Traffic laws in New York can be very complicated and hard for some residents to understand. In addition, there can very easily be many myths than people believe to be true but that are actually not so. With the ever watchful eye of law enforcement only seeming to grow in these days of Vision Zero, it is important for all New Yorkers to have a solid understanding of some basics of traffic law and the processes related to how to fight a traffic ticket.
Vision Zero has become a commonly referred to campaign in New York. Residents of the city should be well aware of the municipal government’s stated effort to not only reduce but to eliminate pedestrian deaths. Cracking down on speeding and finding new ways to slow drivers are integral elements to this overall effort.
A New York driver who receives a default conviction for traffic infractions or even a conviction after an attempted defense against an alleged traffic violation may face a range of penalties. The state of New York has many programs and processes in place to monitor a driver’s activities and records. One of these is the assessment of points on records. Another is the Driver Responsibility Assessment Program.
For many years now, one of the most contentious issues between the New York Police Department, and safety advocates, citizens and the City Council has been the adequacy of vehicle traffic laws governing accident investigations.
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.
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.
On one stretch of road in Texas, you may soon be able to drive 85 mph without getting a speeding ticket. That's because the Texas Legislature passed a law last year allowing speed limits of up to 85 mph on newly built roads if driving at that speed would be safe.
Anyone who has received a speeding ticket at any point in their lives has probably spent some small amount of time beating themselves up for driving straight into a speed trap and wondering if there was any way to help others avoid the same fate.
Prosecutors are used to enforcing the law. Now, for one Brooklyn prosecutor, the tables are turned, and he is the one being prosecuted for allegedly violating not only motor vehicle traffic laws, but also laws against resisting arrest, possession of marijuana, and attempted assault of a police officer. It all started on a Saturday evening earlier this month, when the prosecutor was driving at a high speed in Queens, changing lanes without signaling on the Whitestone Expressway. According to court papers, he was driving so erratically that other cars on the road had to swerve to avoid hitting him. Unfortunately for him, one of the cars he cut off was an unmarked police car with four on-duty NYPD narcotics officers inside.
Ask any motorist here in New York about the city's vehicle traffic laws and propensity for handing out traffic violations, and you are more than likely going to get an earful. While this frustration is understandable, it may help to remember that things could definitely be worse.