Often, people in New York City, and throughout the state of New York, operate motor vehicles for their jobs. According to the New York Department of Motor Vehicles, people must have a commercial driver license, or CDL, in order to operate certain types of commercial motor vehicles. These include those vehicles that weigh more than 26,000 pounds, busses or vehicles meant for the transportation of 15 passengers or more, trailers with a gross vehicle weight rating of 10,000 pounds or more, and any vehicle that must have a hazardous material placard. Receiving tickets for traffic violations in the state of New York can have a serious impact on people's CDLs.
Most people have seen at some time a vehicle with a very large load that has is accompanied by an escort or a flagger. In New York, the ability to act as an escort driver requires special certification that is separate from and in addition to the primary driver’s license per the Department of Motor Vehicles. Persons who hold escort driver certifications can lose their privileges to escort oversized loads in certain circumstances and must follow not only the specific rules pertaining to escorting but also all vehicle traffic laws in New York.
People who live and drive in New York regularly have become highly aware of the increased police surveillance on many different traffic situations. The growth of slow zones, erection of several red light cameras and more are just some of the visible signs of how New York law enforcement is aiming to crack down on traffic violations. These situations can lead to fines, points on licenses and more.
All people who drive in New York should be aware of the state’s laws governing the acceptable and non-acceptable use of mobile phones or other devices while operating motor vehicles. The laws in this area have been changing over the past couple of years and some fines have even increased as of this past November.
The Vision Zero plan in New York City is a multi-year effort to end traffic deaths, especially pedestrian deaths. It is modelled on plans touted to have been successful in other cities in the United States and in Europe. Drivers in New York have experienced many changes related to this plan including more traffic ticket cameras, speed bumps in slow zones and even a reduction in speed limits on many city streets. Even with this effort underway, it is still possible for a person who receives traffic citations to initiate a successful traffic ticket defense.
Anyone who drives in New York should have an understanding of the area’s methods for processing traffic ticket cases. Drivers with New York drivers’ licenses as well as licenses from other states can receive traffic summonses in New York and both are handled in the same manner. Proper responses are important to help minimize or reduce fines, points or other associated penalties of traffic violations.
People in New York can have their drivers’ licenses revoked for several reasons. As outlined by the state DMV website, license revocations differ from license suspensions in that they effectively cancel licenses, requiring that completely new drivers’ license applications be made in order to restore driving privileges.
When most people receive a traffic ticket, they assume it is a civil matter. Most of the time, this is true. However, there are some vehicular citations which are actually criminal matters in the state of New York. These charges can have higher fines and more serious penalties for both individuals as well as companies when commercial drivers are involved. Understanding what these are can be helpful to people who may face such situations.
Most people in New York are aware of the increased oversight on speeding throughout the greater New York City area in the past year or so. With the mayor’s Vision Zero plan securely in place, this is not likely to change any time soon. At Martin A. Kron and Associates, we have worked with many drivers facing serious penalties for speeding tickets or other violations, and we help people understand the potential consequences for such convictions.
Many things can cause drivers in New York to be hit with points on their driving records as well as the requirement of paying high fines. Speeding has certainly taken center stage not just in New York City but statewide with the installment of more speed cameras at intersections near schools. Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol continues to result in serious consequences for convicted drivers. These are just some of the traffic violations that are receiving serious attention from law enforcement as well as lawmakers these days.