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.
If you live in New York City and own a car then you have more than likely taken part in the ritual of trying to decipher some of the signs outlining the city's arcane parking regulations. Sometimes you may have guessed right, while other times your powers of deduction may have failed you, resulting in an unwanted parking ticket/traffic violation.
In our previous post, we discussed how the State Senate recently passed a new DUI-related law designed to punish particularly dangerous behavior such as reckless driving and wrong-way drunk driving. Interestingly enough, a very prominent New York lawmaker -- Senator Charles Schumer -- recently held a joint press conference in which he called for federal action to combat yet another form of particularly dangerous behavior -- drugged driving.
Over the past year, both lawmakers and law enforcement officials here in New York have been debating the issue of whether our state's traffic and DUI laws need to be strengthened to punish particularly dangerous behavior such as reckless driving or wrong-way drunk driving.
Most people who are issued speeding tickets are understandably frustrated and likely don't expect -- or want to -- see the police officer who issued them the traffic citation ever again. However, a recently filed lawsuit by a Chicagoland woman claims that the police officer who issued her a speeding ticket made an unwanted and unwarranted communication after sending her on her way.
It goes without question that some of the most stringent vehicle traffic laws concern schools. Specifically, motorists are required to reduce their speeds and be prepared to stop so that children can make their way across the streets surrounding their schools safely. Generally, these traffic restrictions are denoted by specific street signs or "SCHOOL X-NG" warnings printed directly onto the pavement.
Here in New York City, motorists are accustomed to the very real possibility that they can be issued a citation for any number of traffic violations on any given day, including speeding, parking in a restricted area, or driving with expired license tabs. However, there is one particular citation -- actually more of a public warning/humiliation -- that all New Yorkers universally dread: the window stickers attached by the Department of Sanitation scolding them for failing to move their cars during scheduled street cleanings.
The New York State Assembly has a message for those motorists who routinely speed by tow trucks or other highway maintenance trucks situated on the sides of roads or freeways: Move over!
Last week, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that the city had officially reached a rather impressive milestone concerning the number of annual traffic deaths. Specifically, Mayor Bloomberg indicated that the number of traffic fatalities in 2011 declined to the lowest level in 100 years, and that increased enforcement of vehicle traffic laws, re-engineering of city streets and public awareness campaigns were the most likely reason.
Last month, our blog reported on how the New York Public Library was officially doing damage control after Dr. Anthony Marx - the highly regarded former president of Amherst College and recently appointed library president - was charged with DUI.