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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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’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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