Often, a minor traffic infraction can lead to significant other charges. Even the smallest traffic violation, such as speeding, allows law enforcement officers to stop and search you, and your vehicle if there appears to be just cause. This further investigation can turn up other legal issues, like outstanding warrants or a suspended license.
Driver's licenses are often taken for granted. It is easy to forget that little plastic card is a privilege. For motorists who regularly violate traffic laws, that privilege can be taken away. There are a number of reasons one's driver's license could be suspended, such as habitual traffic violations, serious traffic infractions, failure to appear at court hearings and more. In the event a person's license is revoked, either temporarily or permanently, it is expected that they will not get behind the wheel until it has been reinstated. New York and other states' drivers who are caught driving with a suspended license, regardless of whether it was knowing or unknowing, could face serious consequences.
For drivers who hit the road with a suspended license, there can be serious consequences. New York and other individual states all have their own penalties for motorists who drive with a revoked driver's license, like fines, points on their license or permanent license suspension. Depending on the state, a driver could even face jail time for getting caught driving with a suspended license.
Last month, a Buffalo man was informed that the state Department of Motor Vehicles had suspended his driver's license for nonpayment of a traffic violation issued to him while he was in New York City.
We all know how frustrating it can be to receive a traffic violation or, even worse, a parking ticket. You might be faced with the prospect of having to fight a costly ticket even though you did absolutely nothing wrong.
It's horrifying to think that a school bus driver might be drunk on the job. It's almost beyond belief. Yet, a school bus driver on Long Island was recently charged with a DUI after his school bus crashed right into someone's home, and a blood test revealed he was indeed intoxicated.
According to statistics from state officials, over 300 people are killed and another 6,000 people are injured in drunk driving crashes on New York highways every year. Furthermore, over 50,000 drivers with valid or suspended licenses currently have three or more alcohol-related convictions, while more than 22,000 drunk driving car accidents resulting in 500 fatalities and other serious injuries have been caused by drivers with at least three or more alcohol-related convictions.
Thanks to certain technological advancements, global positioning systems are now standard equipment in many cars, trucks and buses. In fact, these GPS devices have now evolved to such a degree that they can instantaneously find the fastest route to a particular location, identify where traffic has slowed to a crawl and inform the user of existing vehicle traffic laws.
Yesterday, Allstate Insurance Company released its eighth annual report ranking the 200 largest U.S. cities according to which ones have the best and worst drivers. However, "worst" here does not mean those cities where drivers violate the vehicle traffic laws with greater frequency or fail to understand the rules of the road. Rather, it means how accident-prone the drivers in a particular city happen to be.
It's important to realize that a conviction for DUI/DWI here in New York can have dramatic consequences that extend beyond the criminal law realm. For instance, convicted drunk drivers face suspended licenses, ignition interlock devices and even increased insurance premiums. In fact, the lobbyist wife of a 10-term congressman learned this the hard way just last week.