New Google Maps Features Can Help Avoid a Speeding Ticket

Google Maps as begun rolling out two new mobile app that features can help drivers avoid speeding tickets. Both iOS and Android apps will now show speed limits and warn drivers of nearby speed cameras, according to multiple reports. The features were first spotted by tipsters writing in to Android Police. Google later confirmed the rollout in a statement to Mashable.

Drivers on unfamiliar roads can easily accidentally exceed the speed limit if they fail to notice street signage. Google’s new speed limit feature can help reduce the chances of unintentionally exceeding the legal limit.

Seeing the speed limit of the road one is traveling has been a standard feature on GPS devices for years. However, until recently, the only mobile app to show them was Waze (also owned by Google). Being able to see the speed limit while following GPS directions is especially helpful for those on highways and taking long road trips. The speed limit will show at the bottom left corner of the map when the navigation feature is turned on.

Also new to Google Maps is a feature that will produce an audio alert when a user approaches a speed camera. It’s unclear how much advance notice drivers will get of upcoming speed cameras, but the warning will nonetheless provide an opportunity to reduce one’s speed and potentially avoid a ticket.

The same feature may also soon alert drivers of possible speed traps—i.e. when police hang back just out of sight waiting to catch unsuspecting speeders. Waze already has a similar feature that lets users indicate areas of police activity, including DWI checkpoints. NYPD recently sent a letter to Google demanding it remove the feature, claiming it is illegal and endangers police lives.

If you or a loved one has been ticketed for speeding in New York or New Jersey, contact an attorney to reduce or avoid the consequences. The lawyers of the Rosenblum Law Firm are skilled traffic ticket attorneys with experience handling tickets for speeding as well as other driving-related offenses. Call 888-883-5529 or email the Rosenblum Law Firm today for a free consultation about your case.

NYC School Zone Speed Cameras to Come Down

speeding ticket camerasNew York City’s pilot program for speed and red light cameras in school zones is coming to an end. The cameras were put in place four years ago as part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero initiative. However, the NYS Assembly and Senate failed to agree on a bill extending the program before the legislative summer recess at the end of June. Without the extension, authorization to use the cameras will expire on July 25, 2018.

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Speeding Tickets in Orange County, NY

Map of New York Counties Highlighting Orange CountyNot to be confused with the other seven counties in the U.S. that bear the same name, Orange County, NY is a vibrant, industrious region of the state. Here the Great Valley of the Appalachians finally opens up and ends. With a population of 370,000, the county boasts one of the highest tickets-to-population ratios in the state, with one ticket being issued annually for every three people. More than a quarter of those tickets (26.4 percent) are for speeding. Drivers who want to avoid the serious penalties that come from a speeding ticket issued in Orange County would be well advised to hire an attorney to fight the charges.

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Speeding Tickets in Erie County, NY

Map of New York Counties Highlighting ErieConsidered part of the Buffalo-Niagara Falls metropolitan area, Erie County is seventh-most populated county in the U.S. state of New York. However, police in Erie issue the most speeding tickets in in the state. With dozens of major roadways and several well-known universities, police are always vigilant for speeding and other traffic violations. In 2016, police handed out nearly 56,000 speeding tickets in Erie County. Any ticket issued in New York State can lead to serious penalties including points, fines and auto insurance increases.

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Speeding Tickets in Westchester County, NY

Map of New York Counties Highlighting WestchesterIn addition to being one of the most affluent counties in the U.S., Westchester also has the dubious distinction of being the No. 2 county for speeding tickets. This is likely because of the massive number of highways and thruways that crisscross the landscape, undoubtedly peppered with police on the lookout for speeding and other traffic offenses.

It’s tempting to just pay a speeding ticket issued in Westchester and be done with it. But that would be a huge mistake. Paying a ticket exposes a person to myriad consequences. This includes points, insurance rate increases, and even the risk of a suspension. Instead, a driver’s best bet is to call an experienced traffic ticket attorney to help him/her avoid the consequences of a conviction.

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Speeding Tickets in Suffolk County, NY

Map of New York Counties Highlighting SuffolkSuffolk County on Long Island is known for its sandy beaches, outlet malls, elite Hamptons getaways, and big ducks. Few realize, however, that the region has one of the highest rates of speeding tickets in New York State. Suffolk County’s summer vacationers, numerous highways, and multitude of well-known universities (SUNY Stony Brook, Dowling College, Touro Law Center, Five Towns College, etc.) ensures police are constantly on the lookout for speeding and other traffic offenses.

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Speeding Ticket in Nassau County, NY

Map of New York Counties Highlighting Nassau Located just east of New York City, Nassau County has some of the highest property taxes in the U.S. It also issues more traffic tickets than any other single county in the state and is one of the top 10 counties for speeding tickets by volume. Drivers who get a speeding ticket while in Nassau County will most likely be heard by the Nassau County Traffic and Parking Violations Agency (TPVA). Given the court’s dismissal rate of only 5.3 percent, a driver’s first (and probably best) step to take is consulting with an experienced traffic ticket attorney immediately to see what options are available.

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Ford Patent Could Replace Traffic Cops with Autonomous Cars

Red light cameras and speed cameras have been praised and panned for taking the human element out of traffic enforcement. Now Ford is taking this one step further with a patent for a fully autonomous police car, filed in January.

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Do Police Write Less Speeding Tickets in the Winter?

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A common urban legend is that cops are less likely to give out speeding tickets in the winter. There are multiple theories for this supposed trend. One is that more police officers are on vacation. Another is that ticket quotas are mostly filled. Other explanations include the holiday spirit makes police more forgiving and the cold weather makes officers want to stay in their car.

Is there any truth to the legend? A look at the data reveals the answer is definitively… sort of.

Public data from New York State Department of Transportation provides information on every ticket issued between 2012 and 2014, broken down by month. This data was filtered for speeding ticket and then graphed.

In each year, the number of speeding tickets issued began to decline starting in October, reaching its lowest point in December. Figures rose in January and February before spiking in March. However, winter technically starts Dec. 21 and ends March 19. If anything, the decline in tickets coincides with autumn rather than winter.  

So if it isn’t the season, could it be the weather?

An analysis by one blogger correlated total traffic ticket data to inclement weather (rain and snow) for Montgomery County, Maryland. He found that officers issued fewer tickets on days when it rained or snowed, particularly in colder months. Rain and snow can mean less cars on the road and more cautious driver behavior, both of which would result in fewer traffic tickets, but the biggest factor is likely that  officers do not want to get out of their vehicles in bad weather.

Even that explanation is flawed. January and February are often just as cold as December, and statistically are just as likely to see snow and rain. Yet the first two months of the year experience a gradual rise in speeding tickets. The idea that fewer drivers are on the road in December is also unlikely, since the 10 days before Christmas are the busiest travel days of the year.

The only thing that can be said for certain is that there are consistent peaks and valleys in the number of speeding tickets written. The bad news is the lull in speeding tickets is coming to an end.

No matter what the season, a speeding ticket can definitely ruin your day (or year). Even the smallest speeding ticket will cost at least $150, plus up to $93 in court fees and a possible driver responsibility assessment of $100. In addition, a conviction means 3 points on your license as well as an increase in your auto insurance rates. If you or a loved one has been caught speeding, you need the help of a skilled attorney to avoid the many costs associated with a ticket. The lawyers of the Rosenblum Law Firm have extensive experience fighting speeding tickets in New York as well as other driving-related offenses. Call 888-203-2619 or email the Rosenblum Law Firm today for a free consultation about your case.