If asked to name the largest U.S. cities with the highest percentage of DUI arrests/citations, most people would likely pick places like New Orleans, or Miami for the simple reason that they are warm weather locations with an active nightlife. As it turns out, this approach would be somewhat off the mark.
Here in New York City, we are accustomed to seeing the drivers of cars, taxis, buses and trucks exceed the posted speed limit, undoubtedly trying to make up time lost traversing the city's often congested streets. While we may not give this a second thought in certain industrial areas or business districts, we may have an altogether different opinion when we see these vehicles speeding through the streets around parks, hospitals or even our own neighborhood.
It's no secret that people will try their hardest to get out of a speeding ticket. This makes sense when you consider that a speeding ticket not only costs a rather significant sum, but can also lead to increased insurance premiums and points against a driver's license. However, a recent news story shows that one New York man may have gone too far to escape a speeding ticket.
The DUI laws here in the state of New York can be extremely unforgiving when it comes to driving privileges. To illustrate, first-time offenders face not only steep fines, but also driver's license suspension and even the installation of an ignition interlock device.
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.
As you navigate the streets of New York City, you will likely encounter a variety of signs announcing various vehicle traffic laws (i.e., speed limits, parking restrictions, handicap spaces, etc.) and warning of dangers to pedestrians. In general, these signs are fairly straightforward and understandably void of any sort of artistic flare. However, this may no longer be the case on many streets throughout the five boroughs
As you've made your way across New York's many streets, highways and freeways, you have more than likely witnessed a wide array of otherwise questionable driving behaviors, including speeding, failing to obey posted traffic signs, and talking/texting on a cell phone to name only a few. After witnessing such behavior, you probably thought to yourself that our state has the worst drivers in the entire United States.
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.
If you have lived in New York City for any reasonable amount of time, you are more than likely familiar with those stretches of highway scattered throughout the Five Boroughs that are notorious for lengthy traffic backups, honking horns, and major headaches. However, have you ever wondered how New York City compares with the rest of the country in terms of congested roads? Do we lead the nation in terms of speeding cars coming to a screeching halt during the morning and nighttime commutes?
If asked to identify the reasons for a major traffic backup here in New York City, most people would probably guess an accident caused by inattentive driving or speeding, road construction or even sheer congestion as the most likely causes. Interestingly, a major traffic backup in the city this past weekend was caused by none of these factors, but rather by a single person: Batman.