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Bike lanes

As part of New York’s efforts to reduce traffic congestion new safer bike lanes are planned for midtown Manhattan.  New bike lanes that feature a row of parked cars on one side and a curb on the other side will be installed on 26th street and 29th street.   These new bike lanes will provid safer travel across Manhattan going east and west.  Currently the majority of bike lanes with greater safety features run north and south.   The city has planned to construct 50 miles of new bike lanes every year which would include at least 10 miles of protected lanes.  Last year a record 25 miles of protected lanes were built.  The addition of more bike lanes will relieve congestion in the city, reduce the number of people on the roads, and provide alternative travel methods  for New Yorkers.

Should there be more or less bike lanes?

If you receive a summons for a cell phone, 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

Protecting Residents

New York City is going to install 1,500 obstacles to protect residents from vehicles.  The city announced that it will be installing 1,500 metal bollards at some of the city’s most popular locations.  Bollards are metal posts that are intended to stop a vehicle while minimally obstructing foot traffic.  The bollards will be installed to replace concrete barriers currently in place as a result of last year’s terror attack involving a truck driving down a west side bike path, and another incident involving a man high on PCP drove on the side walk in midtown for several blocks.  Large planters are also going to be installed in several locations to preform similar functions as the bollards.  The installation process is expected to take several years  due to the scale of the project and the need to integrate with existing infrastructure.

If you receive a summons for a cell phone, 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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Congestion Pricing

Traffic congestion is a problem in most cities. The number of people who are moving though the city and the available road space for cars and other vehicles are often at odds. One solution is the addition “congestion pricing”.
 
Gov. Andrew M Cuomo recently proposed a price of $11.52 for regular vehicles, $25.34 for trucks, and taxis/for hire vehicles could see surcharges of $2-$5 per ride. This toll adds revenue for road maintenance, future traffic projects, and reduces the number of drivers on the roads. Similar programs are in place in several European and Asian cities such as London, Singapore, and Stockholm. What do you think of the possibility of paying extra tolls just to drive in the city?
 
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Gateway Project

Funding for the Gateway Project, a new rail tunnel connecting Manhattan and New Jersey may be in jeopardy after President Trump’s administration sent a letter claiming that there is no funding agreement for the first phase of the project.  The Gateway Project is intended to reduce railway congestion and act as a replacement for the current tunnel used to connect New Jersey and Manhattan which is over one hundred years old and damaged from super storm Sandy.  The Gateway Project is considered to be one of if not the most important infrastructure projects in the country.  Talks are expected to continue between the states of New York, New Jersey, and the federal government concerning the funding of this large project.

If you receive a summons for a cell phone, 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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Vision Zero Fourth Year

Traffic deaths declined for the fourth year in a row under Mayor Bill de Blasio’s “Vision Zero” project.  The project that is intended to reduce traffic deaths in the city to zero though a combination of public awareness campaigns, street redesign, and stricter enforcement of traffic laws has been successful.  Reduced city wide speed limits, more and better enforced bike lanes, and increased numbers of speed control cameras have all had a significant impact on the number of fatalities the past four years.  Be aware that these measures make the city a safer place for both drivers and pedestrians, but also result in greater numbers of traffic tickets being given due to greater police enforcement and the greater number of automatic cameras being installed.

If you receive a summons for speeding, 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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Potholes

With last week’s subfreezing temperatures behind us, and a significant day time warm up this week the conditions are great for the formation of new potholes in our roads. Potholes form mainly due to water seeping into cracks in pavement during warm daylight hours then freezing and expanding at night when temperatures drop below the freezing point. When the water in the cracks in the pavement freezes it expands pushing the cracks farther apart and deeper. The repeated cycle of thaw, fill, and then freeze results in potholes. These potholes become even worse as more traffic causes physical damage to the potholes as well. Potholes are a hazard to drivers causing damage to wheels, struts, axles, and making for uncomfortable rides. Be aware that potholes will continue to form all through the winter and into spring.
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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Black Ice

With winter in full swing subfreezing temperatures are becoming normal. It is important to be aware of black ice.  Black ice is a clear layer of ice that forms on sidewalks and streets.  The way it forms makes it very difficult to see and as a result can cause serious problems for pedestrians and motorists alike.  Black ice can reduce traction for tires resulting in skidding and difficulty stopping.  For pedestrians it can lead to falls and potentially serious injury.  Bridges and areas where water drains are very likely to have ice form on them.  Be careful crossing bridges and in crosswalks this season.

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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Pedestrians Get A Head Start

As a part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero campaign, he plans to eliminate traffic deaths by 2024.  One of the tactics being used by city officials to fulfill this campaign is giving the pedestrians a head start while crossing.  Pedestrians are now given a head start at 2,381 intersections in New York City.  The couple extra seconds given to pedestrians according to the National Association of City Transportation has decreased crashes and saved lives.  The “head start” is also cost effective compared to other improvements like bike lanes or pedestrian protective barriers.  Other cities like Chicago, Seattle, and Los Angeles are also adopting the head start for pedestrians program.  What do you think of the changes and have you noticed a difference?

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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DRIVER ASSESSMENT 

If you accumulate six or more points for your license in an eighteen month period, this will trigger a NY State Driver Assessment charge.  This is a charge that is levied against drivers who receive six or more points on their license in an eighteen month period.  The assessment fee can be paid two ways, an up front lump sum, or over the course of three years in an installment plan.  You will be assessed $300 for six points.  Additional fees will be assessed for each additional point.  Several tickets will automatically trigger the Drivers Assessment.  Examples are speeding tickets of 21+ miles over the limit, or receiving several tickets in a single stop such as a cellphone ticket(5 points) and an improper turn(2 points).

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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Solution to Gridlock

For decades New York City urban planners, economists, city official and business leaders have push for a toll system to control the amount of traffic in the city and provide more revenue.  It appears the “Congestion pricing” idea is not dead in the water. Gov. Andrew Cuomo told The Times that it was an “idea whose time has come,” and that he and his staff were working on a proposal. The tolls would raise revenue for the city, improve our environment and also reduce excessive traffic.  What do you think about paying tolls in the city?

If you receive a summons for a cell phone, 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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  1. Hello ,

    I saw your tweets and thought I will check your website. Have to say it looks very good!
    I’m also interested in this topic and have recently started my journey as young entrepreneur.

    I’m also looking for the ways on how to promote my website. I have tried AdSense and Facebok Ads, however it is getting very expensive. Was thinking about starting using analytics. Do you recommend it?
    Can you recommend something what works best for you?

    Would appreciate, if you can have a quick look at my website and give me an advice what I should improve: http://janzac.com/
    (Recently I have added a new page about FutureNet and the way how users can make money on this social networking portal.)

    I wanted to subscribe to your newsletter, but I couldn’t find it. Do you have it?

    Hope to hear from you soon.

    P.S.
    Maybe I will add link to your website on my website and you will add link to my website on your website? It will improve SEO of our websites, right? What do you think?

    Regards
    Jan Zac

States to Drivers: Move Over

Recently many states have been implementing messages for drivers to stop clogging the left lanes.  Left lanes are specifically for passing and turning left, not cruising.  Tennessee, Virginia, Georgia, Nevada, and Oklahoma are among states with new laws increasing their fine and ratcheting up enforcement.  Each state is taking its own approach, some have funny signs others have check points reminding drivers to not cruise in the left lane.  Experts believe that driving too slow in the passing lane is just as dangerous as driving too fast.

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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Uber Hack

The recent hack of 57 million Uber customers have left many wondering how vulnerable are we?
Unfortunately finding answers is never easy. As consumers we can only do out best to protect our information. Some ideas are changing all your passwords, keeping a close tab on your personal accounts for fraudulent activity and consider setting up a credit monitoring program.
 
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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Holiday Season Is Here

Expect heavy enforcement of drunk driving laws as the Holiday Season is here.

Do you realize that you license may be revoked if you refuse a Police Officer’s request to take a breathalyzer test.
It is a no brained-Do not drink and drive this holiday.

If you happen to be in Long Island for Thanksgiving eve, Uber is providing free rides from 9pm-3am (up to $15 worth) The promo code “SAFERIDELI

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

Enjoy your Holiday and stay safe!

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Too Much Technology

Too much technology in our cars can lead to distracted driving. We all want the latest bells and whistles in our cars. We love the convenience, but when is it too much?  Remember to focus while driving. Don’t let your cars technology distract you while driving.

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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More Rides , More Traffic

With increased usage of ride sharing companies, do you feel it is easier to get around the city? The question is up for debate.  Ride sharing companies such as Uber or Lyft have attracted many new customers, especially with the constant transit problems in New York City.  Service is either too slow or unreliable.
On the other hand more usage of ride sharing apps means adding more vehicles to the road that would have not been there before. A study estimates that 49 percent to 61 percent of ride hailing trips either would have been made my foot, biking or public transit.
Do you feel like ride sharing is helping patrons get around faster or are they adding more congestion to the city?
If you receive a summons for speeding, cell phone, 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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Nassau County Stats

On Fridays from noon – 6pm the most crashes occur in Nassau county according to the NYS DMV statistics on motor vehicles. Over 28,000 speeding tickets were issued in the county. Be aware of how speed can contribute to crashes.
 
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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Texting and Driving

We all know that texting and driving is a no-no. According to a recent study conducted by the AAA foundation, “Texting while stopped at a traffic light can negatively affect full driving engagement once the light turns green for an average of 27 seconds after you’ve stopped texting.”  Texting and driving will also cost you a 5 point ticket if an officer sees you texting at a traffic light.

If you receive a summons for speeding, cell phone, 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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Speeding Tickets

According to the NYS DMV, there were 1.38 million speeding tickets issued by the police during the last 4 years.  Friday was the day where the most tickets were written.  Males 23 years old received the most tickets. That is a lot of speeding tickets folks. Always fight if you were issued a speeding ticket. Fight those tickets if you are 23 or 73 or any year in between. Contact Michael Block Traffic Ticket Attorney at 212-227-9008   or email Michaelblock.law@gmail.com  Visit our web site for a free consultation. Input your information and we will contact you to review your situation and the ticket you were issued.

 

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The Truck Can’t Stop Here

Mayor de Blasio revealed his new plan to reduced congestion in the city.  The congestion–reduction pilot program will determine when and where commercial vehicles can stop and unload goods.  The rush hour from 7am -10am and 4pm-7pm ban will include 11 Midtown cross streets.  Some business owners are saying the new change will hurt them, it would force them to stay after hours just to receive deliveries.

De Blasio will be hiring more officers just to enforce motorist from blocking the box. He did not provide how much extra revenue the city will generate from this program.

Please keep in mind that a summons issued by an officer carries points so be careful and if you do receive a summons for blocking intersection, cell phone or any other moving violations, please call us at 212-227-9008 or email us at michaelblock.law@gmail.com

 

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5th Avenue Bike Lane

New York City’s Department of Transportation is planning on redesigning Fifth Avenue without adding any infrastructure for cyclists. On October 10, Tuesday night, a crowd of demonstrators formed a “human protective bike lane” on Fifth Avenue protesting the new changes.  The redesign would add a second bus lane to accommodate bus congestion. Hopefully the Department of Transportation can satisfy both motorists and cyclist for the new restoration of Fifth Avenue.

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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Toll Booths at MTA Bridges

The start of cashless toll booth has begun at Throgs Neck Bridge.  MTA is replacing all the toll booths with cash-less tolling.  Even with the removal of the booths there has still been significant congestion at the bridge.  MTA cited two main reasons for the congestion, one was the work required for removal of the center toll booths and the second was motorists slowing down unnecessarily under the new pass.

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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Fewer Safety Guidelines 

Recently the Trump administration revealed it’s new updated safety guidelines for self-driving cars.  Before under Obama, automakers had to follow a 15 point safety assessment, now it is only a 12 point assessment.   Automakers no longer have to think about ethics privacy issues beyond crash data.  They also make it clear that only the federal government can determine whether a self driving vehicle is safe. Critic are not happy with this choice while automakers are praising the new guidelines.
What do you think of the fewer safety guidelines?
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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Ride Hailing Apps Vs Taxi Drivers

Almost three years ago taxi medallions sold for almost 1 million dollars in New York. Nowadays the price of a medallions has decreased dramatically; the main reason being ride sharing apps (Uber, Lyft, Via, Gett, and Juno.)  Taxi drivers are currently in a crisis trying to balance paying off medallions and maintaining a steady income.  Although taxi drivers don’t have anything against their competitors and new technology, they do wish the new ride sharing apps were held to the same standards.
Do you think ride sharing drivers should have the same regulations as taxi drivers?
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.
Good Luck to our client and friend Hervias, one of those leading the battle for yellow taxi drivers.
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Tesla Model S Autopilot Limited

According to the National Transportation Safety Board, the first known fatal crash of Tesla Model S Autopilot was due to design limitations.  The crash was the result of the driver’s over-reliance on Tesla autopilot technology.The driver at the time took his vehicle on the highway where the crash occurred.  Tesla has warned its drivers that the autopilot should only be used limited-access highways. National Transportation Safety Board recommends the manufacturers develop a new system where the drivers remain attentive during auto pilot. Would you trust your vehicle to drive for you?
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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Do you want to get your driver's license? You can find some help here

Here is a great resource from the NYS Department of Motor Vehicles. A special section designed for young people who are preparing to get their driver’s license. All the details you need for getting your permit and taking the driver’s test. http://www.nydmv.state.ny.us/youngerdriver/default.html

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Taxi cabs in Manhattan and driver suspensions

If you ever try to find a cab in Manhattan during rush hour you know what this article is all about. I suspect the Taxi & Limousine Commission is dealing out driver suspensions more strictly than they have in the past. This may be the real reason cabs are more scarce at rush hour these days. If true, drivers need to fight harder to keep their license points lower.

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NYC legislature and the anti-texting law

AAA’s Car & Travel Mag’s Nov-Jan issue ran a column “Albany AWOL On Texting”. It detailed how the NYS legislature failed to give the anti-texting law any teeth and asked why Albany doesn’t get it? One reader commented in the January 2011 issue: “The only logical answer would seem to be that the majority of these legislators like to text while driving. What other explanation is there? Unless they’re all idiots.”

Join us!

Please join Michael and Rose for this event that benefits Children of Hope—an organization founded and supported by police officers. Michael has donated a $1000 raffle prize which provides free representation on a traffic or criminal charge. Hope to see you Sunday February 13 at 3 PM at Mulcahy’s in Wantagh.

Drive safe - stay safe

In a perfect world, all acts of distraction while driving would result in penalties. Drinking coffee or soda, eating, lighting and smoking tobacco, and even bending down to grab the cell phone you dropped. Enforcement of these common sense things is impossible. Do yourself a favor and avoid any behavior that puts you and your fellow drivers in harms way.