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.
Getting pulled over can be a frustrating experience. You may owe a large fine, and with every ticket you get, more points accumulate on your license.
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.
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.
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 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.
Traffic tickets can be costly. Not only do you have a fine to pay, but you will also accumulate points on your license with each ticket. If you accumulate enough points, you can lose your license.
Last month, a 20-year-old Poughkeepsie man led New Jersey State Police on a high-speed chase without a front tire. Needless to say, once the police caught up to him he faced a number of related charges such as resisting arrest and possession of mushrooms and marijuana; and traffic violations including speeding and DUI.
Throughout Dutchess County and the entire state, local police officers and state troopers will be riding the school bus on Wednesday. Operation Safe Stop is a statewide program intended to educate drivers about motorist safety near school busses. Officers throughout the county will be monitoring drivers as passengers on school busses, following the busses, or positioned at bus stops with a history of numerous illegal passing complaints.