commit traffic violations. Drivers in the city already have to contend with cameras set up to catch red-light runners and bus-lane violators. However, if a proposed law is passed, NYC drivers will also have to run a gauntlet of cameras set up to catch speeders.

Experts urge motorists to drive safely this July 4th

At this very moment, people here in the state of New York and across the country are busy navigating crowded highways and interstates in an attempt to make their way to a favorite vacation destination for the July 4th holiday.

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