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  • Speeding & Texting Tickets in New York City On the Rise in 2017

    Law enforcement agencies around New York have recently reported that New York City drivers are receiving more speeding tickets and texting-while-driving tickets so far in 2017 than compared to the same time frame in 2016. It is not just a minor increase, either. According to their data, the number of total tickets has spiked a whopping 50% , bringing the 2017 total to more than 25,000 thus far. ...
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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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  • New York to Crackdown on Distracted Driving in Operation Hang Up

    April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month and the State of New York has not been shy about its intent to participate. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced that from April 10 th to 15 th , the state will be increasing its effort to catch distracted drivers. At the top of their list of offenders to watch for: drivers using smartphones. As part of “Operation Hang Up”, law ...
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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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  • Staten Island Drivers Receive Tickets at Fake Traffic Sign

    For a brief time in November of 2016, a traffic sign prohibiting left hand turns popped up in the Staten Island intersection of Arden and Woodrow. The only problem? The sign was a fake. This fact, however, did not stop local police from issuing tickets to drivers who, disregarding the sign, made left hand turns. Locals familiar with the area’s traffic rules began to contact city officials and the ...
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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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  • Tips to Avoid Holiday Traffic in NYC

    With a strong economy and the lowest gas prices since 2009, holiday travel is expected to surge this upcoming holiday season, especially in New York City. Unfortunately, projections also indicate that this will likely lead to major traffic and gridlock in a number of areas throughout the Big Apple. The New York City Department of Transportation has announced 10 gridlock alert days in Manhattan ...
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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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  • Laws & Concerns Keep Self-Driving Cars Out of New York City

    Those looking forward to the possible introduction of self-driving cars in New York City may be waiting much longer than initially believed. Tech companies looking to test self-driving cars in The Big Apple have encountered considerable roadblocks preventing their plans from being realized, thanks to red tape and antiquated legislation. Old Driving Laws Hold NYC Back During a New York City Council ...
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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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  • NYC Delivery Companies Avoid Millions in Parking Fees, Lawsuit Claims

    The New York City Department of Finance and Parking Violations Bureaus are still dealing with a lawsuit filed against them last year that alleges unlawful favoritism shown to commercial delivery companies in the city. The lawsuit states that UPS, FedEx, and other major delivery companies have never paid the $15 surcharge attached to all parking tickets issued by law enforcement and parking ...
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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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  • Difference Between a License Suspension and Revocation in NY

    If you are convicted of a serious traffic violation or multiple traffic violations in a certain period of time, the New York Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) may suspend or revoke your driving privileges. Driving a motor vehicle on a suspended or revoked license is a criminal offense and will result in serious criminal penalties. But what is the difference between a suspension and a revocation, ...
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