In an attempt to improve the safety of motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcyclists, as well as control the general flow of vehicle traffic, lawmakers in 24 states have enacted "complete street" legislation.
Those who live, work and play in New York and New Jersey are all too familiar with the many tolls situated on the area's bridges and tunnels. (In fact, many are also probably familiar with the traffic violations/citations that can result from accidentally forgetting to pay these tolls.)
You may want to keep one eye on your speedometer for the remainder of the week as law enforcement agencies will be devoting significant time and energy into catching speeding motorists on New York's many streets, highways and freeways.
Here in New York, there has been significant discussion over the last few weeks about the efficacy of our state's DUI laws. Much of this conversation has likely been spurred by the two-year anniversary of the horrific accident on the Taconic Parkway in which eight people were killed in a wrong-way collision, and a spate of other crashes involving wrong-way drivers.
In the aftermath of the ticket fixing scandal that rocked New York City earlier this year - particularly the Bronx - officials with the New York Police Department's Internal Affairs (IA) Bureau have been working overtime to uncover any potential improprieties on the part of police officers in issuing traffic violations.
In vehicle traffic law news, the list of over 500 U.S. cities that utilize some form of red light camera program got the slightest bit shorter this past week when the city of Los Angles officially declared that it was hitting the "off" button.
Earlier today, the New York State Thruway was the scene of a tragic truck-tour bus accident that resulted in at least one fatality and multiple injuries. However, it has since come to light that the driver of the tour bus had previously had his driving privileges in the state of New York suspended over speeding tickets.
In vehicle traffic law news, New York City officially unveiled its newest weapon in the fight against Midtown traffic congestion earlier this week: a real-time, remote-controlled system that allows city engineers to control the flow of traffic.
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.