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.
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.
New York State Police are increasing patrols this holiday weekend. Starting today and lasting until Sunday, you can expect to see more police on the roads and DWI checkpoints.
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.
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.
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.
Everybody speeds once in a while. Maybe you're running late to work or have to catch a flight and decide it's worth the risk to go a few miles above the speed limit to be on time. After all, most people who speed don't get caught. Those who do, however, face expensive fines. Moreover, car accidents resulting from speeding violations can lead to serious negative legal consequences.
A 25-year-old Haverstraw man is now facing several criminal charges, including DWI, resulting from an incident in which he allegedly attacked a police officer during a traffic stop. His passenger, a 30-year-old from Garnerville, also faces charges in the incident. The drunk driving and other charges leveled against both the driver and passenger make it necessary for each of them to understand their legal rights.