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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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New Addition to Vision Zero

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

Has California proposal gone too far? Driverless cars without the presence of a licensed driver? Is this safe? In a world where humans typically man the vehicle, driverless cars are challenging the long standing norm we are all accustomed to. This could be a huge benefit to… California personal injury lawyers. It seems irresponsible for...
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Interesting Story on Texting And Driving

Matt Rictel wrote a great newspaper article in Sunday’s N.Y. times. The article begins with the statement “Technology to block texting while driving could save lives, but it’s not being deployed.” Society needs to do a better job of instilling values in its citizens so that drivers understand it is okay not to not be...
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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...
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Conducción Temeraria o Conducción Peligrosa en Nueva York-Lo Que Significa Para Usted

Ejemplos de Conducir de manera imprudente se Virar hacia fuera de su carril porque estás usando las piernas para dirigir, balanceándose y tejido a través de tráfico y en un caso extremo, haciendo acrobacias automovilísticas. cuentas de conducir de manera imprudente el 40% de las personas que murieron en accidentes automovilísticos en la ciudad de...
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Celebrate Responsibly Don’t Lose Your Driving Rights on Independence Day

Summer is officially here and we are approaching one of the biggest “BBQ holidays” of the year – the Fourth of July. Everyone will be driving to visit family and friends at various BBQs and ending the night with fireworks.  While this is a celebration of freedom and family, it is important to remember to...
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How Does Never Driving Again Sound to You?

Autonomous cars are getting mixed reviews. Older drivers aren’t ready to give up the wheel, while younger more technologically savvy drivers welcome the idea. See below for the full article: The technology to make autonomous cars a reality may be ready, but American drivers don’t seem to be. From smartphone-addicted teenagers to researchers designing the next...
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How’s your driving? If you’re looking for lessons then you’ve come to the right place!

Alan Schlesinger is the founder of Abbott Safety Consulting,Inc. and APS driving lessons. Abbott Safety is a corporation that provides commercial drivers and warehouse safety specialists with affordable programs for accident prevention that meet the specific needs of trucking companies. APS driving lessons provides lessons for drivers to pass their road test on the first...
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Speeding Tickets and The Hamptons Don’t Mix

Summer vacation/weekend getaway season is finally here! Many New Yorkers will be spending their weekends driving out to the Hamptons for long weekends and quick getaways from the busy City. Drivers should pay attention to all Vehicle and Traffic Laws. We can anticipate that speeding laws will be strictly enforced when heading to the Hamptons and The North...
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Don’t Call it an Accident!

Advocates are working to change what we call car collisions. Rather than call them car accidents, they think they should be referred to as car crashes. Especially with distracted driving (due to texting, social media and other variations of cell phone) use being the main cause of many auto- related deaths. For the full article read...
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Suffolk County Roads are Dangerous and Police are Issuing More Summonses for Speeding

Suffolk County has one of the most dangerous streets in downstate New York. And with recent deaths caused by speeding, Suffolk County Police have increased their presence and are issuing more summonses.  Summonses for speeding received in Islip, New York contain 3 to 11 points. In addition the fine, theirs is an $88 NYS surcharge and...
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NY Traffic Lawyer Warns Brooklyn Drivers about an anticipated 11,500* more Failure to Yield to Pedestrians Tickets in Brooklyn, NY coming in 2016.

One of the most commonly cited violations related to pedestrian and driver encounters in Brooklyn, New York is the Failure to Yield to Pedestrian violation.  The failure to yield to pedestrian ticket is a 3 point violation. There have been 1,931 summons issued this year alone for Failing to Yield to A Pedestrian in Brooklyn....
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