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  • New York State Police Crack Down on Speeding

    New York State Police have announced they will officially be on the lookout for speeding drivers, as this is all part of an initiative to keeping the people of the city safer. State Troopers in both marked and unmarked cars will be pulling over more people than usual for speeding, as part of Governor Cuomo’s “Speed Week.” This harkens back to the first “Speed Week” which took place in June, in ...
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  • Decrease in NY Traffic Deaths Due to Increased Traffic Tickets

    Starting at the beginning of the year, NYPD cops began writing more traffic tickets, strictly enforcing traffic laws on the streets of the Big Apple in an effort to lower the death toll. So far, there has been a 17% increase in tickets compared to the previous year within the same period. While the bulk of these tickets are for speeding, many of them are also for turning at intersections when ...
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  • Are NYPD Police Using Illegal License Plate Covers to Avoid Tickets?

    According to an article published in the New York Post , a large group of NYPD police officers have been using illegal flash-reflecting plastic license plate covers on their personal vehicles to fool traffic cameras and avoid tickets. The covers, which cost about $6 online, allow the plates to remain visible to the naked eye but obstruct the ability of cameras to get a clear picture. An Inside ...
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  • 2017 Changes to New York Traffic Laws

    Changes are coming to New York traffic laws at the beginning of this year. How will these changes affect you and other motorists on the road? Read on for the answer from the New York City traffic ticket attorneys at Gannes & Musico, LLP! Window Tinting Must Pass a Test For a while now, it has been illegal to tint your windows darker than 30% (meaning 70% of light passes through), but there was no ...
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  • New York Cars Must Pass Window Tinting Test in 2017

    Every time the New Year rolls around, legislative changes go into effect. This year was no different for the state of New York and the changes include one new traffic law that will affect many motorists, as well as auto shops statewide. Beginning on January 1, 2017, all cars in New York must pass a window tinting test. Windows that are “too dark” (as determined by the new light percentage ...
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  • New York to Crack Down on Anti-Ticket License Plate Covers

    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced a new initiative to crack down on drivers, including police officers, who use plastic license plate covers to evade tickets from traffic enforcement cameras. According to The Daily News , covered license plates have allowed drivers to break traffic laws and dodge tickets in at least 144,852 cases since 2014. The clear plastic covers, which can be ...
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  • Parking Boots to Be Replaced By "The Barnacle"

    Have an unpaid parking ticket? Better get it taken care of soon, otherwise you might find yourself getting to know the latest replacement of the parking boot: a big, ugly monstrosity known as “ the Barnacle. ” Instead of the antiquated technology of clamping a massive hunk of metal to the wheel of a vehicle, the Barnacle instead latches onto the windshield using industrial-strength suction cups ...
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  • New NYC Bike Lanes Could Bring Increased Traffic Tickets

    On September 13 th , 2016, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and the Department of Transportation announced plans to add 75 miles of new bike lanes to streets throughout across each of the city’s five boroughs, with 18 miles of these lanes to be fully protected. The initiative, which is part of the mayor’s Vision Zero plan, is slated to be completed by the end of 2016. Upon completion, the city ...
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  • Know Your Rights at a Four-Way Stop

    Despite four-way traffic stops being a common part of the average driver’s commute, many people have forgotten how to navigate them. We’ve all come to one of these stops only to tentatively inch forward, unsure of who has the right-of-way. Sometimes, a driver will waive cars through despite it being clear that it was really their turn to go. With so many misconceptions of how to approach these ...
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  • Should I Fight My Ticket or Go to Traffic School?

    One of the most frequently asked questions regarding traffic tickets is whether you should fight a traffic violation in court or just go to traffic school . This is a complicated question, as there are several pros and cons to each side. From a financial standpoint, it is almost always in your best interest to fight a traffic ticket instead of electing to go to traffic school. Choosing traffic ...
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  • Changes to Vision Zero Plan in New York City

    In early 2014, Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York City implemented a Vision Zero plan that would introduce a number of new initiatives, all of which would be geared towards reducing the number of car accidents on city streets. While this is clearly a noble and worthwhile goal to desire, there has been some backlash on the program as it seems to just create more ways to hand out citations without ...
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  • New York's Plan to Prioritize the Safety of Pedestrians

    It is no secret that foot traffic in New York City is high and the ability to walk to your destination is one of the perks of living in the Big Apple. This perk, however, comes at a price, and city officials are finding that it might just be time to cater to the needs of pedestrians in the city. In the last five years, roughly 12,000 New York City pedestrians sustained injuries in traffic ...
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  • Types of Improper Turns in New York

    In New York, there are state laws that govern driving procedures. Whether a driver is turning right, turning left, or making a u-turn, there are certain regulations that must be followed when making each type of turn. Failure to follow these rules could result in a traffic ticket if the driver is caught by a police officer or traffic camera. Some of the tickets that can be given for improper turns ...
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  • Red Means Go for New York Drivers

    In New York, stop lights may not mean as much as they once did. A recent study performed by Hunter College revealed the tendency of New Yorkers to run red lights with a frequency that is downright scary. By observing more than 4,300 motorists at 50 random intersections throughout the New York Boroughs for over a month, researchers found that nearly one in 10 drivers in NYC runs red lights. Cab ...
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  • NY Police Officers on a Mission to End Texting While Driving

    New Yorkers are glued to their phones and behind the wheel it is no different. Texting while driving tickets increased by 50 percent last year in all five boroughs, due to increased penalties and heightened enforcement. In 2014, nearly 50,000 drivers in New York City received a ticket for using their phone. A year prior, that number barely tipped 30,000. Distracted driving is a problem throughout ...
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  • Multiple Train Collisions Lead to Enforced Penalties for Driver Violations

    Enough is enough, according to federal regulators. After three New York train collisions occurred in the span of just one month, it’s time for the penalties to become more severe for drivers who choose to ignore or violate crossing signals. The Federal Railroad Administration is looking to police departments across the U.S. to harshly punish these offenders. This request came on the heels of the ...
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  • Speeding Tickets Increase Despite the Mayor's Promises

    On November 6, 2014, the speed limit in New York City dropped from 30 miles per hour to 25 miles per hour. Just a day before the new speed limit went into effect, Mayor Bill de Blasio promised that speeding tickets would be issued slowly so drivers could adjust to the change. Unfortunately, it appears that Mayor de Blasio’s promises didn’t amount to very much at all. Tickets Doubling in One Month ...
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  • Traffic Tickets & Arrests Drop in NY As Mayor & Police Feud Ensues

    With the growing tension between law enforcement, civilians, and the government, it seems that the pressure must eventually be released. But where will this come from? Many are beginning to speculate that New York will lead the way with action from police officers. With the recent deaths of two NYPD officers boiling in the belly of New York City, the anti-cop protests have only acted to stoke the ...
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  • NYPD's Tickets & Citations Plunge

    On Jan. 5, two weeks had passed since the NYPD's enforcement activities had plummeted, with arrests down by more than half since the two cops were killed in Brooklyn. Between Dec. 29 and Jan. 4 – fearing for their safety – cops wrote barely any summons and arrests were way down. In response, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton threatened the city's cops, saying that he was launching an investigation ...
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  • NYC Speed Limit Reduced to 25mph

    When you think of driving New York City, you can't help but imagine the hustle and bustle. Unfortunately, that busy lifestyle has led to more than 20 fatal crashes in a certain section of road. For this reason, the NYPD and the city pushed to change the speed limit to 25 mph on Broadway. However, the changes are still hard for drivers, and pedestrians, to adjust to. NYPD has been frequently ...
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  • NYPD Issues Over 5,000 Tickets After 2-Day Crackdown on Distracted Driving; Results of 2-Day Speeding Crackdown Pending

    Last week, the New York Police Department (NYPD) conducted a two-day crackdown on distracted driving and on failing to yield to pedestrians. The results of the crackdown came in on May 20: the police force issued 5,258 tickets over two 24-hour periods. According to an article by CBS New York , the traffic ticket breakdown was as follows: 2,938 for using a cellphone while driving 1,254 for failure ...
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  • New York City Mayor Seeks to Reduce Traffic Deaths by Reducing Speed Limits on Brooklyn's Atlantic Avenue

    Earlier this year, New York City Mayor de Blasio announced his "Vision Zero" plan to reduce traffic deaths in the city by lowering the speed limits on 25 major city roads. The first of these roads will be Atlantic Avenue, which will have its speed limit reduced from 30 to 25 miles per hour. The New York Department of Transportation also plans to re-time the traffic lights on the street so that ...
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  • Can I Get a Ticket for Driving Too Closely in New York?

    Oftentimes, people are unaware of the consequences of driving too closely, or tailgating , on the road. People also assume that this act cannot result in penalties unless they rear-end someone or get in some type of accident. Tailgating itself is a traffic offense and can result in consequences regardless if you get in an accident or not. N.Y. VTL §1129 requires that drivers and all motorists ...
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  • New Text-and-Drive Law Brings Harsher Penalties for Young and New Drivers

    Governor Andrew Cuomo has just raised the stakes for texting and driving for individuals who have little experience behind the wheel. The governor has just signed a law that brings stricter penalties for this offense for junior and probationary driver’s license holders, according to a July 1 New York Post article . While this law largely targets teenage drivers, older drivers who have just ...
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  • New Speeding Ticket Policy Proposal

    The governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, is trying to make it hard for motorists to plead down a speeding ticket . Currently, defendants are allowed to plea to a lesser offense, which allows the local court to pocket the fine money rather than giving it to the state. Governor Cuomo believes that "this practice threatens public safety and leads to a loss of $58 million annually," so he wants to ...
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