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.
A New Jersey lawmaker is currently embroiled in something of a political scandal following revelations that he asked a state trooper who pulled him over on his way to the Statehouse to give him a break on a speeding ticket.
If asked to name the days in which Americans are most likely to violate vehicle traffic laws or become involved in a fatal car crash, many people would likely cite the Super Bowl -- because of increased alcohol consumption -- Thanksgiving -- because of increased traffic on the road -- or Christmas -- because of increased chances of inclement weather.
Many people who feel as if they have been unjustly issued parking tickets or speeding tickets elect to lodge some sort of informal protest designed to show the state or local government how they truly feel. Sometimes this takes the form of mailing a nasty letter with the ticket and payment, voicing their frustrations directly to a government official or simply refusing to pay the ticket altogether.
Over the past year, the Department of Transportation has been making a concerted effort to crack down on certain dangerous and illegal driving practices by New Yorkers, including texting while driving, drunk driving and even driving with tinted windows. To date, these enforcement efforts have been successful, very likely contributing to the record low in traffic fatalities reached in 2011. However, some safety advocates are now arguing that these stepped up enforcement efforts have somehow managed to overlook a major cause of many serious and fatal accidents -- speeding.
In a very interesting case out of Kentucky, a group of Amish men who were issued multiple traffic violations for failing to mount a state-mandated safety device on their horse-drawn buggies have officially taken their fight against the state law to the next level.