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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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...
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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...
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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...
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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? If you receive a summons...
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High Amount of Summons Issued in 2017

Amazingly, over the first four months of 2017, New York State Troopers issued 14,452 Traffic Summons! This means that everyone must drive carefully, as the state is cracking down on any offenses. If you receive a summons for an improper turn, or an illegal U-turn, or any other moving violation, an experienced traffic ticket attorney...
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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...
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New Face Reading Technology

One day, One’s car may have the ability to read one’s face. Automakers are looking to use bio-metrics and facial recognition software in an effort to anticipate the drivers wants and desire, like playing your favorite music based on your mood. This facial recognition software can also reduce the impact of an airbag based off...
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For-Hire-Vehicles Out On Long Island?

A new deal would allow for-hire-vehicle companies Uber and Lyf to operate on Long Island. Governor Cuomo did not release the specifics of the deal, but informed the public last week that “we basically have an agreement [on the deal].”  The proposals that were under discussion included requiring Uber and Lyft drivers to obtain specific...
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Illegal License Plate Crackdown

New York State is cracking down on any illegal license plates. So, NY State is looking for any motorist who has blocked or covered his or her license plate. Suffolk County and State Police have been cracking down on motorists who have attempted to impede cameras from detecting the motorist’s license plate. Suffolk County and...
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Self-Driving Uber Crash

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

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

Various automakers and technology companies are competing with one another to road map the precise location of every street marking (stop sign, double yellow line, etc.) on every road across the United States. Creating a correct digital map is a vital part of creating self-driving cars. One company called Waymo, has mapped out Austin Texas,...
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Drowsy Driving On Par With Drunk Driving?

Incredibly, drowsy driving is on par with drunk driving. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, people who get less than four hours of sleep a night drive as impaired as someone with a .12 blood alcohol level! Drivers will try many different methods to avoid the feeling of drowsiness, however most of these...
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More traffic deaths in 2017

Bicycle and pedestrian deaths rose last year, in spite of the small decline in traffic deaths. Pedestrian deaths increased from 139 to 144 and cyclist deaths rose from 14 to 18. Additionally, 10 New Yorkers have been killed in traffic related incidents in the first 10 days of the year, so  Vision Zero has not...
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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...
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Former NFL stars: Road Rage Deaths

Two incidents of road rage highlight the need to drive safely. Two former NFL stars, Will Smith and Joe McKnight were murdered as a result of road rage incidents. The Will Smith case ended two with the man who shot and killed the former New Orleans Saint facing up to 60 years in prison. The...
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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...
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Move Over Campaign Update

From November 14th to November 18th, highway patrolmen were out with the aim to protect law enforcement and emergency services personnel. The patrolmen pulled over any vehicle who failed to switch to another lane, or move over, when approaching a law enforcement or emergency services personnel. The statistics on how many move over tickets were...
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Mobile Services can be blocked by Smartphone manufacturers

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

Traffic in New York City is intentionally horrible. Can you believe it? Well some of us actually can.  New York City officials purposefully make traffic congested in an effort to make people ride their bikes or use mass transit to commute. This policy started under mayor Bloomberg and has continued with mayor De Blasio  How...
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Gridlock

A gridlock alert is in effect for NYC and will probably remain in effect until New Year’s Day. What does this mean to drivers who must travel in New York during this time? Traffic will be heavily congested during the next few weeks. The annual Christmas tree lighting festivities, as well as Holliday Tourists will...
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Thanksgiving Roads Will Be Stuffed

According to the AAA, Thanksgiving roads will be stuffed. AAA predicts that travel over the holiday break could be massive due to the improving economy. AAA forecasts that 48.7 million Americans will travel, which would be the largest number of people traveling during the Thanksgiving break since 2007. Additionally, AAA expects over 1 million more...
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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...
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Big Spike in Traffic Deaths

The biggest spike in traffic deaths in over 50 years has been linked to apps on motorist’s mobile devices. Although distracted driving is not a new phenomenon, modern applications on mobile phones make distracted driving more common. Snapchat, Waze, Pokemon Go, you name it, mobile apps impede a motorists ability to safely navigate the roads. For...
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Driverless Cabs: A Reality Soon

Believe it or not, driverless cabs may soon be cheaper than Public transit. New tesla and google vehicles with autonomous features are on track to drastically lower the cost of taxi cabs. Without having to pay a driver, taxi prices could drop 67 cents per mile by 2025. This price drop is less than a...
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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...
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Driving Stats Post-Halloween

The statistics just came out for all of the tickets troopers gave last Halloween weekend from October 28-November 1. State troopers wrote out 11,497 traffic tickets during Halloween weekend. The most common tickets received by motorists were cellphone, speeding, seat belt, and distracted driving violations.  On Long Island, troopers issued 823 traffic tickets. In central...
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Second Avenue Subway Info

The Second Avenue subway plans to open up the initial stages of the line on December 31st of 2016. Although construction crews did not finish all of its installations so far, the MTA believes the Second Avenue Subway will be up and running by the end of this year. The first phase of the Second...
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Public Safety Fee Proposal Denied

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