Cortlandt St. Subway Station

The Cortlandt Street subway station is scheduled to reopen in October.  This subway station has been closed since the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center.  The subway station was literally crushed by the collapsing buildings.  According to Dan Rivoli of the Daily News the station is going to be reopened a few months after its 100th birthday.

The reopening of the station will give greater access to lower Manhattan for both commuters and tourists.  For some commuters the reopening will mean greater convenience, eliminating the need to walk north to the Chambers and Franklin St stations, or to cross lower Manhattan to reach the Oculus and Fulton center transit hub. The addition of the reopened station may also help alleviate the current congestion problem lower Manhattan has been experiencing.  Providing more mass transit options to navigate the city could help reduce the need for personal vehicles and for hire ride services.

What do you think of the reopening of this station?

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Central Park Car Ban

According to an article published in the NY Daily News on 4/20/18 by Dan Rivoli and Jillian Jorgensen cars will no longer be allowed in Central Park.  The plan is to ban cars from the few roads below 72nd street that currently accommodate them.   The ban is set to be imposed starting in June, and will only effect cars on the loop roads that are currently used by cyclists, pedestrians, and cars.  The cross-town roads used by drivers and buses to get across town will still be open to cars.

Safety and Transportation advocates have been asking the city to restrict and end access to the park for cars for years.  Over time small victories have added up and resulted in current rules regarding access for cars to the park.  The times and areas of the park that cars could use have been reduced over time and this latest push will further restrict access for drivers.  Other city parks have recently banned cars, such as Prospect Park.

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Over Passes in New York

Recently there was a traffic collision between a coach bus and a Long Island over pass located on the Southern State Parkway.  You may not know that the over passes on many New York Parkways are intentionally lower than those on other Highways.  This is because commercial vehicles, buses, and other large transportation vehicles are not allowed to drive on Parkways.
On Long Island most people are familiar with the Parkway rules.  Travelers from other parts of the state or out of state have to pay attention to the roads they use.  Traveling on Parkways in New York while driving a commercial vehicle can result in tickets, as well as potentially damage your vehicle.  The over passes on many Parkways in New York are deliberately constructed to prevent large tractor trailer trucks, busses, and other tall vehicles from passing under them.  This is to help ensure that these roads are clear of commercial vehicles and only used by personal vehicles.

On ramps for New York Parkways are equipped with signs that tell drivers that trucks are not allowed on parkways and that the overpasses are low and will not allow tall vehicles to pass under them.  New electronic height detectors are being installed to help prevent potential collisions.  Technology that can be used to help avoid accidents are GPS systems for both commercial and standard drivers.  The two different kinds of GPS give different routes accounting for restricted road ways like New York Parkways.  Even with all these technological advances every driver should know the traffic laws and rules for the roads they are traversing to ensure everyone has a safe and efficient trip.

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Confusion over Child Seat Belts

According to New York State law, all children under the age of 4 must ride in child safety seats, and all children should ride in a child restraint system until their 8th birthday.  Easy right?  Not so fast.

New York State law also requires all front seat passengers to wear seat belts.  Children under the age of 16 must wear seat belts when they are in the front seat or the back seat.  Children under the ages of four must ride in safety seats.  The penalty for a seat belt or car seat violation is a fine of up to $50.  If the violation is for a person under the age of 16, the driver receives a maximum fine of $100 and three driver violation points on the license, if convicted.

Now adults must wear seat belts, but to complicate matters more, adults caught without wearing seat belts will receive a ticket but it does not result in points on their license.  The same violation for a child without the proper restraint (as determined by the officer during the traffic stop) is 3 points.

Make sure everyone is wearing a restraint.

Follow manufacturer’s instructions for the child’s height and weight.

Do not rely exclusively on age, as a small framed child will require more restraint than his/her age suggests.

Drive safely.  If you receive a ticket for an improper child restraint, call us for a free consultation.  Three points per ticket can add up fast if you have more than one child in the car.

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Congestion Revenue

Uber, Lyft, and other ride share services will become a new revenue source for the MTA.   With changes to how the app-based for-hire vehicles are taxed the MTA may be getting a significant boost to its revenue.  Over 600,000 riders use these services every day, and the money generated from new fees may flow into the subway system.
The new car service fee may be part of the solution to New York City’s congestion problem according to Mitchell L. Moss Director of the Rudin Center for Transportation at NYU’s Wagern School of Public Service.  Mitchell explained in a New York Post Opinion piece published on Monday April 9, 2018.  In the piece he explains that while the number of vehicles entering Manhattan has been reduced in the past year, the number of vehicles remaining in circulation in southern Manhattan has increased.  This means that while fewer cars are entering lower Manhattan the ones that do end up staying for significantly longer adding the congestion.
In the article he proposes that increased revenue for the MTA would translate to improvements to the subway system.  These improvements would then entice more people to use the subway system and reduce the number of people using car services to traverse the city.  This potential shift in travel practices in conjunction with other strategies such as increased enforcement of traffic could be the solution to Manhattan’s congestion problem.

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Vision Zero Report

New York City has recently published the annual report for year four of the Vision Zero project.  Vision Zero is a series of regulations, infrastructure improvements, and awareness campaigns aimed at reducing the number of pedestrian fatalities in the city.  This project was enacted in 2014, and has resulted in a 28 percent reduction in traffic fatalities, and a 45 percent decline in pedestrian fatalities.  The declines in fatalities are in contrast to current national trends of increasing fatalities.

The Vision Zero Project credits its success to the integration of multiple strategies to combat traffic related fatalities.  The use of existing polices and new techniques are what the Vision Zero Project credits for its success.  By promoting cross agency and multi-agency work Vision Zero stands as an example of how to effectively govern and get results.

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New York City E-Bike Crack Down

New York City is taking steps to clarify what is and what is not street legal for e-bikes.  The De Blasio administration has ordered the city Department of Transportation to explain which e-bikes are eligible to ride on city streets according to Dan Rivoli as stated in his article published by the Daily News on April 4, 2018.  The Proposal will be drafted by the DOT and then up for a 30 day public comment period in the next few weeks.

The proposed rule changes would allow pedaling assisted e-bikes with a maximum speed of 20MPH to travel New York City freely.  E-bikes that exceed the 20MPH limit or that come equipped with a throttle are to be barred from use, and can be ticketed with fines up to $500.

There are mixed reactions to the presence of e-bikes in New York City, and recent Town hall style meetings with the De Blasio administration show this.  The e-bikes are popular amongst many people who use them to assist in delivery jobs and as an alterative to mass transit.  Others are concerned with safety issues arising from increased bike traffic in the city.

The 30 day public comment period will be announced soon.  Until that forum is open let us know what you think of the potential new e-bike rules.

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Help With Speeding Tickets In Harrison, New York

We have been defending a lot of speeding tickets in Harrison Town Court this year.  Don’t pay your ticket on-line.  On-line payments are easy, but you are pleading guilty when you pay on line. You do not want to plead guilty to a speeding ticket in Harrison.  You will be left with fines and points.  Those fines and points translate onto your driving record and your insurance record.

According to the New York Safety Council.com, speed limits are carefully researched and designed around typical road conditions to keep you safe and reduce roadway injuries.  For a first conviction a New York speeding ticket can range between $45-$600 in fines, plus a surcharge and possible Driver Assessment Fees. While not common, judges can impose jail sentences of up to 30 days for speeding tickets in New York.

Allstate weighs in on the effect of speeding tickets on the cost of your car insurance.  According to Allstate, Insurers may check driving records at any time and consider drivers with speeding tickets a greater insurance risk.  This can increase premiums for drivers even if they haven’t made a claim.

Consider hiring an attorney to fight for you if you are pulled over for speeding in Harrison Town in Westchester County.  When selecting an attorney go with one who has a lot of experience fighting Traffic Tickets. At the Law Office of Michael Block, you have come to the right place for ticket defense. We are top rated by reviews on Google, AVVO, Findlaw, BBB and Yelp.  Contact us via our website at michaelblocklawyer.com; email at michaelblock.law@gmail.com; or by phone at (212)227-9008.

 

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Nassau County wants to Raise Money on the Backs of Motorists

On the front page of Newsday County Executive Curran plans to raise revenue by increasing fees. Drivers beware. The first three items on County Executive Laura Curran’s list target drivers:

Increase Traffic and Parking Violations Agency fees by 2%.

Search for Vehicles with outstanding moving violations to boot and tow the cars. This one is new my friends. So not only do you face the potential for higher insurance fees, and points on your license, but now your car can be towed too.

A $100 program fee for a new distracted driver educations program.

A $75 fee for motorists who answer their tickets but neglect to pay fines.

The County Executive is citing a fiscal crisis in Nassau County. The parking and traffic violations fees require approval by the county legislature so there is still time to let your voice be heard on this issue.

It is now more important than ever to pay attention to any moving violations issued by Police Officers in Nassau County. If you find yourself pulled over and ticketed, give us a call. Check out our reviews on line, and contact us via our website at michaelblocklawyer.com or email michaelblock.law@gmail.com. We are a phone call away for a free consultation at 212-227-9008.

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Financial Crisis for NYC Taxi Drivers

Last week tragedy struck the taxi community again with another suicide due to financial issues. The NYC cabby community has been feeling a huge hit from the increase of ride sharing drivers.  With no regulations on the number for hire cars it has been harder and harder for Taxi drivers to make a living.  “According to the TLC in 2014, The taxis did around 475,000 fares each day, and now the number has plummeted to less than half that with only 175,000 to 250,000 fares per day.”

Do you think the city should start regulating how many for-hire cars are circulating in the city?

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Seat Belts

Seat belt tickets are a common ticket for police officers to give to motorists in New York.  Seat belt tickets for adults are zero point tickets but do have a fine attached to them.  All drivers in New York are required by law to wear a seat belt.  Be aware that the penalty for driving while a child is not wearing a seat belt is much more severe.  A child seat belt ticket carries three points and a fine.  Make sure you and your passengers buckle up, it is the law and will help keep you safe while using the road.

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Traffic Fatalities Decrease in NYC

Cycling deaths have increased in 2017 even though the total number of traffic deaths has decreased by 28% since the city launched it’s Vision Zero program.  This marks the fourth year in a row that traffic fatalities have declined in New York City.  According to Patch.com overall deaths are down while the number of cycling deaths remains fairly consistent even though far greater numbers of cyclists are on the roads in recent years.

The data for the Vision Zero program for the year 2017 was released last week.

What is your opinion of the Vision Zero program?  If you have any questions regarding traffic law, or if you have recently received a summons please contact our office.

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Video-Ads In Uber and Lyft Vehicles

Recently an ad company called Vugo has struck a contract with about 3,500 New York City black car drivers to install screens in their vehicles.  The screens will promote different paid advertisements.   Only downfall is the screen cannot be muted or turned off; passengers “can only near dark and near mute them.”  The contracts with drivers insures them an extra $100-$200 per month, which helps with the shrinking incomes.

What do you think of the new added feature for car sharing vehicles?

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Failure To Turn

Failure to turn as required is a two point ticket similar to an improper turn ticket. Police issue this ticket when drivers fail to follow turning directions. This could be driving strait though an intersection from the designated turning lane, driving through a green arrow light without turning, or even just making a turn while signs indicate you are not allowed to do so. Not following proper turning requirements can cause confusion among other drivers and increases the potential for accidents. Please be aware of your surroundings and adhere to posted traffic markers.

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Red Light Tickets vs Camera Red Light Tickets

New findings released by City Comptroller show that many drivers can accumulate fines without amassing points on their license.

The issue at hand for this report is the nature of red light tickets given by police officers verses red light tickets given by cameras.  In New York State red light and moving violations given by police officers are directed to an individual and their personal driver’s license.  These tickets carry points that can affect an individual’s privilege to drive in New York.  Camera tickets act differently.  They are applied to the vehicle instead of the driver and as a result only give fines.  Since the ticket is applied to the vehicle no individual’s driver license would have points applied to it in the case of a red light camera ticket.

Many people believe that harsher punishments and the addition of points to red light camera tickets should be implemented to help reduce infractions.  How to enact harsher penalties for red light tickets is currently up for debate.

If you have any thoughts on this subject please state a discussion in the comments section below.

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Long Island Car Sales

Car sales on Long Island and the rest of New York have increased this year after a slow 2017. According to USA Breaking News the registrations of new cars in Suffolk County are up 18% from this time last year at 9,702 cars.  Nassau has seen a 13.5% increase of new registrations this year compared to last year at 9,596 cars.

The increased car sales mean that more cars are being driven in New York.  This has the potential to cause greater congestion, heavier traffic, and possible delays.  With the presence of greater numbers of drivers it is important to remember to follow traffic laws and be aware of your surroundings to ensure the safety of yourself, other drivers, and pedestrians.  Be sure to remind less experienced drivers and the new drivers you know about the dangers of the road so that they can avoid accidents and potential violations that can come with points.  Make sure you drive defensively to keep the road safe for everyone.

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Car Insurance Rates On The Rise

Car insurance rates in the United States are on the rise.  Increased numbers of cars on American roads are leading to increased numbers of collisions.  Low oil prices and steady job growth in the United States has lead to more people taking to the roads for pleasure and to get to and from work.  Greater numbers of cars on our roads leads to greater potential for collisions to happen which in turn is seen as greater risk for auto insurance companies.  In order to offset the increased risk and expense of having more vehicles on our roads insurance companies raise rates on customers.  The increased value of cars is another factor leading to rising insurance rates.  With greater and more advanced technology in cars the cost to repair and maintain them is increasing which causes insurance rates to rise to match potential costs.

What do you think of the increase in insurance rates and will you continue to drive or find other means of transportation?

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U-turns Violations

No U-turn violations are two point tickets in New York.  These are very simple tickets.  In several areas of New York it is against the law to make a U-turn.  The reason you can not make U-turns in several areas varies depending on the road conditions present.  U-turns can cause you to illegally cross pavement markings, or cause you to drive the wrong way on a one way street, or even cause you to obstruct the flow of traffic.  Be mindful of the conditions you are driving in so that you can avoid traffic tickets.

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Obstructing Intersection

Obstructing an Intersection is a two point ticket in New York.  This type of ticket is also known as “blocking the box” and is given to drivers that block traffic for intersections.  This moving violation is both the cause of and result of traffic congestion and gridlock.  “Blocking the box” is inconvenient for motorists and pedestrians since it prevents motorists from following traffic control devices such as lane markers or signal lights.  It is also trouble for pedestrians because crosswalks are often blocked as a result of this violation forcing people to walk outside the designated areas.

When driving though an intersection while the light is changing make sure you have enough room on the far side to fit your vehicle in order to avoid this kind of ticket and to ensure crossing traffic has a clear path.

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Pedestrian Deaths in the U.S.

Pedestrian deaths across the United States remain at the six thousand per year in 2017.  Pedestrian deaths rose by 9% in 2016 and by 9.5% in 2015 but appear to have remained static in 2017.  Experts and government officials have several ideas and explanations for the rise in fatalities in the United States.  Some experts allege that increased numbers of pedestrians using smart phones while crossing streets are a significant factor in the increase in annual deaths.  Other experts point to a lack in safety technology being developed to help illuminate roads at night.  Experts are also looking at the recent legalization at the state level for marijuana in several states.  These experts see a potential correlation between the legalization of marijuana and increased fatalities.

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Long Island Road Way Fatalities Declining

Fatalities on Long Island road ways are in decline. Using a combination of law enforcement, education, and infrastructure changes the number of deaths due to traffic related incidents has dropped two years in a row. In 2017 there were just 71 traffic fatalities in Nassau County down from 79 in 2016, a 10% reduction. In Suffolk County there were 100 Fatalities in 2017 down from 139 in 2016 a 28% reduction. Despite these improving numbers texting while driving is still considered a large problem on Long Island, and a priority for law enforcement.

Outreach programs and education in conjunction with priority ticketing for texting are hoped to alter the public’s attitude in regards to this issue. The counties are also helping reduce deaths by improving infrastructure in Long Island. There are simple fixes like repainting road markings, as well as more ambitious projects like adding new turning lanes to busy intersections and the addition of more red light cameras.

What do you think about these changes? Will these projects continue to reduce the number of deaths on Long Island roads?

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.
 
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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

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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.

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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.
 
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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.

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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.

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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?
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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?
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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?
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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?

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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.

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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.

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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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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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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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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.

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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?

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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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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.

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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.
If you receive a summons for a cellphone, spill back, speed, 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.

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.

If you receive a summons for speeding, failure to stop at a stop sign, following too closely. 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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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.

If you receive a summons for a failure to signal or any other moving violation, an experienced traffic ticket attorney can help! contact us at 212-227-9008 or email us at michaelblock.law@gmail.com.
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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.
If you receive a summons for speeding, operating a portable electronic device, or any other moving violation in New York 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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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.

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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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

Receive a speeding ticket on the highway, in New York City, or anywhere throughout New York 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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?

 

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

 

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.

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.