2013

Blog Posts in 2013

  • 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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  • Why Hire a Traffic Ticket Lawyer to Fight Carpool Lane Violations

    The carpool lane, also referred to as the HOV (High Occupancy Vehicle) lane, was established to encourage people to carpool to and from work, as well as to various other destinations. Its purpose is to help cut down on congestion, save on gas consumption, scale down commute times, lower harmful emissions and significantly decrease the number of vehicles traveling along state highways. To drive in ...
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  • The Penalties for Driving Without a License

    There are various different scenarios which may lead a person to consider driving without a license in New York City. In times of desperation or due to previous obligations, a person may opt to do something they know isn't right so that they can accomplish what they consider needs to be done. Perhaps you have been in the unfortunate situation of having your license suspended/revoked, or maybe you ...
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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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  • Governor Publicizes Crackdown on Texting & Driving

    The Department of Motor Vehicles in New York is cracking down on texting while driving and increasing the penalties for this driving offense. The penalty for texting and driving was three points off of an individual's driver's license but Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that it is now going to be five points off a person's driver's license starting this past Saturday June 1, 2013. This punishment ...
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  • Information on the New York Point System

    The State of New York operates under the point system. When you are convicted of a traffic offense, part of the penalty is a certain amount of points being placed on your driver's license. When you build up a certain amount of points, your driver's license could be taken away. Within an 18-month period, if you get a total of 11 points, your license could be suspended for a month. This may not ...
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  • Traffic Court Judge Ordered to Attend Anger Management

    Being issued with a traffic citation and having to appear in traffic court can be an intimidating situation. If the judge is abrasive and unreasonable, this only makes the situation worse. According to many people who appeared in the Staten Island traffic court, this was what was happening to them when they appeared before a specific judge. B.L. is an employee of the Department of Motor Vehicles ...
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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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  • Overview of a New York DWI

    A DWI conviction in New York State may involve a suspended driver's license , fines, and the possibility of jail time. In New York, it's illegal to operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or greater, for commercial drivers that number is .04%, and for drivers under 21, the threshold is just .02%. A New York Aggravated DWI refers to a BAC of .18% or greater, and ...
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  • New York State Liability Insurance Requirements

    Any motor vehicle registered in New York must have liability insurance; the NY required minimum limits are $25,000/50,000 for injury and $50,000/100,000 for death, and $10,000 for property damage caused in an accident. The state of New York is considered a "no-fault" state; therefore, all New York drivers must maintain their liability coverage while their registration is valid, even if they are ...
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