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.
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.