Last week, a judge threw out criminal charges filed against a photographer accused of driving dangerously while attempting to take photos of pop star Justin Bieber.
A few weeks ago, we discussed how pop star Justin Bieber was issued a speeding ticket for driving more than 65 miles-per-hour while attempting to evade paparazzi on Los Angeles' 101 freeway.
When you get a ticket for a traffic violation, the bad news keeps on coming. First, there's the fine for the ticket itself. Then comes the increase in insurance premiums, which for some traffic violations can cost thousands of dollars over the long term. For example, a ticket/charge for reckless driving increases premiums by an average of 22 percent. In some states, these rate increases stay in place for up to seven years. Interestingly, SmartMoney recently published a few tips on how to lessen the pain after you've received a citation. Firstly, a spokesperson for the National Motorists Association told the site that drivers should always consider fighting their traffic tickets.
At this very moment, people here in the state of New York and across the country are busy navigating crowded highways and interstates in an attempt to make their way to a favorite vacation destination for the July 4th holiday.
If you've ever been pulled over by a law enforcement official for an alleged traffic violation, you are likely very familiar with the seemingly endless amount of time it takes for the officer or trooper to process the ticket. In fact, as you waited patiently for them to return your license and hand you the ticket, you probably thought about how much the ticket would cost and how it would affect your insurance rates.
Back in February, our blog discussed how safety advocates, concerned citizens and city officials all packed a joint meeting of the City Council's Transportation and Public Safety Committees to discuss such important matters as reckless driving/speeding and the adequacy of current efforts to combat speeding-related fatalities.
This past Wednesday, safety advocates, concerned citizens and city officials all gathered in Manhattan for a joint meeting of the City Council's Transportation and Public Safety Committees. The reason? The assembled group wanted to discuss such important matters as reckless driving/speeding and the adequacy of current vehicle traffic laws governing accident investigations.
In our previous post, we discussed how the State Senate recently passed a new DUI-related law designed to punish particularly dangerous behavior such as reckless driving and wrong-way drunk driving. Interestingly enough, a very prominent New York lawmaker -- Senator Charles Schumer -- recently held a joint press conference in which he called for federal action to combat yet another form of particularly dangerous behavior -- drugged driving.
Over the past year, both lawmakers and law enforcement officials here in New York have been debating the issue of whether our state's traffic and DUI laws need to be strengthened to punish particularly dangerous behavior such as reckless driving or wrong-way drunk driving.
Here in New York City, we are accustomed to seeing the drivers of cars, taxis, buses and trucks exceed the posted speed limit, undoubtedly trying to make up time lost traversing the city's often congested streets. While we may not give this a second thought in certain industrial areas or business districts, we may have an altogether different opinion when we see these vehicles speeding through the streets around parks, hospitals or even our own neighborhood.