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When operating a motor vehicle, it is important to ensure that there is adequate space between you and the vehicle in front of you in case of an emergency situation. Should the vehicle you're following suddenly brake, you could rear-end them if you were following too close behind them. Each vehicle is unique and takes a different amount of time and distance to come to a complete stop. If your car takes longer to stop than the vehicle in front of you, you may be liable for an accident.
The New York DMV's Driver's Manual recommends that drivers allow a space of two seconds between them and the car they're following. This can be calculated by counting the seconds between the point in which the other vehicle passes an object and the point in which you pass that same object. Following too closely - or "tailgating" - is illegal according to the New York Vehicle and Transportation Law (N.Y. VLT), so make sure you understand what penalties you may be facing.
It states in N.Y. VTL §1129 that all motorists must leave enough space between their vehicle and the vehicle in front of them for another car to safely occupy that space. Otherwise, they could be charged with tailgating. Such a ticket will incur four points on your driving record and a fine of up to $200 dollars. Also, tailgating is a viable reason for raised insurance rates, so don't take your chances. If you've been ticketed for tailgating, get aggressive legal defense right away.
Contact a New York traffic ticket lawyer from Gannes & Musico, LLP today if you have been ticketed for any kind of traffic violation. Our legal team has more than 20 years of combined experience and has taken thousands of cases to trial. To learn how we could fight for you, call now or fill out our free online evaluation. We would love to review your case and discuss your legal options.