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.
It's no secret that people will try their hardest to get out of a speeding ticket. This makes sense when you consider that a speeding ticket not only costs a rather significant sum, but can also lead to increased insurance premiums and points against a driver's license. However, a recent news story shows that one New York man may have gone too far to escape a speeding ticket.
Over the long Thanksgiving weekend, law enforcement officials throughout the state of New York took part in an extensive campaign designed to enforce some of the more stringent vehicle traffic laws.
As you navigate the streets of New York City, you will likely encounter a variety of signs announcing various vehicle traffic laws (i.e., speed limits, parking restrictions, handicap spaces, etc.) and warning of dangers to pedestrians. In general, these signs are fairly straightforward and understandably void of any sort of artistic flare. However, this may no longer be the case on many streets throughout the five boroughs
As you've made your way across New York's many streets, highways and freeways, you have more than likely witnessed a wide array of otherwise questionable driving behaviors, including speeding, failing to obey posted traffic signs, and talking/texting on a cell phone to name only a few. After witnessing such behavior, you probably thought to yourself that our state has the worst drivers in the entire United States.
Over the next few days, drivers all over the state of New York will be hitting the roads and highways for Thanksgiving travel. However, before heading out and driving back, motorists should know that law enforcement officials will be conducting a statewide campaign designed to enforce some of the more stringent vehicle traffic laws.
Most stories about police chases inevitably seem to involve speeding suspects who are fleeing the scene of a crime or drunk drivers who are oblivious to the flashing lights and sirens around them. However, a recent incident out of Miami has put an interesting twist on this typical news story.
For many motorists, red-light traffic cameras are the bane of their existence, recording and issuing extremely costly traffic violations for a momentary lapse in judgment. In fact, motorists aren't the only ones who have taken issue with red-light traffic cameras. Both highway safety advocates and other privately funded groups have disputed the efficacy of the cameras in terms of preventing accidents.
From busy streets and pushy pedestrians to noisy neighbors and crowded subways, there are certain realities of big city life that most New Yorkers simply accept as being unavoidable. Interestingly, there is one such "reality" of New York living that city officials are now attempting to eliminate altogether through a very unlikely mechanism: a traffic violation.
One of New York's better-known - and perhaps infamous - vehicle traffic laws is the prohibition against texting while driving. Originally passed in November 2009, the law (which has since been amended) makes texting while driving a primary offense. This means that any law enforcement official in the state of New York can currently stop and ticket a motorist solely for texting while driving.