A father in New Jersey may have saved his 5-year-old son's life. But that didn't stop him from being cited for a traffic violation. According to Fox News, the man took his young son to the banks of a New Jersey river to feed the ducks. But when the man briefly stopped his jeep before settling on a parking spot, the 5-year-old boy leapt from the vehicle and ran toward a ledge that towered 35 feet above the river. The man, fearing that his son might run off this ledge, also jumped out of his vehicle and caught his son just feet from the ledge.
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.
If you've ever been pulled over by a law enforcement official for an alleged traffic violation, you are likely very familiar with the seemingly endless amount of time it takes for the officer or trooper to process the ticket. In fact, as you waited patiently for them to return your license and hand you the ticket, you probably thought about how much the ticket would cost and how it would affect your insurance rates.
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.
On June 15, history will be made as tightrope walker Nik Wallenda will attempt to cross Niagara Falls from the U.S. side to the Canadian side. In fact, the excitement over the event is growing to such an extent that people are lining up just to watch Wallenda practice in the parking lot of a casino in Niagara Falls, New York. Unfortunately for them, local police are also on the scene handing out traffic violations to those who are failing to comply with the city's parking ordinances.
This past Monday, you may have encountered a somewhat surprising advertisement in the New York Daily News from the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association -- the city's police officers union -- criticizing Police Commissioner Ray Kelly for the department's stance on traffic violations.
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.
The rapper Joe Budden was arrested late last month for an unpaid traffic ticket. He was about to take the stage at a sold out concert, when the police walked in and arrested him. He allegedly didn't pay the $75 ticket from 2007.
When most people are issued a traffic violation, whether for speeding, failing to stop at an intersection or failing to yield, they vow to fight the ticket using every possible tool at their disposal. While some people ultimately honor this vow -- perhaps by hiring a traffic ticket defense attorney -- others simply give up and pay the hefty fine.