New 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.
Not 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.
Considered 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.
In 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.
Suffolk 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.
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.
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.
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”
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?
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.