A little over a year ago, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed one of the state's most stringent vehicle traffic laws into effect. Specifically, back on July 12, 2011, he signed a bill designed to crack down on distracted driving by effectively banning motorists from using their cell phones or other handheld devices while behind the wheel.
Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard as it crosses through New York's Harlem neighborhood has become one of the busiest roads in all of Manhattan. According to a recent story in the New York Times, it's also become one of its deadliest. Speeding cars and large numbers of pedestrians have added up to scores of accidents on this six-lane road.
Pop star Justin Bieber apparently caused quite a commotion while in Southern California last week. However, it wasn't for putting on a show before thousands of fans at the Staples Center or for signing autographs at a local radio station, but rather for flouting vehicle traffic laws as he dodged paparazzi on Los Angeles' 101 freeway.
On one stretch of road in Texas, you may soon be able to drive 85 mph without getting a speeding ticket. That's because the Texas Legislature passed a law last year allowing speed limits of up to 85 mph on newly built roads if driving at that speed would be safe.
Anyone who has received a speeding ticket at any point in their lives has probably spent some small amount of time beating themselves up for driving straight into a speed trap and wondering if there was any way to help others avoid the same fate.
If you and your family are planning to take advantage of lower gas prices by hitting the road to visit family or see some of our nation's many landmarks, you may want to take a look at a recently published report outlining the states and cities where law enforcement officials are most likely to issue a speeding ticket. Doing so may end up saving you both time and money.
It's aggravating to get a speeding ticket when you aren't speeding. It may be even more aggravating to try to fight the ticket in traffic court where it will be your word against the word of the police officer.
A surprisingly high percentage of traffic accidents involve pedestrians. In neighboring New Jersey for example, 20 percent of all traffic fatalities in 2010 involved pedestrians, and 60 percent of the pedestrians who were killed were not killed by speeding cars but rather by jaywalking. Now Fort Lee, the New Jersey borough adjacent to the George Washington Bridge, is cracking down on jaywalkers in an attempt to increase public safety.
If your travels take you to different parts of the city, you may feel as if you are more likely to get a certain type of traffic violation in one neighborhood than you are in another. Interestingly, recently released data from the New York Police Department sheds some light on this topic, revealing the most common citations issued in New York City neighborhoods thus far in 2012.
As you traverse the streets here in New York City, you will undoubtedly encounter many familiar sights including speeding cars, taxis, bicyclists and, of course, discount bus carriers transporting people to major cities such as Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.