This coming week, people from all over the country will be flocking to south central New York for the big NASCAR race at Watkins Glen International. However, whether you are a spectator or simply a resident of the area, you will want to do your best to keep one eye on your speedometer and try not to emulate the driving skills of NASCAR's best.
A newly proposed bill is seeking to create a task force to reform accident investigations in New York City in the hopes of reducing the overall number of traffic-related injuries and deaths. In addition to car-on-car accidents, the bill is also designed to reduce the injury and fatality rates of pedestrians and bicyclists struck by vehicles. With support of the New York City Council and the advocacy group Transportation Alternatives, the bill calls for a comprehensive review of the traffic safety enforcement and investigation protocols currently enforced by the New York City Police Department. The bill, known the Crash Investigation Reform Act, was written under the premise that current traffic enforcement and investigation standards are simply not meeting the needs of public safety.
A few weeks ago, we discussed how pop star Justin Bieber was issued a speeding ticket for driving more than 65 miles-per-hour while attempting to evade paparazzi on Los Angeles' 101 freeway.
When you get a ticket for a traffic violation, the bad news keeps on coming. First, there's the fine for the ticket itself. Then comes the increase in insurance premiums, which for some traffic violations can cost thousands of dollars over the long term. For example, a ticket/charge for reckless driving increases premiums by an average of 22 percent. In some states, these rate increases stay in place for up to seven years. Interestingly, SmartMoney recently published a few tips on how to lessen the pain after you've received a citation. Firstly, a spokesperson for the National Motorists Association told the site that drivers should always consider fighting their traffic tickets.
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.
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.
At this very moment, people here in the state of New York and across the country are busy navigating crowded highways and interstates in an attempt to make their way to a favorite vacation destination for the July 4th holiday.
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.
In vehicle traffic law news, INRIX -- a Washington-based software company that makes traffic/driver apps for mobile phones -- made some rather interesting findings concerning overall traffic patterns here in the U.S. in a study released just last month. In fact, it also ranked the ten worst stretches of highway in the U.S. for daily commutes and the ten cities with the worst overall commutes.
Prosecutors are used to enforcing the law. Now, for one Brooklyn prosecutor, the tables are turned, and he is the one being prosecuted for allegedly violating not only motor vehicle traffic laws, but also laws against resisting arrest, possession of marijuana, and attempted assault of a police officer. It all started on a Saturday evening earlier this month, when the prosecutor was driving at a high speed in Queens, changing lanes without signaling on the Whitestone Expressway. According to court papers, he was driving so erratically that other cars on the road had to swerve to avoid hitting him. Unfortunately for him, one of the cars he cut off was an unmarked police car with four on-duty NYPD narcotics officers inside.