Speed limits and other traffic laws are put into place to maintain order and safety on the nation's roadways. Consequences for breaking those laws have been established to encourage motorists to drive with care. Often, those penalties can become even more severe when there is an extreme or repeated traffic violation allegation.
Speeding does not seem like that big of a deal to many drivers. At one time or another, almost all motorists have driven faster than legally allowed. New York and other individual states are responsible for making and enforcing their own traffic laws. Speeding may seem like a minor offense to some, but many times additional charges and consequences come with a speeding charge.
Traffic related laws are developed and enacted in order to maintain order and safety on the nation's roadways. For some drivers, one traffic violation is enough to prevent them from breaking the laws of the road again. Other drivers, however, may find themselves with multiple traffic violations. In order to cut back on repeat offenses, some states, such as New York, are creating new legislation that would create stricter consequences.
The United States Postal Service has been in the news off and on over the last year due to its proposed budget cuts and the possibility of eliminating mail delivery on Saturdays. However, the federal agency really grabbed headlines last month after claiming that its employees were somehow immune from traffic violations.
Thanks to the technological advancements of the last decade, it's virtually impossible to go anywhere in public without potentially being recorded by a sophisticated surveillance system or even a cell phone camera. As evidenced by the popularity of reality shows, internet news sites and viral videos, many people might not actually mind this as much as you might think. However, there is still one forum on which no one wants to be recorded under any circumstances: red light cameras.
We are all very familiar with the potential consequences of traffic violations: large fines, points against your license and, of course, increased insurance premiums. Interestingly, the online comparison site InsuranceQuotes.com recently performed a survey designed to determine whether insurance premiums do indeed go up after the issuance of traffic tickets.
The Tri-State Transportation Campaign -- a non-profit organization "dedicated to reducing car dependency in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut" -- released an eye-opening report earlier this week concerning road design, vehicle traffic law and pedestrian safety.
What started with an attempt to pay $50 for a traffic violation ended with an Indiana woman being sent to jail for cursing to herself. This rather unusual story has a happy ending, though, with the woman freed from jail and the contempt charges against her dropped.
Two weeks ago, we discussed how federal prosecutors had filed a multitude of criminal charges against nine sitting and former judges of the Philadelphia Traffic Court, alleging that these officials engaged in an intricate scheme to fix or reduce traffic violations for business, social or political associates. According to the 77-count indictment, the judges allegedly threw out tickets for such offenses as speeding and/or turned these tickets into lesser offenses from July 2008 through September of 2011. In other cases, the judges are accused of finding certain defendants not guilty despite the existence of incontrovertible evidence or granting them continuances of trial dates such that they could "judge shop."
It's very rare that a single traffic violation garners attention around the globe, but that is exactly what happened earlier this month when an Israeli woman was given a traffic ticket under circumstances that can best be described as unbelievable.