Professional football player Rolando McClain has seen a simple vehicle traffic law violation turn into something far more serious after providing law enforcement with a rather interesting signature.
It's a fairly good bet that you are relatively unfamiliar with the different hierarchical levels among New York's Traffic Enforcement Agents. In general, Level I agents are tasked with issuing summonses, Level II agents are tasked with directing traffic, Level III agents are tasked with towing motor vehicles and Level IV agents (also registered peace officers) are tasked with truck enforcement issues.
While traffic camera systems are designed to be efficient and unbiased, they can sometimes prove to be models of imperfection. To illustrate, consider a recent news story out of Ohio, where moving violations were issued to a man in a coma.
According to sources, 35-year-old James B. allegedly committed traffic violations by driving 49 miles-per-hour in a 35-mile-per-hour zone back in July 2012. However, at the time the violations occurred, he was in an area hospital fighting for his life after suffering a massive heart attack and slipping into a coma. Family rushed in from out-of-town to visit him, fearing that he wouldn't survive. During that time, one of his family members used his car, which led to the speeding tickets.
For decades, motorists attempting to find the elusive parking spot in Manhattan have had to contend with the one-two punch of heavy traffic and virtually indecipherable parking signs. City officials, however, are hoping that this confusion over the "when" and "where" of parking in Manhattan will soon disappear entirely.
Last month, a Buffalo man was informed that the state Department of Motor Vehicles had suspended his driver's license for nonpayment of a traffic violation issued to him while he was in New York City.
From the cab driver in New York City to the commuter in Omaha to the delivery driver in Seattle, it's the one sight that prompts universal dread among motorists: flashing red lights in their rearview mirror.
When you hear the expression "too good to be true," chances are the last thing to pop into your head is the parking here in New York City -- particularly in lower Manhattan. However, motorists below 34th Street have reported a noticeable drop in the number of parking tickets affixed to their windshields over the course of the last several months.
As we speak, people across the state of New York are begrudgingly putting away their decorations, taking down their lights, and saying their final goodbyes to friends and families as the holidays have officially drawn to a close. Of course, with the end of the holiday season also comes the release of comprehensive statistics summarizing the impact of the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign.
When a 25-year-old Texas man was recently pulled over by a police officer for a routine traffic violation, he got much more than he bargained for -- but in a good way. It all started when the police officer pulled Hayden C. over for an expired registration sticker. When asked by the police officer why his registration had expired, Hayden C. simply said he had no excuse. "I said 'there's no explanation for why I haven't done it, except I don't have the money,' Hayden C. recently told a local television station. "I said 'it was either feed my kids or get my registration done.'"
All this week and next, people across the state of New York will be attending holiday parties put on by family, friends and employers. The majority of these parties will feature delicious food, festive music, carefully planned gift-exchanges and, of course, an assortment of alcoholic beverages.