2016

Blog Posts in 2016

  • 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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  • How Many Points Will Go on My Record for Speeding?

    While many people’s initial concern after being issued a speeding ticket is the associated fine, possibly a far greater consequence is the addition of demerit points to a person’s driving record. The New York DMV has a point system for traffic violations that keeps track of a person’s driving history, with different points being assigned for different infractions. Individuals who accrue 11 points ...
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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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  • Text Message Reminders Sent to NYC Residents for Courtroom Appearances

    If you are like most everyone between the ages of 10 and 75, you probably check your smartphone routinely throughout each and every day for new text messages and notifications. While most of them are probably just the latest gossip on celebrity news, wouldn’t it be great if it was actually something useful? Something that could help you avoid getting arrested ? The New York criminal justice ...
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  • FAST Act Approved, Improvements Coming to NYC Roadways

    The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act was signed into law back in December 2015, and New York State is starting to see the beginnings of the changes it promises to bring. The entirety of the FAST Act is set to give $305 billion in funding over the course of the next five years to improve the roads and highways of states all across the country. New York, which has gained notoriety ...
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  • Transportation Safety Group Criticizes NYC Vision Zero Plan

    Transportation Alternatives (TA) have harshly criticized Mayor Bill de Blasio and his attention, or lack thereof, on New York City’s Vision Zero initiative. A safety group of public activists and interested parties, Transportation Alternatives has dedicated itself to collecting and understanding car accident statistics in an effort to promote public safety and transportation. TA has looked at data ...
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  • Vision Zero Crackdowns: Useful or Profiling?

    You might not have known it, but the New York Police Department actually launched the Holiday Pedestrian Safety Initiative in December of 2015. Officers were ordered to crackdown on dangerous driving behaviors near senior centers in New York City as part of Mayor Cuomo’s Vision Zero plan. The crackdown follows several pedestrian fatalities involving senior citizens and allegedly reckless drivers. ...
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