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Congestion Pricing

Governor Cuomo is considering a “congestion pricing” for all cars in New York City. This  plan was proposed to cut back on traffic congestion and reduced pollution in the city.  This plan was first introduced a decade ago by former Mayor Bloomberg, but was blocked by Albany.

If this “congestion pricing” passes for NYC, it will be the first U.S city to implement this fee.  Congestion pricing does exist worldwide, including cities like London and Singapore.   The congestion plan is still in the beginning phases. Do you think congestion pricing will help NYC with its daily traffic?

If you receive a summons for speeding, or an illegal U-turn, or any other moving violation, an experienced traffic ticket attorney can help you. Call us at 212-227-9008 or email us at michaelblock.law@gmail.com.
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Bike Lane Rush Hour

Biking has become part of New Yorkers day to day routine. The bike culture is growing at a rapid pace in New York City, for example the daily bike trip on the Brooklyn Bridge has increased from 170,000 in 2005 to 450,000 riders currently. Under Vision Zero, the city is trying to accommodate the bikers by creating protected bike lanes.  With the city adjusting to to bikers, bikers should expect heavy enforcement monitoring them.  Although these types of ticket carry no points, fines can add up for the cyclists.
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Self Driving Cars Are The Future

Lawmakers are playing the catch up game when it comes to autonomous vehicles.  With more and more companies releasing and testing their driverless cars; lawmakers are slowly and cautiously taking steps towards regulating the industry.  Senators on both sides agree driverless cars can prevent deaths and also could spurt job creation growth.  What regulations should lawmakers consider and will driverless cars ever reach New York?
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Zap To The Future

LIPA, Long Island Power Authority is preparing to expand its electric car charging stations in Long Island. Currently there are 112 stations in Nassau and Suffolk.  The plans are to install 32 more and offer special rates for overnight charging. LIPA wants to offer support to their customer choices in using electricity over gas, especially since new electric vehicles are set to hit the market this year.

If you receive a summons for a cell phone, or an illegal U-turn, or any other moving violation, an experienced traffic ticket attorney can help you. Call us at 212-227-9008 or email us at michaelblock.law@gmail.com.
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Parallel Issues in London: Uber vs. Taxi Cab

In London, or across the pond, Uber vs. taxi cabs has centered as the narrative. The taxi cab in London has a long history, whereas Uber arrived in 2012. In London, the Uber is normally the cheaper ride. Some have claimed Uber is killing the business model and culture of the traditional black cab (London’s version of the NYC yellow cab). It is interesting to see the comparisons between NYC and London’s taxi-Uber rift. What do you think of this?

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Safety Study of Southern State Parkway

On June 15th, State Senate passed a bill directing State Department of Transportation to conduct a safety study on the Southern State Parkway.  The parkway design hasn’t changed much since its opening in 1927.  
In a recent study, DOT found within a 5 year span the Southern State Parkway had over 10,000 accidents, 3,000 in which resulted in injuries and 32 fatalities. Do you think this study will force New York to make the improvements the Southern State Parkway needs?
 
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Nassau County May Opt Out of Ride Sharing Services

Nassau County is seeking to opt out of a current NY State Law that legalizes ride-sharing services. Meaning, if they County opts out, Uber and Lyft would be temporarily banned in Nassau County.  Nassau County wishes to charge more registration fees for Uber and Lyft. These fees could generate up to a whooping $1 million annually in additional revenues.

If you receive a summons for a speed, disobey traffic device, or any other moving violation, an experienced traffic ticket attorney can help. Please call us at 212-227-9008 or email us at michaelblock.law@gmail.com
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    I sent 2 violations, 1 for not having the Uber logo, I told the TLc inspector that I only had 3 days working on long island and that I had no knowledge of that and that Uber authorized me to work and UBER never told me it was The use of the logo is mandatory and the other fine says that the dispatch authorizes me to work without having a valid registration of the county of nassau … I am driving my personal car since Uber authorized me to work with my vehicle in Nassau county

Car Pooling Cabs

Pretty soon, yellow cabs in New York City will be joining the carpooling scene. Two ride sharing apps Curb and Via are teaming up to provide this service to passengers. This carpooling service will give customers a 40 percent discount from regular prices. This program will offer service from 32nd and 110th street only but will eventually expand.

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More Speeding Cameras

Mayor Bill De Blasio is urging State Legislature to install more speeding cameras around 750 school zones. He cited a Department of Transportation study stating speeding has decreased by 63 percent around camera zones and crashes with injuries have decreased by 15 percent.  If State Legislature approves more cameras, they might also approve the time in which the cameras operate.  Currently cameras only operate during school hours.  The time would increase from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.  What do you think about these future changes?

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Hampton Bay's Response To Texting and Driving

The town of Hampton Bay recently unveiled a new “Please Don’t Text and Drive” sign near route 24. The sign was placed in memory of a woman killed by a motorist using his cellphone while driving. Texting and driving not only endangers yourself, but it endangers other motorists and pedestrians on the road.

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Uber Miscalculation

Every since 2014, Uber has miscalculated its driver’s commissions.  Uber admitted the error last week and has promised to pay their drivers their payments plus interest (each driver is set to make almost $900).  This mistake will cost Uber around $45 million. What do you think of Uber’s recent mistake?

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High Amount of Summons Issued in 2017

Amazingly, over the first four months of 2017, New York State Troopers issued 14,452 Traffic Summons! This means that everyone must drive carefully, as the state is cracking down on any offenses.

If you receive a summons for an improper turn, or an illegal U-turn, or any other moving violation, an experienced traffic ticket attorney can help you. Call us at 212-227-9008 or email us at michaelblock.law@gmail.com.

 

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Lyft and Waymo Collaboration

Two of Silicon Valley’s biggest players are teaming up; Lyft ( the ride sharing app) and Waymo (the self-driving company).  Lyft is trying to become a key player in the for-hire autonomous realm. This new collaboration may help Lyft surpass Uber.  What might this deal do for Uber?

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New City Council Bills Aimed At Catching Hit-And-Run Drivers

Two recently introduced City Council Bills are aimed at aiding law enforcement authorities better catch hit-and-run drivers. One of the bills would create an “Amber Alert” style message sent to the phones of NYC residents. Another bill would create greater rewards for those who turn in suspected hit-and-run criminals. These bills could greatly aid in catching the criminals involved in hit-and-run accidents. Hit and Run Drivers Must Be Brought To Justice.
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New AAA Report

A new AAA report states that many injuries and deaths from car crashes on Long Island can be avoided through the introduction of new roundabouts, guardrails, and better crosswalks. AAA seeks to spend $146 billion on safety over the next 20 years all across the U.S.A. When traffic deaths were measured per 100,000 people, the United States ranked 32nd globally.

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New Face Reading Technology

One day, One’s car may have the ability to read one’s face. Automakers are looking to use bio-metrics and facial recognition software in an effort to anticipate the drivers wants and desire, like playing your favorite music based on your mood. This facial recognition software can also reduce the impact of an airbag based off the size of the person inside the vehicle. These new technological features may hit the road sooner than you may think!

If you receive a summons for a speeding violation, cellphone, or any other moving violation in NY State, an experienced traffic ticket attorney can help. Call us at 212-227-9008 or email us at michaelblock.law@gmail.com.

 

 

 

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Uber Drivers Will Receive Tips?

New York City is debating whether or not to force For-Hire Vehicle services like Uber to offer tipping. The Taxi and Limo Commission is pushing forth the idea of enabling a tipping feature on the Uber app. The tipping proposal will be formally introduced to the City Council in July. Uber drivers seek to have a hiring earning potential, and find that a tipping option will better help cover the cost of insurance, gas, and maintenance.

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For-Hire-Vehicles Out On Long Island?

A new deal would allow for-hire-vehicle companies Uber and Lyf to operate on Long Island. Governor Cuomo did not release the specifics of the deal, but informed the public last week that “we basically have an agreement [on the deal].”  The proposals that were under discussion included requiring Uber and Lyft drivers to obtain specific insurance in order to operate on Long Island. This deal comes after various polls demonstrate an overwhelming majority of New Yorkers seek better transportation opportunities, and Uber and Lyft may provide just that on Long Island.

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The Debate Over The Speed Limit on The Ocean Parkway

Should Ocean Parkway’s speed limit be raised? Currently, the speed limit for the Brooklyn boulevard is currently at 25 miles per hour. According to cameras, from March 5th to 11th, 91,000 motorists drove over 25 miles per hour on the Ocean Parkway. State Senator Simcha Felder, has introduced a bill that would increase the speed limit to 30 miles per hour, in an effort to move traffic more smoothly. Some residents of Brooklyn however, believe that 25 miles per hour is a safer limit, and that traffic moves fine at that speed. Many of those receiving summonses for speeding on Ocean Parkway have been lucky. If the summons is received in the mail, the Speed has been captured by camera and there are no points attached. However, if issued by a Police Officer, a conviction will lead to points on license.

If you receive a summons for a speeding violation, cellphone, or any other moving violation in NY State, an experienced traffic ticket attorney can help. Call us at 212-227-9008 or email us at michaelblock.law@gmail.com.

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Southern State Safety Check

Two key players in Nassau County have called upon the state to improve the Southern State Parkway due to safety concerns. Over a 5-year period, there has been over 10,000 traffic accidents on the Southern State Parkway. This number is way too high! What do you think?

If you receive a summons for a speeding violation, cellphone, or any other moving violation in NY State, an experienced traffic ticket attorney can help. Call us at 212-227-9008 or email us at michaelblock.law@gmail.com.
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How Self-Driving Cars Can Aid The Elderly

Nearly 16 million adults over the age of 65 live in areas with poor access to public transportation. This has prompted many of our senior citizens to ask how will I go to my doctor’s appointments or even the grocery store? The elderly face the question of whether or not they can safely operate a motor vehicle from point A to Point B. Some of the senior citizens point to the self-driving car, which could greatly relinquish those driving fears.

If you receive a summons for a speeding violation, or any other moving violation in NY State, an experienced traffic ticket attorney can help. Call us at 212-227-9008 or email us at michaelblock.law@gmail.com.

 

 

 

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Illegal License Plate Crackdown

New York State is cracking down on any illegal license plates. So, NY State is looking for any motorist who has blocked or covered his or her license plate. Suffolk County and State Police have been cracking down on motorists who have attempted to impede cameras from detecting the motorist’s license plate. Suffolk County and NY State have cited a loss of revenue from tolls and red light cameras as a cause for the crackdown.

 

If you receive a summons for a speeding violation, or any other moving violation in NY State, an experienced traffic ticket attorney can help. Call us at 212-227-9008 or email us at michaelblock.law@gmail.com.

 

 

 

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Self-Driving Uber Crash

Although Uber, and many have demonstrated the capabilities of self-driving cars, a crash earlier this month has demonstrated the negatives of fully autonomous cars. The car accident took place in Tempe, Arizona, and the Tempe Police Department later proved that the Uber car was not at fault for the accident. However, Uber temporarily shut down its self-driving cars in San Francisco and Pittsburgh as a precautionary measure.

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Uber's NYC HQ

With the increase in Uber, Lyft, and for-hire vehicles, city officials all across the United States are forced to look further into their transportation policies. Uber has invested in a luxurious center for Uber drivers to relax, use the restroom, and eat complimentary pretzels and soft drinks all in an effort to entice more drivers to use Uber. In fact, there are four luxurious Uber centers in New York City alone. Some Uber drivers however, have switched to driving for yellow cabs as Uber’s fare cuts drain the profits of Uber drivers.

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Uber Drivers Galore

Over 50,000 drivers have a license to drive for Uber in New York City. Lyft and Uber Drivers have swarmed NYC roads, and have competed with yellow cabs, and other for-hire-vehicle services to pick up the most customers. Uber’s largest arsenal of drivers lies in New York City. Interestingly, the price of an Uber Pool can sometimes be only $2.25 more than the cost of a Subway ride, which many commuters have found to be worth the cost.

For NYC Mayor and Police Dept. this is extra pool of drivers to issue summonses to.
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Traffic Related Deaths Down In NYC

Road deaths in New York City are down by over 25%. From November 1 to March 7th, there were 66 fatalities from traffic incidents in New York City.  Last year, during the same time period, there were 89 fatalities. City officials have pointed to the “Dusk and Darkness Campaign” as a contributing factor to the decrease in traffic deaths.Other officials point to the Vision Zero campaign as a safeguard against traffic deaths. This winter, police wrote 243,943 violations for Vision Zero offenses, which is a 10% increase from the previous year.

If you receive a summons for a Speed, E-Z pass violation, or any other moving violation in NY State, an experienced traffic ticket attorney can help. Call us at 212-227-9008 or email us at michaelblock.law@gmail.com.
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Suffolk County Expected To Raise Fees for Traffic Tickets

Suffolk County’s legislature is slated to vote on raising the amount of fees a violator will pay for traffic and parking tickets. The vote will take place in late March of this year. The increase in fees will double the fines for both traffic and parking tickets. Newsday expects this fee increase to pass, and give Suffolk county an additional $5.5 Million in fees. Interestingly, like NYC, the surcharges will often exceed the fine amount. What do you think of the increase in traffic and parking ticket fees in Suffolk County?

If you receive a summons for speeding, failure to stop at a stop sign, following too closely, speeding, or any other moving violation, an experienced traffic ticket attorney can help. Call us at 212-227-9008 or email us at michaelblock.law@gmail.com.
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Legislation On What To Do At A Traffic Stop

Should New York follow North Carolina and enact legislation on educating drivers on what to do once a driver is pulled over? Driver Education Courses in states like North Carolina and Illinois must include instruction on the proper

behaviors a driver should partake in after being puled over by a police officer. Always remember to give the police officer what he has asked for. Make sure to talk as little as possible and give the officer no reason to remember you.
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Important Drivers Ed Legislation

Should New York follow North Carolina and enact legislation on educating drivers on what to do once a driver is pulled over? Driver Education Courses in states like North Carolina and Illinois must include instruction on the proper behaviors a driver should partake in after being puled over by a police officer. Always remember to give the police officer what he has asked for. Make sure to talk as little as possible and give the officer no reason to remember you.

If you receive a summons for an improper signal, u-turn, speed, cellphone or any other moving violation, an experienced traffic ticket attorney can help. Call us at 212-227-9008 or email us at michaelblock.law@gmail.com.
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Lyft Seeking Greater Investments

Lyft is seeking new ways to become the top for-hire-vehicle company following the headlines surrounding Uber. So, Lyft has engaged in meetings with private investors to increase the overall value of Lyft. Last year, Lyft was valued at $5.5 billion following a $1 billion investment by General Motors. Let us know what makes a good ride-hailing service in your eyes.
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Troopers Issuing Tickets in NYC

Interestingly, New York State Troopers have been issuing out traffic tickets in New York City. MTA Police and State Troopers have issued over 5,000 tickets since the start of the New Year. Police are cracking down on toll bridges and issuing out tickets for toll evasion. What do you think of the increased traffic ticket presence in NYC?

If you receive a summons for an E-Z pass violation, speed, cellphone, or any other moving violation in NY State, an experienced traffic ticket attorney can help. Call us at 212-227-9008 or email us at michaelblock.law@gmail.com.
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The Race to Road Map Making

Various automakers and technology companies are competing with one another to road map the precise location of every street marking (stop sign, double yellow line, etc.) on every road across the United States. Creating a correct digital map is a vital part of creating self-driving cars. One company called Waymo, has mapped out Austin Texas, Kirkland, Washington, and Mountain View California so far. Obtaining a full three-dimensional road map of the entire United States is a difficult task, but automakers are determined to put self-driving cars on the road.

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Subway Ridership Down: First Time Since 2009

Amazingly, subway ridership has dropped for the first time since 2009.  Weekend ridership has declined, while weekday ridership has steadily increased since 1948.  Two of the culprits for the decline in ridership are Uber and the constant maintenance of the subways. Critics point to Governor Cuomo who cut  $65 million worth of state funding from the M.T.A. budget. Officials say the funding changes would not lead to fare and toll increases or service changes.

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Vision Zero Aids in Decline in Traffic Fatalities?

New York City has cut traffic deaths over the past three years. Since the beginning of the Mayor’s Vision Zero program,  there has been a 23% decline in traffic fatalities. There has been a 14% increase in traffic deaths  across the rest  of the United States. Additionally, since the inception of Vision Zero, New York City doled out 42,385 tickets for drivers failing to yield to pedestrians, which is nearly four times the annual average before Vision Zero began.

 

If you receive a summons for failing to yield to a pedestrian or any other moving violation, an experienced traffic ticket attorney can help. Call us at 212-227-9008 or email us at michaelblock.law@gmail.com.

Rise In Traffic Related Deaths

There has been a sudden, and sharp rise in the amount of traffic related deaths in the United States. According to the National Highway Safety Council, 40,200 people were killed in motor vehicle accidents in 2016. This number of traffic deaths in 2016 is significant because it is 6% higher than the year before. Also, this is the first time since 2007 that more than 40,000 traffic related deaths have occurred in a single year.

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Bus Driver Appreciation

The Law Office of Michael Block appreciates all of the bus drivers out there. Thanks to a recent article in Newsday, people will understand the importance of why bus drivers drive the way they do. The article shows how some Long Island motorists become annoyed at the fact that bus drivers fully stop at stop signs and drive the speed limit. However, bus drivers are not allowed to drive above the speed limit, as they are operating the vehicle with the safety of the children in mind! We wanted to thank all bus drivers for all of the hard work they do.
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Vision Zero's Cut of the NYC Budget

$400 million has been allocated to Vision Zero in the 2018 NYC budget. Most of that money will go towards street reconstruction projects, traffic signal improvements, and improved street markings. Vision Zero aims to reduce traffic fatalities to zero by 2024. The total budget for the City of New York is at $84.6 billion dollars. Although the number of cyclists and pedestrians killed on city streets increased, the total number of traffic fatalities fell for the third year in a row.

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Increase in Nassau County Traffic Tickets?

As part of a push to keep crime low in Nassau County, Nassau police officials will add new gunshot detection services and add new license plate detection readers. Each additional device will lead to an increase in the amount of tickets given out in Nassau County, with the aim to greatly decrease crime there as well. Newsday reports that Nassau police will keep crime down by cracking down on moving violations.

If you receive a summons for speeding, following too closely, an improper signal, or any other moving violation in Nassau, Suffolk, or any New York State County, an experienced traffic ticket attorney can help. Call us at 212-227-9008 or email us at michaelblock.law@gmail.com

 

 

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Drowsy Driving On Par With Drunk Driving?

Incredibly, drowsy driving is on par with drunk driving. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, people who get less than four hours of sleep a night drive as impaired as someone with a .12 blood alcohol level! Drivers will try many different methods to avoid the feeling of drowsiness, however most of these methods are ineffective. The AAA states that a nap, or a better night’s sleep are  the only two methods to avoid drowsy driving.
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The Safest EV Car?

The Tesla S is not as safe as many have thought to have believed. Although a 2013 National Highway and Safety Administration gave the Model S a good review, a recent safety review states otherwise. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety did not grant the Tesla S either of its safety awards. The Tesla S was one of two electric vehicles the Insurance in Institute for Highway Safety tested

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A Presidential Visit = Massive Delays

Every time President Donald J. Trump visits his home in New York City, massive traffic jams will ensue. President Trump has expressed his desire to come back to NYC and visit his wife Melania, and son Baron. When Mr. Trump arrives to his home in Trump Tower, there will be a massive security increases, including closing several NYC streets. So, expect more days with unbearable traffic in NYC for the indefinite future.

If you receive a summons for moving from a lane unsafely, disobeying a traffic device, or obstructing an intersection, an experienced traffic ticket attorney can help. Call the Law Office of Michael Block at 212-227-9008, or email us at michaelblock.law@gmail.com.

 

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"Labeling" Pre-Owned Cars

The Federal Trade Commission has lowered its rules on labeling used cars as “certified pre-owned.” Used cars formerly under recall, and without the proper repairs from that recall, can be sold as certified pre-owned. There are a few dealers who have refused to sell any recalled vehicles to their customers. However, some dealers, like Ford, are selling recalled vehicles that have been deemed “certified pre-owned,” but are not advertising them as safe vehicles.

Do you think that this practice of selling certified vehicles is ok? Let us know in the comments below.

If you receive a summons for failing to yield to a pedestrian or any other moving violation, an experienced traffic ticket attorney can help. Call the Law Office of Michael Block at 212-227-9008, or email us at michaelblock.law@gmail.com.

TLC Ticket: Unlicensed Vehicle

All  Uber, Lyft, and for-hire vehicle drivers should pay attention to this message. There are specific TLC tickets directly related to for-hire services. For example, there is a summons issued for an “unlicensed vehicle”. One can receive this ticket if one picks up a passenger without proper consent by one’s car service/dispatch. For example, if an Uber driver picks up a passenger who has not sent a notification to the Uber driver’s phone, that driver can receive an unlicensed vehicle summons. The max fine of $10,000 is applied ff the unlicensed vehicle ticket is issued to the owner of a car. Additionally, the driver’s license (of an Uber, Lyft, or taxi cab driver) may be revoked, meaning that their TLC license will be taken away.

For-hire drivers should not pick up a passenger who is not one’s direct customer, even if they say they will pay you extra to take them somewhere.
If you receive a summons for an unlicensed for hire moving violation, an experienced traffic ticket attorney can help. Call us at 212-227-9008 or email us at michaelblock.law@gmail.com

 

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The Hidden Costs of a Cellphone ticket

Many of you may know that a conviction for improper cellphone or portable contact electronic device ticket carries a minimum fine of $138 on New York City. However most people do not realize the hidden costs that also are involved.

Convictions for these offenses will add five (5) points to your New York State Driver’s License. If you receive any other ticket within the same 18 month period, you will be subject to Driver Assessment fees. These fees kick after six points and start at $300. Each additional point will add more to your Assessment.

Additionally, your auto insurance premiums will likely increase after a conviction for these five (5) point tickets.

If you receive a summons for Cell Phone or texting or any other moving violation in New York State please give us a call at 212-227-9008

 

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Previous Tesla Crash Investigation Results

Remember the Tesla accident that involved a fatal crash a few months ago? Auto-safety regulators said their investigation of the car found no defects in the system. The regulators did let other semi-autonomous car manufacturers know that they need to be more clear about the operation of autonomous car systems, to avoid fatal crashes like the one last May.

If you receive a summons for a moving violation in New York, please contact us at 212-227-9008

 

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More traffic deaths in 2017

Bicycle and pedestrian deaths rose last year, in spite of the small decline in traffic deaths. Pedestrian deaths increased from 139 to 144 and cyclist deaths rose from 14 to 18.

Additionally, 10 New Yorkers have been killed in traffic related incidents in the first 10 days of the year, so  Vision Zero has not been as effective in the waning days of 2017.

Mayor De Blasio has looked into spending more money on capital construction projects, which will have a positive impact on reducing traffic deaths.

If you receive a summons for speeding, an experienced traffic ticket attorney can help. Contact us at 212-227-9008, or email us at michaelblock.law@gmail.com.

Failure to Yield Summons Not Enough to Deter Violators

A new York Times Article points out the limited success of NYC Mayor DeBlasio’s Vision Zero. The number of people killed in car crashes only slightly decreased last year, by 5 deaths.

Failure to yield summonses contain three points and a minimum fine of $138 in NYC. NYC and NY State share in collection of the fine money. Those who commit these infractions are often unaware of the consequences as the back of the summonses contain only information about the fine, and not the pints.

Minimum fines for most tickets have not been increased in many years (from $40 to $50). The surcharge must last increased from $80 to $88 in 2013.

Maybe fines and surcharges should be increased to deter violations. The word would spread among drivers, and social media would be buzzing.

If you receive a summons for Failure to yield or any other ticket in NY state, please contact the office at 212-227-9008, or michaelblock.law@gmail.com.

One Driver Finds the Most Lucrative times to Ride

Many cab, Uber, Lyft, and other ride hailing service motorists find that earning money for their job means missing dinner. One rider, utilizes all three apps in order to find out which makes him the best deal. He finds that rides are most popular in the early mornings, and the evenings around dinner time. The driver noted the many fees associated with driving an Uber from insurance to maintenance to gas fees

Hey all  drivers, let us know how its going?

 

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New Voice Recognition Systems in Automobiles

The automaker Ford, and the e-commerce site Amazon have teamed up to put better voice recognition systems in Ford’s cars. Auto and tech companies have been continuously thinking of ways for motorists to keep their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel and be able to use your cars audio system. BMW and General Motors have also begun to include new voice-recognition systems in their cars. Do you think that these new features are useful in cars?

 

If you receive a summons for speeding, an experienced traffic ticket attorney can help. Call us at 212-227-9008, or email us at mblock1214@gmail.com

Congresswoman Kathleen Rice Takes Aim at Drunk Drivers

Congresswoman Rice pushed for new national penalties for people driving impaired with a child in the car titled: The Prevent Impaired Driving Child Endangerment Act. This piece of legislation would make it a felony to drive under the influence while a child is present in the car. Included in Kathleen Rice’s piece of legislation is language that directs the Secretary of Transportation to withhold portions of federal funding from states that do not comply with this law that better protects children from impaired drivers.

If you receive a summons for driving under the influence, an experienced traffic ticket attorney can help. Call us at 212-227-9008, or email us at mblock1214@gmail.com.

 

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Uber and the DMV

Uber ended its autonomous car service in San Francisco after it had defied state officials orders telling uber the autonomous service was illegal. In Uber’s hometown of San Francisco, uber was forced to shut down its autonomous car service system. State regulators in California made sure that uber would adhere to state regulations.
Uber still contends that their autonomous cars require human oversight and are not illegal. Do you think that uber should be allowed to have its autonomous cars on the road?
If you receive a moving violation while commuting to or from the city, an experienced traffic ticket attorney can help. Call us at 212-227-9008 or email us at Michaelblock.law@gmail.com.
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Uber Surcharge Fee?

The New York State legislature is moving on a special session this January to discuss the idea of adding a surcharge on Uber rides. The surcharge would raise revenue for the Nassau Inter-County Express (NICE). The state already charges a 50 cent surcharge fee on taxi rides, and would do the same on Uber rides. These new funds would greatly aid the NICE bus system, which faces budget cuts and subsequent route cuts.

 

 

 

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Have A Safe and Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays from the attorneys and staff here at the Law Office of Michael Block. For over 29 years, Michael has helped taxi cab drivers, and New Yorkers win their traffic ticket cases! Drive safe over the holiday break, and be responsible after the Christmas party. If you think you might not be able to drive, don’t drive! Have a relative, friend, cab, or Uber take you home, as it is never worth it.

 

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Former NFL stars: Road Rage Deaths

Two incidents of road rage highlight the need to drive safely. Two former NFL stars, Will Smith and Joe McKnight were murdered as a result of road rage incidents. The Will Smith case ended two with the man who shot and killed the former New Orleans Saint facing up to 60 years in prison. The Joe McKnight case awaits a hearing Remember to drive safely and moving over if someone is tailgating you and not let the situation get out of hand. Receive a moving violation for speeding? An experienced traffic ticket attorney can help, call us at 212-227-9008 or email us at michaelblock.law@gmail.com.

License Plate Cover Up

NYC will begin to crack down on license plates that are partially, or fully covered. Motorists have been placing plastic, or other materials over their license plates in order to disguise their cars from red light cameras. The motorist’s efforts have been successful as over 144,000 covered license plates have allowed motorists to avoid tickets ovetr the last two years. NYC cops will further issue tickets for the infractions. Receive a traffic ticket for a red light? An experienced traffic ticket attorney can help, call us at 212-227-9008 or email us at michaelblock.law@gmail.com.

 

 

 

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Move Over Campaign Update

From November 14th to November 18th, highway patrolmen were out with the aim to protect law enforcement and emergency services personnel. The patrolmen pulled over any vehicle who failed to switch to another lane, or move over, when approaching a law enforcement or emergency services personnel. The statistics on how many move over tickets were issued are in. In total, 230 tickets were handed out in that 4 day span back in November. This shows that the police are serious about the Move Over Law. Receive a traffic ticket for failing to move over? An experienced traffic ticket attorney can help, call us at 212-227-9008 or email us at michaelblock.law@gmail.com

Election effects on Transportation Infrastructure

It has now been one month since the turbulent presidential election. The Trump administration may have a larger impact on the LIRR and Long Island’s economy in general.

Both Trump and Clinton agreed that fixing the aging infrastructure of the nation’s transportation systems is a crucial issue. Trump expressed his displeasure of the speediness of the LIRR back in May, and spoke on the importance of fixing the nation’s transportation infrastructure. This also affects those who drive

What do you think should be done to fix Long Island’s and New York City’s infrastructure? If you receive a traffic ticket in NY we can help. Give us a call at 212-227-9008.

 

 

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Mobile Services can be blocked by Smartphone manufacturers

This Associated Press Article once again demonstrates that Mobil Services can be blocked by Smartphone manufacturers. These guidelines would be used to reduce the amount of crashes caused by distracted drivers on their cellphones. The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration would have the ability to block out motorists from texting and driving.

Should all cell Phone Service be prevented as a matter ofPublic Safety?
Receive a traffic ticket for operating a cellphone and driving? An experienced traffic ticket attorney can help, call us at 212-227-9008 or email us at michaelblock.law@gmail.com

Traffic Intentionally Congested?

Traffic in New York City is intentionally horrible. Can you believe it? Well some of us actually can. 

New York City officials purposefully make traffic congested in an effort to make people ride their bikes or use mass transit to commute. This policy started under mayor Bloomberg and has continued with mayor De Blasio 

How has this information not released sooner?!?! What do you think about this? 

If you receive a moving violation for speeding while commuting too or from the city, an experienced traffic ticket attorney can help. Call us at 212-227-9008 or email us at Michaelblock.law@gmail.com.

Right of Way Controversy

Last year, a cab driver attempted to challenge the constitutionality of the Right of Way Law and failed. He pled guilty to violating the Right of Way Law just a few days ago.

The Right of Way Law made striking a pedestrian who has the right of way an unclassified misdemeanor.

On a separate occasion, an NYC judge has dismissed charges against a motorist against the Right of Way Law on the grounds that it violated the defendants 5th and 14th amendment rights.

According to Section 1142 part b, Article 29 of the Vehicle and Traffic Law Laws, a vehicle entering a stop or yield section shall yield the right of way to any pedestrian legal crossing the roadway on which he is driving. A failure to yield to pedestrian in the crosswalk ticket faces 3 points and a minimum fine of $138

Do you think a motorist who accidentally strikes a pedestrian should face criminal charges?

If you receive a summons for a failure to yield to a pedestrian in the crosswalk, call us at 212-227-9008

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Cab Appreciation

I wanted to extend my thanks this past holiday of giving thanks to all of the cabdrivers in New York. I am proud to have served these fine gentleman and ladies for the past 30 years, fighting for their traffic tickets. Thank you to all of the NYC cabdrivers, who have been able to make a living here in NY, and make the city even more enjoyable than it already is. Their service to this city definitely does not go unnoticed, and I look forward to interacting and serving them in the future.

Receive a ticket? Call us at 212-227-9008

 

 

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Gridlock

A gridlock alert is in effect for NYC and will probably remain in effect until New Year’s Day. What does this mean to drivers who must travel in New York during this time?

Traffic will be heavily congested during the next few weeks. The annual Christmas tree lighting festivities, as well as Holliday Tourists will contribute to Gridlock.

New York State Law basically mandates that you cannot enter an intersection unless there is sufficient space to accommodate your vehicle on the other side of the intersection. If you get caught blocking the box, you may be issued a ticket for Spillback. The summons carries two points and a fine.

If you receive a summons for Spillback or Obstructing an Intersection or any other Moving Violation call us at 212-227-9008

Buying a Used Car? Not so Fast

Buying a used car is typically a fast and cheap way to purchase a car at an affordable price that has all of the proper functions of a brand new car. However, Buying a used car is not as convenient as we may think.

At many used car lots, safety flaws in the used cars run unattended. There is no federal requirement for sellers of used cars to fix any problem related to safety-recalls, or even tell customers of the recalls. New car salesmen must disclose recall information however.Car auctions are also one of the most unregulated fields of the car buying industry. These auctions are basically places where some dealers actually can sell defective or damaged or unsafe vehicles to other dealers who are willing to sell them to the public.

 This is unacceptable. These used cars are eluding recall safeguards, which puts motorists, and pedestrians alike, in serious danger.
Whether you are driving a used car or a new car, remember to drive safely. If you find yourself in a situation where you are pulled over for running a red light, running a stop sign, speeding, or any other moving violation, we can help. Call us at 212-227-9008.

Thanksgiving Roads Will Be Stuffed

According to the AAA, Thanksgiving roads will be stuffed. AAA predicts that travel over the holiday break could be massive due to the improving economy. AAA forecasts that 48.7 million Americans will travel, which would be the largest number of people traveling during the Thanksgiving break since 2007. Additionally, AAA expects over 1 million more people who will travel at least 50 miles from their home. The busiest days will be the Wednesday before the holiday, and the Sunday after.

With all of the traffic out on the road, we urge you to remain safe. If you do receive a summons for a moving violation, please make sure to call us at 212-227-9008, and we will help fight you fight your ticket!

Report

Newsday reports Gov. Cuomo signed a law that would allow the Villages of East Hampton and Sag Harbor to reduce the speed limits on certain congested streets. The issue to think about is whether the Village is motivated to make the streets easier to navigate or to raise revenue.

In any event, drivers should obey all local speed limits. If you receive a summons, please call us at 212-227-9008

 

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Big Spike in Traffic Deaths

The biggest spike in traffic deaths in over 50 years has been linked to apps on motorist’s mobile devices. Although distracted driving is not a new phenomenon, modern applications on mobile phones make distracted driving more common. Snapchat, Waze, Pokemon Go, you name it, mobile apps impede a motorists ability to safely navigate the roads. For instance, snapchat allows users to post videos of themselves with the exact speed that they are going

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, highway deaths jumped 10.4% to 17,775 in 2016 compared to 2015. The rate of deaths from auto crashes decreased from 1975 to 2009, but the number of deaths caused by car crashes has actually increased in the last two years. Numerous cases have arose this year of people using snapchat and recording themselves driving just moments before a crash.

For example, in Tampa Fl, officers are investigating a crash where a passenger in a car recorded a snapchat video of the motorist driving at speeds in excess of 115 miles per hour. This incident in Florida is just one of the numerous incidents of snapping and driving throughout the country.

The Department of Transportation outlined a plan to devise a Road to Zero strategy with the goal of eliminating deaths from motor vehicles within 30 years.

Receive a summons for operating your mobile device when driving? An experienced traffic ticket attorney can help. Call our office at 212-227-9008 or email us at michaelblock.law@gmail.com and we can assist you!

Governor Cuomo Releases Massive Campaign to Reinforce Move Over Law

Governor Cuomo Releases Massive Campaign to Reinforce Move Over Law

Do you remember Governor Cuomo’s Move Over Law? The Move Over law requires drivers to slow down and move over when approaching any emergency or law enforcement vehicle. The initial law was originally established in 2011 in order to protect emergency service personnel and law enforcement.

This week, Cuomo has launched many public service announcements to try and increase the safety of the law enforcement agents and highway personnel. This is part of NY’s aggressive campaign to keep motorists, pedestrians, emergency responders, and highway personnel all safe while they are on NY roads

Throughout this week, State Troopers and Thruway staff will hand out educational flyers and engage in conversation  about the importance of the Move Over Law at service areas.

Receive a ticket for a moving violation this week? We can help. Call us at 212-227-9008 or email us at michaelblock.law@gmail.com.

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Driverless Cabs: A Reality Soon

Believe it or not, driverless cabs may soon be cheaper than Public transit. New tesla and google vehicles with autonomous features are on track to drastically lower the cost of taxi cabs.

Without having to pay a driver, taxi prices could drop 67 cents per mile by 2025. This price drop is less than a quarter of the cost in Manhattan today. 

Although this idea may sound great, there are some who are quit to point out the negatives of the driverless cars. The driverless cars and cabs could overflow cities and cause massive traffic congestion. The driverless cars could spell doom for all of the cab drivers and Uber drivers in the city

What do you think?

Receive a speeding ticket summons? Operate your portable electronic device and receive a summons? An experienced traffic ticket attorney can help. Call us at 212-227-9008 for assistance.

Why to Hire a Traffic Attorney: Insurance premium hikes $$$

Although you may have a clean driving record since you were in high school, a conviction for a moving violation may lead to an increased insurance premium. If you receive a summons for a Cell Phone or Speeding, hikes in premiums are likely to follow. Convictions will also lead to fines, and possible Driver Assessment fees.

Obviously, a conviction for driving drunk or impaired will also lead to increased insurance rates. One reason to hire an experienced traffic ticket attorney is to increase your chances of winning the ticket. If you are found not guilty, you will not get points or easy fines or pay more for insurance.

An experienced traffic ticket attorney, like those at Law Office of Michael Block will fight your tickets for moving violations. Call our office at 212-227-9008 to divert your summons.

 

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Texting Stops

I drove many miles of beautiful and scenic NY State roads this weekend en route to visit my son at the University of Binghamton. From Long Island to New York City to the Hudson Valley, I shared the beautiful scenery with tens of thousands of other New York drivers. One thing I noticed was a new name for places to stop.
In the past, there were Full Service Stops. These contained Gas, Food and Rest Rooms. These still exist.
There also are Rest Stops. These usually include a rest room, and vending machines. These are now called “Text Stops”.
This is clearly a recognition of the volume of driver’s use of Electronic Devices.It also recognizes the danger involved.A conviction for Texting or Cell Phone use will add five (5) points to your license, plus a fine.
If you receive a ticket for cell phone, Texting or any other Moving Violation, please contact my office at 212-227-9008.
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Driving Stats Post-Halloween

The statistics just came out for all of the tickets troopers gave last Halloween weekend from October 28-November 1. State troopers wrote out 11,497 traffic tickets during Halloween weekend. The most common tickets received by motorists were cellphone, speeding, seat belt, and distracted driving violations. 

On Long Island, troopers issued 823 traffic tickets. In central New York, troopers issued 1,270 traffic tickets. In the lower Hudson Valley, troopers issued 1,270 traffic tickets. Troopers are out there and are cracking down on moving violations.

It is also important to note that 3 people died and 227 others were injured from car crashes Halloween weekend.

Receive a moving violation for speeding, operating your cell phone, or distracted driving? An experienced traffic ticket attorney can help. Call my office at 212-227-9008 and we can assist you! 

Second Avenue Subway Info

The Second Avenue subway plans to open up the initial stages of the line on December 31st of 2016. Although construction crews did not finish all of its installations so far, the MTA believes the Second Avenue Subway will be up and running by the end of this year. The first phase of the Second Avenue cost $4.4 billion to construct.
The long awaited new subway line will clear up congestion on some of the most crowded subways in the city. The projected line goes from downtown at Hanover Square all the way up to 125th street. Also, the Q will be expanded as part of the Second Avenue Subway This is a major step towards improving the crumbling transportation infrastructure and better ensuring more New Yorkers access to the subway.
Decided to drive instead of take the subway? Get a moving violation or a cellphone ticket or a speeding ticket and a traffic summons? Don’t know what to do? We can help. Call us at 212-227-9008.
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Public Safety Fee Proposal Denied

This Tuesday, the Nassau legislature approved the county’s $2.9 billion budget for 2017. However, the county legislature did not announce a decision on the $105 surcharge on traffic and parking tickets. The proposed increase would go towards funding new police hires.

The ticket surcharge more than doubles the current cost of many traffic violations would generate over $60 million. That influx of money would have gone towards hiring 150 new police officers and 81 civilian law enforcement employees.

County Executive Ed Mangano introduced this Public Safety Fee into the 2017 Nassau County Budget, however the proposal has yet to be passed. The proposal has a chance to get passed in December, but if not, it will have to wait until next year’s budget. Do you feel that it should be passed?

Receive a Traffic Ticket in Nassau County for speeding, passing a red light, using your cellphone, or any other moving violation? Call us at 212-227-9008, and an experienced, successful traffic ticket attorney can help you out.

L Train Shutdown Intro

L Train Shutdown Info

We all remember the destruction that Hurricane Sandy did. From the uprooting of trees to the destruction of homes and cars, we can still feel the affects of the massive Superstorm. One major aspect of Sandy was the flooding.

The storm surge from Hurricane Sandy allowed for the Canarsie Tunnel under the East River to fill up with astronomical amounts of water causing unthinkable damage. So, the MTA decided to close the L train temporarily to make the necessary repairs. The L train will shut between Manhattan and Brooklyn for 18 months beginning in 2019.
Where will all of these commuters go you may ask? There will be an increase in service on the J, G, and M trains but will that be enough to withstand the volume of commuters?
The main question is though, will the repairs actually be finished by the 18 month allotment, or will this project drag on and on and linger for commuters from Williamsburg into Manhattan or vice versa?

 

New Addition to Vision Zero

Evening commuters must now face more dangerous conditions as the days get darker earlier. According to a study conducted by the DMV over the years 2010-2014, an earlier sunset and darkness have been linked to an increase in the total number of pedestrians killed by motor vehicles. This problem has occurred on a national level, and, in New York City as well.

According to a traffic analysis conducted by New York City, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. the hourly rate if of fatalities and severe injuries to pedestrians rose to 2.44 in Mid December, compared to the average rate of .84 in August. And, a majority of those pedestrian fatalities or severe injuries came from motorists making turns. So, remember to turn more vigilantly.

The DeBlasio administration took it upon themselves to act on this frightening statistic. The Mayor’s office will announce a new $1.5 million dusk and darkness safety campaign geared towards creating more safety during the hours of darkness. The new safety campaign is an addition to the city’s Vision Zero plan for eliminating injuries and fatalities caused by vehicles. This addition to the Vision Zero program will help aid in keeping pedestrians and motorists safe, and alive.

Interestingly, this is the first time that New York City has adjusted its traffic policy based on a seasonal factor.

Received a traffic violation summons after dark? Make an improper turn, used your cellphone, or get caught speeding and receive a ticket? We can help you fight that ticket! Give us a call at 212-227-9008.

TLC limits drivers to 12 hour work days.

Everyone should know of this important rule. There is a current TLC rule set in place that aims to reduce TLC driver fatigue. As many of you know, driving a car, let alone driving one for extended amounts of time, is very tiring and affects a driver’s ability to drive.
 
Earlier this year, there was an extensive scientific review on practices of professional driving fatigue, and the TLC used this study to initiate the limit on the amount of hours per day a driver may work. TLC drivers may not driver more than 12 hours in a 24 hour time period. They also cannot drive 72 hours in a 7 day period in addition to the 12 hour limit in a 24 hour period. 
 
The TLC rule prevents loop holes in drivers avoiding the limits put into place. The first offense holds a $75 fine.The second offense includes a 15 day suspension. Importantly, the restriction does apply to for-hire drivers like Uber. So, all 140,000 drivers licensed by the TLC are included in this regulation. The limit on driving hours goes into effect on November 1st. 
 
Received a moving violation? Contact us at 212-227-9008 and we will help you fight your ticket!
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Texting while biking in NYC, still legal?

It is still legal to use your cellphone while you are operating your bicycle on the streets of this great city. The NYC.gov provides all of the bike laws for a bicycle operator. There is no law, however, against operating a cellphone while riding a bicycle. There is merely a safety tip suggesting you don’t use your phone while biking.

A bill was introduced into city hall back in 2014, by councilman Mark Trayger, but no action had been taken. The law would have protected the lives of bikers, drivers, and pedestrians alike. The bill stated a $50 fine for the first offense, and a $200 fine for repeat violations.

We believe texting and riding a bicylce should be illegal! Have a cellphone ticket? Caught operating a portable electronic device? We can help. Call us at 212-227-9008 or shoot us an email at michaelblock.law@gmail.com

U.S. Traffic Deaths Up

U.S. traffic deaths rose an alarming 10.4% in the first half of the year compared to the first half of 2015. The National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration released the statistics last Wednesday.

Interestingly, Americans drove 50.5 billion more miles in the first six months of 2016, than in the first half of 2015. However, this increase in the amount of miles driven does not necessarily account for all of the deaths this year. Officials have not yet identified a specific cause for the recent increase in U.S. traffic deaths.

The statistics were released as federal officials announced a Road to Zero coalition that aims to eliminate traffic deaths, including those on sidewalks and bicycle paths by 2046.

Could this have anything to do with the amount of texting and driving that has skyrocketed  in the U.S.? If you receive a ticket for texting and driving, do not hesitate to contact us at 212-227-9008. Or you could email us at michaelblock.law@gmail.com

 

Has California Proposal gone too far?

Has California proposal gone too far? Driverless cars without the presence of a licensed driver? Is this safe? In a world where humans typically man the vehicle, driverless cars are challenging the long standing norm we are all accustomed to.

This could be a huge benefit to… California personal injury lawyers. It seems irresponsible for California and self driving car producers to allow a vehicle without a licensed driver. What do you think? Should cars be driven without someone manning the vehicle? Should people accept this reality? Let us know.

 

 

Interesting Story on Texting And Driving

Matt Rictel wrote a great newspaper article in Sunday’s N.Y. times. The article begins with the statement “Technology to block texting while driving could save lives, but it’s not being deployed.”

Society needs to do a better job of instilling values in its citizens so that drivers understand it is okay not to not be in constant communication with their friends while they are driving. The potential loss of human life greatly outweighs the loss of touch for a period of time.

NY State Drivers also need to realize that summonses for texting and Cellphone use contain 5 points. People mistakenly think that if you plead guilty, you only need to pay a fine (minimum $138). Drivers do not always know about the points. Perhaps if the minimum fines were greatly increased, drivers would try to stop engaging in such dangerous behavior.

Please contact this office if you receive a summonses for texting or any other moving violation in NY state, call our office at 212-227-9008 or email us at michaelblock.law@gmail.com

 

Self-Driving Cars: On Their Way To Becoming Reality

As some of you may already know, self-driving cars have hit the streets. Some countries are even testing out the use of self-driving cars in the form of taxis. In Singapore, the company known as nuTonomy already allowed hail free rides earlier this month. In North America, self-driving cars are on their way to becoming a real life phenomena. Take the city of Pittsburgh for example.

 

In Pittsburgh, Uber has begun to allow self-driving cars to hit the road. Interestingly, a passenger has to be located in the front seat of the self-driving Uber during Uber pick-ups at all times. This “engineer” sits in the drivers seat alongside the Uber rider at all times. If at anytime the engineer does not feel safe, he can smack a big red button on the dashboard to disengage from driverless mode. If the Uber rider feels unsafe, then he or she may ask the engineer to switch out of driverless mode. Thus far, self-driving cars have been unable to fully hit the road unmanned in the city of Pittsburgh.

 

Uber allowed for some of its more loyal members to first try out the self-driving Ubers. At first Uber considered using the Volvo XC90 as its self-driving car model in Pittsburgh. However, Uber elected to use the Ford Fusion as its first self-driving car in Pittsburgh. Uber has said that autonomous cars can reduce vehicle-related deaths (over 40,000 vehicle-related deaths in 2015).

 

One must note that the self-driving Uber cars in Pittsburgh are not your typical automobiles. Uber has installed over twenty cameras, seven lasers, and about fourteen hundred alternative parts that render millions of bits of data onto their self-driving cars.

 

Uber’s goal seems to be to eliminate the use of human drivers. Let us know what you think. Leave a comment about whether or not you think that self-driving cars will actually become a reality.

 

Multiple Summonses For Same Car Stop

Many Drivers receive more than one ticket resulting from their first car stop. The amount of summonses that may be issued are totally within the Police Officer’s discretion.

Certain tickets are very closely related to each other. For example, an Officer may give tickets for Disobeying a Green Arrow (Pointing Straight) and Disobeying a Traffic Control Device (No Turns) to one motorist. The driver turns, gets two tickets, now what?

Many, but not all judges will consider this one action and will find guilty on only one. However, some judges might find guilty on both. In another case, the Officer may issue summonses for a Red Light and Cell Phone at the same time. These are clearly different offenses. You can be found guilty on one, both, or neither.

An experienced  New York Traffic, Criminal, TLC and CDL Attorney can help. I have been fighting these summonses and others like it for over 28 years. If you have a summons for Following Too Closely, contact me immediately. I can be contacted at 212-227-9008 or via email at michalblock.law@gmail.com.

Save The Tailgating For Football Season!!!

It seems like everyone in Manhattan is always in a rush. No one wants to wait at a red light or to let pedestrians safely cross the street. Some motorists quickly trail behind the car in front of them to avoid anything that might slow them down. It’s not only annoying, but extremely dangerous. On highways, cars usually are following too closely or tailgate as a method of intimidation because they want to pass the car in front of them. By law, motorists are supposed to maintain a safe following distance behind the car in front of it.

According to VTL 1129 following too closely is described as: the driver of a motor vehicle shall not follow another vehicle more closely than is reasonable and prudent, having due regard for the speed of such vehicles and the traffic upon the condition of the highway.

Reasonable and prudent can be determined by the motorists’ judgment. In driver’s education we were taught that you should always remain “a car length” apart from other cars and more than one “car length” apart on highways. The average car is about 14 feet and 8 inches long. By doing so you are creating a buffer space, should anything happen.

If the car in front of you suddenly slams on their brakes, that leaves you with a short reaction time. You have seconds to brake or safely switch lanes. If a motorist is driving behind a car leaving little to no space in front of them the likelihood of them braking in time is greatly decreased. This could cause a car crash domino effect.  According to NYPD this year there have been 542 summonses issued for following too closely. This is a very common summons in New York City; many of my clients have been issued a summons for this and want to fight it.

An experienced New York Traffic, Criminal, TLC and CDL Attorney can help. I have been fighting these summonses and others like it for over 28 years. If you have a summons for Following Too Closely, contact me immediately. I can be contacted at 212-227-9008 or via email at michalblock.law@gmail.com.

NYC Triathlon this Sunday- Expect Street Closures!

This Sunday, July 24th  the Annual NYC Triathlon will take place. Be aware that there will be some street closures!!!

For the full story and information on which streets to avoid see below:

Thousands of athletes will test their limits this Sunday, July 24 when they take part in the annual NYC Triathlon.

First, competitors will swim the Hudson River before biking along Manhattan’s West Side Highway and running through Central Park.

But while those athletes compete in the grueling race, motorists will be competing for space on the roads due to some street closures.

The city’s Department of Transportation has announced several street closures in the Bronx and Manhattan related to the race.

The following streets will be closed on Sunday from 5:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., according to the DOT.

Manhattan

Henry Hudson Parkway (northbound) between West 57th Street and the Henry Hudson Bridge

West 72nd Street between Riverside Drive and Central Park West

West 79th Street between Riverside Drive and the traffic circle near the West Side Highway

The Bronx

Henry Hudson Parkway (northbound) between the Henry Hudson Bridge and Mosholu Parkway

Mosholu Parkway (eastbound) between Henry Hudson Parkway and West Gun Hill Road

Did You Know That You Can Drive Within The Posed Speed Limit & Still Get a Speeding Ticket??

As you are probably aware, most speeding summonses are issued by Police Officers or State Troopers. They are experts in estimating speeds and using speed detection equipment. They usually charge a motorist with going a specific speed over the posted speed limit. For example, driving 75 mph in a 40 mph zone (an 8 point summons). The point system for Speeding summonses in New York is referenced above.

Updated Speeding Violation chart

You should also be aware that a summons for Speed Not Reasonable and Prudent can be issued. VTL 1180a provides that no person shall drive a vehicle at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions and having regard to the actual and potential hazards then existing. Basically the Police Officer can allege that you were going too fast for the condition of the road and traffic. It is common sense to reduce your speed during bad weather conditions. This includes torrential rain, snow, or fog. When the roads are not clear you must drive in an appropriate manner. If you are driving at a high speed that can prevent you from stopping your vehicle quickly when the roads are wet or slick. A lot of motorists think because their car may have 4- wheel or all wheel drive that this rule doesn’t apply to them.

This type of summons can be issued when a motorist is involved in a car crash, for example when a driver didn’t reduce their speed due to construction and spins out of control on the highway and hit a median. Or when a driver swerves and their car ends up on the side of the road in an embankment. While receiving a summons for this might not be common, it is very possible. In scenarios like this, a summons is issued because if the motorist was not driving in a reasonable and prudent manner.

Convictions for summonses for Speed Not Reasonable and Prudent will result in three (3) points on your driver’s license. The minimum fine is $138. If you are convicted of three (3) Speeding Tickets received within an 18 month period, your privileges will be revoked. If you or someone you know has recently received a moving violation in New York, contact me immediately. I can fight for you. Hiring an experienced Traffic, Criminal, TLC and CDL Attorney  can be the difference between being found guilty and maintaining a clean license. Don’t hesitate to call my office at 212-227-9008 or email me at michaelblock.law@gmail.com.

Off Duty NYPD Officer Kills One and Injures Three Others While Driving Drunk.

An NYPD officer is out on bail after driving drunk and killing a pedestrian and injuring three others in Brooklyn over the weekend. No matter who you are, when you get behind the wheel you should never be under the influence. Driving while under the influence can change your life and the lives of others in the blink of an eye. Always exercise good judgement and when in doubt call a designated driver or a cab home.

Please read the full article below:

Bystanders corralled a drunken off-duty cop after his speeding SUV killed a Brooklyn pedestrian and horribly injured three of his college pals in a gruesome wreck, cops and eyewitnesses said.

Officer Nicholas Batka’s vehicle was seen swerving in the seconds before impact. His runaway SUV tore the leg off one victim and left another impaled on a fence, witnesses said.

“The EMTs had to get a saw to remove the man impaled on the railing,” said witness Jaminah Kang, 35. “Another man (looked) like he took a chain saw to the knee.”

The inebriated second-year cop flashed his badge and slipped into his SUV’s passenger’s seat about 3 a.m. Saturday as the mangled victims writhed in agony on a bloodstained sidewalk in Williamsburg.

A cell phone video captured a man in a red shirt wagging a menacing finger at Batka, keeping the SUV door shut tight and the off-duty cop pinned inside.

“Don’t let him get out!” someone else shouted. “He’s going to run away!”

The sloshed cop was trapped inside the SUV — on the driver’s side by a utility pole he crashed into and on the passenger side by the enraged onlookers.

A 21-year-old man died at Bellevue Hospital after Batka lost control and the gray 2012 SUV Dodge Durango careened off Bedford Ave. just after making a right-hand turn from N. Eighth St.

Prosecutors identified the victim as Andrew Esquivel in charging documents, along with three survivors of the late night crash.

Sophia Tabachoun, 20, was listed in stable condition, while Divya Menezes, 23, was hospitalized at Bellevue in critical condition. She underwent surgery late Saturday after breaking both legs in the crash, officials said.

James Balchaunas, 24, was also hurt, but his condition was not immediately known.

Batka was charged with manslaughter, vehicular manslaughter, three counts of assault, driving while intoxicated, driving with impaired ability and driving on a sidewalk.

In a white T-shirt and blue jeans, he appeared somber with his head down at his arraignment late Saturday night in Brooklyn Criminal Court. He posted $300,000 bond, and was released. A judge ordered his driving license suspended.

Witnesses described a nightmarish scene of chaos and carnage in the darkness once the SUV jumped the curb and plowed into the group walking together along the sidewalk.

“I ran over and this girl’s leg was in half,” said Ryan Carpenter, 27, who was heading home when he spied the bloody crash scene.

“I took my shirt off and tried to stop her from bleeding while trying to calm her. She kept screaming.”

At least three of the victims were Massachusetts Institute of Technology graduates living in Williamsburg and headed for home after getting off the L train, said the sister of one victim.

“Help! Help! Help!” one anguished victim is heard howling during a chaotic six-minute video. “I don’t want to lose my leg! Help!”

An employee from the Bedford Gourmet Food store across the street rushed over with ice and towels.

“I didn’t know what to do,” said the store worker, who declined to give his name. “Everyone panicked. (The driver) was trying to back out, too, and kept going into the building. People were holding the driver from leaving.”

The shocking crash occurred just four hours before Batka was due to start a 7 a.m. shift with the Manhattan Transit Task Force following two days off, cops said.

Batka, 28, a former city correction officer, was arrested at the scene and suspended from the force, NYPD Inspector Scott Shanley told reporters at the accident site.

The officer refused to take a Breathalyzer test, sources told the Daily News. After denying he had been behind the wheel, he then asked to speak with his union rep from the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, prosecutors said.

Some other friends walking with the four victims escaped unscathed when the SUV missed them by inches.

“The other two friends were literally one step ahead of them, so they didn’t get hit,” said eyewitness Kang, who called 911. “It was unreal. It was like an episode of TV come to life.

“I wasn’t even thinking about what I was doing.”

Police sources echoed the stories of witnesses, reporting that the force of the impact led investigators to believe Batka was speeding before jumping the curb.

According to witnesses, the drunken cop first attempted to throw the SUV in reverse after the vehicle crashed — but the car instead kept lurching forward, slamming into a townhouse stoop.

Batka, who joined the NYPD in January 2015, was listed in stable condition, police said.

Batka’s aunt and uncle said there were never any indications that the young cop had a problem with alcohol — and they appeared shocked by word of his arrest.

“I know a lot of people who shouldn’t be cops … that have the wrong attitude, but Nick is mellow Jell-O,” said his uncle Walter Leonick, a retired NYPD officer. “I never worried about him doing anything wrong.”

Batka took guardianship of his niece last year when his older brother died of a heart attack, and spent time caring for his mother. His brother, just 35 years old, keeled over during a Christmas party.

Leonick knew immediately that the Saturday accident was a bad situation, saying “He’s in a lot of trouble.”

Photo: NY Daily News

Conducción Temeraria o Conducción Peligrosa en Nueva York-Lo Que Significa Para Usted

Ejemplos de Conducir de manera imprudente se Virar hacia fuera de su carril porque estás usando las piernas para dirigir, balanceándose y tejido a través de tráfico y en un caso extremo, haciendo acrobacias automovilísticas. cuentas de conducir de manera imprudente el 40% de las personas que murieron en accidentes automovilísticos en la ciudad de Nueva York. Cada vez que maneje en una mansión inseguro que usted o cualquier otro motorista pone en dangerit puede considerarse Conducir de manera imprudente o peligroso. Es muy fácil de ser detenido por conducción temeraria en la ciudad de Nueva York. ¿Cuántas veces nos vemos automovilistas se impaciente porque otra persona está conduciendo demasiado despacio? Ellos viajan alrededor de ellos o saltar rápidamente a otro carril, cortando otra persona fuera. Como Tráfico Fiscal entradas New York,He representado a los automovilistas sobre muchas de estas citaciones.

VTL 1212 Conducir de manera imprudente define como la conducción o el uso de cualquier vehículo de motor, motocicleta o cualquier otro vehículo propulsado por cualquier otra energía distinta de la fuerza muscular o cualquier aparato o accesorio del mismo en forma injustificada pone en peligro a los usuarios de la vía pública. Está prohibido conducir de manera imprudente. Una condena por conducción temeraria en Nueva York es un delito menor. Las multas pueden alcanzar de $ 300. También recibirá 5 puntos en su registro de conducción.

Está dentro de la discreción del oficial de policía si emitir una citación por conducción temeraria o conducción peligrosa.

El oficial emitirá una citación amarillo por conducción peligrosa y la audiencia será en una Oficina Violaciónes de Tráfico NYC. Una condena conlleva dos (2) puntos y una multa mínima de $ 138. Violaciónes de tráfico Oficina escuchará estos casos.

Si recibe una citación de conducción temeraria, el oficial emitirá un billete rosa. La citación es devolverse a Nueva York Citación de piezas. Están ubicados en el 346 de Broadway (Nueva York), 120 Schermerhorn Street (Brooklyn), 125-01 Queens Blvd (Queens), 215 Este de la calle 161 (Bronx) y 26 de la avenida central (Staten Island).

En Nueva York, conducción temeraria es un delito menor y este delito va a ir en su registro. También podría ser posible encarcelamiento; 30 días por la primera ofensa, 90 días para el segundo y 130 para una tercera ofensa.

Desde la conducción peligrosa e imprudente parece ser la misma violación, el billete que recibe es realmente depende de la policía y de la situación. Es importante obedecer las reglas de tráfico siempre que esté detrás del volante. Si usted ha recibido una citación por conducir de manera imprudente o peligroso que es imprescindible que conserve un experimentado Fiscal de Nueva York del tráfico de entradas.  Estos son violaciónes graves y deben ser manejados inmediatamente. Puede ponerse en contacto conmigo por teléfono al 212-227-9008 o por correo electrónico a michaelblock.law@gmail.com.

U.S. Safety Agency Investigates Another Tesla Crash Involving Autopilot

Tesla is back in the news again-.there was another car crash, this time in Pennsylvania due to the operator using the autopilot mode. This isn’t good news for Tesla or for the future of self driving cars.

Read Below for the full article:

The nation’s top auto safety regulator said on Wednesday that it had begun an investigation of a second crash involving a Tesla Motors car equipped with Autopilot technology, a system designed to let vehicles drive themselves for brief periods.

In the nonfatal crash, a Tesla sport utility vehicle rolled over last Friday on the Pennsylvania Turnpike after hitting barriers on both sides of the highway. Safety officials continue to investigate a fatal Florida accident in May. The driver of the Pennsylvania vehicle told the Pennsylvania State Police that he was operating it in Autopilot mode.

The accidents have put new scrutiny on Tesla’s Autopilot system and raised questions about whether the technology, which the company describes as only an experimental “beta” test, lulls drivers into a false sense of security.

Although Tesla drivers have posted YouTube videos of themselves operating the vehicles completely hands-free — even climbing into the back seat — the company has cautioned that Autopilot is meant only as an “auto-assist” feature that requires drivers to keep their hands on or near the steering wheel at all times.

In the Florida crash, the first known fatality involving an autonomous driving system, the driver was killed when his Tesla Model S sedan struck atractor-trailer that was crossing the roadway.

An account given on Wednesday by a witness to the Florida accident seemed to indicate that the Autopilot system continued operating the car at highway speed, even after the vehicle’s top was sheared off by the impact and the Tesla went under the trailer and continued down the road.

“The car came from underneath the trailer,” said the witness, Terence Mulligan, who was named in the Florida Highway Patrol’s accident report. Mr. Mulligan, who was driving behind the tractor-trailer at the time, said: “The top was gone. It went right by me.”

Mr. Mulligan, in a telephone interview, said he turned and followed the Tesla, which did not slow down until it had left the road, crashed through two fences and hit a utility pole. His account jibed with the accident report by the Florida Highway Patrol, which said the car was traveling at 65 miles per hour when it hit the tractor-trailer.

Tesla has declined to comment on the details of the Florida crash, which is still under investigation by state and federal officials.

In a statement on Wednesday about the Pennsylvania crash, Tesla said it had “no reason to believe that Autopilot had anything to do with this accident” based on the information it had collected so far.

The Pennsylvania crash involved a Model X S.U.V. heading east on the Pennsylvania Turnpike about 100 miles east of Pittsburgh. The car scraped a guardrail on the right side of the road, crossed the roadway and hit the concrete median. It then rolled over onto its roof and came to a stop in the middle of the road.

Tesla vehicles have the ability to send data back to the company about their condition and operation. In a statement, the company said it received an automated alert from the Model X in Pennsylvania on July 1 showing that its airbags had deployed. But the company said more detailed information about the car’s operation was not received, a situation that could happen if the car’s antenna was damaged in the crash.

Details of the Pennsylvania crash were first reported by The Detroit Free Press. The Pennsylvania State Police declined to release additional details because an investigation is in progress.

The Pennsylvania driver, Albert Scaglione, said by phone on Wednesday that he had just been released from the hospital and declined to comment on the accident. “My attorneys will be releasing a statement shortly,” he said.

A passenger in the car, Tim Yanke, was reportedly not seriously injured.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said on Wednesday that it was collecting information from the Pennsylvania State Police, Tesla and the driver to find out whether automated functions were in use at the time of the crash.

The federal safety agency has also sent a crash investigation team to Florida to determine if the Tesla Autopilot system was at fault in the accident on May 7, which killed Joshua Brown, a 40-year-old from Canton, Ohio.

In the Florida crash, charges are pending against Frank Baressi, the driver of the tractor-trailer that was hit by Mr. Brown’s Tesla. But no final determination on charges will be made until the inquiry is complete, Sgt. Kim Montes, a spokeswoman for the Florida Highway Patrol, said on Wednesday.

“We know the truck made a left turn, and the person going straight has the right of way,” she said, referring to Mr. Brown’s vehicle.

Mr. Baressi, reached by phone, declined to comment.

In an interview with The Associated Press last week, Mr. Baressi said he had heard a Harry Potter movie playing from Mr. Brown’s vehicle, but also acknowledged, “He went so fast through my trailer, I didn’t see him.”

Sergeant Montes said, “We don’t know if that’s accurate,” adding, “We may never know, obviously, given the damage of the vehicle. In a very violent crash, there’s not going to be a lot left inside a car that could be playing.”

A DVD player and a laptop computer were recovered from Mr. Brown’s vehicle after the crash.

Questions have been raised about why neither Tesla nor the federal safety agency notified the public sooner about the May 7 accident, if only to caution other drivers about using Tesla’s Autopilot feature.

When the federal investigation of Mr. Brown’s accident was disclosed last week, Tesla released a statement saying it had informed the agency of the crash “immediately after it occurred.”

But in a statement on Tuesday, Tesla said it did not tell the federal agency about the accident until nine days later.

The Florida Highway Patrol contacted Tesla, seeking help in downloading data from the car’s so-called black-box recorder, seven to 10 days after the crash.

The company said in a statement that it was obligated to notify the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on a quarterly basis when it became aware of a fatal accident involving a Tesla vehicle.

“As part of its regular ongoing communication and not as part of any formal process, Tesla told N.H.T.S.A. about the accident while it was still in the process of conducting its investigation,” Tesla said. “This happened on May 16.”

Failure to Yield to Pedestrians in Crosswalks

As a lawyer who defends people who receive summonses for moving violations, I frequently represent clients for Failure to Yield to Pedestrians. These summonses are issued more in NYC than they are in the rest of New York State. VTL 1151 provides pedestrians’ right of way in crosswalks. (a) When traffic-control signals are not in place or in operation the driver of a vehicle shall yield the right of way, slowing down or stopping if need be to so yield, to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within a crosswalk on the roadway upon which the vehicle is traveling, except that any pedestrian crossing a roadway at a point where a pedestrian tunnel or overpass has been provided shall yield the right of way to all vehicles. It does not matter that you drove into the intersection on a green light. As long as the pedestrian is lawfully in the crosswalk, you may not enter the intersection. The pedestrian has the right of way if he or she has entered the intersection with a walk signal.

Failing to yield to a pedestrian or give them the right of way can result in a 3 point summons. So far this year there have been 17,490 summonses issued for failing to give a pedestrian the right of way in New York City. That is an alarming number that unfortunately will continue to grow. This is a city of pedestrians. No matter what time of day there will always be a sea of people walking to and from their destinations. Be mindful of them as they cross the streets.  According to Mayor DeBlasio’s Vision Zero data, there are 22 pedestrians killed a year and 1,925 pedestrians injured yearly in the city. Safer driving is imperative! Always give pedestrians the right of way and stay off electronic devices while driving so you can give 100% of your attention the condition of the road.

A conviction for Failure to Yield to Pedestrians will result in three points and a minimum fine of $138. If you receive a summons for Failure to Yield to a Pedestrian you or your attorney must personally appear in court. You cannot plead guilty by mail or internet. If you have recently received a summons for this violation or any other moving violation in New York please contact me at my office at 212-227-9008 or via email at michaelblock.law@gmail.com.

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Celebrate Responsibly Don’t Lose Your Driving Rights on Independence Day

Summer is officially here and we are approaching one of the biggest “BBQ holidays” of the year – the Fourth of July. Everyone will be driving to visit family and friends at various BBQs and ending the night with fireworks.  While this is a celebration of freedom and family, it is important to remember to be safe while cooking on the grill, at the beach, handling fireworks and especially on the roads.

According to the National Safety Council last year the Fourth of July weekend was predicted to be the deadliest in seven years. This year the holiday period begins on Friday, July 1 at 6 PM and ends on Tuesday, July 5 at 11:59 PM. Not only will there be an increase of cars on the roads, but there also will be a larger police presence.  Police will be looking out for motorists who are committing all violations, but they will especially be on the lookout for motorists driving while under the influence and speeding. This Fourth of July weekend, don’t end up a statistic! Abide by the rules of the road and exercise safe driving practices.

There are so many things we all can do to keep us and our loved ones safe this holiday weekend. The simplest thing we can do is always buckle up when in the car. Wearing a seatbelt is the law and can prevent serious injuries in an accident. Be mindful of other motorists, use signals when changing lanes and remember to share the road with motorcycles. Always pay attention to the road. Distracted driving accounts for a large portion of crashes and car related deaths. According to distraction.gov in 2014, 3,179 people were killed and 431,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers. Looking at your phone or GPS for even a minute is a minute too long.

You should always obey your local speed limits; it’s the number one way to keep motorists safe. Speeding summonses always carry points. The higher you drive over the posted speed limit the more points you will receive. Here is our violation and points chart:

Updated Speeding Violation chart

Keep in mind, once you approach 11 points your license may be suspended.

The most important warning I can give, is that under no circumstances should one drive if they’ve been drinking. Police will be out in droves looking for motorists who are driving while intoxicated or impaired. It’s never worth it and can put many lives in danger. It’s always smart to have a backup plan. This way if no one is able to drive you are already protected. Assign a designated driver, someone who will not be drinking all night and is able to take you home safely. Call a cab or an Uber; there are so many e-hailing apps available now, you literally have chauffeuring at your finger tips. You want to remember the holiday weekend as a great time with friends and family. Not in the back of a Police car or worse, in a hospital.

If you or someone you know is issued a summons over the holiday weekend, you need to hire an experienced New York Traffic Ticket Attorney to fight for you. I’ve been handling summonses issued in New York State for over 28 years. I can help. You can contact me at 212-227-9008 or via email at michaelblock.law@gmail.com

Have a Safe & Happy Fourth of July.

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Brooklyn Man Charged with Killing his Friend in DWI crash

I can not stress this enough, please talk to your children about driving drunk. This crash happened very close to my home and I have children who are the same age as these young men involved. Males aged 18-26 are the most expensive to insure because they are the most dangerous drivers. We must make sure our kids know that if they’ve been drinking they need to have a designated driver, or take an Uber or a cab home. This is a travesty! Don’t let it happen you!

For the full article read below:

A Nassau jury on Thursday found a Brooklyn man who didn’t attend his own trial guilty of killing his friend in a high-speed, drunken-driving parkway crash on Thanksgiving in 2014.

Bilal Hassan, 24, now faces up to 25 years in prison for the wreck that prosecutors said happened after he drove while highly intoxicated and at 133 miles an hour.

The crash ended the life of Malih Takkouche, 24, of Brooklyn, as the friends headed home from a nightclub.

Authorities said the early-morning holiday wreck happened after Hassan sped past a state trooper’s car while driving with a revoked license and without an ignition interlock device he had been ordered to use after a previous drunken-driving conviction.

State troopers found Hassan’s crushed and burning Infiniti Q50 in a ravine near ramps for the Meadowbrook State Parkway and Southern State Parkway, with both occupants heavily entrapped.

“A 24-year-old man is not going back to his family, so there are no winners today, only justice,” prosecutor Michael Bushwack said of Takkouche, while reacting to Thursday’s verdict.

Takkouche had been studying nursing at Kingsborough Community College and was on the honor roll, an attorney for his family said.

Jurors found Hassan guilty of all counts against him, which included aggravated vehicular homicide and manslaughter charges.

Prosecutors had told jurors that tests had shown Hassan’s blood-alcohol content had been 0.16 percent, or twice the legal threshold for intoxication.

 They said Hassan lost control of the Infiniti while trying to exit the Meadowbrook before the car hit a big tree head-on.

Authorities also said Takkouche spent the last moments of his life bracing for a deadly impact — suffering injuries that included multiple arm fractures — as if he’d had his arms up in front of himself.

“They are very satisfied that he’s held accountable by this verdict, but of course no verdict can bring back their son, their brother,” said Gregory Grizopoulos, an attorney for Takkouche’s relatives, who he said are planning a lawsuit.

Before the verdict, defense attorney Christopher Devane told Nassau County Judge Philip Grella that his client, who was in a cell elsewhere in the courthouse, didn’t respond when he told him the jurors had made their minds up.

Officials have said Hassan, an inmate at Nassau’s jail, has publicly declared that he doesn’t recognize the court’s authority.

“This is one-way justice,” Hassan’s father said after the verdict, while adding that he was sorry for the victim’s death.

Devane said he would file an appeal and declined to further comment.

The judge set Hassan’s sentencing for Aug. 4.

Photo: Newsday

Traffic App Waze is Working to Help Avoid Traffic Accidents

Waze is a great app for getting directions and navigating traffic. But there have been complaints of the app navigating drivers to take risky left turns. Waze is rolling out a feature in certain cities that will assist in safer driving that will still get you to your destination on time!

For the read below for the full article:

For many drivers, the relationship with the Waze traffic app is a lot like a romance. At first, it’s all love songs and clear sailing, and amazement at the fast, traffic-free routes that the voice of your choice sends you on.

“I never knew life could be like this,” we thought as we sailed down a service road at 55 mph, laughing at the stalled drivers on the parallel stretch of Long Island Expressway a few hundred feet away. Or, “I never even knew this road existed, Waze, and I’ve lived here all my life. Waze, I love you!”

But soon enough, little cracks appeared in the relationship, just as they do in our romantic bondings. For one thing, Waze does not care how hard we work for our money. It thinks nothing of telling me to take two expensive toll bridges to get from Long Island to the Upper East Side of Manhattan, like the Throgs Neck and then the Triborough, when the 59th Street Bridge could have done the same work for free.

“You don’t care how much I spend, do you?” I mumbled to Waze.

“I was trying to save you time, you cheapskate,” I imagined hearing it shout back.

Many of us would gladly pay the extra tolls if we knew this odd and expensive route was going to save an hour in traffic, but what if it cut our travel time by only 90 seconds? Was Waze just throwing our money away like it grows on trees? Does Waze not know how hard we work for every dollar?

And she (mine is set to voice a British lass, Kate) does this one other thing that can crimp the relationship, too. She tries to kill me. But the company, which is owned by Google, says that’s going to stop. At least in Los Angeles and New Orleans.

One of the ways Waze tries to save drivers’ time is by telling it to take left turns that, if we thought about them beforehand, we’d realize were very risky. But what happens is, you don’t realize until you’re already at the intersection that Waze’s long-term plan for the trip has you taking a left against the most horrendous oncoming traffic in town, a move that should only be tried on a reality TV show called “Not This Time, Loser.”

And then, as people behind you honk, and you scream, “How is there not a left-turn lane and signal here? It’s like a form of human sacrifice,” you can either try to get over and make a whole bunch of rights, or you can just go for it.

It’s a real problem, and not just at particularly busy intersections, or only in Los Angeles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 60 percent of all traffic accidents involve a vehicle turning left. In New York City, Waze is particularly enamored of left turns against oncoming traffic onto Second Avenue in midtown that are only possible at midnight, and only then in an armored personnel carrier.

But now, Waze has introduced a setting that will let Los Angeles drivers prioritize traffic safety over travel time. That setting will keep them away from dangerous left turns, even if it means taking a somewhat longer route to do so.

That’s smart, and given how Waze works, easy. The program figures out which way users ought to go by determining how fast other users are going, and how many of them there are. It stands to reason that if an intersection has thousands of people an hour coming through it going straight, and no left-turn signal, a driver doesn’t want to try to turn in front of that herd.

The company says the feature that allows drivers to avoid dangerous lefts will be rolled out in New Orleans soon. Hopefully, Long Island and New York City won’t be far behind.

We’re busy enough trying to kill each other on the roads here without having computers take sides in the battle.

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Had too much to drink? Call Designated Driving Service, NYC

Have you ever driven somewhere and later realized that you may have had too much to drink and that you should probably call a cab home? While it’s the responsible thing to do, and the best way to avoid a DWI/DUI or a car crash it forces you to leave your car. Designated Driving Service, NYC is a chauffeur service that acts as a designated driver for anyone that may need a ride home after a night of partying.  Michael Block, New York Traffic Ticket Attorney interviewed Ronald Kandov of Designated Driving Service, NYC to learn more about the company.

Michael Block, New York Traffic Attorney: Can you explain what Designated Driving Service, NYC is?

Ronald: We are a designated driving service. We specialize in taking YOU and YOUR car home when you’ve had a drink and can’t drive back home. We send over 2 drivers to your location. One will sit in your car and take YOU and YOUR car home and the other driver will follow to get back the first driver. Our service saves lives every day and it’s more affordable then taking a cab.

Michael Block, New York Traffic Attorney: How long have you been in business and where are you based?

Ronald: We’ve been in business for one year and are located in Fresh Meadows, NY.

Michael Block, New York Traffic Attorney:  How many drivers do you have on staff?

Ronald:  We have a fleet of 20 drivers.

Michael Block, New York Traffic Attorney: What are the requirements to become a driver with Designated Driving Service, NYC?

Ronald:  All of our drivers must pass a background test. If a driver has 3 or more speeding tickets on their record, gotten a DWI/ DUI or had suspended a license we will not hire them. Our drivers are highly experienced and insured under Designated Driving Service, NYC.

Michael Block, New York Traffic Attorney: What areas do you service?

Ronald: All 5 boroughs and we’ve expanded to New Jersey and the Hamptons.

Michael Block, New York Traffic Attorney: What are your hours? Is there a time frame that clients can call for this service?

Ronald: We are open 24/7.

Michael Block, New York Traffic AttorneyDo you offer any other services?

Ronald: We also offer a personal chauffer service.

Michael Block, New York Traffic Attorney: How can a client get in contact with you to make a reservation for either service?

Ronald: You can make a reservation on our app within seconds “Designated driving service NYC” or on our website www.designateddrivingservicenyc.com

You can call us at 631-697-6820 or 718-415-1316.

 

How Does Never Driving Again Sound to You?

Autonomous cars are getting mixed reviews. Older drivers aren’t ready to give up the wheel, while younger more technologically savvy drivers welcome the idea.

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The technology to make autonomous cars a reality may be ready, but American drivers don’t seem to be.

From smartphone-addicted teenagers to researchers designing the next generation of self-driving vehicles, there’s a fair amount of skepticism among consumers when it comes to letting go of the wheel and allowing a car to do the driving, several surveys over the last year have found. Even engineers have some qualms.

“I have no problem letting a car take control,” said Jeffrey Miller, an associate professor of engineering practice at the University of Southern California. “But having a car take my kids to school? You’re talking about people who don’t have the ability to take over if something goes wrong. I’m not that comfortable with it.”

That sentiment was echoed in a survey of over 400 respondents by IEEE, the professional engineering organization, that grew out of a round table that Professor Miller took part in. On a scale of 1 to 5 — with “very comfortable” being a 5 — more than two-thirds of the experts in the study said they weren’t ready to have a robotic car play nanny, giving the concept a 3 or lower. Not exactly a ringing endorsement from engineers of the state of the art in self-driving cars.

“It’s not the technology. It’s user acceptance that’s holding us up right now,” Professor Miller said.

This is not to say experts and consumers don’t see potential benefits.

Scott Fischer, 55, the chief executive of a privately held recruiting firm in Chicago, foresees a variety of situations in which autonomous vehicles would be a major advantage. “I’m not skeptical at all,” Mr. Fischer said.

Mr. Fischer, who took part in a study of older drivers conducted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s AgeLab and the Hartford Center for Mature Market Excellence, part of the insurance company The Hartford, said autonomous cars could give him more peace of mind about his two daughters, who are in their 20s and have limited driving experience. “They don’t drive as much they take Uber,” he said, “so I see the safety aspects.”

For his father, who is in his early 80s and facing driving challenges because of vision issues, an autonomous vehicle would be a way to get around on his own, Mr. Fischer said. And for his own part, Mr. Fischer would let the car take over when he was tired on a long drive or needed to read email.

“But I want to see proof of concept that the technology actually works,” he added.

Joseph Coughlin, director of the M.I.T. AgeLab, said that for the study’s participants, who ranged in age from 50 to 69, there was no reflexive aversion to technology-assisted driving. “If they see it as useful or enhancing safety,” he said, “they’re willing to pay for it.”

Jodi Olshevski, a gerontologist and executive director of the Hartford Center, said that, in general, people over 50 expressed the most interest in technology that alerts drivers to vehicles in their blind spot, said “It was naturally appealing to them since there’s often a reduced range of motion” in older drivers, Ms. Olshevski noted.

Still, even older drivers were hesitant to give up total control. In the M.I.T. study, most were less likely to accept automatic parking and cruise assistance systems, worried that they would become overly reliant on the technology at the expense of their driving skills.

There’s also the Route 66 romanticism many older Americans still have with the automobile. “Baby boomers have a love affair with the car,” said Raj Rajkumar, an engineering professor at Carnegie Mellon University and a longtime researcher on autonomous vehicles. “On the other hand, the current generation would rather be Snapchatting, and they are a lot more receptive to technology.”

And in the autonomous-vehicle age, established automakers may be on an equal footing with technology companies. A Nielsen automotive study of over 1,100 participants 8 to 18 years old found there was an equal interest in buying a self-driving car from a technology company, such as Google or Apple, as there was from purchasing one an automaker like Ford or General Motors.

According to a 2016 Autotrader Car Tech Impact Study, about two-thirds of consumers would switch brands to get the technology they want. “But completely brand agnostic, I don’t think people are shopping that way yet,” said Brian Moody, executive editor at Autotrader.

More telling, perhaps, is that roughly two-thirds of the consumers in the Autotrader survey acknowledged that they still would not feel confident enough in a self-driving car to take their eyes off the road.

Even the young participants in the Nielsen study seemed reluctant to take their hands off the wheel, especially high school students with licenses. Roughly three out of four drivers of high school age would prefer to drive themselves, according to the Nielsen study. And one-third said self-driving cars were unnecessary.

That may reflect the fact that those with freshly minted driver’s licenses may be particularly reluctant to give up their newfound independence, says Mike VanNieuwkuyk, vice president, automotive, at the Nielsen Company. Mr. VanNieuwkuyk also noted that younger drivers have not yet logged hundreds of annoying hours stewing in traffic or had to suffer through the daily ritual of monotonous commutes.

“And yet young people are the ones who are going to be the potential beneficiaries of this technology,” Mr. VanNieuwkuyk said. “The youngest have more acceptance; they’re already passengers and they’re more engaged with technology.”

The various studies also reflect a sharper divide between those who love to drive and those who find it a stressful activity.

“There are people who want to hop into the back seat and go to sleep,” said Ken Washington, vice president of Ford’s research and advanced engineering division, “and others who say, ‘No robot is going to drive my car.’”

Most of the researchers and automotive experts say driver attitudes will shift as more advanced safety and semiautonomous systems are introduced into new models. Education about how the systems work and their benefits will also help.

“And just think of being stuck in a traffic jam,” said Professor Rajkumar of Carnegie Mellon. “Then you start to see the light.”

Photo: NYTimes

How’s your driving? If you’re looking for lessons then you’ve come to the right place!

Alan Schlesinger is the founder of Abbott Safety Consulting,Inc. and APS driving lessons. Abbott Safety is a corporation that provides commercial drivers and warehouse safety specialists with affordable programs for accident prevention that meet the specific needs of trucking companies. APS driving lessons provides lessons for drivers to pass their road test on the first try in the comfort of their own vehicle. With a 95% success rate, he is the man to call if you, a loved one, or a friend needs some driving help. He is dedicated to providing drivers with safety tools and techniques to avoid accidents at all costs. We called Alan to get an insider interview. Here’s what he said.

Michael Block, New York Traffic Ticket Attorney: Tell us a little bit about your background and how you got started.

Alan Schlesinger: I learned the business very young when I swept floors, operated forklifts, drove heavy-duty trucks and tractor-trailers for my grandfather, father, and uncle. I got my bachelor’s degree and then returned to the family business and eventually became the Executive Vice President in charge of Operations, Transportation and Safety. In 2006 I founded Abbott Safety Consulting. I am also a former CDL driver, a licensed CDL examiner, an experienced Driver Trainer and I have OSHA and DPT certifications. I am also certified by the National Safety Council, the National Traffic Safety Institute and the American Safety Institute.

Michael Block, New York Traffic Ticket Attorney: What does Abbott Safety Consulting Incorporated Specialize in? Do you offer training in anything? Where is it located?

Alan Schlesinger: We are located in White Plains, New York. We specialize in a variety of things including:

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Michael Block,New York Traffic Ticket Attorney:What is the CSA and why is that important to your students?

Alan Schlesinger: The CSA is a U.S Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration enforcement program requiring large commercial vehicle carriers to be in compliance with safety Laws and regulations. It has three main parts including; Measuring safety performance/Collecting data-CSA BASICs (Behavioral Analysis Safety Improvement Categories), Evaluation of high risk driving behavior- identifying candidates for intervention and which type of interventions needed, and Intervention to improve safety. Abbott Safety can evaluate and help truck drivers comply with CSA.

Michael Block,New York Traffic Ticket Attorney:Are there any services you provide that can help improve driving records?

Alan Schlesinger: Yes. We offer a 6-hour New York Point Insurance Reduction Course (Defensive Driving). It can help drivers reduce points on their record received from New York traffic violations by up to 4 points and save up to 10% on their insurance for a three year period. Register for the course online at our website. http://bestpricedrivingschools.com/Course/index.php/register?awc_id=NjM1

Michael Block, New York Traffic Ticket Attorney: Do you offer private driving lessons for non-truck drivers as well? If so, where do you offer these lessons?

Alan Schlesinger: Yes, I offer private driving lessons, I am a certified driving instructor and I have single and package lessons available. I can set up appointments to be taken to road test sights at the student’s local DMV and I have an extremely high success rate for passing road tests on the first try. I allow my students to arrive and practice in a personal car that they are used to, to ensure comfort. I am able to travel to Manhattan, the five boroughs, Westchester County, New Jersey, and Long Island.

Alan takes pride in helping trucking companies improve their high way safety driving records and company enforcement of driving safety regulations. He is extremely patient and is dedicated to helping students pass their road tests on the first try.

For more information or to schedule your driving lessons please visit his website http://abbottsafety.com/  and contact him at (704) 996-1082 or APS5555@verizon.net. For Truck driving safety information call him at: (914) 607-2997 or email him at Alan@AbottSafety.com.