It appears that law enforcement officials throughout the state of New York have been going to great lengths to enforce one of the state's newer -- and decidedly more stringent -- vehicle traffic laws over the past six months.
If you've ever taken a trip to Washington, D.C., you may have seen all traffic come to a complete halt and a phalanx of law enforcement personnel making sure that the road stays clear so that the sleek, black limousine of a politician or dignitary can go speeding by.
Most people who are issued speeding tickets are understandably frustrated and likely don't expect -- or want to -- see the police officer who issued them the traffic citation ever again. However, a recently filed lawsuit by a Chicagoland woman claims that the police officer who issued her a speeding ticket made an unwanted and unwarranted communication after sending her on her way.
It goes without question that some of the most stringent vehicle traffic laws concern schools. Specifically, motorists are required to reduce their speeds and be prepared to stop so that children can make their way across the streets surrounding their schools safely. Generally, these traffic restrictions are denoted by specific street signs or "SCHOOL X-NG" warnings printed directly onto the pavement.
Here in New York City, motorists are accustomed to the very real possibility that they can be issued a citation for any number of traffic violations on any given day, including speeding, parking in a restricted area, or driving with expired license tabs. However, there is one particular citation -- actually more of a public warning/humiliation -- that all New Yorkers universally dread: the window stickers attached by the Department of Sanitation scolding them for failing to move their cars during scheduled street cleanings.
This summer, people all over the globe will be traveling to London for the 2012 summer Olympics. While most of these guests will busy watching the various events, visiting the requisite tourist destinations, and having the time of their lives, native Londoners may be in for a bit of shock. Specifically, their ability to go speeding to and from work, school, and the store may be severely limited.
The New York State Assembly has a message for those motorists who routinely speed by tow trucks or other highway maintenance trucks situated on the sides of roads or freeways: Move over!
Anyone who has taken a trip on the many highways and freeways of the United States is undoubtedly accustomed to certain sights as they go speeding over the landscape, including forests, farmlands and, of course, flattened fauna.
Last week, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that the city had officially reached a rather impressive milestone concerning the number of annual traffic deaths. Specifically, Mayor Bloomberg indicated that the number of traffic fatalities in 2011 declined to the lowest level in 100 years, and that increased enforcement of vehicle traffic laws, re-engineering of city streets and public awareness campaigns were the most likely reason.
Here in New York City, we are accustomed to seeing the drivers of cars, taxis, buses and trucks exceed the posted speed limit, undoubtedly trying to make up time lost traversing the city's often congested streets. While we may not give this a second thought in certain industrial areas or business districts, we may have an altogether different opinion when we see these vehicles speeding through the streets around parks, hospitals or even our own neighborhood.