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  • Tips, Stats and Consequences of Distracted Driving [Infographic] - Whether you’re yelling at your kids or trying find that perfect song on your iPod, distracted driving is dangerous driving. While most people think drunk driving is the leading cause of death among teens in motor vehicle accidents, texting while driving kills 300 more teens per year, with an additional 300,000 injuries. Learn why distracted driving […]
  • Should You Pay or Fight Your New York Traffic Ticket - Surprisingly, a small percentage of ticketed drivers (around 3-5%) actually contest tickets in court. So, most people are accumulating fees, fines and insurance points that may have been avoided had they decided to fight. But how do you know if you should just pay the ticket or fight it? We of course think you should fight in […]
  • 9 Ways to Avoid Traffic Violations in New York - People usually come to us after they’ve received a traffic ticket. They don’t want the fines, added license points, raised insurance premiums, license suspensions, etc., that might come with it. The best way to avoid the consequences of getting a ticket is to avoid traffic violations in the first place. Below are 9 tips to […]
  • Apps To Help Avoid Distracted Driving - Distracted driving is dangerous. No need to say much more on that. Unfortunately, plenty of us still do it. Perhaps it’s a false belief that an accident won’t “happen to me” or some insatiable need to stay informed or connected. Regardless, there’s clearly too much of it on our roads. According to the Texting Awareness […]
  • No More Suffolk County Fees On Dismissed Tickets - Motorists in Suffolk County will no longer pay a $50 administrative fee (SCTPVA Traffic Ticket Fees) if they’re found not guilty of traffic infractions. The county legislature unanimously approved a bill that bars the new Traffic & Parking Violations Agency from charging the fee in the majority of cases that are dismissed — an issue […]
  • Traffic Violation Enforcement: Further Evidence It’s More About Money - The newly opened Suffolk County Traffic and Parking Violations Bureau (SCTPVA) currently charges an administrative fee on all tickets. While this isn’t necessarily unusual for a court, the SCTPVA is charging a fee even if a motorist is found “not guilty” of a charge and the traffic ticket case is dismissed. As one motorist whose […]
  • Manhattan South TVB Address Change (as of Nov. 12, 2013) - The Manhattan South TVB will move to a new office as of Nov. 12, 2013. Currently at 19 Rector Street, the TVB office will move to a new location in the same neighborhood.  The last day at the old address of 19 Rector St will be on Friday, Nov. 8th. The new court address: 2 […]
  • Liability For Texting While Driving Even If Not Driving - The battle to educate people on the dangers of distracted driving and the steadily increasing penalties for those convicted of texting while driving have been well documented. Not quite as well documented is the potential liability of the “remote” individual on the other end of the text. On Tuesday, the NJ Appeals Court ruled that […]
  • Choosing A NY Traffic Lawyer - If you’ve come to the general conclusion that hiring a traffic ticket attorney is the right decision for you, then you’re likely in the process of choosing a NY traffic lawyer.  How can you determine which attorney in particular is the right attorney for your case? In most situations, there will be multiple options. There […]
  • I’ve Lost (Can’t Find) My New York Traffic Ticket - What should you do if you’ve lost your NY traffic ticket, can’t find it and know that a deadline of some sort to respond or show in court is approaching or has past?  It depends on where the ticket was issued and what information you may have available concerning the charge.  NYC / TVB Traffic […]
  • How Can A NY Traffic Lawyer Help With Your Traffic Ticket? - NY traffic ticket attorneys.  Can a traffic lawyer help with a traffic violation in NYC and/or in a local town or village justice court? I can say with 100% certainty that good traffic lawyers can help with every single moving violation issued in New York State.  Every single one. My goal on a consultation is […]
  • NY Cell Phone Law 5 points As Of June 2013 - New NY cell phone law now adds 5 points to your NY license as of June 2013.  New York simply does not want drivers distracted by the use of cell phones and other portable electronic devices while driving and the penalties if convicted of this offense keep getting more severe. Summary of the law on […]
  • Fighting a New York Speeding Ticket - Looking to fight a New York speeding ticket issued in Brooklyn or Queens or Westchester or any of the small towns or villages throughout the state?  Considering the consequences of speeding in NY, in most cases you probably should be looking to contest your ticket. First, consider where you got it. Is it a NYC […]
  • Memorial Day. Drive Safe. - Hello summer.  Memorial Day is here. With the Memorial Day holiday, as we see on many holidays, people will travel.  Whether it’s vacation or quick visits to friends and family, major holidays like this one are when the greatest number of people travel from here to there. The number of travelers choosing to drive may […]
  • NY Passing A Stopped School Bus Law Sec. 1174(a) - NYS VTL Section 1174(a) reads as follows: § 1174. Overtaking and passing school bus. (a) The driver of a vehicle upon a public highway, street or private road upon meeting or overtaking from either direction any school bus marked and equipped as provided in subdivision twenty of section three hundred seventy-five of this chapter which […]
  • Cell Phone Use And Other Driving Distractions - April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Distracted driving is any activity that diverts a person’s attention away from the task of driving.  Using cell phones and other electronic devices, adjusting various settings for the car or radio or navigation system, eating, drinking, shaving, disciplining your kids in the back…all are examples of common distractions while […]
  • Suffolk County SCTPVA New Traffic Court Set To Open April 1, 2013 - The new Suffolk County Traffic and Parking Violation Agency (SCTPVA) is set to open on April 1, 2013. Currently, moving violation traffic tickets which will be handled by this court are handled by the Suffolk County TVB. At the TVB, there is no plea bargaining. All challenged tickets proceed to trial where the outcome is […]
  • Do Police Officers Purposely Issue Bad Traffic Tickets? - I talk to many people each day about a traffic ticket they received. A small percentage of the people I consult with tell me straight up that “they did it”, the “it” being whatever traffic violation they were charged with. A larger percentage of the people I consult with tell me that they did nothing […]
  • Motorists Bear the Brunt of Ticket Fixing Scandals - Last week nine judges were indicted for ticket fixing in Philadelphia’s traffic court. The indictment charges that the judges improperly “fixed” tickets for various friends and relatives of the judges.  The indictment also alleges that the judges made tickets disappear for the politically connected as well as business associates of the judges. New York City […]
  • More On Cuomo’s Proposed Restrictions On Speeding Ticket Plea Bargains - Governor Cuomo has included in his 2013-2013 budget a proposal to add additional fees to certain traffic tickets and restrict certain types of speeding tickets on plea bargains. Typically, the “target” plea bargain is a reduction to a parking violation or other local ordinance.  The “win-win” here is that the local court collects their fine […]