The National Motorists Association recently sent a letter to Elaine Chao, the current U.S. Secretary of Transportation, seeking two changes in national transportation policy. First, they urged the Trump administration to end its support for traffic ticket quotas. Second, they asked the administration to choose a head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration who is ready to "shake up the status quo."
Speeding tickets are certainly not uncommon. Because of this, many people may not think they're a big deal. The truth is that they can have some serious implications, depending on why you've received a ticket and how fast you were traveling. Besides raising the cost of your insurance policy, a speeding ticket can actually land you in jail.
If you've been accused of texting behind the wheel, then this new tool might be of interest to you. Nicknamed the textalyzer, the technology has been created to determine if a person has been using his or her phone illegally while driving. Now, there could be proof that you were paying attention instead of having allegations thrown at you.
A new proposal by a Nassau County executive could double the cost of traffic citations in New York. The proposal, as discussed in a recent CBS piece, could lead to a $100 increase to many different citations.
It's a common myth that many commuters driving from New York to New Jersey and vice versa believe is true: If I get pulled over across the bridge, it is like it didn't happen in my home state.
New York traffic law has always been complex and the crackdown that motorists have felt since the origination of Vision Zero has increased that. Being cited for traffic violations can have long-lasting impact on drivers. You may be forced to pay high fines or you might even have your driver’s license suspended.
Under New York traffic law, you can receive points on your driving record if you are convicted of traffic violations. The number of points you will receive can vary based upon the type of infraction committed. According to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, you can have your driver’s license suspended if you amass 11 points within an 18-month time period. Some speeding violations can result in 11 points at one time, making it important for you to know the status of your license and how many points different violations are worth.
When law enforcement efforts coincide with an increase in traffic citations, New York citizens and criminal law experts alike often begin to question the correlation. Could an increase in offenses be resulting in a higher number of citations and arrests, or are focused efforts leading to more identified violations? These types of questions were being asked in response to evidence suggesting that texting-while-driving traffic violations are on the rise in the Big Apple.
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.