City Hall Rallies

Strong emotions were shown Tuesday in Manhattan where two different rallies were held regarding a legislative package that would put new regulations on hail services.  The Article “Ride and wrong Opposing rallies back,bash e-hail business” by Dan Rivoli published in the New York Daily News on Wednesday August 8, 2018 describes the motivations and locations...
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Fail to Signal

Moving from one lane to another can be dangerous for drivers and pedestrians.  If you fail to signal that you are going to change lanes, cross certain pavement markings, or if changing lanes is prohibited in the area by signs a police officer can issue a “Moved from lane unsafe” ticket.  This ticket carries 3...
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Yellow Cab New Guidelines

Yellow Cabs and other taxi services will be receiving training and new guidelines regarding refused pick ups. The TLC has organized a new Office of Inclusion in efforts to ensure all passengers are provided equal service regardless of destination and race. Dan Rivoli and Jillian Jorgensen wrote the article “’No’ means woe” published in the...
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Slowest Bus In The City

The M42 cross town bus has been determined to be the slowest in the city.  The NYDailyNews.com published an article on 7/25/18 by Dan Rivoli titled “life in the slow lane” that explains that the bus was chosen by the Straphangers Campaign to receive its “pokey” award for the slowest bus trip in the city. ...
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Speed Cams Near Schools Expiring

Speed cameras located near schools will be turned off effective 7/25/18.  The NYDailyNews article “Speed cams set to go dark as pols fiddle” by Kenneth Lovett and Jillian Jorgensen published on 7/25/18 explains why the speed cameras are being turned off and political reactions to the event. The program to maintain speed cameras near schools...
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Move Over Rule

In New York State there is a “Move Over” rule on multilane highways.  This rule requires all vehicles to slow down and when possible to safely move over to the next lane when passing an emergency vehicle that has its lights flashing. This law and others like it have been enacted to ensure safe passage...
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Seat Belt Crackdown

New York State Police and Park Police are launching their annual seat belt crackdown.  According to the article “cops launch seat belt crackdown in NY parks” by David Olson published Sunday July 15, 2018 in Newsday this annual crackdown began 10 years ago. The annual crackdown is an effort to promote safer driving and traveling...
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Following Too Closely

Follow Too Closely is a ticket that can be issued by a police officer.  It carries a fine and 4 points if you are convicted.  It is important to avoid following other cars on the road too closely.  Sudden stops can lead to collisions and improper space between cars can cause grid lock which can...
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Driving Wrong Way NYC

Don’t get caught driving wrong way NYC. In many areas of New York City and the rest of the state, there are one-way streets. These are streets that allow traffic to flow in only one direction.  There are also two-way streets in New York City and the rest of the state.  Two-way streets allow traffic...
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Cellphone Violations

Cellphones are a part of everyday life for many Americans.  They act as our GPS, our alarm clocks, our primary phones, our radios, and even as our main method of browsing the internet.  It is illegal to use a cellphone or any other electronic device while driving.  In New York State it is against the...
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Bond Information

When issued a ticket motorists and their attorneys will often reschedule their hearing dates multiple times.  After a few reschedules by motorists/attorneys or if a hearing is missed a judge will issue a Bond.  A bond is a $40 payment to the court in order to get a new and often final hearing date.  Failure...
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Red Arrow Violations

A common traffic control device in New York State is a Red Arrow Light.  These are often an addition to a standard traffic light.  They provide greater specific instruction on how drivers should behave in intersections.  These lights are used to regulate and instruct drivers making turns at intersections.  A police officer can issue a...
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Passing Other Vehicles

In New York State drivers are prohibited from passing other vehicles on the right side.  If a police officer observes you passing other vehicles on the right side they will be able to issue a Passed on Right ticket.  Passed on Right tickets carry a fine and 2 points.  In New York State all drivers...
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Avoiding Intersections

Avoiding Intersection is a common ticket in New York State. This is a ticket that is issued by police officers when you take an action to avoid going through an intersection.  An example would be cutting through a parking lot instead of making a turn in the designated turning lane. This ticket carries a fine...
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NYC Speed Camera Program Stalled

Time is winding down in the State Legislature’s session, and Senate Democrats, traffic safety advocates, the City Council, and Mayor De Blasio are demanding that Senator Simcha Felder allow a bill renewing and expanding the city’s speed camera program.   In the article “Dems urge Felder to green light speed camera bill” by Glenn Blain published...
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Worst Speeding Areas in NYC

Officials have identified the most popular streets in each borough of New York City.  The article “Tale of ‘Whoa!’” by Danielle Furfaro and Lorena Mongelli published in the New York Post on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 lists the roads in the city that have the most consistent speeding violations. The data collected shows that the...
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Fair Fare Program

The $89 billion budget for New York City will include the Fair Fare Program.  According to the article “$89B budget has fare deal” by Erin Durkin and Jillian Jorgensen published in the NYDailyNews.com on Tuesday June 12, 2018 the mayor and City Council Speaker have agreed on a budget deal Monday.  Included in the deal...
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Congestion Pricing Plan

Gov. Cuomo announced his support for a congestion pricing plan over a millionaires’ tax to fund MTA renovations and improvements according to the article “Congest-price plan best: Gov.” by Kenneth Lovett published on NYDailyNews.com on June 1, 2018.  Gov. Cuomo has dismissed efforts by Mayor DeBlasio and other politicians who wanted to implement a new...
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Amnesty for TLC Drivers

A new proposal by City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez is calling for amnesty from fines owed by drivers to the Taxi and Limousine Commission.  According to the article by Lauren Cook of AMNewYork the councilman who previously worked as a cab driver is requesting that the TLC drop fines owed by drivers that are not related...
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MTA Commuter Program

The MTA is considering a new commuter program that targets people who live in Brooklyn and Queens.  The proposed program would impact the fare prices for residents of the two boroughs.  The over arching goal of the program is to ease the long commutes the residents have in those areas of the city.  The program...
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Trans-Regional Express

Could combining LIRR, Metro North, and New Jersey Transit be Manhattans solution to the congestion crisis? A report published in April suggests that three major rail services in the tri state area should combine to better provide support and jobs for the area in the coming years.  According to the article by Vincent Barone published...
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Self-Driving Cars

In his article “Driver-less car ripple effects” published in News Day on Sunday, May 20, 2018, Michael Dobie points out some statistics about self-driving cars and asks questions about their potential impact on the world.  In his article, he cites two recent examples of self-driving cars being in the news recently.  The first involved a...
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Choices And Consequences Program

Suffolk County unveiled a new program on Monday.  The “Choices and Consequences” program is designed to educate teenagers, young adults, and their parents regarding the dangers of driving while impaired or distracted.  Michael O’Keeffe reported in his article “Risks for teen drivers” published by Newsday on Tuesday may 15, 2018, that the new program would...
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Keyless-Car Hazards

Hazards associated with keyless car ignition took center stage when the head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration was questioned during a Senate hearing.  According to the article “Senator Grills Nominee on Keyless-Car Hazard by David Jeans published in the New York Times Thursday May 17, 2018 the Senate renewed interests in the safety...
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Taxi Medallions

New York City will not be holding sales of taxi medallions for an indefinite amount of time.  The city and Mayor De Blasio are predicting that no significant revenue will result from medallion sales in the next five years.  Medallions were once priced at over a million dollars have had a drastic loss in value. ...
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Trucking Violations

Truckers beware.  There are many different types of summonses that can be issued to truck drivers. Tickets for equipment violations can be issued to drivers for unsafe tires, missing reflectors, unattached license plates, defective brake lights and more.  You might have to appear in criminal or traffic court.  If the summons is returnable in criminal...
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Red Light Cameras in Suffolk County

News Day published an article by Candice Ferrette on Saturday, May 5, 2018, detailing recently released statistics regarding Red-Light cameras in Suffolk County.  The article states that according to a county report released Friday, May 4, 2018, the number of rear-end collisions rose by 35% at intersections that have red light cameras, while the number...
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Green Arrow Violations

Properly navigating green arrow traffic control devices can be difficult, and failing to do so properly can result in a police officer giving you a three point ticket.  If you find yourself in a traffic lane that features a green arrow light you must follow the direction of the arrow.  These lights are designed to...
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Improper Taxi Pick Up

Improper taxi pick up tickets are zero point tickets that police officers give out for several reasons.  Picking a passenger up in a cross walk, accepting a hail while driving a car not permitted to do so, and picking up riders who have not used the correct method of calling for a driver all fall...
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EZ Pass

New York State uses the E-ZPass system to help regulate the flow of traffic on our highways, tunnels, and bridges.  The E-ZPass system makes travel easier for commuters, reduces traffic congestion, and streamlines the toll collection process.  The system is not perfect though, not everyone is signed up for E-ZPass and those people who are...
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Yielding in New York City

It is very important to yield to emergency vehicles while driving in New York.  Ambulances, police cars, fire trucks, and some emergency tow trucks must be yielded to.  There are several obvious reasons for this, such as allowing police to pursue suspects, give ambulances access to the injured, and letting fire personnel gain access to...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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 provide safer travel across Manhattan going...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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,...
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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...
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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...
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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,...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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,...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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