NYC Unposted Speed Limit Lowered from 30 to 25 mph.

October 8, 2014 at 2:01 pm

The NYC City Council approved a bill on Tuesday, October 7, 2014, that will reduce the maximum speed on most NYC streets to 25 mph from the current 30 mph. The new limit is set to go into effect on November 7. The new speed limit applies to all streets where a maximum speed is not otherwise posted. These are referred to as “unposted” zones. While not every driver may have known, the law to date in NYC was “speed limit 30 unless otherwise posted”. As of November 7, it’s 25 mph. There are some people who argue that the lower speed limit could significantly cut traffic fatalities. It’s hard to argue against the basic premise that slower driving leads to fewer and less severe accidents. The question is whether people will actually alter their driving speeds. Was anyone really driving 30 mph in the first place? Did drivers even know this was the default, unposted speed limit? Is it...Read More >

9 Ways to Avoid Traffic Violations in New York

July 17, 2014 at 7:19 pm

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 avoiding traffic tickets in New York. Hopefully, this helps. But if you still get a traffic ticket, come talk to us.   9 Ways to Avoid Traffic Violations in New York Don’t Break Rules of the Road – Yeah, this one’s pretty obvious. If you don’t break traffic laws, you won’t get ticketed. Before you head out, make sure you know and understand all the laws, speed limits and other regulations throughout New York. They may be different depending on city and county. Drive Defensively – Not only is this a safety issue, it can save you from getting a ticket. Never expect other drivers...Read More >

Apps To Help Avoid Distracted Driving

January 3, 2014 at 2:50 pm

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 Foundation, about 6,000 deaths and half a million injuries are caused by distracted drivers every year. Taking your eyes of the road for a split second endangers both your life and the lives of anyone else on the road. To contribute to the fight against distracted driving, a number of applications for all the major phone operating systems have been created to help discourage drivers from texting or otherwise give the driving less than their full attention. Those who send text messages while driving are 23 times more likely to experience a crash. As we start the new year, here are some apps which may...Read More >

No More Suffolk County Fees On Dismissed Tickets

December 18, 2013 at 2:49 pm

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 that had become a sore spot with many residents and lawmakers. Since Suffolk opened its own traffic agency (the SCTPVA) in April, it has been a particularly profitable court.  It has handled more than 50,000 cases and collected more than $10 million in fines. Nearly $500,000 (5%) of the total came from fees on dismissed tickets. After complaints from the public and county lawmakers, County Executive Steve Bellone backed the decision to end these fees and said he would issue refunds to the thousands of drivers who have already paid the fees after dismissals.  Fee refunds for 2013 could approach $400,000. Unfortunately, the bill passed Tuesday...Read More >

Choosing A NY Traffic Lawyer

July 31, 2013 at 10:28 pm

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 will be plenty of attorneys willing to take your case and likely more than one traffic attorney who is capable of doing a good job.  In fact, there are more and more popping up every day claiming to be able to help with your speeding ticket, etc. So what should make one traffic attorney ultimately stand out from the rest?  Some things to consider: Fee.  Of course any viable attorney must charge a fee you can afford and is in line with the potential penalties you are facing. Experience.  Experience with the particular type of case and in your particular court/county/area. Your first contact.  Was...Read More >

I’ve Lost (Can’t Find) My New York Traffic Ticket

July 23, 2013 at 7:34 am

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 Tickets If your traffic ticket was issued in Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, Manhattan, Staten Island or another Traffic Violations Bureau jurisdiction, then you’ll have an easier time following up on it and staying timely. If you’ve been charged with a moving violation in NYC at the TVB, and you know your ticket number, you can check the status online here:  If you don’t know your ticket number, you can still try the website using a “dummy” number that matches TVB format (try 4211111111).  Sometimes the dummy number will get you a “we didn’t find that, but you do have these tickets…” type of message.  If...Read More >

How Can A NY Traffic Lawyer Help With Your Traffic Ticket?

July 8, 2013 at 4:37 pm

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 to provide a complete and quick analysis of your particular situation. After literally thousands and thousands of consultations about various moving violations in NY, I think I can help people walk through the most important considerations and leave them in a position to decide how to proceed. This is how we can help anyone who is dealing with a moving violation.  Complete, concise and honest assessment of their particular situation.  Whether you have no idea what to do or are just looking for some confirmation of what you already think you know, we can always, at very least, help you decide how to deal with...Read More >

NY Cell Phone Law 5 points As Of June 2013

July 2, 2013 at 8:24 am

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 texting, portable electronic devices and cell phone usewhile driving in NYS – VTL Sec. 1225-c and 1225-d. Drivers are not permitted to use portable, hand-help mobile cell phones while operating a vehicle.  This is a New York State law and applies to using a cell phone while driving in Brooklyn, Queens, Nassau County and everywhere else in the state.  If an officer observes you using a cell phone while operating a vehicle,  you run a serious risk of getting issued a cell phone ticket.  Same for texting and portable electronic devices in general.  Distracted driving is a big issue and officers are actively looking for...Read More >

Fighting a New York Speeding Ticket

June 28, 2013 at 8:34 am

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 speeding ticket answerable to the Traffic Violations Bureau or a local court speeding ticket outside the city answerable to a village, town or county court? If it’s one of the local courts, you’ll probably want to enter a plea of not guilty and then pursue a plea bargain with the prosecutor for that particular court. Given the option to settle/negotiate (plea bargain) before fight (trial), it’s certainly worth pursuing the settlement first. With our clients, the vast majority of speeding tickets in NY local courts are successfully settled and clients walk away with a fine and either nothing or much less on their license than...Read More >

Memorial Day. Drive Safe.

May 24, 2013 at 11:57 am

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 be particularly high this Memorial Day when compared to past Memorial Day holidays.  Lower gas prices combined with a general “fatigue” for flying from higher fares, new baggage fees, long security lines and increased flight delays have the AAA predicting that 89% of all travelers (31.2 million overall) will choose the automobile as their primary mode of travel this Memorial Day. This is up slightly from prior years. When I was 16 and first started driving, I remember my parents always saying “drive safe”.  People say it to each other all the time prior to getting into a car.  It always struck me as a...Read More >

NY Passing A Stopped School Bus Law Sec. 1174(a)

May 7, 2013 at 12:06 pm

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 has stopped on the public highway, street or private road for the purpose of receiving or discharging any passengers, or which has stopped because a school bus in front of it has stopped to receive or discharge any passengers, shall stop the vehicle before reaching such school bus when there is in operation on said school bus a red visual signal as specified in subdivision twenty of section three hundred seventy-five of this chapter and said driver shall not proceed until such school bus resumes motion, or until signaled by the driver or a police officer to proceed. For the purposes of this section, and...Read More >

Do Police Officers Purposely Issue Bad Traffic Tickets?

March 7, 2013 at 7:34 am

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 wrong and have a particular explanation for why they were issued a ticket. It was a trap, it was quota-driven at the end of the month, the officer created a hazard, I have out of state plates, it’s because I’m driving a Mercedes or it’s because I’m driving a cab… I won’t say that people are making excuses or unwilling to take responsibility. I think people genuinely think these things are true in many cases. Moreover, I can’t say that the conversations I have with people are necessarily representative of the overall population of people who have been issued traffic tickets. I speak to the...Read More >

Gov. Cuomo 2013-2014 Budget Proposal Targets Speeding Tickets

January 23, 2013 at 5:33 pm

A South Dakota legislator recently tried and failed to attach points to speeding tickets in that state. The measure failed when a majority of legislators deemed the bill unnecessary and overly burdensome on local residents. This laissez faire attitude toward punishing drivers charged with a speeding ticket is not shared by our elected officials in Albany. Governor Cuomo, in his recently unveiled budget proposal is asking the legislature to approve new surcharges for those convicted of traffic infractions and is trying to make it harder to fight these infractions in court. The budget, if passed, would mandate new restrictions on plea bargaining, making it harder for New Yorkers to come to an acceptable resolution on their speeding tickets. Aside from presenting an attack from the executive and legislative branches of government on a traditional prerogative of the judicial system (not unlike mandatory sentencing guidelines), the effect of this on New Yorkers will prove truly costly on our already overtaxed population....Read More >

Simple Holiday Driving Tips. Avoid The Following

December 21, 2012 at 8:27 am

I’ve seen all the year end lists this week. Ten ways to avoid weight gain, to avoid stress, for gift giving, gift getting, ten thing you can do to end your year strong and for making 2013 resolutions. Here’s our list…what NOT to do while driving during the holidays. 1. Drink before driving. It’s pretty much at the top of any what NOT to do while driving list. 2. Speed or commit other ordinary traffic violations. Yes this is common sense but it’s here as a reminder that there will be increased enforcement during the holidays. Between looking for drunk drivers and attempting to recoup some of the revenue lost to the hurricane, let’s just say that while the weather outside is frightful, the opportunity for officers to issue a large volume of tickets is delightful. 3. Engage in distracted driving. Calling to wish someone happy holidays, excessively using your GPS to figure out how to get to or from...Read More >

What Can An NYC Speeding Ticket Lawyer Do?

December 19, 2012 at 10:19 am

Expect your speeding ticket in NYC to be handled by the Traffic Violations Bureau.  Due to the no plea bargaining policy at the TVB, many people ask what a NYC speeding ticket lawyer can do to fight a speeding ticket issued in a TVB jurisdiction (NYC, Suffolk, Buffalo, Rochester). NYC Speeding Ticket Lawyer Goal No. 1:  Case Dismissed In a TVB system with no plea bargaining, we’re forced to proceed to trial on every case.  The outcome of a trial is either going to be we win (case dismissed–no points, fine, or evidence of the ticket on your driving record) or we lose (guilty as charged, points and fines and surcharges as prescribed by law). Our number once goal with speeding tickets issued in NYC is to find a way to get the ticket thrown out in it’s entirety.  Sometimes we get lucky, but as TVB in general cracks down on the easy wins (officer fails to show more than...Read More >

The Official NYS DMV Driver License Point System

December 11, 2012 at 12:35 pm

While DMV and many lawyer websites like ours may offer lists showing the varying point values of NY traffic violations, ever wonder where it’s all officially codified by law? The NYCRR (New York Codes, Rules and Regulations) primarily contains state agency (the DMV, for example) rules and regulations adopted under the State Administrative Procedure Act. Title 15 of the NYCRR is titled Department of Motor Vehicles. Chapter 1, Subchapter J, Part 131.3 of Title 15 defines the Point System.  Here is the official point list.  Interesting to note that it’s built off of the premise that “everything carries two points except…”.  For all the point lists you may see online, I find this one to be by far the most clear and complete. Section 131.3.* Point values. (a) All traffic violations shall be assigned a point value of two points, except as otherwise prescribed in subdivision (b) of this section. (b) Exceptions. (1) The following violations shall be assigned a...Read More >

How Long Do Points Stay On Your License In NY

December 10, 2012 at 7:50 am

We get a lot of questions concerning NY driver license points.  There seems to be some degree of confusion out there about how the points system in NY works and how it all relates to a driver’s insurance rates.  Here is some basic information: How long will actual items on my driving record-convictions, points, accidents, suspensions, revocations-remain on my record and visible to someone who checks my record? Your driving history can be reviewed in a document called your Driving Abstract.  If you are suspended or revoked for something, are convicted of a moving violation or are in an accident it will all be visible on your Driving Abstract.  These marks will remain on your abstract according to the following DMV rules: A moving violation conviction or an accident normally remains on a driver record during the year that the conviction or the accident occurred, and for the following three calendar years.  Note that the DMV uses the year when the conviction occurred, not the...Read More >

Asking Officers You Know For Traffic Ticket Favors

December 7, 2012 at 11:32 am

At least once a week I’ll hear from a client or prospective client dealing with an open traffic violation that he’s going to reach out through a friend or relative to the police officer who issued him a traffic ticket. Typically, I have no problem with that.  In most case I don’t think it can hurt to ask.  I’m sure officers hear requests like these on a regular basis and have their way of dealing with it. If you are in a similar position and are looking into receiving some assistance or a favor on a traffic ticket, please consider the following first: 1.  Officers “helping” to get rid of traffic tickets has been a notorious news item lately. Just yesterday, two officers in Huntington Beach, California were convicted of conspiring to help a woman get out of a speeding ticket.  The officers were found guilty of misdemeanor conspiracy to obstruct justice.  The whole story revolved around a 32 year...Read More >

Class-Action Suit Attacking NYC Red Light Cameras

December 6, 2012 at 8:24 pm

Who likes red light cameras? Good news if you don’t.  A class action lawsuit has been filed against NYC and it accuses the city of rigging the timing of the light cycles to encourage more violations and thus more fines. Robert Sinclair, AAA motor club New York spokesperson, says they are in favor of cameras that are in place to monitor and prevent red light violations.  AAA is in favor of the concept but only when it the cameras are “done to certain engineering criteria.” Federal law requires providing drivers with enough time to get through a yellow light — three seconds at the typical 30-mile-per-hour intersection. In October, engineers at AAA New York discovered a problem. At some city intersections with the cameras, the yellow lights were almost a half-second too fast.  Red light camera ticket recipients now are arguing that they may have been set up to violate the red light, expecting a longer yellow only to be...Read More >

Excuses Which May (Or May Not) Get You Out Of A Traffic Ticket

December 5, 2012 at 5:12 pm

In a typical month our firm will offer hundreds of consultations on various traffic ticket and traffic violation matters.  No matter the specific violation or location, I’ve found that you can break down traffic ticket recipients into three basic categories: I did it. I didn’t do it. I did it, but… This isn’t about who should or shouldn’t fight a ticket or someone’s chances of winning a ticket or getting a favorable plea bargain or what strategy should be employed when fighting.  That’s a different discussion and in many ways is unrelated to these categories.  This is simply a look at the explanations we hear related to the why/how of the actual incidents. The first two categories are pretty self explanatory–the issuing officer was absolutely right or the issuing officer was absolutely wrong. For this post I want to take a quick look at the third category and some of the most  common explanations I hear when it comes to...Read More >

NY Failure To Yield To A Pedestrian

December 4, 2012 at 10:06 am

Under the NYS Vehicle and Traffic Law (VTL), §1151 Failure to yield to a pedestrian, is the most commonly cited section of law pertaining to motorist-pedestrian interaction. In NYC, you may also be cited with §4-04(b) of the NYC Traffic Rules and Regulations. Both of these contain the same three basic points: 1. When there are no traffic control signals in place, cars must yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk. 2. Pedestrians can’t just suddenly jump or run out from the sidewalk into the crosswalk in a manner which doesn’t give the driver a chance to yield. 3. If you are approaching an intersection and see another car stopped at a crosswalk in the process of yielding to a pedestrian, do not pass this vehicle. Some things to note here: 1. These sections of law address situations where traffic control signals are not in place. When they are in place, there will likely be walk/don’t walk pedestrian signals that change...Read More >

You Can Beat a TVB Traffic Ticket…And Here’s How

November 30, 2012 at 11:43 am

My firm probably offers 10-15 consultations per day concerning issues at the NYS TVB, and just about every person wants to know if it is possible to win a hearing there and, if so, what are the odds it will happen. The NYS Traffic Violations Bureau is an administrative agency.  There are no plea bargains or negotiations there.  With rare exception for certain types of speeding cases, hearings either end in a guilty finding (the points and fine as charged) or a not guilty finding (case dismissed outright). Here’s a very basic blueprint for fighting a TVB traffic ticket: 1.  Enter a not guilty plea.  As they say, you have to be in it to win it.  You only have a chance to get your ticket dismissed if you actually plead not guilty and schedule a hearing date. 2.  Do a little research prior to your hearing date.  Take a look at the particular section of law in question before...Read More >

NY Adult and Child Seat Belt Laws

November 29, 2012 at 11:01 am

NYS VTL § 1229-c  Operation of vehicles with safety belts and safety seats is the section of law which controls.  Here are the basic rules: Child Safety Seats and Restraints (under 16 years old) All back seat passengers under the age of four must be restrained in a “specially designed seat” which meets Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards.  Anyone who purchases a seat should look for a stamp or seal or tag or other notice certifying it as meeting such standards.  People should also be careful when it comes to installation.  This is something you want done correctly.  Check with a local police precinct–there is often someone available to assist with and/or confirm proper installation. If the child is under four but exceeds 40lbs, a booster seat appropriate for the height/weight of the child should be used in combination with the usual lap safety and shoulder harness belt.  The law also allows in this scenario for just a lap belt to be...Read More >

New SCPTVA Traffic Court Coming To Suffolk County

November 28, 2012 at 9:00 am

Out with the New York State/DMV Traffic Violations Bureau and in with the Suffolk County Parking and Traffic Violations Agency. If you’re not familiar with traffic tickets in New York and Suffolk in particular, these two agencies probably seem like exactly the same thing with a different name. They’re not. Tickets currently answerable in the local village and town justice courts won’t be affected. Tickets that are currently answerable at the State TVB office (depending on who issues the summons and where it was issued) are the ones which will be handled differently come April 2013. The Suffolk County TVB: This office is currently located at the State Office Building (2nd Fl),  250 Veterans Memorial Highway in Hauppauge.  The main thing to note about any TVB office is the lack of negotiation (plea bargain) option.  The TVB is not a true court and in some cases can be more difficult to deal with and navigate than the local courts. The new Suffolk...Read More >

Traffic Violations-Speeding in NY and Avoiding the Penalties

November 26, 2012 at 6:10 pm

Speeding is clearly one of the traffic violations that concern people the most. Speeding tickets often come with the highest point values, have the biggest impact on insurance and can lead to some severe automatic penalties. This article provides a quick look at some of what’s involved with the typical speeding violation as well as answers to some of our clients most frequently asked questions. Note that you may see some distinctions based on the particular court handling the speeding violation in question.  NYS has both local village, town and county courts and the Traffic Violations Bureau.  The procedures in these NY traffic courts are not the same and it is always worth understanding the difference before determining a course of action with any NY traffic ticket. Traffic Tickets issued for Speeding Violations How many points do I get from a speeding ticket? Points for speeding violations are applied as follows: 3 points: 0-10 mph over the limit 4 points:...Read More >

TVB Default Conviction Hell

June 15, 2012 at 11:15 am

NYC traffic tickets can be very expensive but if you fail to handle them in a timely fashion the fines and surcharges due can skyrocket. Just got off the phone with a very nice woman. She had received two tickets in NYC–one for an 8 point speed and one for unregistered vehicle. If she had simply pled guilty and paid them or even tried to fight and lost, she would have been out about $405 in fines and surcharges for the tickets and another $450 in driver assessment fees based on the number of points accumulated. Expensive, yes…but that’s a different conversation. This is more about what happens when you just ignore the tickets (no–they don’t just magically go away). First comes a suspension on each ticket for failure to answer. In order to lift these suspensions, $70 must be paid to terminate each of them. Add $140 now to the potential total due. Next comes a default conviction. If...Read More >

Physicist Beats Traffic Ticket, Gives False Hope To Amateur Scientists Everywhere.

April 18, 2012 at 10:55 am

Dmitri Krioukov is a physicist at the University of California in San Diego and he got a ticket for failing to stop at a stop sign. He decided to challenge the ticket because he didn’t think he did anything wrong. Nothing unusual about that. Where the story differs from the typical traffic ticket defense case is his use of a very technical paper entitled “The Proof of Innocence” to allegedly “prove” that he was not guilty and did come to a complete stop. The media has been reporting the story and setting forth that this man’s ticket was dismissed because he was able to conclusively show that he did indeed stop at the sign. Personally, I don’t understand a bit of the science involved. Won’t even try. You can read the whole paper and I can tell you I was lost from the start.  The paper opens with “It is widely known that an observer measuring the speed of an...Read More >

Three Speeding Tickets In One Hour. Was Arrest Warranted?

March 30, 2012 at 10:58 am

A story has been in the news the last few days about a California woman who was pulled over three times in one hour on the same California roadway. She was pulled over at 8:10 p.m. for driving her Hyundai SUV 103 miles per hour and then a second time by 8:30 p.m. for driving 105 miles per hour. Forty minutes later she was pulled over for going 76 miles per hour. On the third stop, she was arrested and charged with Reckless Driving. She told officers she was in a hurry because she was on her way to care for a sick relative. My take on the story isn’t so much about what the penalty should be or how many times someone can/should be stopped on the same roadway in the same county for the same offense. What stood out to me is the fact that too many people think they are justified for speeding and that their actions...Read More >

Leaving The Scene Of An Accident In New York

February 28, 2012 at 6:15 pm

If you damage property that belongs to someone else or injure someone while driving your vehicle, you’ll be held accountable for your actions. The potential financial and/or other ramifications of an accident will vary depending on a number of different factors. Traffic tickets, insurance increases, civil law suits, license suspensions, criminal prosecution…all are possibilities following certain accidents in certain situations. If you try to leave the scene of the accident without taking responsibility, you’ll risk further penalties under the NYS Vehicle and Traffic Laws. These laws don’t treat all accidents equally, so whether you face any additional charges and what the severity of those charges may be depends on the type of accident/damage involved. The VTL basically breaks accidents down to three categories: Damage to property (not animals) Damage to (certain) animals Damage to people Leaving the scene of an incident involving property damage NYS VTL Sec. 600-1 Any person operating a motor vehicle who gets into an accident with another...Read More >

What Happens To My Car Insurance If I Get A Traffic Ticket?

February 8, 2012 at 1:43 pm

One of the reasons to fight a traffic ticket is the potential for increased insurance rates in the event of a conviction.  While many clients want to know what they can expect to happen to their insurance if they are convicted, unfortunately we can never predict or speak in terms of an exact number.  There really are too many factors at play, including the particular insurance company, your age, driving history, sex, type of car driven, where you park your car, etc.  Thus, the best I am usually willing to offer is a vague but accurate statement–convictions for moving violations simply aren’t good for insurance. I recently came across a study completed last year.  While there still is no way to predict exactly what will happen to insurance after a conviction for a moving violation, the study at least give some people an idea about the potential increases. surveyed more than 32,000 auto insurance policies sold through their...Read More >

Fighting A New York Reckless Driving Ticket

January 24, 2012 at 1:16 pm

Reckless Driving In NY We’ve received a number of inquiries recently concerning reckless driving tickets. Here are some thoughts on the NY Reckless Driving law, including how it is enforced and how it typically plays out in court. What is Reckless Driving? Reckless Driving is set forth in § 1212 of the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law: Reckless driving shall mean driving or using any motor vehicle, motorcycle or any other vehicle propelled by any power other than muscular power or any appliance or accessory thereof in a manner which unreasonably interferes with the free and proper use of the public highway, or unreasonably endangers users of the public highway. Reckless driving is prohibited. Every person violating this provision shall be guilty of a misdemeanor. Note how vague it is. Essentially, driving in a manner which “endangers users of the public highway”. Talking on the phone, eating a sandwich, driving with a broken headlight…any of these acts could...Read More >

New NY Move Over Law Into Effect On January 1 2012

January 5, 2012 at 1:52 pm

Last year, NY introduced it’s “move over” law to protect police officers and other emergency workers from the dangers of passing vehicles while working roadside (move over law NY).  Now New York’s “move over law” is being expanded as of New Year’s Day to include tow trucks, other emergency vehicles and highway crews. The law requiring drivers to shift lanes when approaching flashing police lights will now include flashing amber lights as well. Drivers must slow down when and where it isn’t safe for them to actually change lanes and move over. Just last month, Kevin Woloszyn was driving in Cattaraugus County on Interstate 90 when his truck broke down. The tow truck driver who responded was killed when a tractor trailer hit him.  It’s a said reminder of the dangers of working roadside and stories like these are the inspiration for the original (and now the expanded) version of the law. It’s pretty simple from a driver’s perspective.  If you...Read More >

Texting While Driving Tickets Have Risen Significantly Since New Law Passed

September 22, 2011 at 11:55 am

Governor Cuomo signed a new law over the summer to crack down on texting while driving. In August, the first full month after the new law took effect, Police issued 1,082 tickets.  According to NY State records, this is up from an average of 427 per month from January through June. Cuomo commented that “We were serious when this law passed. Texting while driving is illegal and the law is being enforced, so don’t do it,” Whether it was a coincidence or he knew it was a Doors (Roadhouse Blues) song lyric, he added “Keep your eyes on the road and your hands (up)on the wheel.” This summer’s new law changed what was a “secondary” offense  (could only be issued after observing another traffic violation) to a “primary” offense .  Now, officers could stop motorists and issue a summons if texting was the only violation observed. In NYC, records show 438 tickets issued in August, up from an average of...Read More >

Doing Nothing Is the Worst Course Of “Action” After Receiving A Traffic Ticket

September 1, 2011 at 10:01 am

With legal problems in general, there is no place for procrastination and tardiness.  When it comes to traffic tickets, it’s the worst course of (in)action you can take. If you are issued a traffic ticket, your first steps should simply be to 1.  Quickly figure out what to do.  From our perspective, the easiest thing to do is call us and let us walk you through the decision making process via a short, free consultation.  We can’t vouch for any other advice or information you may receive, but whether you are speaking to an attorney or relying on a past experience or getting information from the internet or a directly from a court, you’ll want to first and foremost get reliable advice and figure out what your best course of action is. 2.  Do whatever it is you decide to do. The only way you can really mess this up is by putting off the decision making process.  What if...Read More >

Insufficient Turn Violation: What If My Signal Is Broken?

July 23, 2011 at 9:14 am

I am representing a motorist who was pulled over for a two point insufficient turn signal violation.  He came to me with a receipt for repair of a broken turn signal and wanted to argue that this wasn’t a failure to signal (two points) but a mere broken light equipment violation (zero points). Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as bringing a receipt for a small lightbulb to show a TVB judge.  If an officer issues a ticket for an insufficient turn signal, his testimony in court must address how he determined this was not an equipment failure but an actual failure to signal by the motorist.  An experienced officer should testify that he/she checked the driver’s signals at the time of the stop and found them to be working properly and that the driver simply failed to use their signal prior to executing their turn or lane change.  If such testimony is offered, it can be much more difficult to...Read More >

TVB Traffic Ticket Hearings And The NYPD Ticket Fixing Scandal

July 18, 2011 at 1:10 pm

As many know, there is an ongoing “ticket fixing” scandal within the NYPD (NYC Ticket Fixing Scandal).  Unfortunately, a number of motorists and officers who had nothing to do with it are getting caught up in the aftermath of the scandal. Officers at the Traffic Violations Bureau are now routinely watched by superiors and the Internal Affairs Bureau as they testify.  They are there to make sure that each and every officer follows through on the tickets they’ve written and doesn’t try to “fix” anything in any blatant or even subtle manner. We don’t have a problem with an anti-fixing policy.   No one can complain about a system which is merely trying to elicit full and complete and honest and fair and true testimony offered by an officer who issued a summons. But what happens when that honest and true testimony leads to a finding of not guilty?  Take for example an officer who issued a ticket to a...Read More >

Cell Phone Tickets Now Three Points In NY; All Distracted Driving Offenses Now Primary Offenses

July 13, 2011 at 5:44 pm

New York State’s message with respect to distracted driving (texting, navigating your Ipod, talking on the phone, etc) is clear–don’t do it. As mentioned a couple of weeks ago (More Points For Cell Phone Tickets In NY) , Governor Cuomo had set his sights on toughening existing distracted driving laws. Tuesday, it became official. The Governor signed a new law that strengthens the enforcement against the use of handheld electronic by a driver while a vehicle is in motion. The legislation makes this action a primary traffic offense, giving law enforcement the power to stop drivers solely for engaging in this activity. Until now, it had been a secondary offense and a traffic ticket for using a handheld electronic device could only be issued if the car was stopped for a primary offense such as speeding or red light or most other traffic violations. The Governor also announced that the penalty for using a cellular phone without a hands-free device...Read More >

Your Traffic Ticket Is Your Responsibility

July 9, 2011 at 5:15 pm

Always follow through with your traffic tickets. I am approached by numerous motorists every day for assistance on various NY traffic tickets and driving related matters.  I spoke with a gentleman recently who made the mistake of not properly handling tickets he received as a result of an auto accident.  He borrowed a friend’s car and there was an accident.  At the scene, the officer ran the plates of the vehicle in question and discovered that the insurance had been cancelled.  The driver was issued a ticket for driving without insurance despite the fact that this was his friend’s car and that he had no clue the vehicle was uninsured. This gentleman believed that this was clearly the owner’s problem to deal with.  The tickets were simply given to the owner under some vague agreement between the two that the tickets would be “taken care of.”   The motorist considered this the end of the matter as far as he...Read More >

Know Your TVB Judge: Not Every Hearing Is The Same.

July 5, 2011 at 1:21 pm

I am often asked, “why should I hire an attorney?”.  My general response is that we know the officers, the judges, and what the officer is required to say in order to meet his or her burden.  Thus, we know when the officer has made a mistake.  An unrepresented motorist must rely on the judge to catch any mistake and will never know if a mistake is in fact overlooked.  I have often found that knowing the judge’s individual style can mean the difference between a guilty and a not guilty. I tried a case recently for disobey traffic device ticket.  The officer testified that the sign said “No Left Turns”.  However, thie particular judge presiding always wants an exact description of any sign the motorist is accused of violating.  Any mistake will warrant a dismissal of the ticket.  It in fact took only one question to give her that reason.  The officer mentioned pavement markings as well as a sign that...Read More >

NY Traffic Court Profile: Brooklyn North Traffic Violations Bureau (TVB)

June 23, 2011 at 10:10 am

The Brooklyn North Traffic Violations Bureau (TVB) is a NYS administrative agency (part of the DMV) that handles NYC traffic tickets issued in parts of Brooklyn.  The TVB system overall has a number of courts and handles traffic tickets issued in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and the Bronx as well as tickets issued in parts of Suffolk County, Rochester and Buffalo. The Brooklyn North TVB office is located in downtown Brooklyn.   It’s located on the second floor of the Atlantic Mall at 625 Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn.  There is a full service DMV office located on the second floor as well.  Hours of operation for the Brooklyn North TVB office are 8:30am to 4:00pm weekdays with extend hours until 6:00pm on Thursdays. As always with TVB hearings, there will be no negotiation or plea bargaining with any Brooklyn North TVB traffic tickets.  To avoid conviction and points for a speeding ticket in NYC or other traffic ticket answerable at...Read More >

Speeding Tickets In NYC

June 16, 2011 at 8:00 am

Speeding tickets in NYC are a little different from speeding tickets issued elsewhere in New York. There are a couple of things to keep in mind: NYC traffic tickets in general are contested differently than tickets issued elsewhere.  NYC tickets are handled by the Traffic Violations Bureau (TVB) which is an administrative agency, part of the DMV.  There is no negotiation or plea bargaining at the TVB.  If you would like to challenge and dismiss a speeding ticket or other traffic ticket issued in NYC, you’ll need to schedule a hearing and win the hearing.  (Read more about the TVB and generally how we fight TVB tickets) The maximum speed limit in NYC is 50mph.  Even in areas where the road opens up, the lanes get wider and the traffic lessens, the limit is never more than 50mph.  If you are in the habit of driving in the low 70s on highways with 55 and/or 65mph limits, understand that you...Read More >

NY Traffic Court Profile: Manhattan North Traffic Violations Bureau (TVB)

June 9, 2011 at 7:54 am

The Manhattan North Traffic Violations Bureau (TVB) office is part of the NYS TVB system.  The TVB is an administrative agency (it is part of the DMV) that handles NYC traffic tickets as well as tickets issued in parts of Suffolk County, Rochester and Buffalo. The Manhattan North TVB office is located in upper NYC.   It’s on 125th Street. It’s located on the 3rd Floor along with a full service DMV office. Hours of operation for the Manhattan North TVB office are the same as all TVB offices: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 8:30am to 4:00pm and Thursday from 8:30am to 6:00pm. There won’t be any negotiation or plea bargaining if you are handling a traffic ticket at the Manhattan North TVB. To avoid points and/or conviction for a particular NY traffic violation, you will need to enter a not guilty plea and set a hearing date.  With very few, specific exceptions, your verdict will be either be guilty as...Read More >

NY Traffic Court Profile: Queens South Traffic Violations Bureau (TVB)

June 1, 2011 at 10:11 am

The Queens South Traffic Violations Bureau (TVB) office is part of the NYS TVB system.  The TVB is an administrative agency (it is part of the DMV) that handles NYC traffic tickets as well as tickets issued in parts of Suffolk County, Rochester and Buffalo. The Queens South TVB office is located in Jamaica, Queens.   Originally settled under Dutch rule in 1656, the English took over in 1664 and renamed it “Jameco” (or Yamecah) after the name they gave to the local Native Americans that lived in the area.  When the British divided New York into counties in 1683, Queens became one of the original counties of NY and Jamaica became the county seat of Queens.   Don’t expect to negotiate or seek a plea bargaining at the Queens South TVB.  If you would like to avoid points and/or conviction for a particular NY traffic violation, you will need to enter a not guilty plea and set a hearing date.  With...Read More >

NY Traffic Court Profile: Manhattan South Traffic Violations Bureau (TVB)

May 25, 2011 at 7:20 am

The Manhattan South Traffic Violations Bureau (TVB) office is part of the NYS TVB system.  The TVB is an administrative agency (it is part of the DMV) that handles NYC traffic tickets as well as tickets issued in parts of Suffolk County, Rochester and Buffalo. The Manhattan South TVB office is not a full service DMV.  The closest DMV office is at 11 Greenwich Street New York, NY 10004 (Cross Streets Battery Park Place & Morris St) UPDATE AS OF NOVEMBER 4, 2013.  THE MANHATTAN SOUTH TVB OFFICE HAS MOVED The Manhattan South TVB is located on the second floor of what is an otherwise residential building. There is never any negotiation or plea bargaining at the Manhattan South TVB. If you would like to avoid points and/or conviction for a particular NY traffic violation, you will need to plead not guilty and schedule a hearing. With very few, specific exceptions, you will either be guilty as charged or your...Read More >

NY Traffic Court Profile: Queens North Traffic Violations Bureau (TVB)

May 19, 2011 at 11:04 am

The Queens North Traffic Violations Bureau (TVB) office is part of the NYS TVB system.  The TVB is an administrative agency (it is part of the DMV) that handles NYC traffic tickets as well as tickets issued in parts of Suffolk County, Rochester and Buffalo. The Queens North TVB office is attached to a full service DMV.  The DMV is on the ground floor and TVB Queens North is on the 2nd floor. There is never any negotiation or plea bargaining at the Queens North TVB. You cannot ask for a reduction and/or fewer points. If you are challenging a summons in Queens North, a hearing will be scheduled. With very few, specific exceptions, you will either be guilty as charged or your ticket will be dismissed at the conclusion of that hearing. Our firm represents individuals at the Queens North Traffic Violations Bureau all day, every day. If you have any questions about a Queens North traffic ticket, feel...Read More >

Not Every NY Traffic Court Is The Same

May 18, 2011 at 3:01 pm

Traffic Courts in New York fall into one of two categories: The NYS Traffic Violations Bureau (TVB) and everything else. The TVB is an administrative agency and is part of the DMV. The TVB handles moving violations issued anywhere in NYC as well as some traffic tickets issued in Suffolk County, Rochester and Buffalo, NY. Everything outside the TVB jurisdiction will be handled by the various local county, city, town and village courts throughout New York. If you’ve been issued a traffic ticket, you’ll always have the same three options available to you regardless of the court handling your case.  You can plead guilty, plead not guilty and represent yourself or plead not guilty and retain an attorney.  Beyond these options, however, there are a number of notable differences between the two categories of NY traffic courts.  Here’s a brief look at just some of the differences: The TVB enables drivers to manage parts of their case online. (, by...Read More >

Red Light Means Stop

May 10, 2011 at 5:52 pm

So I just got my first red light camera ticket. I saw the video–I deserved it. Nassau County is $65 richer today thanks to me. Luckily, red light cameral tickets are simply considered parking violations. They are issued against the vehicle and not an individual driving record. I’m not sure if people have successfully fought them but at least the fine is the end of it. There are no points or insurance ramifications to worry about. Legal consequences aside, failure to stop at red lights can be extremely dangerous. Here are some very basic red light related reminders: •    If you are the first car at a red light, don’t rush into the intersection when the light changes.  Give a couple of seconds and an extra look to make sure traffic with the red signal has stopped. •    If the light is amber, don’t speed ahead to “make the light.”  Slow down and prepare to stop.  Remember that amber lights...Read More >

Old NY Traffic Tickets Found in Greenburgh Town Court

May 2, 2011 at 12:48 pm

An unbelievable 100,000 unresolved traffic tickets have been found crammed into cabinets at the Greenburgh (Westchester) Town Court. The moving violations go back as far as 1993. In some cases, the town failed to take certain actions like suspending a driver license, scheduling a trial or sending out fine notices. I don’t want to get on the Greenburgh Town Court in particular.  It happens to be one of the more reasonable courts we deal with and best I can recall we haven’t had any particularly bad administrative issues with any of our cases. However, we do have clients who sometimes question why a case is taking so long or why their case in one court is not proceeding just like their previous case in a different court or why a notice was sent from a court that shouldn’t have been sent or how we reported one thing to our client but the court or DMV is claiming something altogether different,...Read More >

Making an Improper Turn in New York

April 29, 2011 at 9:05 pm

Many people question why they were given a ticket for an improper turn when there was no signage prohibiting the turn itself. An improper turn doesn’t have to do whether the turn itself was legally allowed. The violation has to do with how the turn was executed. Basically, left and right turns need to be made from as far to the left and right of the roadway as practicable. A conviction for the traffic violation carries two points. Here’s the entire relevant section of the NYS VTL. § 1160. Required position and method of turning at intersections. The driver of a vehicle intending to turn at an intersection shall do so as follows: (a) Right turns. Both the approach for a right turn and a right turn shall be made as close as practicable to the right hand curb or edge of the roadway or, where travel on the shoulder or slope has been authorized, from the shoulder or slope....Read More >

New York Move Over Law Video

April 29, 2011 at 8:34 pm

The video is pretty self explanatory. If you see an emergency vehicle or worker on the side of the road, slow down and mover over a lane when possible.

Move Over Law In NY. Have You Been Issued A Ticket?

April 28, 2011 at 7:09 am

The NY Move Over Law is more than just a symbolic violation to honor Officers Ambrose and Searles for whom the law is named. It’s a new law that went into effect on Jan 1, 2011 and we are starting to see officers out there for crackdowns specifically on motorists who fail to “move over” and switch lanes while approaching an emergency vehicle engaged on the side of the road. A recent week long enforcement blitz in Poughkeepsie resulted in the issuance of 865 tickets.  A similar two day blitz in the Buffalo area resulted in 43 move over traffic tickets issued. You can read more about the Ambrose-Searles NY Move Over Law or just keep in mind these two points: On all roadways, you must reduce your speed when approaching an emergency vehicle. On larger roadways (Parkways, Controlled Access Highways, roadways with multiple lanes) you must reduce your speed and move from the lane immediately adjacent to the emergency...Read More >

Thoughts On Passover Parking Ticket Blitz

April 27, 2011 at 2:24 pm

Hasidic Williamsburg residents are upset that many of their cars were ticketed and/or towed during the Passover holiday. One Williamsburg community leader argued that this didn’t make sense and that the ticketing was insensitive to those celebrating the holiday because many were unable to move their cars during the holiday. City officials argue that they did indeed suspend alternate side of the street rules and that these tickets were issued for other violations like parking in a no parking zone. Assuming the tickets written were otherwise fair tickets, I tend to agree with the city on this one. Accommodations were made to respect the holiday once alternate side of the street parking was suspended for April 19, 20, 25 and 26. All residents had to do to take advantage was park in an otherwise legal spot. The holiday isn’t an excuse to park wherever you want. Submitted by Scott Feifer, Esq.

People Do Hate Paying Traffic Tickets But…

April 20, 2011 at 10:18 am

Jim Dwyer of the New York Times wrote an interesting piece in light of the current NYPD traffic ticket fixing scandal on the lengths people go to avoid paying traffic ticket fines. In his words, “of the many fevers that can grip the human animal, the desire to fix parking and traffic tickets has few equals for absurdity”. I don’t think that the actual “desire to fix” is itself absurd.  When someone is pulled over for something they didn’t do or something everyone else on the road was doing or is given multiple tickets for the same offense or is treated rudely by an officer or is endanger of losing their license or their job or is facing thousands of dollars a year in additional auto insurance or very high fines and assessments or reads stories about how the DMV has raised fines and surcharges or about how officers are issuing more tickets to compensate for a poor economy or...Read More >

Deciding Whether To Fight A Speeding Ticket

March 25, 2011 at 7:53 am

A good place to start when making the decision whether to fight or pay a speeding ticket is looking at the penalties you may face if convicted of speeding.   The worst thing you can do is simply pay a  ticket without any knowledge of the potential consequences.  We see too many people who call us after they pay and didn’t realize there were so many points involved or such high surcharges or even a license suspension. 1. NY speeding tickets will result in points on your license (from three to eleven depending on the amount over the speed limit), a fine and surcharge to the court, potential additional state surcharges, potential insurance increases and, depending on your record and the extent of the speed itself, possible license suspension.  Get a handle on all this first and foremost because you can’t effectively decide how aggressively to move forward without an understanding of the consequences. 2. Now look at what these consequences...Read More >

Is Your NY Driver License Suspended?

March 22, 2011 at 7:53 am

We get a lot of inquiries from people who have found out one way or another their license or privilege to drive is suspended in New York.  Whether you find out while in the process of renting a car, renewing a driver license in another state, switching auto insurance or are pulled over in New York and informed by the officer, once you know you’ll need to fix the situation.  Note that even people without a NY driver license can be suspended in NY for failing to properly handle a NY traffic ticket or some other related act or omission. When the cause of the suspension is straight forward, the solution often is as well.  For example, if you are suspended simply for failing to pay a fine due, can you guess what our advice will be? The inquiries we get, however, are rarely of the straight forward variety.  If people are able to really pinpoint the problem they are...Read More >

TVB Appeals. What Are Your Options If Found Guilty Of A NYC Or Other TVB Traffic Ticket?

February 17, 2011 at 10:58 am

The Traffic Violations Bureau, or TVB, is an administrative agency in New York that is part of the DMV. The TVB handles traffic tickets issued in all 5 boroughs of New York City, Buffalo, Rochester as well as parts of Suffolk County. How is the TVB different from other NY traffic courts? The biggest difference is the fact that there is no plea bargaining process. If you wish to contest a traffic violation charge at the TVB you must enter a plea of not guilty and attend a hearing. If you win the hearing, it is as if the ticket was never issued. If you lose, you will get the points and pay the fine that comes with the violation in question. Note that fighting a traffic ticket at the TVB and winning is absolutely possible.  You can follow the link for a basic game plan.  However, if you do try and lose… What can I do if I lose...Read More >

Time to Move Your Car–Post Snowpocolypse Parking Ticket Blitz is On!

February 9, 2011 at 12:52 pm

NYPD traffic agents wrote nearly double the average number of alternate-side parking tickets on Feb 7 as many cars have yet to move since getting snowed in two weeks ago. The NY Post reported that 9,910 tickets were written citywide on the first day the alternate side of the street rules were back in  effect. According to the Department of Finance. an average of 5,460 alternate-side violations are issued in a typical day. The NYPD set forth that there were simply “more violations observed”than usual yesterday. Cynics will probably argue this is unfair, a money grab, etc.  While it may indeed be partially about making up for revenue lost to the snow, it’s likely there were simply more cars than usual parked on the wrong side of the street.  People have had both time and notice with respect to the parking rules and at some point should be expected to move their vehicle. Scott Feifer, Esq.

NY Cell Phone Tickets Now Result in Two Points on Your License.

February 3, 2011 at 9:05 am

JULY 2011 UPDATE: POINTS INCREASE: CELL PHONE TICKETS NOW 3 POINTS IN NY. We were just informed by a Head Judge at one of the TVB offices that cell phone convictions in NY would carry 2 points starting later this month. First, we wanted to confirm this was accurate and figure out when this all happened and what the rationale was. Unfortunately for motorists, it is true. DMV gave their official notice of the rule change in the New York State Register on Dec. 15, 2010. I say unfortunately because this will mean more licenses get suspended and more points-based Driver Assessment dollars collected than before. However, it will NOT be unfortunate if it somehow encourages a few more drivers to go hands-free. Distracted driving is real and it is bad news. The new rule will apply to summonses issued on or after February 16th 2011. Thank you to NY Assemblyman Charles D. Lavine (Assembly District 13) and his Legislative...Read More >

What NOT to do with your traffic ticket

January 21, 2011 at 11:49 am

Clients and potential clients ask us all the time about how to handle a NY traffic ticket, about points on their license, about suspensions, out of state tickets, etc. If you want advice on how to handle a speeding ticket, NY driver license or any other related issue, feel free to give us a call or submit an inquiry to our firm. Here, instead of advising what to do, we give your our Top 20 List of What NOT To Do if you are issued a traffic ticket in NY or ultimately convicted of a New York traffic ticket. 1. Do not rely on what the police officer tells you on the road about the New York traffic ticket. If the officer gives you wrong information, intentionally or not, no judge or court or enforcement agency is going to do anything about it. We can think of a hundred more reliable places to get information about a NY ticket than...Read More >

New Law: The Ambrose-Searles Move Over (when approaching an emergency vehicle) Act

January 13, 2011 at 8:00 am

Effective Jan 1, 2011, motorists will be required as per NYS VTL 1144a to “move over” or “slow down” when their vehicle is approaching an authorized emergency vehicle when its emergency lights are flashing and the emergency vehicle is parked on a highway or roadway in New York State. This will be a two point violation if a driver in NY is convicted under the new law. The NY State Senate’s justification for the law included the following points: The law is for the protection of emergency personnel from motorists who have crashed their vehicles into police and emergency vehicles that were parked on highways or roadways in the performance of their duties The momentum behind the law can be traced back to a March 11, 2003 New York State Senate investigation prompted by the death of New York State Trooper Robert Ambrose. Ambrose was fatally injured during a routine traffic stop on the New York State Thruway in Yonkers,...Read More >

Good excuses will rarely justify speeding

January 6, 2011 at 8:03 am

A man in New Hampshire was recently rushing to the hospital with his wife who was on the verge of giving birth. When he saw a police car behind him trying to pull him over, he didn’t want to stop. He called 911 to let them know why he was continuing. The officer in pursuit got the call and then pulled in front to give a police escort to the hospital. Everyone got to the hospital in time. Man and wife had a baby and the officer congratulated him. Then, the officer gave him a speeding ticket for driving 102 mph in a 55 mph zone. Why? This man is not trained to drive at that speed. While he was rushing to help two people in distress, he put everyone else on the road in danger by driving an unmarked vehicle, without lights or sirens, at 102 mph. The man’s actions were completely understandable under the circumstances. If the prosecutor...Read More >

Keep all your traffic ticket related paperwork even after the matter is closed

January 3, 2011 at 8:27 am

Please–If you pay a traffic ticket or beat a traffic ticket or otherwise close out a matter in the TVB or other NY traffic court, hold on to any and all related paperwork. You should never need it again but it’s worth keeping just in case. Dekalb County, Georgia currently has a little bit of a mess on their hands. People that paid traffic tickets years ago are receiving notification that they owe money and are late on the same ticket they already paid. No one is sure what went wrong or why, but clearly something did. One woman explained about getting arrested during a routine car stop on an unrelated matter when her license showed and old unpaid ticket. Fortunately for her, she had the old paperwork to prove the error. Not everyone will be so fortunate and it will be interesting to see how the county will determine what money is legitimately due on old tickets and what...Read More >

The traffic ticket “overpayment myth”

December 13, 2010 at 8:52 am

I’ve read it various places online and been asked by friends and clients on numerous occasions whether it’s true. It’s the “overpayment” myth.  And the answer is NO, it is not true. Here’s a version of it I found from a quick search online: A police officer confirmed this for me. THIS IS FOR USA ONLY I tried to pass this on to anyone I could think of. This procedure works in any state. Read it and try it, you have nothing to loose but the points in your license. If you get a speeding ticket or went through a red light or whatever the case may be, and you are going to get points on your license, then there is a method to ensure that you DO NOT get any points. When you get your fine, send in the check to pay for it and if the fine is say $79, then make the check out for $82 or...Read More >

Mistakes on your NY traffic ticket

December 7, 2010 at 8:55 am

Minor mistakes on your traffic ticket are unlikely to merit dismissing the charge. Consider some of the information on a ticket issued for a moving violation. Your name, date of birth, address, license number, and vehicle make, model, color and plate, etc. A slightly misspelled name or the wrong color car or a mistake with the address or other license info can easily be overlooked by a Judge because of the presence of all the other information. A Court/Prosecutor/Judge can be satisfied, even in the face of certain minor errors, that the person with the ticket in their hand is the person who was observed driving and allegedly committing the violation in question. Moreover, if a John Smith who drives a green car were to claim the ticket written to John Smite in a brown car was not issued to him, there would also be an issuing officer who could potentially identify the person in court as the driver of...Read More >

Is traffic enforcement really all about safety?

December 3, 2010 at 8:49 am

It’s not a New York issue, but one particular quote caught my eye recently. There’s a small controversy surrounding some speeding tickets issued via camera surveillance on a Washington DC roadway. Enforcement officials claim the cameras were put up to protect construction workers in a construction zone where the speed limit had been lowered by 10mph to accommodate the construction. Now, however, the construction has stopped but the cameras remain. Here’s the quote: “We’re hoping to use these speed cameras more often,” said Assistant Police Chief Patrick Burke. “This is to keep people safe.” It would be nice if an official would finally just come out and say “we want to keep people safe…but the money is pretty nice too”. Did I mention in the 2.5 months since construction more or less ended, $3.73 million in fine money has been collected? It’s never ONLY about safety and officials who claim it is just come off sounding silly. If for some...Read More >

Speeding Tickets in NYC

December 1, 2010 at 8:29 am

If you drive in NYC, please keep the following in mind: 1.  Unless otherwise posted, the speed limit is 30 mph.  All those local streets that have no speed limit signs are considered “unposted” 30 mph zones. 2.  50 mph is the highest speed limit in NYC.  It’s never 55, 60 or 65 on any of the highways no matter what the conditions of the roadway may be like.  Be particularly careful as you transition from Westchester or Nassau County highways to NYC as the speed limit drops. Read more about speeding tickets if you have further questions.

Paying traffic tickets in chronological order?

November 30, 2010 at 8:08 am

There was an article posted recently on a Nashville, Tennessee news website about a student who went to pay for a speeding ticket. When he got there, he was told he had 3 outstanding red light camera tickets that he didn’t know about. Like in NY, the camera tickets and speeding ticket really have nothing to do with each other. The speeding ticket is a moving violation which can potentially affect your driving record. Red light camera tickets are treated like parking tickets written against the registration because an individual driver cannot be identified. Unlike New York, however, for some reason they are forcing this student to pay the red light tickets before he can pay the speeding ticket because the red light tickets were issued first.  Apparently you must pay tickets in chronological order there. Of all the issues people have trying to figure out which agencies to deal with, what they owe, how to fight, whey they weren’t...Read More >

Cell phone tickets and texting while driving

November 3, 2010 at 7:39 am

YET ANOTHER UPDATE:  As of JUNE, 2013 cell phone violation convictions in NY will result in FIVE (5) points on your license. OK.  After the third change in less than three years to the NY cell phone driving laws, we’ve just created a new page of information.  Please go to our newest cell phone ticket page and an updated summary of the law or our main cell phone ticket page for more information. NEWEST UPDATE:  As of 7/12/11, cell phone violation convictions in NY will result in three (3) points on your license and using a portable electronic device is no longer a secondary violation but will be considered a primary violation. UPDATE:  As of 2/16/11, cell phone violation convictions in New York will result in two (2) points on your license.  Read about the rule change here (2 points for NY cell phone tickets) or continue reading about the violation itself below. We get a lot of inquiries about tickets...Read More >

Statement of Client Rights

October 15, 2010 at 11:21 am

Statement of Client Rights We feel that anyone who retains an attorney to assist with a legal problem is entitled to a certain level of service. If you work with Feifer & Greenberg you can count on: 1. An honest assessment of your case. We tell you what we believe to be true, not what we think you want to hear. 2. Attorney availability. Each day we keep at least one partner out of court and in the office to answer client questions and discuss case strategy. Less time in court means we handle fewer cases and spend a little more time on each case we take. 3. Rapid response time. If we receive an email inquiry or voicemail, responding to your message is a priority. 4. Information. When the status of your case changes, you’ll hear from us. A client shouldn’t have to call their attorney to find out what’s going on. 5. Courtesy. Support staff, Case Managers and...Read More >

Always an affordable, reliable service at Feifer & Greenberg, LLP

September 21, 2010 at 11:10 am

Our relationship with you goes well beyond an hour or two in court. From initial consultation through case conclusion, our focus is on good communication, preparation experienced decision making and quality results. With thirteen years in the traffic ticket business, we have fine tuned our procedures, leveraged technology and trained our staff to ensure that we provide you with a complete NY traffic ticket experience. Information During your initial free consultation, we answer your questions and help you make an informed decision concerning your individual situation. We will let you know exactly what you will pay for our service and we are confident you will find our flat fees quite fair. For those who continue as clients, we provide a complete Introduction Package specific to the individual case. We want you to know who to contact with questions and what to expect moving forward. Your experience with us should be as stress-free as possible. Preparation Prior to your scheduled court...Read More >

Fix speeding tickets the right way

August 13, 2010 at 7:38 am

A woman on Facebook recently posted a request for getting several traffic tickets fixed. Another woman, identifying herself as a chief investigator for the Houston Fire Department, responded that she may be able to help because she knew the particular officer involved. Shortly thereafter the same chief investigator followed up with a post that the tickets would be taken care of. A little later she wrote again and confirmed that the traffic tickets had been ripped up. Now an investigation is underway as Houston officials are wondering just how a speeding ticket got thrown out after a simple, very public plea on Facebook. The Houston Firefighter’s Union says the person who posted the request is the daughter of a veteran fire fighter who recently died. They say she was actually out making funeral arrangements at the time she received the traffic tickets in question. While her behavior may have ultimately been excused by a court and the tickets ultimately dismissed,...Read More >

New York second to California in traffic ticket tweets

July 23, 2010 at 9:39 am recently analyzed how many people have traffic tickets on their mind by measuring how many complaints about speeding tickets are posted (tweeted?) on Twitter.   They looked at all the tweets concerning speeding tickets and analyzed the percentage of those tweets that came from each state.  California leads the US in speeding ticket tweets, with 14 percent of all speeding ticket related tweets originating from the state of California.  Note that Los Angeles, with about 11 percent of the total California population, accounted for 44 percent of the California tweets.  Following California are New York speeding ticket tweets (8 percent), Texas (7 percent), Florida (6 percent) and Ohio (5 percent).  At 4 percent are Colorado, North Carolina, Virginia, Illinois and Georgia speeding ticket tweets. There are interesting aspects to this.  For example, Illinois, with about 1.5 million more people than Ohio, had 20 percent fewer speeding ticket related tweets than Ohio.  By analyzing the data you can potentially get...Read More >

TVB is getting serious with NYC seat belt and cell phone tickets.

July 20, 2010 at 7:30 am

From what we’ve seen lately, it appears that the DMV may be encouraging judges at the TVB to crack down on drivers who continue to ignore seat belt and cell phone laws. Both violations carry no points. In the past, we routinely told potential and existing clients not to bother retaining our firm to fight cell phone or seat belt tickets unless it was a situation where the individual had some serious existing license issues or we had some reason to believe a conviction would affect the driver’s insurance. Recently, we’ve changed our policy based on case results we’ve either been involved with or been informed of after the fact. In multiple cases, we’ve seen judges issue suspensions to drivers convicted of driving while using a cell phone or without a seat belt in NYC where one or more such conviction was already on their driving record. We’ve seen too many examples of this to call it a coincidence and...Read More >

NYPD traffic agent issues traffic ticket for no good reason

July 16, 2010 at 9:59 am

On June 14, Queens Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Queens) observed an NYPD Traffic Agent, Daniel Chu, speeding through a stop sign with his police lights flashing. Halloran tailed Chu and stopped to snap photos of him parked illegally in front of a Dunkin’ Donuts in Whitestone, Queens. Chu yelled at Halloran and wrote issued him a ticket for blocking a crosswalk. After Halloran complained about Chu’s behavior, Chu confessed to driving recklessly while talking on a cell phone and was disciplined. Chu’s been forced to say goodbye to the vehicle he’s pictured with above and has been demoted to foot patrol. He is required to undergo retraining at the Police Academy, which includes sensitivity training. He also faces several days’ docked pay. Yesterday, the traffic ticket issued to Halloran was dismissed. After the story found it’s way into the news, Halloran was bombarded with calls and e-mails from motorists claiming to have been wrongly ticketed by Chu. Halloran is still calling...Read More >

Suffolk County officers get high and issue traffic tickets

June 23, 2010 at 9:29 am

Traffic enforcment in Suffolk County (Long Island), NY may soon involve the use of airplanes. The county sheriff’s office is testing the use of a small plane to spot bad drivers. It’s just a trial program right now.  Last Friday, a plane flew low over the Long Island Expressway.  Spotters in the plan looked for aggressive drivers and radioed details to deputies below. Sheriff’s deputies handed out 88 traffic tickets between 7:30 and 10:30 a.m., many based on what the spotters saw from the single-engine plane. The spotters interviewed seemed impressed with the ability to see everything that was happening below very clearly.  Cars changing lanes unsafely, moving faster than others, tailgating, etc. The plane was a loaner from Bergen County, N.J., but Suffolk County has already applied to the federal government for funding for its own plane. Submitted by Scott Feifer

Do I need a traffic ticket lawyer in NY?

June 16, 2010 at 11:41 am

New York traffic ticket attorneys Many people will ask whether they need a traffic ticket lawyer to assist with their case. There is no quick answer–every case is different. Your free consultation with our firm is your opportunity to better assess and understand your particular situation and determine whether you will ultimately need or want to hire a traffic ticket lawyer to fight your speeding ticket, help clear a suspended driver license, etc. We will take the time to consult with you and give you an honest assessment of your case. The decision to retain a traffic ticket lawyer is ultimately a combination of a few different factors. How severe is your traffic law problem? The more serious the potential consequences are the more likely it is you’ll want an attorney at your side. A traffic ticket that carries points and potential insurance increases warrants legal representation more than one that doesn’t. Is there a possible suspension? Employment issue? What...Read More >

Beat a NY traffic ticket

May 20, 2010 at 10:38 am

It’s the answer everyone wants when they call or email.  How do I beat my traffic ticket?  Here’s my general response: 1.  Consider which court system you are in.  It is either a local NY traffic court, where plea bargaining–a reduction of the original charge–is an option or it’s the Traffic Violations Bureau (TVB) where there is absolutely no negotiation or lowering of the charge. 2.  If it is a local traffic court, then it’s not always going to be about an outright “beat” or dismissal of the entire charge.  In most cases the prudent course of action will be negotiating a favorable plea bargain.  While a plea to a lesser charge may not constitute “beat” for some people, most are realistic and consider it a victory if the goals we discuss during consultation–avoiding points, surcharges, license suspension and/or insurance increases–are realized. 3.  If it is the TVB, where we are forced to hold a traffic hearing/trial on TVB traffic tickets, the...Read More >

Rockland County speeding tickets on Route 304

May 6, 2010 at 9:35 am

Speeding tickets are up along Route 304 in Clarkstown.  Watch your speed…particularly where the speed limit dips to 35 MPH in the New City – Bardonia area. Why is this noteworthy? One, it’s a good example of how the speed limit can vary on a single roadway.  Sections of Route 304 are 55 mph limit.  It’s easy to forget to slow down when the speed limit changes and officers are most likely to enforce near the area where the limit drops. Second, I grew up right around there.  It’s a stretch I’ve personally driven hundreds of times and almost never at 35mph.  An otherwise mundane story of speeding tickets that happened to hit particularly close to home. If you’ve been issued a Rockland County traffic ticket, feel free to contact us anytime. Submitted by Scott Feifer

Doctor gets a flashing red light ticket in NYC and claims medical emergency.

May 1, 2010 at 6:01 pm

When is a medical emergency enough of a situation to excuse disobeying a NYC flashing red light? Unless you are driving an emergency vehicle, disobeying an flashing red light–and almost all other New York moving violations–is unlikely to be justified based on a medical emergency. Dr. Herz is a medical doctor who called last week for a consultation.  He could not believe the recent decision against him at the Traffic Violation Bureau.  He presented all the evidence he could.  He is indeed a Doctor and there was indeed a legitimate emergency he was rushing to.  He wanted to know how a judge could possibly ignore the evidence and find him guilty. The bottom line is only emergency vehicles, equipped with the lights and sirens necessary to warn others on the road, will be legally justified to speed, ignore red signals, etc.  No matter how dire the situation, the law will not favor a private vehicle putting others in danger on...Read More >

NY speeding tickets issued from space?

April 26, 2010 at 12:14 pm

Coming soon…speed enforcement from space? The UK is currently testing new technology that combines GPS from satellite with ground-based license plate reading. Camera’s on the ground can read plate numbers in all weather conditions, 24 hours a day, are “low-cost” and are relatively easy to install.  GPS can then track that vehicle over long distances and measure the vechicle’s average speed. We’re obviously a long way from this in New York and there are of course many questions to be asked before we could comment on how such enforcement would play out.  Still, interesting and worth keeping an eye on. Submitted by Scott Feifer

New York City taxi drivers should lay low

April 14, 2010 at 9:46 am

Taxi driver’s in NYC are sometimes unfairly targeted for tickets.  It’s not that they don’t commit their share of moving violations–it’s more that they tend to get singled out as easy targets on streets where many drivers, taxi or other, are committing the same violations. Driving a cab in New York is not easy.  Our simple advice is to avoid drawing attention to your vehicle the best that you can.  Make sure your equipment is working, you use your signals, drive within the speedlimit, etc.  Essentially, obey the rules of the road and keep your license in good order/standing–the same advice we’d give to anyone.  There isn’t much more a driver can do.

NYC truck route violations

April 7, 2010 at 7:58 am

New York City has designated certain major roadways “truck routes”.  If you are driving a truck in NYC, you must stay on these truck routes.  A truck can only be operated off truck routes in order to make a local delivery or pick up. NYC truck routes are primarily relatively major roadways within the city.  The regulations are in place to protect residents from the noise and congestion caused by trucks driving on smaller city streets.  Trucks can only be driven on these smaller non-truck routes if necessary. In New York City trucks and commercial vehicles are two distinct vehicle classifications. Determining the correct vehicle classification is important for properly operating a truck or commercial vehicle in the City, as rules and regulations can vary depending on classification. What constitutes a “truck” in New York City?  Pursuant to Section 4-13 of the New York City Traffic Rules, a truck is defined as any vehicle or combination of vehicles designed for the...Read More >

Always proceed with EXTREME caution at the TVB

March 4, 2010 at 8:06 am

After dealing with an issue yesterday, we thought it was worth a quick reminder.  If you have a traffic ticket answerable to the TVB (mostly NYC traffic tickets, also includes Suffolk County, Buffalo and Rochester) be very careful how you handle it. The Administrative Law Judges in the TVB have a great deal of discretion.  They are actual employees of the DMV and with that comes the power to suspend people for just about any reason.  Yesterday, we saw an individual suspended and he never saw it coming. Apparently, he had a prior hearing date and rescheduled it online.  Completely on time, no problems.  It was then rescheduled for a later date.  Unfortunately, he couldn’t make it on that date so he came in the next day to explain.  The TVB gives a 30 day cushion to come to court if you miss a hearing date so obviously he was well within that. The motorist appeared in front of a...Read More >

NYS “Share the Road” message slightly childish

February 22, 2010 at 9:35 am

For those who haven’t seen it, here’s the promotional video for New York’s “Be Smart.  Share the Road” campaign: I’m all for quality public service announcements. However, of all the issues we face on the road, from traffic and congestion to drunk, tired or otherwise distracted driving, do we really need a message that equates driving  to playing nice at daycare?  Is “sharing” really the problem?  When I drive, I don’t expect to have the road to myself.  I’m ok with “sharing” the road with other drivers.  It’s how the other drivers act while sharing the road with me that can potentially cause a problem. I expect my 3 year old daughter to share blocks when she goes to preschool.  What is way more challenging to prepare her for is what happens if the child she is sharing with drifts off to the side because she’s had too much to drink or forgets to give the blocks back because she’s...Read More >

New York driver license points FAQ

February 2, 2010 at 6:50 pm

A couple of quick answers to questions we’ve recently been asked concerning NY license points and your driving record. Q:  Will the points and violation “come off” my record after 18 months? A:  Yes and no–depends on what you mean by “come off”.  No they won’t “come off” because evidence of this violation will be on your driver abstract for years to come.  It doesn’t just disappear as if it never happened.  Yes they do “come off” in a sense because DMV and your insurance company will only look so far back at your driving record for the purposes of holding the points and violation against you.  Read much more about this here: How Long Do Points Stay On Your License In NY? Q:  How am I suspended today for a ticket I got 2 years ago?  My record is currently spotless. A:  While it may be an “old” ticket, DMV issues a penalty after a conviction as if the conviction took...Read More >

How can we help you?

January 21, 2010 at 11:37 am

Experienced NY Traffic Ticket Attorneys You understand the consequences of traffic ticket convictions and know the reasons you should plead not guilty and fight. Points, insurance increases, suspensions/revocations, employment issues, large state assessments … The fact is that your chances of success (avoiding these consequences) are significantly greater when represented by an experienced traffic ticket attorney. It doesn’t matter how smart you are or how much research you do in an effort to represent yourself. Even if you are an attorney yourself, there can never be a substitute for specialized attorneys that deal with issues like yours each and every day. Our attorneys… Understand the level of evidence and specific testimony that must be offered to sustain a guilty finding for any given charge Know how to set an individualized strategy based on the venue, the charge(s) in question and your personal goals that will maximize the chances for success Recognize that different courts and different judges accept different arguments...Read More >

“Polish” traffic ticket joke for the new year…

December 31, 2009 at 10:03 am

Just read this story and thought it was funny.  It is NOT actually what you may consider a Polish joke and we don’t endorse jokes which promote racial or ethnic stereotypes.  We really don’t.  If anything, this is a government/DMV joke. Those we fully endorse and embrace on every level… The most notorious speeder in Ireland is apparently a man named “Prawo Jazdy”.  He accumulated more than 50 traffic offenses and none of them have been paid or handled properly. Mr. Jazdy has finally been identified and the mystery surrounding his failure to appear on these traffic tickets has been solved.   “Prawo Jazdy” is actually the Polish phrase for driving licence and not the first and last names on the licence.  Thus, police in Ireland have routinely been pulling over motorists with Polish driver licenses and mistakingly issuing a ticket in the name Prawo Jazdy.  It’s not uncommon for an individual to be driving in Ireland with a Polish license–About 200,000...Read More >

10 for 2010 Driving Resolutions for the New Year. 6-10: Financial

December 30, 2009 at 10:46 am

We can’t help if you are installing a 42 inch plasma into the back of the car (not recommended) or even spending money on fancy Yosemite Sam mud flaps.  However, we can offer a few easy tips with respect to minimizing the cost of car ownership and your driving privilege in 2010 and beyond.  In no particular order… 6.  Compare insurance rates. There are many ways to do this quickly online.  Have your current policy handy (so you make sure you are comparing apples to apples), have your registration in hand and take a couple of minutes for this very worthwhile exercise.  Most comparison sites will give you multiple quotes from different companies and will get them to you instantly.  The savings can be significant. 7.  Review the terms of your current insurance policy. There may be significant savings right under your nose if you just take a look.  For example, perhaps you bought your policy ten years ago when...Read More >

10 for 2010 Driving Resolutions for the New Year. 1-5: Safety

December 21, 2009 at 10:56 am

We’re dividing our top ten driving related resolutions for 2010 into two categories.—Safety and Financial. First we’ll look at five simple things drivers can do to make their driving experiences that much more safe in the new year. 1. Inspect and adjust your car before driving. Of course we are always in a rush, but a couple of minutes (if that) before driving away can make a big difference. Inspect -Seatbelts all work properly. -Signal lamps and brake lamps all illuminate and function properly. -No illuminated warning lights on your dash indicating engine or other issues. -Loose items in the car can become projectiles in a collision. Secure everything possible in compartments, in the trunk, with cargo nets, etc. Adjust -Position your seat. Easy access to the pedals, comfort while steering and safety in the event of an air bag deployment are the primary goals. The general rule has your seat positioned so your wrist is at the top of...Read More >

Nassau County and Suffolk County teens pledge not to text and drive

December 12, 2009 at 9:36 am

Nearly 1,700 high school students on Long Island recently pledged not to text and drive. It was part of a nationwide awareness campaign about the dangers of texting and distracted driving. After hearing a presentation that texting while driving is like driving with your eyes closed, 875 students at Bethpage High School and 824 at Babylon High School took part in the Allstate Insurance Company’s 28-city campaign to “X the TXT” launched during the holiday season, one of the deadliest times for teen drivers. Texting is one of the most dangerous distractions facing teen drivers. It’s dangerous enough when experienced drivers get distracted by texting, let alone a driver with just a few months experience. It’s now against the law in New York to text while drive. Federal statistics show distracted driving was to blame for nearly 6,000 deaths and 500,000 injuries in 2008, though it is unclear how many were the result of texting in particular. Bottom line is...Read More >

Parking Ticket grace period unlikely to make a difference.

November 17, 2009 at 11:15 pm

The NYC City Council approved a bill on Monday (11/16/09) that would provide a five-minute grace period to drivers who are late to feed a muni-meter or move their cars on street-cleaning days.  The five-minute period would apply to muni-meters, which control parking spaces and issue a receipt stating the time of expiration, and alternate-side parking rules, which require drivers to move their cars at a certain time for street cleaning. It would not apply to coin-operated meters, because there’s no mechanism available to tell when they expired. Mayor Bloomberg vowed to veto the legislation.. Those for the legislation claim: Drivers are tired of being hassled, especially in a tough economy.  About 280,000 tickets were issued in fiscal 2008 for alternate-side parking violations within five minutes of the required time, which corresponds to about one-quarter of all parking tickets issued in the city that year. It’s good PR.  This city IS on your side… Those against the measure and on...Read More >

Route 17 NY speeding tickets

November 16, 2009 at 9:21 am

Between 2006 and 2008, 553 tickets were issued for speeding at 100 mph or higher in Orange County, Sullivan County and Ulster County. Almost half of those were issued on State Route 17. In comparison, police issued 160 tickets to drivers of 100 mph or more on the Thruway, and 82 such tickets on I-84. As a traffic ticket attorney (and an occasional user of Route 17) I’m tempted to be cynical about the reasons for the higher number of extreme speeding tickets on Route 17 in comparison to other roadways.  Route 17 is one of the most heavily patrolled roadways I’ve seen.  You can’t drive 5 miles without seeing either a car stop in progress or an officer waiting on the side of the road ready to initiate a car stop at any moment.  The attorney advertisements on the billboards along Route 17 are a testament to the excessive number of traffic tickets issued along the roadway. Moreover, some...Read More >

Some thoughts on traffic in NY

November 5, 2009 at 9:40 am

According to the 2009 Urban Mobility Report, we spend 4.2 billion hours sitting in traffic each year. That’s a lot of hours.  In case you are curious, that adds up to the total number of hours in the entire lifetime of approximately 6,244 men.  Over 6,000 entire lifetimes in a single year wasted sitting there just trying to get somewhere else. Makes all the teleportation experimentation seem well worth while even with the occasional fly/human DNA mix up. Men’s Health magazine took a short break from letting us know 7 ways for better sex and how to get your abs ripped in 28 seconds to ask men their thoughts on traffic congestion.  Some of the more interesting questions and results: 53% consider traffic a major stressor in their life 26% spend more than 1.5 hrs/day commuting 71% said commuting with their significant other would NOT improve their relationship 76% blame other drivers, not roadway design, for the congestion 70% say...Read More >

A special trick for avoiding traffic tickets?

October 28, 2009 at 8:15 am

I read a short article this morning on the Tampa Tribune website. It posed the question of whether “there is some sort of technique to getting out of traffic citations.” It caught my eye because it hit on a point I’ve been trying to make for years. Everyone wants to know if “I can say this or do this or use this defense or if officers are like this or that”… These questions are with respect to both before and after a ticket is issued. People want black/white solutions to their problems, but such solutions rarely exist. My answers are almost always “maybe, it depends, could be, etc.”… One officer pulls you over and is in a good mood and gives you a warning, another pulls you over 2 minutes after getting into a fight with his wife on the phone. One judge buys your story about why you were talking on a cell phone while another judge’s aunt was...Read More >

Will new technology help prevent speeding tickets?

October 4, 2009 at 7:11 pm

For as long as there has been speed enforcement, there have been efforts by motorists to use whatever methods were available to avoid speeding tickets. it probably started with simple conversation between neighbors and friends. “Bill, keep an eye out as you’re approaching exit 12 on the highway because this one officer always hides there…”. Then headlight flashing became common among drivers in the mid 1960s when cars began to come with headlight beam selectors located on the steering column—typically activated by pulling the turn signal stalk—rather than the previous foot-operated switches. Once activation was moved to the signal stalk, drivers could momentarily activate their high beams regardless of whether their headlights were turned on or off. Drivers now had a readily available means to attempt communication with one another by flashing their headlamps. Next came the radar detector in the 1970s. The first model–the “fuzzbuster”–was introduced as a result of the 1974 National Maximum Speed Law. This law was...Read More >

Top 5 things to know about Red Lights in New York.

August 31, 2009 at 10:10 am

1.   There are no right turns on a red light in NYC.  If there is a sign there specifically stating that such a turn is allowed, then it’s allowed.  Otherwise, it is prohibited in all five boroughs.  “I didn’t know” won’t cut it in court should it come to that. 2.  A red light camera ticket is not a moving violation.  The camera cannot identify a particular driver and a moving violation summons cannot therefore be issued against a particular person’s driver license.  Red light camera tickets are treated as parking violations and are issued to the registrant.  If you are the registered owner, you are officially on the hook if a camera snaps a picture of your car disobeying a red light regardless of who was driving just like you’d be responsible for a parking ticket regardless of who actually parked the car. 3.  There is no standard with respect to the length of time a yellow light phase...Read More >

New York traffic ticket leads to points, fine and…felony robbery charges.

August 27, 2009 at 10:17 pm

We know traffic tickets can be damaging. Insurance, fine, surcharges and potential suspension are always concerns and bring hundreds of potential clients to our office each month. Now, in a sudden and unexpected boon to traffic ticket lawyers throughout New York, you can add felony larceny and robbery charges to the list. Police in upstate NY recently tracked down a bank robbery suspect using a traffic ticket that was actually used during the robbery. Irondequoit police said Damien Ponder, 27, of Rochester, N.Y., allegedly used the back of the traffic ticket Saturday to write a note demanding money from a teller at the First Niagara Bank. Mr. Ponder was given an undisclosed amount of cash, which he dropped along with the note while leaving. He allegedly retrieved most of the cash, but left behind the traffic ticket. The ticket had his name and address which in turn led to his arrest and the felony charges of third-degree robbery and fourth-degree...Read More >

How much will my traffic ticket cost? It depends…

August 26, 2009 at 10:01 pm

Getting a traffic ticket in New York can be a lot like buying jewelry or antiques.  Unless you have a trained eye, it’s almost impossible to know what to expect to pay.  Drivers should never assume they know what a traffic ticket will cost in fines, surcharges and other penalties without a full analysis from a traffic ticket professional any more than you’d agree to pay a price for a piece of jewelry or antique furniture without an evaluation by a trusted expert. Let’s use a six point speeding ticket as an example.  Call it 52mph in a 30mph zone.  A relatively basic ticket with no major complications surrounding it.  If a potential client were to ask me how much this ticket may cost, here’s a rambling version of some of the issues and considerations I’d have: I’d first ask which court it was in because in the NYS TVB (NYC mostly) there is no plea bargaining so I’d know...Read More >

Do women get fewer traffic tickets than men?

August 13, 2009 at 9:36 am

No driver or officer can deny the fact that there are inherent differences between men and women.  However, a recent study shows that these differences are unlikely to alter the chances of simply receiving a warning instead of a ticket when pulled over. At least as far as Wisconsin is concerned, women and men actually receive the same proportion of tickets compared with warnings when pulled over by State Patrol officers. While it may not pay to be a woman when it comes to getting pulled over in Wisconsin, it does seem to pay to be an actual resident of Wisconsin itself.  The study revealed that Wisconsin drivers are given some consideration that out of state drivers are not.  Illinois drivers got slapped with tickets a higher percentage of the time than Wisconsin drivers. This information is all according to an analysis of more than 150,000 citations and warnings issued by the Wisconsin State Patrol in 2008. We don’t know...Read More >

Virgina woman finds way to beat long DMV lines

July 20, 2009 at 10:49 am

A Virginia woman drove to her local Department of Motor Vehicles service center in Leesburg this weekend to take care of some basic paperwork related to her car’s title.  She then drove straight into the building. Some theories as to why she did this: 1.  She was under the impression the DMV clerk would need to see the actual vehicle. 2.  She had a bet with a friend that it was a fake brick wall (she won the bet). 3.  She heard DMV was offering new drive through services. 4.  Trying to turn her midsize sedan into a compact car. 5.  General frustration with the DMV. Actually, she mistook the gas pedal for the brake. For the record, the traffic ticket attorneys at fully recommend that all motorists, upon visiting the NYS DMV, employ a more traditional strategy of parking a car, getting out of the car and walking into the DMV through what’s commonly referred to as a...Read More >

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