In his budget proposal, Governor Cuomo has called for an amendment of the Vehicle and Traffic Law (VTL) section that pertains to speeding to restrict courts from reducing certain speeding tickets to 0-point infractions. In courts other than the Traffic Violations Bureaus of 5 boros of New York City, Rochester, Buffalo and parts of Suffolk County, a prosecutor has the option of offering to “plea bargain” or reduce speeding tickets from an offense that carries points to a 0-point offense like VTL 1201-a “Parked on Pavement”. The problem is that this ticket carries no New York State surcharge*. Cuomo argues that the state loses $58 million a year in surcharges as a result. Senate Bill S02605 calls for an amendment to the speeding law barring a plea bargain to a 0-point offense where the charged speed is more than 20 miles over the speed limit.
It is a well known fact that Hempstead is known for issuing plenty of speeding tickets. Whether traveling through back roads or on the Wantagh Parkway, you are bound to run into a police officer looking to pull you over for speeding.
Remember, every municipality in New York is going through a tough financial crisis and is dealing with major budgetary cutbacks. One of the ways towns like Hempstead have dealt with this is by increasing the amount of traffic tickets they issue in order to generate more revenue.
A Commercial Driver License (CDL) is required by New York State to drive a vehicle weighing over 26,000 pounds, vehicles accommodating 15 or more passengers, including buses, and any vehicle used to transport hazardous material.
A CDL is only necessary when the above types of vehicles are used for a commercial or business purpose, and not a personal purpose. For example, that is why a CDL is not required in order to drive a big U-Haul truck loaded with your personal belongings. Continue reading “NY Traffic Tickets With Commercial Driver License (CDL)”
Face it: speeding tickets are a hassle and can be quite costly.
In a time where New York State is having great financial difficulty, it is becoming even harder for municipalities to generate revenue. Consequently, towns throughout NY are doing what they can to use traffic tickets as a means to boost revenue. Make sure to be on the lookout for the Cheektowaga police. Make no mistake, they are looking for you.
Cheektowaga Speeding Tickets
Cheektowaga has a population of almost 100,000 and is the second largest suburb in Buffalo. Moreover, Cheektowaga is a town that you will pass when going to or coming from the Buffalo Niagara International Airport. Police, who are looking to issue Cheektowaga speeding tickets, are stationed along the main roads.
In fact, they have made it a point to increase the amount of traffic tickets that they are issuing. When you put all of these factors together, the likelihood of you getting a speeding ticket is rather high.
Therefore, hiring an experienced traffic lawyer is crucial to avoiding the negative consequences associated with a conviction for speeding in NY.
The Cheektowaga Police Force
The Cheektowaga Police Department, which was established in 1928, went from having only 11 officers to now having over 130. It is one of the busiest town agencies in New York State.
According to some, these officers are known for pulling over speeders and issuing plenty of speeding tickets.When passing through, make sure to look at your speedometer and also check for police officers that may be lurking off to the side of the road.
I Got a Cheektowaga Speeding Ticket. Now What?
If you already got a NY traffic ticket for speeding in Cheektowaga, you came to the right place.
Rosenblum Law has been helping countless motorists throughout New York State avoid the negative consequences associated with traffic tickets (i.e. suspensions, revocations, points, fines, insurance hikes, etc.).
We will negotiate with the prosecutor in order for your speeding ticket to be reduced to one that will not add points onto your license or result in a suspension of your driving privileges.
If need be, we will go to trial to protect your innocence and vigorously fight to ensure that you get the justice you deserve. If you ever find yourself face to face with a speeding ticket, make sure to contact an experienced traffic ticket lawyer today.
Remember, fighting the ticket alone could be a huge mistake. Prosecutors and judges are more apt to listen to an attorney’s arguments and to deal more favorably with them.
Who Should You Contact?
If you or a loved one was recently given a ticket for speeding in Cheektowaga, contact Adam H. Rosenblum of Rosenblum Law. Mr. Rosenblum is a skilled traffic ticket attorney who will defend your rights and fight for you every step of the way. E-mail or call him today at 888-815-3649.
In some parts of the country, when drivers see a flash of high beams, it is a warning to fellow drivers that a speed trap is ahead.
However, when police in Florida saw one man doing it, he was issued a $115 speeding ticket.
Although his case was overturned, it actually is illegal to warn other drivers that there is a speed trap ahead in certain states.
Arizona and Alaska prohibit the flashing of high beams while New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Virginia allow it.
Loyola law professor Jessica Levinson explains that police often have to stretch to find a legal reason or justification to charge a motorist who warns of speed traps.
“It feels like there’s something unfair about the cops saying, you’re not allowed to tell people where we are,” she said.
However, with the advent of the smartphone, the battle between police and drivers over flashing headlights just got digital.
Want to warn a fellow driver of a speed trap? Now, there’s an app for that.
Trapster––a free app that has over 16 million users who report and meticulously map speed traps, red light cameras, and other road hazards––allows anyone who downloads the app to have a digital (and constantly updated) heads up.
According to Levinson, “If law enforcement feels that this is not helping them, then I think, yes, the app could face some sort of question.
Levinson continued, “But they’re going to have to, you know, whoever prosecutes the app company, is going to have to come up with a good reason as to why this is hindering law enforcement.”
Thus far, no state has been bothering with that yet, so Trapster is growing larger by the minute and mapping the entire country in mere moments.
No! Pleading guilty means paying large fines and accumulating point or demerits. Plead “Not Guilty” and call the NY traffic attorneys at Rosenblum Law at 888-434-0406. In most cases, our team of aggressive NY traffic lawyers will appear for you so you will not have to travel to court and miss a day of work.
If a resident of Quebec or Ontario is convicted of speeding in New York State does he have to worry about points or demerits?
Yes. The Société de l’Assurance Automobile du Québec (SAAQ) and The Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) issue demerit points for a Canadian driver who is convicted of NY traffic violation. Under a special agreement, Ontario and Quebéc share information with New York State about traffic violations and transfer points and demerits between countries.
For a New York speeding ticket issued to a Quebec driver, the number of demerits given by the SAQ depends on the speeding violation. For example, a speeding ticket for driving 80mph in a 65mph zone would translate to 2 demerit points. A speeding ticket for driving 90mph in a 55mph zone would translate to 10 demerit points.
For an Ontario driver convicted of a speeding ticket in NY, the MTO applies demerit points as if the offense occurred in Ontario. Following is a chart:
- Exceeding the speed limit by 16 to 29 km/h 3 Demerits
- Exceeding the speed limit by 30 to 49 km/h 4 Demerits
- Exceeding the speed limit by 50 km/h or more 6 Demerits
If the ticketed driver lives in Ontario or Quebec, can he just ignore the NY speeding ticket?
Ignoring any New York traffic ticket can lead to a suspension of your driving privileges in New York and in Ontario or Quebec. According to New York Vehicle Traffic and Vehicle Law (VTL) 226(3) declares that if a person fails to appear at a hearing, his driver’s license, registration or driving privileges may be suspended. Under New York State’s agreement to share traffic violations with Ontario and Quebec, if New York suspends a Canadian’s privilege to drive in NY, the suspension may be extended to Ontario and Quebec.
If you have received a New York speeding ticket, what should I do?
Call an aggressive NY traffic attorney such as Adam Rosenblum of Rosenblum Law. Our team of experienced NY traffic lawyers will appear for you so you do not have to miss work or travel. In addition, in most cases we can negotiate a more favorable outcome by plea-bargaining to a reduced charge that involves fewer points (demerits) and lower fines. Call 888-434-0406 today to speak to an attorney.
No one likes being pulled over. However, if you drive through Amherst and you are not driving carefully enough, it is quite likely that you will be.
Although most police officers will not admit it, due to the state of the economy, towns like Amherst have been ramping up their effort to raise revenue by increasing the amount of motorists they pull over along with the number of traffic tickets they issue.
After all, Amherst has been ranked several times as the safest city in America and almost every year it is either among the top 5 or top 10 safest cities in the country.
With little crime, police officers have more time to focus on traffic violations and issuing speeding tickets in Amherst.
Amherst Speeding Tickets
If you received a speeding ticket in Amherst, you are facing points on your driving record, a potential insurance hike, a fine, and possibly a surcharge. For a list of speeding ticket fines and points click here.
Chances are you have very little spare time and certainly do not want to waste it by appearing in court to plead not guilty.
Nevertheless, pleading guilty is quite possibly the worst option. In fact, it really is no option at all.
Pleading guilty may seem easy, but in reality it simply is not worth it.
Pleading guilty will result in the conviction being put on your driving record and will serve as a red flag for officers whenever you get pulled over again.
Additionally, depending on your speed, the cost of your car insurance could increase by 15% and you will incur a steep fine.
The financial cost alone will almost certainly exceed the cost of hiring an speeding ticket lawyer.
Remember, this is to say nothing about the points that will go on your license, the potential suspension you might face, and all the other non-economic consequences of receiving a speeding ticket.
Hire an Speeding Ticket Attorney
When you hire an Amherst speeding ticket lawyer, you will be able to avoid the hassle of going to court to fight your ticket.
You will be able to remain at home while your attorney represents your interests in court.
A skilled attorney will be able to negotiate a favorable plea with the prosecutor and thoroughly defend your rights at trial.
Who Should You Contact?
If you or a loved one was recently given a ticket for speeding in Amherst, contact Adam H. Rosenblum of Rosenblum Law today. Mr. Rosenblum is a skilled traffic ticket attorney who will defend your rights and fight for you every step of the way. E-mail or call him today at 888-815-3649.
Not too long ago, we gave you the heads up about “Operation Work Brake.”
It was a campaign designed to combat speeding in work zones on the New York State Thruway.
Now that it ended, the official total of work-zone speeding tickets issued during July 9 through July 13 amounted to 1,400.
Although the authorities doled out NY traffic tickets for other offenses as well, it is unclear how many were given for those offenses.
Moreover, Sergeant Thomas Ferritto made an official statement about the program.
He said, “It is crucial that all motorists understand the importance of remaining alert and driving safely through work zones—not just for the men and women working on the roads, but for the safety of all motorists … We can’t say it enough. Slow down through work zones.”
Thomas J. Madison, Executive Director of the Thruway Authority, also stressed the importance of safe driving.
He explained, “As we are in the prime highway construction season, improving our roads and bridges, we remind drivers that with the construction comes an important warning: please slow down through work zones.”
It is crucial for NY drivers to remember that programs like this crop up all the time.
Sometimes they are designed to target those of us who speed while other times they hone in on those of us who talk on our cell phones while driving.
Either way, it is extremely important to be on the lookout for police officers whenever you are on the road and to monitor the speed you are traveling at.
If you ever run into trouble and receive a NY speeding ticket, make sure to contact a skilledNew Yorktraffic ticket lawyer who can help you avoid points, steep fines, and insurance hikes.
Remember, pleading guilty will result in the offense being put on your criminal record and will serve as a red flag to police officers throughout the country if you ever get pulled over again.
Make the right decision: contact a New York traffic ticket lawyer today.
Believe it or not, the New York State Police are preparing for yet another major ticket blitz.
With the popular NASCAR race coming up on Sunday at Watkins Glen International Raceway, New York police have taken the opportunity to beef up their patrols of the area.
Particular attention will be focused on the Staten Island Expressway and neighboring areas.
According to Major Kevin Molinari, the Commander of State Police Troop C, every available trooper will be on patrol during the week to catch speeders and distracted drivers.
Some worry that this campaign is simply an attempt to generate revenue for the state by nabbing unsuspecting motorists who truly are not posing any danger while on the road.
Likewise, others are concerned that out-of-state drivers who are planning on attending the prestigious race will get ensnared in the speed blitz.
On the other hand, a small minority of drivers actually like seeing police officers out on the roads in full force.
According to these drivers, it makes them feel better knowing that the police are doing what they can to ensure road safety.
Nevertheless, regardless of whether Speed Week was designed to raise revenue or promote safety (or both), one thing is for sure: New York State police plan to issue plenty of speeding tickets during the upcoming week.
Remember, Speed Week begins Monday and runs through Sunday, the day of the big NASCAR race.
Therefore, be prepared to drive even more carefully than usual. However, if you run into trouble, you know who to call.
If you or a loved one recently received a NY speeding ticket, contact Rosenblum Law today.
The New York City Council and Transportation Alternatives are aiming to decrease the number of people killed and seriously injured in traffic accidents.
Together, they are pushing a new bill that calls for a task force to overhaul the New York Police Department’s traffic enforcement and crash investigation procedures.
Recently, Councilman Brad Lander and Councilman James Vacca presented “The Crash Investigation Reform Act” at a press conference.
The legislation will assess the NYPD’s traffic safety enforcement and accident investigation protocols, which many believe are not keeping the streets safe enough.
After the assessment, the Act is expected help implement the most effective ways to lower the number of fatalities and injuries in the streets and bring justice to those injured or killed.
Councilman Stephen Levin revealed that there are 19 police officers on the NYPD’s Accident Investigation Squad citywide who are called to accidents, but only if “a person dies or is likely to die.”
Additionally, Transportation Alternatives reported that 21 cyclists died in vehicle crashes in New York City in 2011, but only two drivers were arrested.
“Crashes that result in serious injuries demand serious investigations,” noted Council Member Brad Lander.
He also explained, “But right now, they just aren’t getting them from the NYPD. As we learned at the City Council’s February hearing, thousands of crashes with serious injuries to pedestrians and cyclists happen with no real investigations, and no charges. The Crash Investigation Reform Act would set up a comprehensive review of NYPD policies regarding traffic crash investigations, and get us on the road to safer streets.”
The City Council revealed that 60% of fatal pedestrian and bicyclist crashes with known causes are due to illegal driving behavior like speeding and talking on a cell phone.
However, due to the low numbers of speeding tickets issued, the City Council believes the NYPD is not doing its job to enforce the speed limit and is not holding dangerous drivers responsible for breaking the law.
Ultimately, legislators hope that the Crash Investigation Reform Act will make New York safer.