Everyone in New York knows the heart dropping feeling they get when they see the dreaded parking ticket on their car. And no one needs reminding of how vicious the enforcement is if you don't pay them either.
In this blog, we've often discussed tickets issued for various traffic violations, but this post is all about parking tickets. In fact, commercial truck drivers who drive in or through New York City should be aware that police are now cracking down on 18-wheelers parked on the streets in the Bronx. Recently, police in the Bronx's 45th Precinct slapped 14 parking tickets on commercial trucks in one night, with exceptionally high fines -- reportedly as high as $515. It was a deliberate attempt to send a message to commercial truck drivers that on-street parking will no longer be tolerated.
As we've seen earlier in this blog, drivers in New York City are often affected by even the most basic changes in vehicle traffic laws. Another change, currently underway, which will subtly alter the city streetscape, does not deal with vehicles but rather with street signs. The Federal Highway Administration has ordered that street signs across the country be printed in a combination of upper and lower case letters, with only the first letter of each word capitalized. New York City's signs have traditionally been printed in all upper case letters.
Those who must navigate the busy streets of New York in cars or trucks frequently seem to have two primary complaints: traffic violations and the speed of traffic. Interestingly, the New York City Department of Transportation recently released a report that could shed some light on this latter point, particularly in regards to when traffic moves the fastest.
New York's restaurant industry is currently enjoying the use of electric bicycles. Food delivery people can hop on the bike, which has a top speed of 20 mph, and arrive at their destination with the food freshly cooked and still piping hot. The only problem is that such a feat may result in the electric bike rider being cited for a traffic violation. Electric bikes are "100 percent illegal to ride" in New York City. However, the laws are confusing and some police officers themselves aren't even aware that they are illegal.
There's no question that New York City can be a mixed bag for blind residents trying to get around. On the one hand, the city, with its extensive public transit system, is far more accessible than many other places. On the other hand, with its speeding cars and bumpy sidewalks, the city presents a variety of obstacles and dangers to the visually impaired.
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.