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.

Will An Error On My Speeding Ticket Lead To A Dismissal?

One of the questions we get from clients quite often is whether an error on the ticket will lead to a dismissal. Plain and simple, getting a speeding ticket can cause a lot of unneeded anxiety, pain and headache. Trying to get out of paying the fines, surcharges and increased insurance premiums is everyone’s first objective. Many times our potential clients believe that just because the officer misspelled the address or wrote the license plate wrong on the ticket means that the case will be dismissed. Continue reading “Will An Error On My Speeding Ticket Lead To A Dismissal?”

Staten Island Traffic Court Judge Ordered To Take Anger Management Class

After numerous complaints, Administrative Law Judge Brian Levine of Staten Island has been ordered by an arbitrator to take anger management and human relations classes. This being the result of a 2009 incident during an open court session where Judge Levine began a heated tirade that was directed at an MTA worker defending himself on a traffic violation. Judge Levine has earned a reputation among Staten Island motorists and attorneys assigned to defend traffic violations in his court as being one of the nastiest and toughest judges in the state. Continue reading “Staten Island Traffic Court Judge Ordered To Take Anger Management Class”

Where Do I Pay A New York Traffic Ticket?

If you have been issued a traffic ticket or multiple tickets for speeding and other violations it is important that take care of the ticket one way or another.  Ignoring the ticket can only make matters worse and might make the penalties worse and harder to resolve.  It is not a valid excuse to say that you were never given a court notice or the traffic ticket never stated how much the fine was. 

In New York the traffic ticket when issued is also a summons requiring you to answer your case to the court which has jurisdiction over your matter.  For most traffic violations your case will be heard by the local municipal or town court.  If you received a ticket within the 5 boroughs of New York City then your case will be heard by the Traffic Violations Bureau (TVB).

The most issued tickets in New York are speeding tickets.  These tickets not only have heavy fines but carry points which can affect your insurance rates and lead to a possible license suspension.  For drivers that are convicted of speeding above 20 miles per hour they are issued 6 points which also requires an additional penalty to be paid to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles.

The DMV’s Driver Responsibility Assessment applies to all drivers that are convicted of a traffic violation in the State of New York, even out of state drivers.  The program is intended to deter repeat offenses within the state and to encourage traffic safety.  If you receive 6 or more points on your New York State driving record within an 18 month period then the annual assessment is $100 for three years.  Drivers that receive more than six points on their record within an 18 month period are fined an additional $25 per point per year (each additional point is $75).   The DMV will suspend your license if you fail to pay your DMV Driver Responsibility Assessment.

Even if you live out of state or in Canada, if you plead guilty New York may notify your home state and points can be added to your driving record.

Payments for fines and penalties can be made to the court that is listed on your traffic ticket.  To make a payment you can call the local court handling your case and speak with the court clerk on how you can arrange to make your payment.  If your case is with the Traffic Violations Bureau you can arrange pay using this website. It is important to note that paying your fines on a traffic ticket is also the equivalent of pleading guilty to the charge.  This means that you are waiving your right to a trial and possibly having the ticket reduced or dismissed.

If you have been charged with a traffic violation, before paying your ticket, consult with an experienced traffic defense attorney.  An attorney can discuss your options with you and potentially help you avoid costly fines and points.

Don’t Let Sun Glare Ruin Your Holiday Travel

For those who plan to travel during Thanksgiving, experts say the best time to leave is as early as possible, with 6 a.m. named as the ideal time to hit the road in NY. One of the biggest challenges to leaving so early, aside from lack of sleep, is dealing with sunrise-induced sun glare. According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA), sun glare is a critical factor in about 16% of motor vehicle crashes.

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How to Avoid Speeding This Holiday

Travel is an inevitable part of the holidays, even if it’s only local. Between loading the car with gifts, getting the kids ready, and your wife’s complex and cryptic make-up routine, it’s almost impossible to not find yourself leaving the house later than you intended. When that happens, it becomes tempting to make up for lost time using your car’s accelerator.

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Can Police Issue Speeding Tickets Outside Their Jurisdiction?

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Can Police Issue Speeding Tickets Outside Their Jurisdiction?

Orange County PD flash their lights at you just a few traffic signals away from the border of Putnam County. Do you pull over or gun it so that cops can’t chase you over county lines? It sounds tempting to try to get away, but would it work? Can police chase you and issue a speeding ticket outside their jurisdiction?

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Report: ‘Fast and Furious’ Movies Cause Increase in Speeding Tickets

New research shows that the popular The Fast and the Furious movie franchise may be encouraging motorists to speed. A New York Times report analyzed traffic violation data from Montgomery County in Maryland from 2012 to 2017. The researchers found a large increase in the average speed of drivers who received speeding tickets on the weekends after new Fast and the Furious movies were released. Continue reading “Report: ‘Fast and Furious’ Movies Cause Increase in Speeding Tickets”

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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The Obscure Speeding Ticket You Didn’t Know About: 1180(e) Failure to Reduce Speed

Failing to slow down as you approach a railroad crossing can get you a special kind of speeding ticket above and beyond a citation for going above the limit. Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

Most drivers realize there are a handful of different kinds of speeding tickets. There’s your basic speeding ticket (1180-d), speeding in a school zone (1180-c), and speeding in a work zone (1180-f). There’s another type of speeding ticket, however, that very few drivers know about — at least until they get a citation for it.

VTL 1180-e, also known as failure to reduce speed (special hazards), is a largely obscure but still occasionally issued ticket. In 2014 (the most recent data available) about 900 tickets for 1180-e were issued, representing well under 1 percent of all speeding tickets. Still, the wide variety of instances where this ticket applies makes it worth knowing about.

An 1180-e ticket can be issued during situations when drivers are expected to slow down momentarily, such as when approaching train tracks, on tight and winding roads, or near the crest of a hill. Another instance would be when approaching an intersection with pedestrians in it (regardless of right of way). The statute also contains restrictions that are redundant to other traffic laws. This includes approaching and passing emergency vehicles (similar to the Move Over law), driving within construction zones (similar to 1180-f), or traveling in hazardous weather conditions (similar to 1180-a/imprudent speed).

The statute actually predates many of the traffic laws (such as speeding in a work zone or the Move Over law) that it shares conditions with, which partially explains why the ticket is so infrequently issued. Officers tend to issue the newer, more specific violations, and use 1180-e when no other statute applies.

Unlike many other types of speeding tickets, the fines and points for a VTL 1180-e offense do not increase relative to your speed. A ticket costs $150 plus a mandatory surcharge of up to $93, and also imposes three points on your license. If you or a loved one has been issued a ticket for VTL 1180-e or any other speeding-related violation, it is urgent that you consult an attorney to help you avoid the consequences of a conviction. The lawyers of the Rosenblum Law Firm are skilled New York traffic ticket attorneys who are experienced in handling tickets for speeding 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.