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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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  • NYC Speeding Ticket Conviction Rates May Reveal Overzealous Traffic Courts

    Getting handed a traffic ticket in New York City should always raise your eyebrow and make you start thinking about how you can fight it . Traffic throughout NYC is notoriously crowded and complex, making it difficult for even the best drivers to always adhere to the rules. A person given a citation might not deserve it at all, and merely be the victim of an overzealous or misinformed police ...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Vision Zero Means Civil Penalties Apply to Hit-and-Run Drivers

    Vision Zero is New York City’s official initiative to significantly decrease the number of fatalities and injuries caused by car accidents and make the city’s streets a much safer place to be. According to one study, approximately 4,000 New Yorkers are seriously injured each year by traffic accidents. This is unacceptable and Vision Zero intends to rectify the problem. One of the most notable ...
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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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  • What's Behind the NYPD's Plummeting Arrests?

    On Dec. 29, 2014, The New York Post reported that "It's not a slowdown – it's a virtual work stoppage." What has been happening? According to The Post , the NYPD's traffic tickets and summonses for minor offenses dropped off to a staggering 94 percent after the execution of the two cops. The Post learned that NYPD officers feel betrayed by the mayor and fear for their safety. In response to the ...
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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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  • 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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  • Sandy Causes Sharp Decline in Traffic Tickets

    New Yorkers can thank superstorm Sandy for the sharp decline in traffic tickets issued by the city's police force. The numbers of parking and traffic tickets issued after Sandy have dropped dramatically as the city's police force have more important matters to tend to. While some areas saw a large drop, other areas such as the 100th and the 101st Precincts covering the Rockaways, the 60th Precinct ...
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  • City Sued Over Short Yellow Signals

    New York City – A lawsuit has been filed against the City of New York over the city's yellow signals. Three men ticketed by the city's traffic cameras are claiming the city's yellow signals are shorter than the law allows them to be. According to the complaint filed in the New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan, the city's traffic lights that change to red are displaying yellow for less than ...
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  • "Where's the Money?!" Cried the City

    I'd hate to sound like a broken record, but once again the consequences of the ticket fixing scandal are showing their ugly faces. With all the potential punishment and scrutiny New York officers are facing, they are being much more selective with their ticket writing . Their selectivity has resulted in a great decrease in the overall amount of tickets being written and, ultimately, resulting in a ...
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  • Backlash of Ticket Fixing Scandal Continues to Be Felt by NYPD

    How do you punish a person for committing offenses in the workplace? Dock their vacation time, of course. That is exactly what the new "harsh" punishment plan for New York police officers consists of if they mess up paperwork for a moving violation. If a moving violation gets thrown out of court because the paperwork was not perfect, it will result in docked vacation days, ranging anywhere from ...
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