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What you need to know about tickets for using your cell phone

Earlier this month, New York State police cracked down on cell phone use and distracted driving, issuing more than 15,000 tickets in one week. Across the state, law enforcement agencies are taking a close look at distracted driving, and taking steps to prevent it. This means that more tickets could be issued, and you could get one if you are not careful.

There are harsher penalties the faster you speed

When you are driving on the highway or taking a route you have driven hundreds of times before, it can be easy to drive fast. You may be in a hurry to get home or late to meet someone. Regardless of the reason for speeding, the faster you go, the higher your risk of serious penalties if you are pulled over by a police officer.

You can get a traffic ticket if you don't move over

In New York, drivers are required to slow down for emergency vehicles displaying red or white emergency lights on all types roads. If you are on a parkway or highway, however, you are required to move over and slow down for emergency or hazard vehicles with flashing lights, so long as you can move over safely. This includes moving over for police cars and hazard vehicles that may be stopped to help another driver on the road.

Put down your cell phone when driving through New York

You should think twice before using your cell phone on your commute or when traveling through New York. It is illegal to use a hand-held cell phone or text while driving in New York. If an officer sees you holding your phone at the wheel, you could get a costly ticket.

It matters where you got your speeding ticket

It may seem as though all speeding tickets are the same. Whether you get your speeding ticket on the Taconic Parkway or on a street in a Hudson Valley town, the ticket amount may look the same. However, the actual town or village court that handles your ticket may have an impact on the outcome of your case.

Buckle Up New York Campaign Leads to Driver's Arrest

On May 20, traffic police across the state of New York began cracking down on motorists neglecting their seatbelts. The efforts are a part of the Buckle Up New York campaign announced on May 14 by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The campaign will run through June 2 and has been fueled by stark nationwide statistics from 2011. That year, over half of the passenger fatalities in auto accidents were directly related to neglecting a seatbelt.

NY troopers plan increased enforcement of traffic law

New York state troopers will be on the lookout for those who do not follow the law when approaching first responder and other emergency vehicles on roadways. Troopers will also be tracking speeders for traffic violations more closely. The "Move Over" law was passed in 2008 after the deaths of two state troopers. The law requires that a driver approaching a scene with flashing lights, stopped emergency vehicles or police cruisers on the shoulder of the road, slow down and if possible, move one lane over away from the scene. In 2012, emergency vehicles with amber lights were included in the law. This means the law applies for tow trucks and other vehicles.

New York SP plan to enforce 'move over' law

The New York "move over" law was enacted after two police officers were killed during traffic stops. The law allows drivers to be cited for traffic offenses if they do not safely move over a lane when approaching police or emergency workers who are assisting drivers on the side of the road. The law includes emergency vehicles with amber lights, including towing vehicles or maintenance trucks.New York State Police plans to increase road patrols to ticket more drivers for both speed and "move over" violations. In 2011, 13,909 tickets were issued for "move over" violations, and in 2012, 12,781 were issued. Speed remains a leading cause of fatalities of and posing a threat to emergency workers, according to authorities. There are no statistics available on drivers slowing suddenly or changing lanes in order to comply with the law.

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