2015

Blog Posts in 2015

  • New York's Vision Zero Prepares to Crackdown on Dangerous Drivers

    New York has been using a plan known as Vision Zero for a while now in an attempt to reduce car accident fatalities in the Big Apple down to zero, and otherwise promote safe driving behaviors. Since Halloween, however, there have already been 12 more fatal pedestrian accidents, suggesting that the plan might not be working. Perhaps in direct response to this statistic, Mayor de Blasio has ...
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  • Drag Racing Reports in Washington Heights

    In Washington Heights, New York, a neighborhood of Manhattan, residents are starting to become worried by a rapidly-growing problem. It seems that there, more than anywhere else in the Big Apple, reckless drag racers are taking to the streets for regular and illegal competitions late in the night. In particular, they seem to be blasting down a stretch of road directly adjacent to a high school and ...
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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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  • Bus Drivers Gain Leniency in Pedestrian Accident Cases

    Just about a year after New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio enacted the Right of Way law to try to eliminate all traffic-related deaths in the city, a new settlement shifts things around again. Previously, if a bus driver struck a pedestrian, law enforcement called to the scene would have to automatically arrest the driver then and there, regardless of the circumstances. This meant that if a ...
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  • NYPD Issuing Less and Less Civil Summonses

    According to official records, the New York Police Department (NYPD) wrote 14,298 summonses for administrative violations this last fiscal year – which ended on June 30 th , 2015. If you think that is a ridiculously high number, consider that the previous year saw 21,870 issued. That is a huge drop – just about 35% – in only one year, so what is going on? To understand why less civil summonses are ...
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  • New York City Bicycle Accidents in Decline

    After seeing hundreds of bicycle accidents in New York City leaving cyclists, pedestrians, and motorists injured every year, the New York Police Department (NYPD) has decidedly cracked down on negligent behaviors to encourage safety. Many precincts – including the 19 th in the Upper East Side – report that enforcement efforts of bicycle-related laws and citation have been increased by over 50% ...
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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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  • How Can a Reckless Driving Ticket Hurt My Record?

    Reckless driving seems like something out of the movies or car commercials, but law enforcement in New York City is by no means hesitant in issuing tickets for such behavior. Even something you might not consider to be reckless is often considered dangerous by police and will leave you stuck with a hefty fine and a tarnished record. But how does a ticket like this one hurt your record? The ...
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  • Are Speeding Cameras Making New York City Streets Safer?

    Speeding cameras are the bane of many drivers’ existence. Forcing you to quickly hit the brakes lest the camera catch you going over the posted speed limit, these cameras are notorious in New York City. What drivers may not know, however, is that speeding cameras may actually be cutting down on violations and making the streets safer. Speeding cameras are most popular in school zones where the ...
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  • Caught on Camera? Fighting Your Red Light Violation

    New York City has hundreds of thousands of red light cameras installed on various streets, all for the purpose of catching offenders and penalizing them for their violation. Unfortunately, many drivers feel that these tickets are invalid because the cameras might not tell the full story. Even if you did receive a ticket in the mail for a red light violation caught on camera, there may be hope for ...
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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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