New York City drivers have seen an increased effort to reduce speeding in many parts of the city with new speed bumps installed and speed zones designated near schools or other select areas. The goal according to city officials is public safety. Drivers in violation of New York traffic law can face various penalties depending on the circumstances that can include fines, points on driving records, driver’s license suspension and more.
New York traffic laws have been evolving and can sometimes include different statutes or requirements for different types of drivers' licenses. Violations of New York traffic law can result in a variety of consequences including fines, points added to a Department of Motor Vehicle records, license suspensions and more.
Getting behind the wheel of a car is a natural thing that people do every day in our society, sometimes with little thought as to the privileges inherent or the laws governing it. Today’s New York traffic law, however, are clear and sometimes strict in an effort to ensure public safety and minimize motor vehicle accidents and other problems.
New York City lawmakers and officials develop and enact traffic laws to maintain order and safety on the roadways. While some laws are aimed at protecting motorists themselves, others are meant to serve as protection for the pedestrians, cyclists, workers and others who share the roads with drivers.
New York, like all individual states in the U.S., enacts and enforces its own traffic laws. These laws are established in order to keep the roads and all those who use them safe. When motorists are charged with violating New York traffic law, the penalties can add up quickly, and, in some cases is made more severe when a driver is charged with multiple violations.
Lawmakers in New York and other states have difficult tasks. They must balance individual rights with preserving public safety. Sometimes, as is often the case with traffic laws, laws must be adjusted. Any number of reasons could lead to a law being reformed, such as no longer being applicable or in order to create stricter punishments for breaking laws. When fines or points on a driver's license do not encourage motorists to obey traffic laws, lawmakers develop and enact more severe consequences in order to ensure the roads remain safe.
While it's certainly a hassle to get a ticket for parking or a traffic violation, maybe there's some small consolation in knowing that those in positions of power aren't immune to them either. Such was the case recently when Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia received not one, but two tickets in Philadelphia.
Last week, our blog discussed how the nation's capital saw a rather large profit this past fiscal year -- $84.9 million to be exact -- thanks to so-called traffic camera enforcement, meaning both red light cameras and speed cameras. However, we also discussed how area motorists were less than thrilled with this trend, calling it nothing more than a backdoor commuter tax designed to generate revenue for the cash-strapped city.
From New York to Los Angeles, drivers in any big city are accustomed to dealing with certain realities while navigating their respective streets. One of these realities is that at some moment they will take their eyes off the speedometer and find themselves being handed a speeding ticket by a police officer.
Clemson University head football coach Dabo Swinney is a popular figure in his state -- so popular, in fact, that a recently fired police officer believes he was terminated for issuing him a speeding ticket. The ticket was issued early last month after the coach was clocked driving 63 miles-per-hour in a 35 mile-per-hour zone in Pickens, South Carolina, a town just 20 miles from Clemson's campus. Swinney -- who was pulled over in the parking lot of a grocery store where he was scheduled to perform his radio show -- ended up signing autographs for fans who saw him waiting outside his truck for the speeding ticket.