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New York texting violations increase but plea deals prove helpful

New York law enforcement reports an increase of texting violations by 205 percent statewide. A recent analysis of data shows an influx of texting while driving increased substantially over the past five years. Meanwhile, reports indicate a simultaneous decrease in drivers charged with talking on a cell phone while driving. Nearly 50 percent of cell phone talking violations dropped since 2012.

Parents should understand junior permit and license restrictions

Learning how to drive is an exciting time for teens, but parents with teen drivers should take note of New York State driving restrictions for those with permits and junior licenses. New York has implemented restrictions for driving times and the number of passengers allowed to prevent teen accidents.

Marijuana’s 4/20 celebration increases fatal crashes

Even if you’re not a marijuana user, you may know that the drug is associated with 420. Legend has it that a group of teens calling themselves the Waldos from San Rafael High School in California would meet at 4:20 p.m. before heading out to the woods to search for a fabled patch of cannabis. From there, the term went to the Grateful Dead and into the cannabis magazine High Times and on into popular culture.

High-risk drivers: Are you heading for a suspended license?

Have you received more than two traffic violations in the last year? If so, you might be a high-risk driver. New York’s Driver Violation Point System allows the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to discover and penalize high-risk drivers with multiple traffic violations. 

Wear your seatbelt or risk a ticket

Throughout New York this week, police are targeting drivers who are not wearing their seatbelts. Known as “Click It or Ticket” nationwide and “Buckle Up New York” in our home state, this campaign is meant to reinforce the importance of wearing your seatbelt while driving.

A traffic violation or DWI in New York does not stay in New York

You’re driving through New York, and you get a ticket or get pulled over for drunk driving. It may seem like you only have to deal with the consequences in New York. You may have fines, jail time and other consequences, but you don’t expect those to impact your life back home. However, this is not the case.

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