Traffic Violations

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • NYC Speed Limit Reduced to 25mph

    When you think of driving New York City, you can't help but imagine the hustle and bustle. Unfortunately, that busy lifestyle has led to more than 20 fatal crashes in a certain section of road. For this reason, the NYPD and the city pushed to change the speed limit to 25 mph on Broadway. However, the changes are still hard for drivers, and pedestrians, to adjust to. NYPD has been frequently ...
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  • NYPD Issues Over 5,000 Tickets After 2-Day Crackdown on Distracted Driving; Results of 2-Day Speeding Crackdown Pending

    Last week, the New York Police Department (NYPD) conducted a two-day crackdown on distracted driving and on failing to yield to pedestrians. The results of the crackdown came in on May 20: the police force issued 5,258 tickets over two 24-hour periods. According to an article by CBS New York , the traffic ticket breakdown was as follows: 2,938 for using a cellphone while driving 1,254 for failure ...
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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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  • NYC Mayor's Caravan Caught Violating Multiple Traffic Laws After Mayor Announces Plan to Reduce Traffic Deaths

    On February 18 of this year, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced an aggressive plan to reduce traffic deaths in the city, including lowering speed limits and slowing cabbies down. Only two days later, CBS 2 news cameras caught the mayor's 2-SUV caravan – driven by his NYPD security detail with the mayor riding in the leading vehicle – committing a number of dangerous traffic infractions . ...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Texting while Driving... A 'Primary Offense' in the State of New York

    In July 2011, texting while driving became illegal in the State of New York. Since then, almost 25,000 tickets have been handed out to drivers who were writing / reading texts while driving. Before this law passed, a police officer could have been watching you use your phone while driving and could legally do nothing. Then, they still needed another reason to pull you over. This is no longer the ...
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  • Why Should You Hire a Traffic Ticket Attorney?

    Driving is our method of transportation today, while some may choose a train or subway, the average American goes about their daily business in a vehicle. Polls have been conducted that assume around 90% of the American population drives a vehicle, no wonder there is so much traffic! Not only do we rely heavily on cars for transportation, but as a fast pace society we are also often in a hurry. ...
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  • Read the Fine Print - It Costs A Lot if You Don't!

    So there he was, scanning the speeding ticket that the police officer just handed him and the following went through my client's head: "Oh, the fine is only $195.00…well, it's not cheap but why bother with an attorney? I should just write a check and put this event behind me and avoid any further hassles." Well folks, my new client, John, who is both intelligent and practical, did not stop to Read ...
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