Ask any motorist here in New York about the city's vehicle traffic laws and propensity for handing out traffic violations, and you are more than likely going to get an earful. While this frustration is understandable, it may help to remember that things could definitely be worse.
Here in New York City, our vehicle traffic laws dictate that the statute of limitations on parking tickets is approximately eight years and three months. This means that the Parking Authority has a little over eight years to try to collect on outstanding parking tickets, likely employing a variety of methods -- warrants, towing, booting -- to do so.
Both Mets fans and Yankees fans are anxiously awaiting the end of spring training, counting down the weeks until the two teams pack up their gear to leave Florida and come back to New York to start the regular season. In fact, while most of us tend to think of spring training as something to be endured rather than enjoyed, it has produced some rather notable headlines this year. Just last weekend, for example, a member of the Mets was arrested on DUI charges in Florida.
As many people know all too well, the New York Police Department (NYPD) is more than willing to issue tickets for traffic violations to unwitting motorists and bicyclists. While many of these tickets are likely legitimate and follow the letter of the law, others are not. In fact, recent reports indicate that bicyclists here in the Big Apple are regularly being ticketed for a bicycle maneuver that many people believe is technically not illegal.
Last fall, our blog reported on a list released by The National Motorists Association (NMA) -- a nonprofit organization "dedicated to ... stopping the use of traffic tickets to generate revenue" -- ranking the U.S. cities with the highest number of so-called speeding traps.
Many New Yorkers were undoubtedly left scratching their heads earlier this week after reading a rather unbelievable story concerning a DUI arrest, an on-duty police officer and a crashed squad car.
There is no question that a suspended license can prove to be a major obstacle in a person's life. Not only will they have to attempt to apply for a restricted or conditional license, they will also have to adjust their schedules (i.e. driving to work, school, etc.) and face increased insurance premiums.
Many motorists here in New York City are very familiar with the steep fines associated with certain types of traffic violations. As such, they will often look for any advantage they can get to help reduce the likelihood that they will have to dole out hundreds of dollars to government officials in the event they make a simple mistake.
It is no secret that getting convicted of drunk driving can lead to serious penalties. Even a first-time offender in New York will have to pay several hundred dollars in a fine and face up to one year in prison.
This past Wednesday, safety advocates, concerned citizens and city officials all gathered in Manhattan for a joint meeting of the City Council's Transportation and Public Safety Committees. The reason? The assembled group wanted to discuss such important matters as reckless driving/speeding and the adequacy of current vehicle traffic laws governing accident investigations.