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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.

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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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.
If you receive a summons for a speeding violation, cellphone, 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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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 insurance in order to operate on Long Island. This deal comes after various polls demonstrate an overwhelming majority of New Yorkers seek better transportation opportunities, and Uber and Lyft may provide just that on Long Island.

If you receive a summons for a speeding violation, cellphone, 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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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?

If you receive a summons for a speeding violation, cellphone, 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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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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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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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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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 prevented as a matter ofPublic Safety?
Receive a traffic ticket for operating a cellphone and driving? An experienced traffic ticket attorney can help, call us at 212-227-9008 or email us at michaelblock.law@gmail.com

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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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 New York, troopers issued 1,270 traffic tickets. In the lower Hudson Valley, troopers issued 1,270 traffic tickets. Troopers are out there and are cracking down on moving violations.

It is also important to note that 3 people died and 227 others were injured from car crashes Halloween weekend.

Receive a moving violation for speeding, operating your cell phone, or distracted driving? An experienced traffic ticket attorney can help. Call my office at 212-227-9008 and we can assist you! 

Brooklyn Man Charged with Killing his Friend in DWI crash

I can not stress this enough, please talk to your children about driving drunk. This crash happened very close to my home and I have children who are the same age as these young men involved. Males aged 18-26 are the most expensive to insure because they are the most dangerous drivers. We must make sure our kids know that if they’ve been drinking they need to have a designated driver, or take an Uber or a cab home. This is a travesty! Don’t let it happen you!

For the full article read below:

A Nassau jury on Thursday found a Brooklyn man who didn’t attend his own trial guilty of killing his friend in a high-speed, drunken-driving parkway crash on Thanksgiving in 2014.

Bilal Hassan, 24, now faces up to 25 years in prison for the wreck that prosecutors said happened after he drove while highly intoxicated and at 133 miles an hour.

The crash ended the life of Malih Takkouche, 24, of Brooklyn, as the friends headed home from a nightclub.

Authorities said the early-morning holiday wreck happened after Hassan sped past a state trooper’s car while driving with a revoked license and without an ignition interlock device he had been ordered to use after a previous drunken-driving conviction.

State troopers found Hassan’s crushed and burning Infiniti Q50 in a ravine near ramps for the Meadowbrook State Parkway and Southern State Parkway, with both occupants heavily entrapped.

“A 24-year-old man is not going back to his family, so there are no winners today, only justice,” prosecutor Michael Bushwack said of Takkouche, while reacting to Thursday’s verdict.

Takkouche had been studying nursing at Kingsborough Community College and was on the honor roll, an attorney for his family said.

Jurors found Hassan guilty of all counts against him, which included aggravated vehicular homicide and manslaughter charges.

Prosecutors had told jurors that tests had shown Hassan’s blood-alcohol content had been 0.16 percent, or twice the legal threshold for intoxication.

 They said Hassan lost control of the Infiniti while trying to exit the Meadowbrook before the car hit a big tree head-on.

Authorities also said Takkouche spent the last moments of his life bracing for a deadly impact — suffering injuries that included multiple arm fractures — as if he’d had his arms up in front of himself.

“They are very satisfied that he’s held accountable by this verdict, but of course no verdict can bring back their son, their brother,” said Gregory Grizopoulos, an attorney for Takkouche’s relatives, who he said are planning a lawsuit.

Before the verdict, defense attorney Christopher Devane told Nassau County Judge Philip Grella that his client, who was in a cell elsewhere in the courthouse, didn’t respond when he told him the jurors had made their minds up.

Officials have said Hassan, an inmate at Nassau’s jail, has publicly declared that he doesn’t recognize the court’s authority.

“This is one-way justice,” Hassan’s father said after the verdict, while adding that he was sorry for the victim’s death.

Devane said he would file an appeal and declined to further comment.

The judge set Hassan’s sentencing for Aug. 4.

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How to Save Yourself When Pulled Over for using a Portable Electronic Device

You have just been pulled over by a police officer. You have no idea why. Do not engage the officer in conversation. Do not act angry or surprised. An officer will usually assume that you know the New York Traffic Violation you have committed. Getting visibly upset may only worsen the situation.

The officer hands you a ticket for Improper use of a Portable Electronic Device (texting). According to VTL 1225d  no person shall operate a motor vehicle while using any portable electronic device while such device is in motion. You are shocked and outraged. You were stopped at a red light, so you thought it was okay to touch your phone while the car was stopped. That would be your first mistake. Whether the car is at a complete stop or in motion you are not to touch any electronic devices, especially a cell phone to text. Texting is one of the main causes of car crashes. According to the National Highway Safety Administration operating a motor vehicle while using an electronic device will increase your chances of being in a motor vehicle crash by twenty-three percent, as compared to those drivers who are not. The safest time to use a cell phone would be when the car is off the road and the keys are out of the ignition. In the state of New York you can be pulled over and issued a summons for doing any of the following:

-Talking on a handheld mobile telephone

-Composing, sending, reading, accessing, browsing, transmitting, saving or    retrieving electronic data such as email, text messages or  web pages

-Viewing, taking or transmitting images ( picture and/or video)

-Playing games on your cell phone

If you find yourself in a situation where you have been pulled over for using an electronic device remember the less you say, the better. Give the officer the documents that have been requested. If you argue the officer will record that in his notebook. His memory of the case will be enhanced when it is heard in court. The line “anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law” is more than just a saying, it is the truth. The officer may try extra hard to obtain a conviction. If convicted you could lose your driving privileges and there may be an increase in your insurance premiums.

Always stay cool and calm and most importantly give an experienced New York Traffic Ticket Attorney a call immediately. If you receive a summons, contact us at 212-227-9008 or via email at michaelblock.law@gmail.com. I have been fighting summonses in New York for over 28 years and I can fight for you!

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Should New York State Seat Belt Laws Change?

In New York State there are no laws requiring adults over the age of 16 to wear a seat belt in the backseat. Regardless of your age, wearing a seat belt is vital for safety, even in the seemingly safe backseat. The rate of death from not wearing a seat belt is ridiculously high and especially between the ages of 16-24.

Read the full article below and comment your opinion on the lack of a seat belt law.

Nassau and Suffolk had about one-fifth of all state fatalities in car crashes in one category: backseat passengers 16 or older who had not buckled up, the AAA said Tuesday.

Suffolk had the worst record in the state, with 88 such deaths from 1995 to 2014. Nassau ranked third, with 70 fatalities, just one fewer than in Queens.

In all of New York State, 886 back-seat passengers in this category were killed.

Unlike 28 other states and the District of Columbia, New York does not require anyone older than 16 who is riding in the backseat to belt up, according to the nonprofit’s survey.

“What is particularly shocking to me is that we were the first state with any seat belt law,” said Alec Slatky, policy analyst, AAA Northeast chapter.

Despite heated opposition, then-Gov. Mario Cuomo in 1984 enacted the nation’s first seat belt requirement; only in 2000 was it expanded to include children aged 10 to 16 who sit in the backseats.

Noting deaths jump once teenagers no longer must belt in, Slatky said the AAA supports bills the legislature is considering requiring anyone 16 or older to wear seat belts if they ride in back.

Back-seat passengers from ages 16 to 24 “had by far the lowest rate of belt usage and accounted for more than half of the fatalities,” the survey said.

“This is a major problem … If you look at just Long Island, it’s about 8 adults a year killed in the back seat of a car while not wearing a seat belt,” Slatky said.

Though people sitting in the back might feel they are at less risk of being ejected than those in the front, they are twice as likely to kill front seat passengers — becoming a “bullet” in the AAA’s parlance — than if they were wearing seat belts, it found.

Unbelted back-seat passengers are three times more likely to be killed and eight times more likely to be seriously injured than if they were buckled in.

Pondering why back-seat passengers, especially young adults, are not buckling up, Slatky said:

“I think part of it’s people think they are safer in the back seat; part of it is just bravado.”

And for young adults riding in cars driven by their peers, “the social norms in such a situation may discourage restraint,” the survey said.

These kinds of fatalities rise with the number of people who live in an area and how much driving they do, the survey found.

All of New York City’s five counties had 190 deaths — about twice the number in Suffolk.

3 Point Failure to Obey to a Stop Sign Ticket in Merrick, Nassau County Reduced to 0 points.

VTL 1172a states that except when directed to proceed by a police officer, every driver of a vehicle approaching a stop sign shall stop at a clearly marked stop line, but if none, then shall stop before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection. Or in the event that there is no crosswalk, at the point nearest the intersecting roadway where the driver has a view of the approaching traffic on the intersecting roadway before entering the intersection.

If you receive a summons for Failing to Stop at a Stop sign, you would be facing a fine. For first time offenders, you would be fined $150 and have to pay an $88 surcharge. You would also receive 3 points on your license and in rare circumstances; you could face up to 15 days in jail.

I was able to fight for this client and get their ticket reduced to 0 points! By retaining my office this client was able to avoid all possible fines and points.

It is very important to contact an experienced Traffic Ticket Attorney immediately if you or someone you know ever receives a summons for Failing to Stop at a Stop Sign. I can fight for you! Call my office at 212-227-9008 or email me at michaelblock.law@gmail.com.

Cops on Long Island Give Out Hundreds of Summonses in April

Suffolk County had a distracted driver initiative last month and issued almost 1,000 citations for various distracted driving infractions.

Read the article below:

You know who you are: Drivers who got busted last month in Suffolk County for texting or cellphone chatting, instead of paying full attention to the road.

As part of a monthlong distracted driver initiative, held in conjunction with state and local police, county police officers issued more than 930 citations in April for distracted driving — a 117 percent increase over the same time last year, according to Suffolk County police.

Correspondingly, county police responded to 11.75 percent fewer crashes — 3,320 of them — than in April 2015, police said in a news release issued Thursday.

During the crackdown, State Police on Long Island issued 810 citations, with 470 of them tickets for cellphone use, 314 of them for texting, and 26 for move-over law infractions, the release said.

There’s a “strong correlation” between such distracted driving violations and the number of motor vehicle crashes, police said.

Funding for the initiative, which was statewide, came from the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee.

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 a $100 annual driver assessment fee.

Retaining an Islip Traffic Ticket Attorney to fight a speeding ticket can help reduce the number of points on your driving record or waive the charges altogether depending on your case. For example, if an officer says that a driver was speeding on Smith Ave or Raymond Street, an experienced Islip Traffic Ticket Attorney can defend you.

Be aware, the higher the speeding violation, the more points you will receive. An easy way to calculate how many points your ticket is worth is to subtract the speed you were going, from the actual speed limit. For example, if you are pulled over for going 60 mph in a 40mph zone, just subtract 60 from 40. That leaves you with 20, and puts you in the 4 point ticket category.

Violation Points
Driving 1-10 MPH over the speed limit 3 points
Driving 11-20 MPH over the speed limit 4 points
Driving 21-30 MPH over the speed limit 6 points
Driving 31-40 MPH over the speed limit 8 points
Driving over 40 MPH over speed limit 11 points

Remember that the DMV can suspend your license for accumulating 11 points or more within 18 months (regardless of violation type). In addition, simply receiving 3 convictions for speeding tickets in an 18-month period results in a 6 month revocation of your license.

If you have a speeding ticket in Suffolk County or any traffic tickets and violations, call us immediately at (212) 227-9008 or email us at MichaelBlock.law@gmail.com.  When you hire Michael Block, Islip Traffic Ticket Attorney, you are not required to attend court.  We will always call to update you about your court dates and results as well as answer any questions you have about the process.

Villages in Long Island to get Speed Radar Signs

If you live in North Hempstead, Long Island be aware that there are 16 villages that will be installing speed radar cameras to enforce speed limits. There will be 29 signs installed and they’re being funded by New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services.

Check out the full article below:

Speed radar signs will be installed in 16 villages and unincorporated parts of North Hempstead in an effort to slow down motorists.

The electronic signs display how fast an oncoming driver is going and what the legal speed limit is on that road. The signs are to be dispersed throughout the villages and parts of North Hempstead. The project is funded by a $100,000 state grant, officials said.

Twenty-two of the 29 signs are portable and officials said they would consider moving them around based on community concerns. Two of the signs are affixed to trailers. Five can be permanently secured to poles or other structures.

“Every once in a while, we’re having a really tough time and there’s not enough police enforcement,” Supervisor Judi Bosworth said Monday. “If you put up a speed radar sign, it raises people’s consciousness as to how fast they’re going.”

Villages where the signs will be used are East Hills, East Williston, Flower Hill, Great Neck, Great Neck Plaza, Lake Success, Manorhaven, Mineola, New Hyde Park, Port Washington North, Roslyn, Roslyn Estates, Roslyn Harbor, Saddle Rock, Westbury, and Williston Park.

State. Sen Jack Martins (R-Old Westbury), who secured the grant, said he had “heard from a number of communities” about speeding.

“We went to the town and told them about our concerns and asked if they would coordinate for the entire town,” Martins said Monday.

The funding comes from the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services. Town officials said they expect to approve the funds at Tuesday’s town board meeting.

The grant requires the town to purchase the devices for the villages. Officials from the town’s highway and public safety departments are to identify potential sites for the speed signs in North Hempstead, with the coordination of Martins and village leaders.

Bosworth said spots where the trailers would be most effective include sections of Roslyn Road and nearby Roslyn High School.

Are You Stopping in Hempstead, Long Island?

STOP! Slowing down to 5 miles per hour and rolling through an intersection and tapping the brakes does not constitute a complete stop. When you see a stop sign, by law you must come to a full and complete stop.

VTL 1172a states that except when directed to proceed by a police officer, every driver of a vehicle approaching a stop sign shall stop at a clearly marked stop line, but if none, then shall stop before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection. Or in the event that there is no crosswalk, at the point nearest the intersecting roadway where the driver has a view of the approaching traffic on the intersecting roadway before entering the intersection.

In the town of Hempstead, New York plenty of people are being pulled over for not completely stopping at Stop Signs. Don’t let this be you! Even when there are no cars present you still must adhere to the law because a pedestrian could be attempting to cross the street. I know when it seems like the coast is clear, it may seem like an okay idea to just breeze past a stop sign. But it only takes a few seconds to come to a complete stop and could save a life and save you money.  Hempstead is home to one of the most dangerous routes for pedestrians in the region.  Route 24, also known as Hempstead Turnpike is tied for most pedestrian deaths in 2012-2014. A way to reduce the number of killed and or injured pedestrians on Long Island is to be mindful and adhere to Stop Signs. It’s also important to stop at Stop Signs because they help regulate traffic flows. If there were no Stop Signs, then the roads would be a constant gridlock of traffic.

If you receive a summons for Failing to Stop at a Stop sign, you would be facing a fine. For first time offenders, you would be fined $150 and have to pay an $88 surcharge. You would also receive 3 points on your license and in rare circumstances; you could face up to 15 days in jail. Hearings are held at 16 Cooper Street in Hempstead, NY or in local Village Court.  We can represent you without you having to be present.

If you have received a summons for Failing to Stop at a Stop Sign in Hempstead or Nassau County contact your Hempstead Traffic Ticket Attorney  right away! You can call me at 212-227-9008 or email me at michaelblock.law@gmail.com.

Nassau County Woman arrested for DWAI with Young Children in the Car

A Nassau County woman was arrested for DWAI/ Drugs;Driving While Ability Impaired by a Drug other than alcohol, with her children in the car. You never should NEVER drive while taking medicines that were prescribed to you. Prescription pills can impair your driving the same way that drinking and driving can. Pay attention to the caution labels on your pills!

Check out the full article below:

Nassau County police arrested a Long Island woman Monday for driving her two young children around while she was allegedly impaired on prescription drugs —  then crashing her car into another vehicle.

The incident happened around 1:40 p.m. in Merrick.

Kathryn Naccari, 37, was driving a 2013 Honda Accord southbound on Babylon Road and making a left turn onto Merrick Road  when she crashed into a 2010 GMC Arcade that was traveling east on Merrick Road, police said.

Naccari’s 4-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son were secured in car seats at the time of the accident, according to police.

The driver of the second vehicle, a 62-year-old woman, suffered back injuries and was taken to a hospital for treatment. Naccari and her children were unharmed, and the kids were released to a family member at the scene.

Naccari was charged with DWAI drugs, two counts of aggravated DWI-with a child passenger less than 16 and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, police said.

She will be arraigned on Tuesday in First District Court in Hempstead.

Getting A Speeding Ticket In The Village of North Hills, NY

Speeding tickets contain 3 to 11 points; receiving these points may result in an increase of insurance premiums. The fine for a speeding ticket mainly depends upon the severity of the violation. Along with the cost of the ticket, there’s an $88.00 NYS surcharge and a $100.00 annual driver assessment fee if you’ve accumulated six or more points within an 18-month time period.

If you receive a ticket on Long Island it’s important to understand the area that you were summoned. Long Island is made up of two counties, Nassau and Suffolk and within each county there are towns and villages. Even though the villages are small they may have their own Police force and Courthouse. Summonses issued in the Village of North Hills are issued by Nassau County’s 6th precinct.

If you are pulled over and given a ticket within the town of North Hills, a court appearance will be at the North Hills Village Court.  For example, if you are stopped by the Police on Stonehill Drive, you would report to North Hills Village Court, not the  Traffic and Parking Violations Agency (TPVA) in Hempstead. The court location will always be on your ticket if you are ever unsure.

Be aware of these speed limits and rules in the town of North Hills:

  • Except as otherwise provided herein, no person shall drive or operate a motor vehicle or motorcycle on a highway, street or private road at a speed in excess of 45 mph.
  • No person shall drive on Shelter Rock road between the flashing signs at a speed higher than 30 mph.
  • You also are not permitted to drive on the North Hills section of I.U. Willets Road at a speed in excess of 30 mph.
  • No person shall operate a vehicle or motorcycle on Searingtown Road in the Village of North Hills at a speed in excess of 35 mph
  • No person shall drive or operate a motor vehicle or motorcycle on Hollow Lane in the Village of North Hills at a speed in excess of 35 mph

If you plead not guilty to a charge of speeding, it is possible you will receive a reduction in points. The following comprehensive guide will allow you to understand the point system for speeding tickets at a TVB—Traffic Violation Bureau or at a village court like the North Hills Village Court.

First determine how many points your offense carries.

Violation Points
Driving 1-10 MPH over the speed limit 3 points
Driving 11-20 MPH over the speed limit 4 points
Driving 21-30 MPH over the speed limit 6 points
Driving 31-40 MPH over the speed limit 8 points
Driving over 40 MPH over speed limit 11 points

Remember that the DMV can suspend your license for accumulating 11 points or more within 18 months (regardless of violation type). Also, simply receiving three convictions for speeding tickets in an 18-month period will result in a six month revocation of your license. Even two tickets within an 18-month period can have dire consequences. If you have received a second speeding ticket within an 18-month period or any violations in the Village of North Hills, feel free to call our office at 212-227-9008 or email us at michaelblock.law@gmail.com right away for a free consultation and assessment of your license.

When you retain my office, we will attend court on your behalf and manage all communication with the court. You will not be required to attend court. We will always update you about your court dates and results as well as answer any questions you have about the process.

 

Nassau County announces AMNESTY period on National Random Acts of Kindness Day

Nassau County has announced an amnesty program for anyone with outstanding tickets. If it sounds too good to be true, it just might be. Before you run to the Nassau County Traffic and Parking Violations Agency there are a few things to consider first. This is a great program but it’s not offered to everyone with traffic violations it’s actually offered to a limited group.

This program is for anyone with outstanding tickets from before Jan. 1, 2014. Minor moving violations such as failure to stop at a stop sign, missing license plates and failure to signal are just a few of the eligible moving violations. Cell phone tickets, driving without a license and DUIs are not eligible. Settlement negotiations are offered for anyone with outstanding major moving or criminal violations.

With every case we receive we always negotiate settlements in addition to fighting for point reduction and ticket dismissal. If you don’t qualify for the amnesty program or have any moving violations that you received after 2013 in Nassau County or anywhere in Long Island, New York Traffic Ticket Attorney Michael Block is able to fight for you and negotiate a settlement.

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano announced the initiative on Tuesday, Feb. 17 for National Random Acts of Kindness Day. The program began on Feb. 22 and last until May 22, 2016. Fines for the violations will be cut in half and any additional fees will be waived if payment is made by May 22. The goal of this program is to clear a huge portion of Nassau County’s outstanding tickets. “We are trying to clean out the inventory of tickets issued before 2014. The goal is to get money owed to Nassau County,” said John Marks, executive director of Nassau’s Traffic and Parking Violations Agency.

Nassau County attempted a similar program in 2011 in an effort to regain up to $21.7 million in outstanding tickets but only recovered $150,000.
If you are accepted into this amnesty program you still must pay the $45 county fee on the ticket, as well as state surcharge of $88 for traffic violations or $10 for parking violations

Drive carefully and give us a call at (212) 227-9008 or email michaelblock.law@gmail.com for help with any  Nassau County traffic tickets or moving violations.

Photo Credit: www.newsday.com

  1. Thanks for writing about this. At first you think, Wow! a big discount. Then you realize it benefits people with really old tickets. It would be great it this covered cell phone tickets, speeds and big problem tickets.

NY Traffic Ticket Lawyer|2 Point Disobey Device Reduced to 0 Points in Nassau

Another happy client had 2 points dismissed on a disobey traffic device reduced to 0 points in Nassau County!

The law defines disobeying a traffic control device as violating any sign, marking, or device (placed by authority) that regulates, warns and guides traffic.  This means that disobeying any marking on the pavement and any traffic signs (such as a STOP or YIELD) are considered a “traffic device” offense.  The fine for disobeying a traffic control device starts at $138 in New York City.

If you are ticketed for disobeying a traffic device, we can fight for you.  Call for free legal advice at (212) 227-9008 or email us at MichaelBlock.law@gmail.com.  A  Disobey Traffic Device lawyer is waiting to help you.  New York Traffic Ticket Law can be very damaging to your driving record.  My advice is: don’t pay that traffic ticket.  Take a moment now to share a few details about your ticket here.  We always work for the best possible outcome.

We fight tickets all over New York, including: Queens, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, and Long Island.

  1. shaquana brent  |  

    Hi, need a lawyer, pulled over or driving without insurance. I just need this ticket reduced, so i cman get this job with mta.

Speeding Man in Long Island had License Suspended 88 Times

If the first 88 times you don’t succeed…

Suffolk police busted a Pennsylvania man speeding through the Long Island Expressway on Sunday afternoon, after the driver was zooming at 86 mph.

When cops pulled over the speed demon, he gave the officers his Pennsylvania license, in an attempt to hide his litany of driving misdeeds, officers said.

Police learned that Eric Dunbar, 43, racked up 88 suspensions on his New York State license on 25 different occasions after trying to dodge traffic tickets, records showed.

Dunbar, of Tafton, Pa., amassed a series of license suspensions through multiple charges per ticket, Suffolk police told the Daily News.

He was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, speeding and unlawfully having more than one unexpired driver’s license.

He is expected to be arraigned at the First District Court in Central Islip on Monday.

 

Article Originally Featured on the NY Daily News

*Photo Credit: “Speed of Sound” By: Ana Paticia Almeida/Source: Flickr

 

Suffolk Legislature Approves Payment Plans for Parking Tickets and Traffic Tickets

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. — The Suffolk County Legislature has passed a bill creating a payment plan for parking and traffic fines.

The bill, sponsored by Legislator Kara Hahn, D-Setauket, was introduced after lawmakers heard one woman’s nightmare story about how she could not afford to pay a $350 ticket. After a few months, her driver’s license was suspended and she could not get to work, the woman said. And with late fees, the woman was being eventually ordered to pay nearly $500.

“Not everyone out there can come up with $350 right now,” Hahn told WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall. “It just makes sense to allow them to have four months, six months, a year.

“It’s a vicious cycle, and people who live paycheck to paycheck can’t afford it,” Hahn added.

The plan will be available for parking tickets and moving-violation tickets that have been reduced after a hearing.

Article Originally Featured on CBS New York

*Photo Credit: “No Parking Sign in New York” By: Mrs. Gemstone

“I got a traffic ticket! How do I fight it?"

One of the most frequently asked questions from our clients is, “Can you get me no points?  I don’t mind paying a fine.  I just don’t want the points on my license.”

This is a valid question as too many points could lead to a license suspension, increase in insurance premiums and hefty fines.  While we always fight for the best possible outcome, clients need to be aware how different courts work and why we can’t always negotiate points.

When you decide to fight a ticket in the state of New York, you should be aware that there are 2 types of courts and different ways of fighting tickets in both courts.

1) The Town, Village, or County Courts in Long Island and Upstate New York allow for plea bargaining (or negotiating points and violation.)

2) The TVB—Traffic Violations Bureau will only allow a win-or-lose situation with no negotiation of points or violation type.

Town, Village or County Court

In many parts of Long Island, and throughout Upstate New York, an attorney can fight the violation type as well as lower the points for the offense.  For example, if you receive a speeding ticket in Westchester, Rockland, or Long Island, an attorney can reduce the points on the violation depending on the speed charged and the court. The speed can be reduced to a lower speed, a non-speed point violation, or a violation with a fine and no points.

TVB—Traffic Violations Bureau

There is a lot of confusion about NYC courts as many of our clients say they’re willing to pay a fine as long as they don’t receive points, but there are point negotiations in the city.  If you are fighting a ticket in New York City, it’s likely that your ticket will be handled at a TVB—Traffic Violations Bureau.  If you wish to plead Not Guilty there will be a hearing with the police officer present.  The TVB will not allow for plea bargains or negotiations to lower the points or lower the violation type.  At a TVB court you can only plead guilty or not guilty.  If you receive a speeding ticket or any other moving violation, you can be found not guilty with no fine or points, or you will be found guilty and have points and a fine assessment.  Locations for TVB include: Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan, Staten Island and Queens.

Regardless of where you receive a ticket and the type of court handling your case, the possibility of a positive outcome increases when you hire a traffic ticket attorney.  If you have a moving violation that you’d like to fight call us at (212) 227-9008 or email us at michaelblock.law@gmail.com for free information on how we can defend your ticket.

New York Traffic Ticket Lawyer: Failure to Stop for a School Bus Ticket

According to Safe NY, 50,000 vehicles illegally pass a stopped school bus every day.  Passing a stopped school bus is a very serious offense with a $250-$400 fine and 5 points for a first conviction.  Although unlikely, a 30 day jail sentence can also be imposed.

According to N.Y. VTL § 1174, a driver who meets or overtakes (from either direction) a school bus that has stopped to receive or discharge any passengers, and which has at least one flashing red signal lamp, must stop their vehicle before reaching said school bus. The driver must also remain stopped until the bus continues moving or signals for the driver to pass, or until a police officer gives the driver permission to continue.

Yellow lights signify that the bus is coming to a stop so the driver must slow down.  Red light means that the students are getting off of the bus.  Drivers must come to a full stop even if they’re on the other side of a divided highway.

If you receive a summons for passing a school bus or any other moving violation or traffic ticket call 212-227-9008 for free legal advice or email michaelblock.law@gmail.com.

*Photo Credit: “123/365 Stuck behind a bus” By: Chris Waits/Source: Flickr

Should NYC Have "Text Stops"

There are designated “texting zones” or “text stops” on the Long Island Expressway to keep drivers from using their phones while driving.  This makes the roads safer and curbs the amount of Cellphone ticket given.  Do you think that NYC should also make texting stops available?

Long Island Woman Faces DWI and Leandra's Law Charges

A Long Island woman faces a charge of aggravated driving while intoxicated after she was involved in an accident while her 3-year-old son rode along as a passenger, police said Sunday.

Cristi Rivas was driving a 2007 Mercedes Benz SUV south in Wheatley Heights Saturday evening when she rear-ended a car driven by Khizar Kharam, Suffolk County investigators said.

Rivas, 38, of Dix Hills, and Kharam, 63, sustained minor injuries and were taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip, police said. Rivas’ toddler also was taken to the hospital for evaluation, but didn’t appear to be injured.

Rivas was charged with aggravated DWI because her passenger was less than 15 years old, a violation of Leandra’s Law. She was also charged with endangering the welfare of a child.

Her son was released to a family member, police said.

There was no information as to whether Rivas had a lawyer who could comment on the charges.

Article Originally Posted on NBC New York

*Photo Credit: “Drunk Driving Among US College Students Still at an Alarming Rate” By: James Palinsad/Source: Flickr

5 Point Cellphone in Nassau Reduced to 0 Point Violation

A 5 point Cellphone Ticket (Operating Motor Vehicle While Operating a Mobile Phone) In Nassau County Traffic Violations Agency was reduced to a 0 Point Jaywalking Violation.  Our client was driving Westbound on Southern State Parkway and was pulled over right on exit 19!

This is nothing new.  Cellphone Tickets in Long Island and New York have skyrocketed in recent years!  From 2011 to 2012 tickets issued for driving while texting increased 234 percent.  Under Governor Cuomo, the state pledged $1 million to fund the campaign against cellphone use as well as increased the 3-point penalty to a 5-point penalty on the driver’s record.

Cops also have a better chance of catching you unnoticed.  CITE—Concealed Identity Traffic Enforcement—vehicles are unmarked black SUVs that allow the police to drive and enforce laws unidentified.

cellphone ticket may be issued regardless of how the driver was using the device.  The law defines “using” as holding your cellphone while talking, taking pictures, texting, or simply viewing the device.  So if you are viewing the device as a GPS, you are in violation.

In addition, cellphone tickets rack up as much as 5 points.  Extra points on your license can increase the price of your insurance.  3 cellphone tickets could result in the suspension of your license.

The cost of cellphone tickets can range between $50 to $400 depending on the gravity and frequency of the offense.  Aside from the immediate cost of the ticket, points on your license could cause insurance premiums to increase significantly.

When you receive the cellphone ticket, do not discuss it with the police officer.   Anything you say can, and WILL be used against you in court.  Officers take notes on any comments you make which can later harm you while disputing your traffic ticket.

A cellphone ticket lawyer is waiting to help you. New York Traffic Ticket Law can be very damaging to your driving record. My advice is: don’t pay that traffic ticket. Take a moment now to share a few details about your ticket here.

We always fight for the most favorable outcome and are always glad to have great results for our clients. If you’ve received a speeding ticket or any other type of moving violation, let us help you! Email us at michaelblocklawyer.com or call (212) 227-9008 to learn how we can defend you.

We fight tickets all over New York, including: Queens, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, and Long Island.

Client Success Story: 2 Point Disobey Traffic Device in Nassau County Reduced to 0 Points

Another happy client received no points for a 2 point Disobey Traffic Device Ticket in Nassau County Traffic Violations Agency.  Our client received a ticket while he was driving in North Hempstead on Pembroke Avenue and Buttonwood Road.

Disobeying Traffic Device in Long Island, New York is a common catchall violation that applies to disobeying any marking on the road or traffic sign such as a STOP or YIELD.

The law defines disobeying a traffic control device as violating any sign, marking, or device (placed by authority) that regulates, warns and guides traffic.  This means that disobeying any marking on the pavement and any traffic signs (such as a STOP or YIELD) are considered a “traffic device” offense.  The fine for disobeying a traffic control device starts at $138 in New York City.

A disobey device lawyer is waiting to help you. New York Traffic Ticket Law can be very damaging to your driving record. My advice is: don’t pay that traffic ticket. Take a moment now to share a few details about your ticket here.

We always fight for the most favorable outcome and are always glad to have great results for our clients. If you’ve received a disobeying traffic device ticket or any other type of moving violation, let us help you! Email us atmichaelblock.law@gmail.com or call (212) 227-9008 to learn how we can defend you.

We fight tickets all over New York, including: Queens, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, and Long Island.

8 Point Speeding Ticket in Nassau County Reduced to 2 Points

 8 Point Speeding Ticket in Nassau County Traffic Violations Agency Reduced to a 2 Point Disobeying Traffic Device Violation

Another happy client had an 8 Point Speeding Ticket in Nassau County, New York reduced to a 2 Point Disobey Traffic Device Violation.

Speeding tickets are fairly common in New York and range in cost as well as license points depending on how fast you were going over the speed limit. Our client received an 8 point speeding ticket because they were driving 80 MPH in a 45 MPH speed zone (that’s 35 MPH over the legal limit).

Traffic Ticket Violations Points

Driving 1-10 MPH over the speed limit 3 points
Driving 11-20 MPH over the speed limit 4 points
Driving 21-30 MPH over the speed limit 6 points
Driving 31-40 MPH over the speed limit 8 points
Driving over 40 MPH over speed limit 11 points

If you are ticketed for speeding, we can fight for you. Call for free legal advice on Speeding Tickets at (212) 227-9008 or email us at MichaelBlock.law@gmail.com. The most important advice we can offer at this moment is to fight the ticket. Do not simply mail in a payment or pay the DMV online. This will result in a guilty plea and points on your license which can raise the cost of your insurance.

A speeding ticket lawyer is waiting to help you. New York Traffic Ticket Law can be very damaging to your driving record. My advice is: don’t pay that traffic ticket. Take a moment now to share a few details about your ticket here.

We always fight for the most favorable outcome and are always glad to have great results for our clients. If you’ve received a speeding ticket or any other type of moving violation, let us help you! Email us at michaelblocklawyer.com or call (212) 227-9008 to learn how we can defend you.

We fight tickets all over New York, including: Queens, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, and Long Island.

Uber Expands to College Towns in Upstate New York to Curb Drunk Driving

Uber Moves to College Towns in Upstate New York to Curb Drunk Driving

As part of the ride-hailing service Uber’s push to expand to upstate New York, it has a specific message for college students: We want to help you get home safely after a night of drinking.

The company’s app is popular among millennials, but it is not available in upstate college towns. Uber officials hope the State Legislature will pass new rules allowing the service to move beyond New York City next year.

Despite its many fans, Uber has faced legal problems in the United States and abroad, and criticism over its aggressive tactics. As part of the company’s efforts to adopt a softer tone, officials have said the service can help reduce drunken driving.

Josh Mohrer, the general manager of Uber NY, spoke at the state Capitol on Tuesday in favor of expanding the ride-sharing service into the Albany area. A Push to Use Ride Sharing to Drive Economic Growth in Upstate New York.

Travis Kalanick, chief of Uber, last month in Munich. He spoke about compromising with regulators he once sparred with.   Some students are eagerly awaiting the arrival of Uber and other ride-hailing apps like Lyft. At Syracuse University, Aysha Seedat, the student association president, has recently called attention to the need for the apps in the city. When students leave bars late at night, she said, many are

Friends toast at P.J. Wheelman’s after using the program in Evesham, where local officials said drunken driving had increased.

Over the summer while she was home in northern New Jersey, where Uber operates, Ms. Seedat and her friends used the app instead of trying to figure out who would drive home.

“We’re going to take an Uber, and we’re not going to take any chances,” Ms. Seedat, a 21-year-old senior who is studying public policy, said.

In the next few weeks, the university’s student assembly plans to vote on a resolution to support new ride-hailing legislation. Ms. Seedat has talked to students at other universities, including Rochester Institute of Technology and the State University of New York at Buffalo, about sending a joint letter to state legislators arguing that the services would improve safety.

This month, Uber began offering free rides home from bars in Evesham Township in southern New Jersey, a community where local officials said drunken driving had increased. From 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., residents can request a ride from Uber or another ride service, and the township will pay for them through Jan. 2.

“If you feel that you’re not capable of driving home, we’re going to make it really, really simple for you,” the township’s mayor, Randy Brown, said at a news conference this month.

In New York, Long Island is known for having among the highest number of alcohol-related crashes in the state. A crash this summer in Suffolk County, in which a man was charged with driving while intoxicated after hitting and killing four young women riding in a limousine, brought renewed attention to the problem.

About four out of five alcohol-related crashes in the state happened outside New York City in 2013, despite the city’s huge share of the population, according to state data. The counties that include Buffalo and Rochester, where a number of colleges are, also have among the highest number of crashes.

Donald Hallowell, 46, an Uber driver participating in the Evesham program.

The state chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving plans to lobby for a ride-hailing bill during the next legislative session, which begins in January. Richard Mallow, the group’s state executive director, said the apps reach young people where they spend much of their time — on their smartphones.

Last week, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, a Democrat, signaled that he wanted to create a statewide licensing system for ride-hailing companies. As Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat, quarreled with Uber this summer over his proposal to cap the number of for-hire vehicles in New York City, Mr. Cuomo praised the company for creating jobs.

But taxi groups and others have questioned whether the company creates good-paying jobs. Uber says its drivers are independent contractors, but several recent local rulings have said that they should be considered employees. Opponents have also argued that new state rules could remove current consumer and driver protections in the industry.

Not all students support the effort. Stony Brook University on Long Island already has plenty of safe travel options for students who are drinking, including a reliable local taxi service called Lindy’s, said Cole Lee, the president of the university’s undergraduate student government. Mr. Lee, 20, who lives on campus and owns a car, has never used Uber.

“Although it sounds nice, I can’t say that I could see it being extremely successful here,” he said.

In Buffalo, a blog and apparel company called Rise Collaborative recently started an online petition calling for ride-hailing apps in upstate New York, and many college students have signed on. The founders of the blog and Ms. Seedat said they were not prompted by Uber officials to take up the cause — they simply see a need for it.

The mayor of Syracuse, Stephanie A. Miner, a Democrat, said she wanted Uber in her city and believed the competition could prompt local car services to improve.

“There is a big need for it here,” she said, “and I think you’re seeing particularly among young people an expectation to have Uber.”

Article Originally Featured on The New York Times

*Photo Credit: “51920006” By: Samantha Cohen/Source: Flickr

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Client Success Story: 2 Point Disobey Traffic Device in Nassau County Reduced to 0 Points

Another happy client received no points for a 2 point Disobey Device Ticket in Nassau County Traffic Violations Agency.

Disobeying Traffic Device in Long Island, New York is a common catchall violation that applies to disobeying any marking on the road or traffic sign such as a STOP or YIELD.

The law defines disobeying a traffic control device as violating any sign, marking, or device (placed by authority) that regulates, warns and guides traffic.  This means that disobeying any marking on the pavement and any traffic signs (such as a STOP or YIELD) are considered a “traffic device” offense.  The fine for disobeying a traffic control device starts at $138 in New York City.

A disobey device lawyer is waiting to help you. New York Traffic Ticket Law can be very damaging to your driving record. My advice is: don’t pay that traffic ticket. Take a moment now to share a few details about your ticket here.

We always fight for the most favorable outcome and are always glad to have great results for our clients. If you’ve received a disobeying traffic device ticket or any other type of moving violation, let us help you! Email us at michaelblock.law@gmail.com or call (212) 227-9008 to learn how we can defend you.

We fight tickets all over New York, including: Queens, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, and Long Island.

Client Success Story: Cellphone Ticket Lawyer in Suffolk County, Long Island

A 5 point Cellphone Ticket (Operating Motor Vehicle While Operating a Mobile Phone) In Suffolk County Traffic Violations Agency was reduced to a 2 Point Improper Signal Violation.

Cellphone Tickets in Long Island and New York have skyrocketed in recent years!  From 2011 to 2012 tickets issued for driving while texting increased 234 percent.  Under Governor Cuomo, the state pledged $1 million to fund the campaign against cellphone use as well as increased the 3-point penalty to a 5-point penalty on the driver’s record.

Cops also have a better chance of catching you unnoticed.  CITE—Concealed Identity Traffic Enforcement—vehicles are unmarked black SUVs that allow the police to drive and enforce laws unidentified.

A cellphone ticket may be issued regardless of how the driver was using the device.  The law defines “using” as holding your cellphone while talking, taking pictures, texting, or simply viewing the device.  So if you are viewing the device as a GPS, you are in violation.

In addition, cellphone tickets rack up as much as 5 points.  Extra points on your license can increase the price of your insurance.  3 cellphone tickets could result in the suspension of your license.

The cost of cellphone tickets can range between $50 to $400 depending on the gravity and frequency of the offense.  Aside from the immediate cost of the ticket, points on your license could cause insurance premiums to increase significantly.

When you receive the cellphone ticket, do not discuss it with the police officer.   Anything you say can, and WILL be used against you in court.  Officers take notes on any comments you make which can later harm you while disputing your traffic ticket.

A cellphone ticket lawyer is waiting to help you. New York Traffic Ticket Law can be very damaging to your driving record. My advice is: don’t pay that traffic ticket. Take a moment now to share a few details about your ticket here.

We always fight for the most favorable outcome and are always glad to have great results for our clients. If you’ve received a speeding ticket or any other type of moving violation, let us help you! Email us at michaelblocklawyer.com or call (212) 227-9008 to learn how we can defend you.

We fight tickets all over New York, including: Queens, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, and Long Island.

Speeding Ticket and Moving Too Closely in Nassau County Reduced!

8 Point Speeding Ticket in Nassau County Traffic Violations Agency and a 3 Point Moving From Lane Unsafely Reduced to 4 Points instead of 11

Another happy client had an 8 point speeding ticket and a 3 point moving from lane unsafely violation in Long Island reduced to a 4 points and following too closely and parking violation.

Speeding tickets are fairly common in New York and range in cost as well as license points depending on how fast you were going over the speed limit. Our client received an 8 point speeding ticket because they were driving 94 MPH in a 55 MPH speed zone (that’s 39 MPH over the legal limit).

Traffic Ticket Violations Points
Driving 1-10 MPH over the speed limit 3 points
Driving 11-20 MPH over the speed limit 3 points
Driving 21-30 MPH over the speed limit 6 points
Driving 31-40 MPH over the speed limit 8 points
Driving over 40 MPH over speed limit 11 points

If you are ticketed for speeding, we can fight for you. Call for free legal advice on Speeding Tickets at (212) 227-9008 or email us at MichaelBlock.law@gmail.com. The most important advice we can offer at this moment is to fight the ticket. Do not simply mail in a payment or pay the DMV online. This will result in a guilty plea and points on your license which can raise the cost of your insurance.

A speeding ticket lawyer is waiting to help you. New York Traffic Ticket Law can be very damaging to your driving record. My advice is: don’t pay that traffic ticket. Take a moment now to share a few details about your ticket here.

We always fight for the most favorable outcome and are always glad to have great results for our clients. If you’ve received a speeding ticket or any other type of moving violation, let us help you! Email us at michaelblocklawyer.com or call (212) 227-9008 to learn how we can defend you.

We fight tickets all over New York, including: Queens, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, and Long Island.

6 Point Speeding Ticket in Suffolk County Reduced to a Zero Point Parking Violation

6 Point Speeding Ticket in Suffolk County Traffic Violations Agency Reduced to a 0 Point Parking Violation

 Another happy client had a 6 Point Speeding Ticket in Suffolk County, New York reduced to a no-point parking violation!

Speeding tickets are fairly common in New York and range in cost as well as license points depending on how fast you were going over the speed limit. Our client received a 6 point speeding ticket because they were driving 82 MPH in a 55 MPH speed zone (that’s 27 MPH over the legal limit).  Our client was driving West Bound on route 27 of Sunrise Highway near Carlton Avenue.

Traffic Ticket Violations Points

Driving 1-10 MPH over the speed limit 3 points
Driving 11-20 MPH over the speed limit 3 points
Driving 21-30 MPH over the speed limit 6 points
Driving 31-40 MPH over the speed limit 8 points
Driving over 40 MPH over speed limit 11 points

If you are ticketed for speeding, we can fight for you. Call for free legal advice on Speeding Tickets at (212) 227-9008 or email us at MichaelBlock.law@gmail.com. The most important advice we can offer at this moment is to fight the ticket. Do not simply mail in a payment or pay the DMV online. This will result in a guilty plea and points on your license which can raise the cost of your insurance.

A speeding ticket lawyer is waiting to help you. New York Traffic Ticket Law can be very damaging to your driving record. My advice is: don’t pay that traffic ticket. Take a moment now to share a few details about your ticket here.

We always fight for the most favorable outcome and are always glad to have great results for our clients. If you’ve received a speeding ticket or any other type of moving violation, let us help you! Email us at michaelblocklawyer.com or call (212) 227-9008 to learn how we can defend you.

We fight tickets all over New York, including: Queens, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, and Long Island.

  1. diakanke bah  |  

    I just received a ticket last night for operating a mobile device while driving in new york. I have a new jersey drivers licence and I currently don’t have any points on my license…. I’m looking for a trafficlawyer to help me fight this.

Police Crack Down on Calling, Texting While Driving

Police Crack Down on Calling and Texting While Driving

More than 60 motorists were pulled over Monday in the Hampstead area, says Carroll County Sheriff’s Office.

Police in the Hampstead area are targeting motorists this week who get distracted by using their cellphones while driving. The use of handheld cellphones while driving is illegal in New York.

On Monday, deputies from the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office teamed up with members of the Maryland State Police and the Hampstead Police Department on a Distracted Driving Initiative, sponsored by the Maryland Highway Safety Office.

From 2 p.m. to about 6 p.m., the law enforcement personel patrolled the area of Route 482 and the Route 30 Bypass, according to a story posted on the Facebook page of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office. The focus on this enforcement effort was handheld cell phone use, although the police made traffic stops for other violations.

At the end of this event, a total of 35 citations, 24 warnings and two equipment repair orders were issued to motorists, according to the sheriff’s office. Throughout the week, police in the area will continue to look for and enforce laws directed at distracted driving.

Article Originally Featured on Patch.

Photo Credit: “NYPD” By: Giacomo Barbaro/Source: Flickr

6 Point Speeding Ticket in Westchester County at Elmsford Village Court Reduced to an Unsafe Lane Change Violation

6 Point Speeding Ticket in Westchester County at Elmsford Village Court Reduced to an Unsafe Lane Change Violation

Another happy client had a 6 Point Speeding Ticket in Westchester County, New York reduced to a 2 Point Unsafe Lane Change!

Speeding tickets are fairly common in New York and range in cost as well as license points depending on how fast you were going over the speed limit. Our client received a 6 point speeding ticket because they were driving 74 MPH in a 45 MPH speed zone (that’s 29 MPH over the legal limit).

 Traffic Ticket Violations Points

Driving 1-10 MPH over the speed limit 3 points
Driving 11-20 MPH over the speed limit 3 points
Driving 21-30 MPH over the speed limit 6 points
Driving 31-40 MPH over the speed limit 8 points
Driving over 40 MPH over speed limit 11 points

If you are ticketed for speeding, we can fight for you. Call for free legal advice on Speeding Tickets at (212) 227-9008 or email us at MichaelBlock.law@gmail.com. The most important advice we can offer at this moment is to fight the ticket. Do not simply mail in a payment or pay the DMV online. This will result in a guilty plea and points on your license which can raise the cost of your insurance.

A speeding ticket lawyer is waiting to help you. New York Traffic Ticket Law can be very damaging to your driving record. My advice is: don’t pay that traffic ticket. Take a moment now to share a few details about your ticket here.

We always fight for the most favorable outcome and are always glad to have great results for our clients. If you’ve received a speeding ticket or any other type of moving violation, let us help you! Email us at michaelblocklawyer.com or call (212) 227-9008 to learn how we can defend you.

We fight tickets all over New York, including: Queens, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, and Long Island.

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Headphone Tickets in New York

Did You Know!  You could receive a traffic ticket for driving with headphones!

While most of us are aware that it’s illegal to use your cellphone while driving, we should be very careful about driving with headphones which is also illegal.

Some studies have also shown that listening to music with headphones is just as dangerous as texting while driving.  Using both ear buds also blocks out the sound of any emergency vehicles or possible dangers on the road.  They pose a distraction for drivers behind the wheel.

According to Vehicle and Traffic Law, under article 375-24, it is illegal for the driver to be wearing “more than one earphone attached to a radio, tape player or other audio device.”  This means that listening to music on your cellphone or iPod, with more than one headphone in, is also illegal.

But—What about one ear-bud?  Technically talking on the phone hands free or with only one ear bud, is legal.  Devices such as Bluetooth use one ear-bud and are considered legal.  Many vehicles now have built in Stereo Bluetooth which allows you to sync a cell phone or electronic device to make conversations completely hands-free.  These are also legal.

If you receive any kind of earphone violation, cellphone ticket, or electronic device violation call us at 212-227-9008 or email us at michaelblock.law@gmail.com for free legal advice on your NYC traffic ticket.

*Photo Credit: “Summer Crusin'” By: Jellaluna/Source: Flickr

6 Point Speeding Ticket Reduced to 2 Points in Nyack Justice Court in Rockland County

Another happy client had a 6 Point Speeding Ticket in Nyack Justice Court in Rockland New York reduced to a 2 point Disobey Traffic Device Violation!

Speeding tickets are fairly common in New York and range in cost as well as license points depending on how fast you were going over the speed limit. Our client received a 6 point speeding ticket because they were driving 77 MPH in a 55 MPH speed zone (that’s 22 MPH over the legal limit).

Traffic Ticket Violations Points
Driving 1-10 MPH over the speed limit 3 points
Driving 11-20 MPH over the speed limit 3 points
Driving 21-30 MPH over the speed limit 6 points
Driving 31-40 MPH over the speed limit 8 points
Driving over 40 MPH over speed limit 11 points

If you are ticketed for speeding, we can fight for you. Call for free legal advice on Speeding Tickets at (212) 227-9008 or email us at MichaelBlock.law@gmail.com. The most important advice we can offer at this moment is to fight the ticket. Do not simply mail in a payment or pay the DMV online. This will result in a guilty plea and points on your license which can raise the cost of your insurance.

A speeding ticket lawyer is waiting to help you. New York Traffic Ticket Law can be very damaging to your driving record. My advice is: don’t pay that traffic ticket. Take a moment now to share a few details about your ticket here.

We always fight for the most favorable outcome and are always glad to have great results for our clients. If you’ve received a speeding ticket or any other type of moving violation, let us help you! Email us at michaelblocklawyer.com or call (212) 227-9008 to learn how we can defend you.

 

We fight tickets all over New York, including: Queens, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, and Long Island.

NYC Traffic Tickets: Reckless Driving

Reckless Driving Ticket in New York

A reckless driving ticket is one of the most serious tickets you can receive in New York.  Reckless driving is defined by New York law as “using any motor vehicle… in a manner which unreasonably interferes with the free and proper use of the public highway, or unreasonably interferes with the free and proper use of the public highway, or unreasonably endangers users of public highway,” and the court or judge who hears the case.  This leaves reckless driving open to interpretation by the police officer writing the ticket.  Some examples are: driving the wrong way, driving at extremely high speeds, or weaving in and out of lanes during times of heavy traffic.

Penalties

Conviction of a reckless driving ticket in New York will result in five (5) points.  Many drivers also fail to realize that a reckless driving charge is actually a misdemeanor offense.  This means that a motorist charged with reckless driving cannot simply plead guilty and pay the fine, but an appearance must be made in criminal court.  If convicted of reckless driving the motorist will then have a criminal record.

Depending on the severity of the offense, you could go to jail for up to 30 days for a first offense, 90 days for a second offense, and 180 days for a third offense.

It’s important to note that if you accumulate 11 points in 18 months your driving privileges may be suspended.  In addition, if you receive another traffic ticket in conjunction with the one for reckless driving in NY and a total of six (6) or more points would go on your record, you will be required to pay a “Driver Assessment Fee” to the DMV.  That amounts to $300 for six (6) points and an additional $75 for every point above six (6).

Financial Impact

A reckless driving conviction will put 5 points on your driver’s license and will incur a fine of up to $300.  Reckless driving charges can also have a serious impact on your auto insurance premiums.  Insurance companies often view reckless driving convictions as being just as bad as DUI or DWI convictions, and will raise your premiums accordingly.  So, in addition to paying the reckless driving fine and the possibility of the NYS Driver Responsibility Assessment, you could also be forced to pay a lot of extra money just to be able to continue driving. An attorney with experience defending reckless driving charge may be able to help you save your hard earned money instead of handing it over to your insurance company.

By working with an attorney with experience defending reckless driving tickets may keep your driving and criminal record clean.  In addition, a lawyer can also appear in court without you, to defend you against reckless driving charges.  If you have received a reckless driving ticket, or any other traffic ticket, please contact our office at 212-227-9008 or email us at michaelblock.law@gmail.com to see how we can help you.

*Photo Credit: “up with the sun” By: Nancy> I’m gonna SNAP!/Source: Flickr

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4 Point Speeding Ticket in Westchester County Reduced to a 0 Point Parking Violation

4 Point Speeding Ticket in Westchester County Reduced to a 0 Point Parking Violation

Another happy client had a 4 Point Speeding Ticket in Westchester County, New York reduced to a 0 point Parking Violation!

Speeding tickets are fairly common in New York and range in cost as well as license points depending on how fast you were going over the speed limit. Our client received a 4 point speeding ticket because they were driving 49 MPH in a 30 MPH speed zone (that’s 19 MPH over the legal limit).

Traffic Ticket Violations Points
Driving 1-10 MPH over the speed limit 3 points
Driving 11-20 MPH over the speed limit 3 points
Driving 21-30 MPH over the speed limit 6 points
Driving 31-40 MPH over the speed limit 8 points
Driving over 40 MPH over speed limit 11 points

If you are ticketed for speeding, we can fight for you. Call for free legal advice on Speeding Tickets at (212) 227-9008 or email us at MichaelBlock.law@gmail.com. The most important advice we can offer at this moment is to fight the ticket. Do not simply mail in a payment or pay the DMV online. This will result in a guilty plea and points on your license which can raise the cost of your insurance.

A speeding ticket lawyer is waiting to help you. New York Traffic Ticket Law can be very damaging to your driving record. My advice is: don’t pay that traffic ticket. Take a moment now to share a few details about your ticket here.

We always fight for the most favorable outcome and are always glad to have great results for our clients. If you’ve received a speeding ticket or any other type of moving violation, let us help you! Email us at michaelblocklawyer.com or call (212) 227-9008 to learn how we can defend you.

We fight tickets all over New York, including: Queens, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, and Long Island.

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A 2 Point Disobey Traffic Device Violation in Suffolk Reduced to a 0 Point Parking Violation

A 2 Point Disobey Traffic Device Violation in Suffolk Reduced to a 0 Point Parking Violation

Another happy client had a 2 point disobey traffic device ticket in Suffolk County Court reduced to a 0 point parking ticket.

The law defines disobeying a traffic control device as violating any sign, marking, or device (placed by authority) that regulates, warns and guides traffic.  This means that disobeying any marking on the pavement and any traffic signs (such as a STOP or YIELD) are considered a “traffic device” offense.  The fine for disobeying a traffic control device starts at $138 in New York City.

If you’ve received a summons for disobeying a traffic control device, call us at (212) 227-9008 or email us at MichaelBlock.law@gmail.com for free legal advice.  A New York Traffic Ticket Lawyer is ready to assist you.  We have successfully defended thousands of traffic control device summonses.

We fight all New York traffic tickets in: Queens, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, and Long Island.

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Flavor Flav Pleads Guilty to Driving with a Suspended License

Article Originally Featured on The Long Island Press

Flavor Flav, the Roosevelt-native rapper of Public Enemy fame, admitted to driving on Long Island without a license two years after he was pulled over while en route to his mother’s funeral.

The 56-year-old hip hop artist, whose given name is William Drayton, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a felony charge of operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license. In exchange for his plea, a speeding charge was dropped.

“This has been going on for two long years and I’m glad it’s over,” Flav, speaking in a soft voice, told Nassau County Judge Terence Murphy.

He’s facing similar charges—plus counts of driving under the influence, possession of marijuana, open container and more—in Nevada, which he now calls home.

The New York charges came after police stopped Flav for speeding 79 mph in a 55-mph zone on the Meadowbrook State Parkway on Jan. 9, 2014, but released him on a desk appearance ticket. His license had 16 suspensions on it at the time, authorities have said.

Assistant Nassau County District Attorney Stephanie Palma asked Murphy to sentence Flav to six months in jail, but the judge instead gave the rapper time served—a few hours in jail—and ordered him to pay a $3,500 fine after lecturing him to get his act together.

“You have a personal responsibility, and your ignoring that is the basis for many of these issues,” Murphy told Flav. He added that Flav’s mother’s funeral was a “mitigating circumstance but it doesn’t give you the privilege to disobey the laws of New York State.”

Flav said through his lawyer, Todd Greeberg, that he wanted to “thank the court for your compassion and understanding” throughout the case. His demeanor was remarkably toned down from prior appearances, including one in which he rapped to reporters.

Outside the courthouse, Greenberg told reporters that there were “extreme mitigating circumstances in this case. There was no intent whatsoever to violate the law.”

*Photo Credit: “Public Enemy” By: angela n./Source: Flickr

6 Point Speeding Ticket in South Hampton Town Court in Suffolk County Reduced to a 0 Parking Violation

6 Point Speeding Ticket in South Hampton Town Court in Suffolk County Reduced to a 0 Parking Violation

Another happy client had an 8 Point Speeding Ticket in South Hampton Town Court located in Delaware County, New York reduced to a 3 Violation!

Speeding tickets are fairly common in New York and range in cost as well as license points depending on how fast you were going over the speed limit. Our client received a 6 point speeding ticket because they were driving 52 MPH in a 30 MPH speed zone (that’s 22 MPH over the legal limit).

 

Traffic Ticket Violations Points

Driving 1-10 MPH over the speed limit 3 points

Driving 11-20 MPH over the speed limit 3 points

Driving 11-20 MPH over the speed limit 3 points

Driving 21-30 MPH over the speed limit 6 points

Driving 31-40 MPH over the speed limit 8 points

Driving over 40 MPH over speed limit 11 points

 

If you are ticketed for speeding, we can fight for you. Call for free legal advice on Speeding Tickets at (212) 227-9008 or email us at MichaelBlock.law@gmail.com. The most important advice we can offer at this moment is to fight the ticket. Do not simply mail in a payment or pay the DMV online. This will result in a guilty plea and points on your license which can raise the cost of your insurance.

A speeding ticket lawyer is waiting to help you. New York Traffic Ticket Law can be very damaging to your driving record. My advice is: don’t pay that traffic ticket. Take a moment now to share a few details about your ticket here.

We always fight for the most favorable outcome and are always glad to have great results for our clients. If you’ve received a speeding ticket or any other type of moving violation, let us help you! Email us at michaelblocklawyer.com or call (212) 227-9008 to learn how we can defend you.

We fight tickets all over New York, including: Queens, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, and Long Island.

Drunk Driver in Patchogue, Long Island Charged with DWI after Slamming Into Family Car Twice

Drunk Driver in Patchogue, Long Island Charged with DWI after Slamming Into a Car Twice

Article Originally Posted on NBC New York

An alleged drunk driver slammed into another vehicle twice on Long Island in a shocking scene that was captured on dash cam video. And now members of the family who posted the dash cam video say they feared for their lives.

Linda Spina, 53, of Selden, was driving drunk along Woodside Avenue in Patchogue around 4:30 p.m. Thursday when she made a wide right turn onto North Ocean Avenue, police said. Dash cam video of the turn shows Spina’s Honda accelerates over a curb before knocking over a sign and crashing into a car stopped at a traffic light.

In the video, a woman who appears to be an off-duty emergency responder asks the family in the struck car if they’re alright. She then yells at Spina several times: “Put your car in park!”

Spina then drives in reverse out of the dash cam’s sight. But she appears seconds later, accelerating and nearly hitting the emergency responder before smashing head-on into the car for a second time.

Shocking dash cam video shows an alleged drunk driver slam into a car before backing up and accelerating into it again. The video was originally posted to YouTube by the family in the car that was hit. (Published Friday, Oct. 9, 2015)

NBC New York spoke with the family in the car, including the mother of the children heard screaming in the video. She said her whole life flashed before her like in the movies and that she thought for a second they would all die. Her husband was on the phone with her at the time and thought he had lost them.

The family installed the dash cam after a minor accident last year in which they couldn’t prove the other driver was at fault.

Spina was charged with DWI–Driving While Intoxicated. She was taken to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center following the accident and was arraigned Friday in Central Islip.

*Photo Credit: “Drunk Driving Among US College Students Still at an Alarming Rate” By: James Palinsad/Source: Flickr

6 Point Speeding Ticket in Delaware County Reduced to a 2 Point Disobey Traffic Device Violation

6 Point Speeding Ticket in Delaware County Reduced to a 2 Point Disobey Traffic Device Violation

Another happy client had a 6 Point Speeding Ticket in Colechester Town Court located in Delaware County, New York reduced to a 3 Violation!

Speeding tickets are fairly common in New York and range in cost as well as license points depending on how fast you were going over the speed limit. Our client received a 6 point speeding ticket because they were driving 81 MPH in a 55 MPH speed zone (that’s 26 MPH over the legal limit).

Traffic Ticket Violations Points
Driving 1-10 MPH over the speed limit 3 points
Driving 11-20 MPH over the speed limit 3 points
Driving 21-30 MPH over the speed limit 6 points
Driving 31-40 MPH over the speed limit 8 points
Driving over 40 MPH over speed limit 11 points

 If you are ticketed for speeding, we can fight for you. Call for free legal advice on Speeding Tickets at (212) 227-9008 or email us at MichaelBlock.law@gmail.com. The most important advice we can offer at this moment is to fight the ticket. Do not simply mail in a payment or pay the DMV online. This will result in a guilty plea and points on your license which can raise the cost of your insurance.

A speeding ticket lawyer is waiting to help you. New York Traffic Ticket Law can be very damaging to your driving record. My advice is: don’t pay that traffic ticket. Take a moment now to share a few details about your ticket here.

We always fight for the most favorable outcome and are always glad to have great results for our clients. If you’ve received a speeding ticket or any other type of moving violation, let us help you! Email us at michaelblocklawyer.com or call (212) 227-9008 to learn how we can defend you.

We fight tickets all over New York, including: Queens, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, and Long Island.

 

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    Court Name: Hancock, NY
    How much will it cost to get this dismissed or to plea it down? I had a clean license for well over 10 years. This year I got a speeding ticket on 3/2/15 in Nassau county that I got reduced to a failure to signal. Then 3 weeks later at the end of March I got another going 84 in a 55…ugh!!! I didn’t plea it. I plead guilty. Now I have 8 points on my license. 2 weeks ago I got another speeding ticket driving up to Ithaca NY. This ticket is for 72 in a 55. I just completed the defensive driving test, so should be ok as far as suspension, but I’m concerned about having 2 speeding tickets in the same year and don’t want to add any more points and or moving violations to my license.

    • Thank you for your question. Your concerns are well founded! I’m glad to hear that you took a defensive driver’s course. If you retain us we could probably save your license and reduce at least some of this points. The fact that you have so many points on your license may make it more difficult to plead down the points. If you would like more specific information related to cost, please call the office at 212-227-9008 so that we may better assist you. Drive carefully!

Man Accused of Driving Drunk East Meadow, Long Island with 3 year old

Man Accused Of Driving Drunk With Girl, 3, in Car On Meadowbrook State Pkwy.

EAST MEADOW, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A man was charged with driving drunk with three passengers in his car – including his 3-year-old daughter – on Long Island this weekend.

Around 9 p.m. Saturday, a New York State police trooper from the Valley Stream barracks saw a gray BMW X5 speeding on the northbound Meadowbrook State Parkway near Exit M5 in East Meadow, state police said.

State police pulled over the driver and detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage, state police said.

The driver – identified as Rafael Ramon, 42, of Baldwin – failed sobriety tests and was arrested on driving while intoxicated charges, state police said.

His 3-year-old daughter and two other passengers were in the vehicle, state police said.

Ramon’s blood alcohol level came in at .12, state police said. He was ultimately charged with felony DWI under Leandra’s Law due to the child in the vehicle.

If you have received a traffic ticket for a DUI, DWI or any other alcohol and drug related offences, please contact us immediately at 212-227-9008 or email us at michaelblock.law@gmail.com to learn more about how we can defend you.

*Photo Credit: “Man Drinking While Driving w/ Beer” By: New York Lawyers/Source: Flickr

3 Point Speeding Ticket in Orange County Reduced to a 0 Point Parking Violation

3 Point Speeding Ticket in Florida Village Court in Orange County Reduced to a 0 Point Parking Violation

Another happy client had a 3 Point Speeding Ticket in Florida Village Court in Orange County, New York reduced to a 0 point Parking Violation!

Speeding tickets are fairly common in New York and range in cost as well as license points depending on how fast you were going over the speed limit. Our client received at 3 point speeding ticket because they were driving 50 MPH in a 30 MPH speed zone (that’s 20 MPH over the legal limit).

Traffic Ticket Violations Points
Driving 1-10 MPH over the speed limit 3 points
Driving 11-20 MPH over the speed limit 3 points
Driving 21-30 MPH over the speed limit 6 points
Driving 31-40 MPH over the speed limit 8 points
Driving over 40 MPH over speed limit 11 points

If you are ticketed for speeding, we can fight for you. Call for free legal advice on Speeding Tickets at (212) 227-9008 or email us atMichaelBlock.law@gmail.com. The most important advice we can offer at this moment is to fight the ticket. Do not simply mail in a payment or pay the DMV online. This will result in a guilty plea and points on your license which can raise the cost of your insurance.

A speeding ticket lawyer is waiting to help you. New York Traffic Ticket Law can be very damaging to your driving record. My advice is: don’t pay that traffic ticket. Take a moment now to share a few details about your ticket here.
We always fight for the most favorable outcome and are always glad to have great results for our clients. If you’ve received a speeding ticket or any other type of moving violation, let us help you! Email us at michaelblocklawyer.com or call (212) 227-9008 to learn how we can defend you.

We fight tickets all over New York, including: Queens, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, and Long Island.

6 Point Speeding Ticket in Suffolk County Reduced to a 0 Point Parking Violation

Another happy client had a 6 Point Speeding Ticket in Suffolk County at Suffolk County Traffic Violations Agency reduced to a 0 point Parking Violation!

Speeding tickets are fairly common in New York and range in cost as well as license points depending on how fast you were going over the speed limit.  Our client received a 6 point speeding ticket because they were driving 55 MPH in a 30 MPH speed zone (that’s 25 MPH over the legal limit).

Traffic Ticket Violations Points
Driving 1-10 MPH over the speed limit 3 points
Driving 11-20 MPH over the speed limit 3 points
Driving 21-30 MPH over the speed limit 6 points
Driving 31-40 MPH over the speed limit 8 points
Driving over 40 MPH over speed limit 11 points

If you are ticketed for speeding, we can fight for you.  Call for free legal advice on Speeding Tickets at (212) 227-9008 or email us atMichaelBlock.law@gmail.com.  The most important advice we can offer at this moment is to fight the ticket.  Do not simply mail in a payment or pay the DMV online.  This will result in a guilty plea and points on your license which can raise the cost of your insurance.

A speeding ticket lawyer is waiting to help you.  New York Traffic Ticket Law can be very damaging to your driving record.  My advice is: don’t pay that traffic ticket.  Take a moment now to share a few details about your ticket here.

We always fight for the most favorable outcome and are always glad to have great results for our clients.  If you’ve received a speeding ticket or any other type of moving violation, let us help you!  Email us at michaelblocklawyer.com or call (212) 227-9008 to learn how we can defend you.

We fight tickets all over New York, including: Queens, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, and Long Island.

Blood-Alcohol Estimates Questioned In Drunken-Driving Cases, Including In Deadly Long Island Crash

Blood-Alcohol Estimates Questioned In Drunken-Driving Cases, Including In Deadly Long Island Crash

Original Article Featured on CBS

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — The way prosecutors see it, Oneil Sharpe Jr. was drunk when he raced down a Long Island highway at nearly 100 mph this summer and slammed into a car carrying a family home from a church gathering, causing a fiery wreck that killed a father and his two children.

Sharpe’s blood-alcohol reading, taken about four hours later, was 0.06 percent — below the legal threshold of 0.08. But he was still charged with drunken driving and vehicular homicide because a forensic technique estimated that his blood-alcohol level at the time of the crash actually was 0.12.

That technique, known as “retrograde extrapolation,” has been used to win convictions nationwide for decades, but has increasingly come under scrutiny by drunken-driving experts as an unreliable measure of a person’s intoxication. Some defense attorneys have even labeled it junk science.

“Government lawyers and puppet scientists know retrograde extrapolation is hogwash and will say so when it benefits them, but mostly they pretend otherwise because it is useful in gaining convictions,” said D. Timothy Huey, a Columbus, Ohio, attorney specializing in drunken-driving cases.

“Retrograde extrapolation is about as scientifically reliable as astrology,” added Jonathan Manley, a former prosecutor who is representing Sharpe in the Long Island crash. “It relies on the assumption that a person’s blood-alcohol content peaked prior to the arrest without any basis to prove that.”

Sharpe pleaded not guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide, leaving the scene and driving while intoxicated. He also is charged with having 23 fraudulent credit cards in his vehicle.

While there are no national statistics to document the use of retrograde extrapolation, prosecutors in many states, including New York, North Carolina, Michigan, Colorado and Illinois, have offered evidence of estimated intoxication levels at trial. But courts in some other states have severely restricted its use, requiring prosecutors to use only the blood-alcohol readings taken at the time of a person’s arrest.

“The general rule in virtually every state is that it is up to a jury to decide its relevance,” said attorney Patrick Barone, who has written a textbook titled “Defending Drinking Drivers” and teaches a class at Western Michigan University’s law school that includes a two-hour lecture on retrograde extrapolation.

“I challenge it every time it comes up,” Barone said. “Juries are too frequently bedazzled by science because science as a whole is not well understood or taught.”

In the Long Island case this summer on the Southern State Parkway, the 24-year-old Sharpe wasn’t tested immediately, because a friend allegedly whisked him away from the scene. Prosecutors believe Sharpe fled because he knew he was drunk, and they bolstered their case by releasing a cellphone video purportedly showing him tossing a bottle of tequila into the woods after the crash.

Prosecutors who have used retrograde extrapolation swear by it as a proven technique that doesn’t reward drunken-driving suspects for fleeing the scene and avoiding immediate blood-alcohol testing.

“It’s been standard procedure for many years in many states across the country,” said Beadle County, South Dakota, State’s Attorney Michael Moore, a past president of the National District Attorneys Association. “It’s been proven to be reliable and upheld by courts all across the country.”

It was most famously, if not successfully, used after the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska in 1989, when Capt. Joseph Hazelwood was given a blood test 10 1/2 hours after the grounding and recorded a 0.06. A toxicologist estimated his reading at the time of the accident was 0.14.

Hazelwood was ultimately convicted of negligent discharge of oil and fined $50,000, but was cleared of charges of being drunk.

Experts say the intoxicating effects of alcohol are not experienced until it is absorbed into the bloodstream. After a person stops drinking, the blood-alcohol level peaks when the most alcohol has been absorbed and the least amount of alcohol has been eliminated.

Defense attorneys argue alcohol absorption and elimination rates vary widely depending on a person’s gender, drinking habits, the type of beverage, what a person ate and how much, and whether a person had experienced trauma, which sometimes slows the rate.

Leonard R. Stamm, a Maryland attorney and dean of the National College for DUI Defense, said prosecutors should avoid retrograde extrapolation “unless they’re able to line up every conceivable factor, and I don’t know that they’re ever able to do that.”

Mary Catherine McMurray, a forensic expert who once worked for the Wisconsin state patrol, says she has seen increased use of retrograde extrapolation in the past five years, but cautions “the further away from a person’s last drink, the less useful retrograde is, and prosecutors usually have to take the word of the person on when that last drink occurred.”

“It’s hard for me to call it junk science, because it’s got merits,” she said, “but I understand why people say it is junk science.”

Photo Credit: “Breath Test” by Oregon Department of Transportation/Source: Flickr

6 Point Speeding Ticket in Southampton Town Court

6 Point Speeding Ticket Reduced to 0 Points in Southampton Town Court

Another happy client has a 6 point Speeding Ticket reduced to a 0 point parking ticket in Southampton Town Court!

Speeding tickets range from 3 to 11 points depending on how fast you were driving above the speed limit:

Traffic Ticket Violations Points
Driving 1-10 MPH over the speed limit 3 points
Driving 11-20 MPH over the speed limit 3 points
Driving 21-30 MPH over the speed limit 6 points
Driving 31-40 MPH over the speed limit 8 points
Driving over 40 MPH over speed limit 11 points

 

If you are ticketed for speeding, we can fight for you.  Call for free legal advice on Speeding Tickets at (212) 227-9008 or email us at MichaelBlock.law@gmail.com.  The most important advice we can offer at this moment is to fight the ticket.  Do not simply mail in a payment or pay the DMV online.  This will result in a guilty plea and points on your license which can raise the cost of your insurance.

A speeding ticket lawyer is waiting to help you.  New York Traffic Ticket Law can be very damaging to your driving record.  My advice is: don’t pay that traffic ticket.  Take a moment now to share a few details about your ticket here.

We always fight for the most favorable outcome and are always glad to have great results for our clients.  If you’ve received a speeding ticket or any other type of moving violation, let us help you!  Email us at michaelblocklawyer.com or call (212) 227-9008 to learn how we can defend you.

We fight tickets all over New York, including: Queens, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, and Long Island.

New Truck Route on Oyster Bay Road (Off of Long Island Expressway)

New Truck Route on South Oyster Bay Road

Original Article featured on Newsday

There is a new truck route on South Oyster Bay Road that operates as an access road off of the Long Island Expressway route 107.  Although letters were sent notifying South Oyster Bay County about the change, no one filed an objection.  Thus, the change took place.  Jane Harrigan, principle of Our Lady of Mercy School fears that children traveling to and from school will be unsafe crossing the streets.  She suggests that trucks use the106/107 truck route nearby.

The new route allows access to double-trailer trucks as long as 65 feet and auto-carries as long as 75 feet to drive on this local road.  Residents feel that they should have a say about the changes as they’re also affected by the rumbling noises caused by the loud trucks.

Unfortunately, the town cannot override the state on the new route decision because it meets the required safety criteria.  Withdraw of the new designation will only happen if there is proof of actual safety problems such as truck accidents or proof of trucks veering into other lanes while turning.  Until then, the state is obliged to allow the truck route for as long as safety requirements are met.

Cellphone Tickets Have More than Doubled!

Drivers Beware – From 2011 to 2012 tickets issued for driving while texting increased 234 percent.  Under Governor Cuomo, the state has pledged $1 million to fund the campaign against cellphone use as well as increased the 3-point penalty to a 5-point penalty on the driver’s record.

A cellphone ticket may be issued regardless of how the driver was using the device.  The law defines “using” as holding your cellphone while talking, taking pictures, texting, or simply viewing the device.  So if you are viewing the device as a GPS, you are in violation.

Cops also have a better chance of catching you unnoticed.  CITE—Concealed Identity Traffic Enforcement—vehicles are unmarked black SUVs that allow the police to drive and enforce laws unidentified.

If you receive a cellphone ticket, do not engage the police officer in conversation.  They can and will often use anything you say against you in court.  If you receive a cellphone ticket or any other traffic ticket, call us at 212-227-9008 immediately to learn how we can defend you.

Photo Credit: “April 10 33” By: Lord Jim/Source: Flickr

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Client Profile: Meet Oumare Toure

Meet Oumare Toure.  Toure, a Senegal native and taxi driver, has been Michael Block’s client for over 25 years.  Toure began his taxi career working as a Gypsy cab driver when he was referred to Michael by a coworker.  “He’s a good lawyer,” says Toure. “I never lost a ticket with him.”

The Law Office of Michael Block has defended Toure throughout his career.  Toure has also worked as a yellow cab driver for over 10 years and is currently employed by Euro Cab.  “I send a lot of guys here,” he adds.  Michael Block defended one of his first tickets as a cab driver.  All subsequent tickets have been dismissed or found not guilty.  Before visiting his home country, Senegal, he visits Michael Block for all of his traffic ticket needs.

*Picture Credit: “Senegal Grunge” By: Nicolas Raymond/Source: Flickr

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A New Look for Yellow Cabs to Compete with Uber

Traffic Ticket Lawyer: A New Look for Yellow Cabs in New York City

As of this month, New York City’s standard yellow cab will be the Nissan NV200, reports fortune magazine.  This change should result in a more comfortable ride for passengers as the new vehicle has a sunroof and charging outlets.  The entry of the new vehicles comes at a time of struggle for traditional yellow cabs.  Since Uber has entered New York City, Mayor Bill de Blacio’s administration has attempted to cap the amount of Ubers on the streets, but Uber’s successful campaign against de Blacio’s proposed regulations shut down the possibility of the cap.  The newer solution is to offer a better taxi experience to boost yellow cabs as an industry.

*Photo Credit: “NYC TAXI” By: Vinoth Chandar/Source: Flickr

New York Lawyer: Traffic Ticket After a Car Accident

Traffic Ticket Issued After a Car Accident

Car accidents can involve personal injury and or property damage.  Calls from insurance companies, lawyers, hospital bills and costly car repairs make dealing with the aftermath of an accident unbearable.  To make matters worse, traffic tickets issued after an accident can seriously impact the cost of your insurance and determine which of the drivers is liable.

When a police officer is called to the scene, he will try to determine the facts surrounding the accident, and if possible, determine who caused the accident.  You may give your side of the story, but chose your words carefully.  Saying things like “I’m sorry” or “it was my fault” could damage you.  You also have the option to say nothing and only comply with handing the officer your license, registration and insurance.  Regardless of what you say or don’t say, the officer may still give you a ticket.  The types of tickets issued after accidents may include:

Traffic Ticket Points
Red light ticket 3 points
Following too closely (tailgating) 4 points
Reckless driving 5 points
Failure to yield right of way 3 points
Stop sign 3 points
Improper passing or changing lane unsafely 3 points
Driving in wrong direction or left of center 3 points
Leaving scene of property damage incident 3 points
Child safety restraint violation 3 points
Improper cell phone use 5 points
Use of portable electronic device (texting) 5 points
Speeding 3-11 points

Though there is a great deal of hassle associated with getting your car back on the road and sorting through the things that your insurance does and does not cover, a traffic ticket has serious ramifications which could negatively affect your license.  An experienced attorney could lower the points against your license or get rid of the charges altogether.  Call (212) 227-9008 or email MichaelBlock.law@gmail.com immediately for more information on how we could represent you.

*Photo Credit: “Accident” By: zooroo/Source: Flickr (modified)

Why is Uber so Successful?

Uber has successfully created more job opportunities and transportation opportunities for low-income neighborhoods, according to Economic Policy for the 21st Century.  Uber’s boom and success in garnering clients and faithful employees can be attributed to its partnerships and business model.

Since Uber is considered a ride-sharing company, their employees own their own vehicles and work as independent contractors.  This gives each employee more autonomy to work on their own schedule.  Technically, the Uber app is a tool that links drivers and passengers.  Drivers work with Uber instead of for Uber.  This makes ride-sharing an attractive employment opportunity.  Interestingly, the majority of Uber’s drivers work part time.  Reports also show that they’re highly satisfied.

Uber continues to grow and expand.  There were almost 9.5 million UberX rides last year and a 450 percent increase in monthly ride share from January to December in 2014.  Uber’s rapid growth is proof that they’re keeping clients and employees happy.

*Photo Credit: “Lincoln Town Car” By: Jason Lawrence/Source: Flickr

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New York City Lawyer: Disobeying a Traffic Control Device

If you’ve received a traffic ticket for disobeying a traffic control device, you’re not alone. Traffic device violations are worth 2 points and are considered the most ticketed offenses all over New York.

What is it?

The law defines disobeying a traffic control device as violating any sign, marking, or device (placed by authority) that regulates, warns and guides traffic.  This means that disobeying any marking on the pavement and any traffic signs (such as a STOP or YIELD) are considered a “traffic device” offense.  The fine for disobeying a traffic control device starts at $138 in New York City.

What should I do?

If you’ve received a summons for disobeying a traffic control device, call us at (212) 227-9008 or email us at MichaelBlock.law@gmail.com for free legal advice.  A New York Traffic Ticket Lawyer is ready to assist you.  We have successfully defended thousands of traffic control device summonses.

We fight all New York traffic tickets in: Queens, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, and Long Island.

*Photo Credit: “Caution” By: Payton Chung/Source: Flickr

NYC Red Light Traffic Ticket

NYC Red Light Traffic Ticket

In New York, drivers are issued summonses for red lights by law enforcement officers and through traffic light cameras.  If caught on camera, you will receive a NOL—Notice of Liability and you can fight the charges within 30 days.  If you plead guilty, you will be required to pay a fine of $50 or more.  You will not receive points for these infractions and they will not be reported to your insurance company.  A red light ticket issued by a police officer is different.

If a police officer issues the traffic ticket, then your offense will be categorized as a traffic infraction and you will receive 3 points on your license as well as a likely increase in your insurance premium.  The cost of an NYC Red light ticket, issued by a police officer costs:

  • $190 for the first offense
  • $375 for the second offense (in an 18 month time period)
  • $940 for the third offense (in an 18 month time period)

If you receive a red light ticket from a police officer, fight it!  An experienced New York Red light lawyer can help lower points on your license or get rid of the charges altogether.  Call (212) 227-9008 immediately or email Michaelblock.Law@gmail.com for more information on how to fight your NYC Traffic Tickets.

We fight tickets all over New York, including: Queens, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, and Long Island.

*Photo Credit: “Seeing Red” By: downing.amanda/Source: Flickr (modified) 

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How to Fight a Speeding Ticket

Speeding tickets contain 3 to 11 points and convictions usually result in an increase of insurance premiums. The cost of a speeding ticket ranges greatly depending the severity of the violation.  Along with the cost of the ticket, there’s an $80 NYS surcharge and a $100 annual driver assessment fee if you have 6 or more points already.

Fighting a speeding ticket can help reduce the number of points to your license or waive the charges altogether depending on your case.  The following comprehensive guide will allow you to understand the point system for speeding tickets at a TVB—Traffic Violation Bureau.

  • First determine how many points your offense carries.
Violation Points
Driving 1-10 MPH over the speed limit 3 points
Driving 11-20 MPH over the speed limit 4 points
Driving 21-30 MPH over the speed limit 6 points
Driving 31-40 MPH over the speed limit 8 points
Driving over 40 MPH over speed limit 11 points

 

Remember that the DMV can suspend your license for accumulating 11 points or more within 18 months (regardless of violation type).  In addition, simply receiving 3 convictions for speeding tickets in an 18-month period results in a 6 month revocation of your license.

The TVB—Traffic Violations Bureau only allows you to plead guilty or not guilty.  In addition, they have several locations all over New York City including: Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan, Staten Island, Queens and Rochester.  Because TVB offers a win-all or lose-all scenario, it’s important to have an experienced lawyer to defend you.

Often the lawyer will pay special attention to the police officer’s testimony to determine if there are any inconsistencies between what they wrote about the violation and their court statement.  For example, if an officer says that a driver was speeding on “123 Blvd,” but the police notes say that the driver was speeding on “ABC Street,” then the lawyer could point out the inconsistency to reach a better outcome.  In some instances, the lawyer may request to reschedule the court date to ensure a fair trial.

If you have a speeding ticket or any other NYC traffic tickets and violations, call us immediately at (212) 227-9008 or email us at MichaelBlock.law@gmail.com.  When you hire Michael Block, Traffic Ticket Attorney, you are not required to attend court.  We will always call to update you about your court dates and results as well as answer any questions you have about the process.

*Photo Credit: “Courtroom One Gavel” By: Joe Gratz/Source: Flickr

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How to Reduce Points on Your License

Points on your license are more than just ugly marks on your driving record, and a number of different traffic violations will add points to your license, if you are convicted.  Too many points or a serious traffic violation may lead to revocation or suspension of your driving privileges.  Having more than 6 points in an 18 month period means you are required to pay a Driver Responsibility Assessment Fee.  Fortunately, there are a few ways to reduce points before they stack up against you.

The PIRP—Point and Insurance Reduction Program is a series of courses offered to drivers who would like to reduce the amount of points on their license and cost of their insurance premium.  The Defensive Driving Course/Accident Prevention Course deducts 4 license points and offers a 10% reduction on your insurance premium.

Each course is 6 hours long and can be taken both in person or online.  In order to take an online course or I-PIRP/ADM—Internet Point & Insurance Reduction Program/Alternate Delivery Method course, you must enroll with an approved DMV sponsor.  The online course may require tests and quizzes to verify your participation.

An experienced traffic ticket attorney may help you avoid or reduce points depending on the violation and the county where you received the summons.  Please contact us at 212-227-008 or at michaelblock.law@gmail.com if you would like to receive free legal advice on how to fight your traffic ticket.

*Photo Credit: “Photo15028-UCD Pacific Place-3453.jpg By: Texas A & M University-Commerce Marketing Communications Photography Photostream”/By:Texas A & M University-Commerce Marketing Communications Photography Photostream/Source: Flickr

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Everything You Should Know About DUI and DWI

Drinking and driving can be a dangerous and costly combination.  In New York, about 90,000 DWI-related arrests are made every year.  The 4 common drug and alcohol related offences are:

  1. DWI—Driving While Intoxicated

A driver is usually stopped and charged with a DWI when they give an officer probable cause, such as swerving, to test their Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) using a breathalyzer test. Any driver over the age of 21 can be charged with a DWI if their BAC or blood alcohol content is .08 % or greater.  Underage drivers can be charged if their BAC is .02 % and commercial/motor drivers can be charged if their BAC is at least.04%.

  1. DWAI—Driving While Ability Impaired

The DWAI offense is the lowest offense for alcohol and drug related charges.  This is the only alcohol related charge that is merely a traffic violation.  Individuals charged with a DWI sometimes get their charges reduced to DWAI.  Their attorney might work with a District Attorney to settle for this lesser charge.  The success of being offered a DWAI depends on the facts and circumstances of the case and whether or not this is a repeated offense.  A conviction will lead to a 90 day license suspension and fines.

  1. ADWI—Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated

The ADWI can be given to any driver with a BAC of .18% or greater.  This type of charge can lead to fines, license suspension, and even jail time.  The ADWI can sometimes be reduced to a DWI depending on the driver’s case.  Although the initial ADWI is considered a misdemeanor, any repeated ADWI is considered a felony.

  1. DWAI-D—Driving While Ability Impaired-Drugs

A driver can be charged with a DWAI-D if they drive after consuming illegal or prescription drugs.  Usually a chemical test, which requires a blood or urine sample, is administered after an accident occurs to determine the presence of drugs in the driver’s body.

If you have received a traffic ticket for a DUI, DWI or any other alcohol and drug related offences, please contact us immediately at 212-227-9008 or email us at michaelblock.law@gmail.com to learn more about how we can defend you.

*Photo Credit: “Beer Bottle – DUI” By: New York Lawyers/Source: Flickr

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Traffic Ticket Lawyer NYC: Young Driver – Distracted Driving Survey

We recently surveyed drivers aged 18-26 to find out about their driving habits and how they might contribute to distracted driving. Some of the results were surprising, while others seemed to confirm notions we already had about distracted driving. To begin with though, we will start out with some statistics from distraction.com regarding distracted driving:

  • 10% of drivers under the age of 20 who were involved in fatal car accidents were distracted at the time of or just before the crash
  • 27% of drivers involved in distracted driving crashes are in their 20s
  • 25% of teens admit to sending at least one text every time the drive, while 20% of teens and 10% of parents admit to having extended text conversations while they drive

These statistics are frightening due the staggering number of both teens and adults that engage in this dangerous activity.

Survey Answers

When asked who gave the best driving advice, the most popular answer by far was “Father” with 43%, followed by “Mother” and “Driving Instructor” with 22% and 21%, respectively. Friends and other family members rounded out the group with 14%. This is an interesting statistic, since a recent study has found that male drivers are 3.4x more likely than women to get a ticket for reckless driving. In addition, more than 11,900 male drivers died in traffic accidents in 2009, as compared to 4,900 women drivers during that same time period.

Vision Zero is Mayor DeBlasio’s plan to end pedestrian deaths by the year 2024 – as a result, police have been handing out a steady stream of speeding tickets and failure to yield tickets. In addition, many cell phone tickets are issued due to distracted driving crackdowns in New York City and New York State.  While there were 29,179 speeding tickets issued in New York City between November 2014 and January 2015, 57% of drivers surveyed have never received a speeding ticket. At the same time, 15% of drivers surveyed reported receiving a cell phone ticket, while only 7% reported receiving a failure to yield ticket.

A quarter of young drivers surveyed did not know that using a GPS device on a cell phone is illegal. Drivers can be ticketed for using their handheld cell phone GPS with a Portable Electronic Device ticket, which has a penalty of 5 points, as well as a heavy fine.

Even more drivers were unaware of the laws when it comes to music in their car. 38% believe that it is not illegal for them to use their iPod while in the car, while 42% believe they can use their cell phone while in the car. It is illegal to use any portable electronic device in the car if it is handheld – this includes touching the click wheel on an iPod or changing songs on a phone without voice commands.

38% of young drivers surveyed said that they sing along to music in the car “all the time.” A recent study by AAA found that singing along in the car was cited as a reason for 8% of all traffic accidents among young drivers.

As far as cell phone use while driving is concerned, only 15% of survey respondents said they do not use their phone while driving. Most (40%) admit to using their cell phone for GPS / directions, while 19% use it for talking. 16% of drivers surveyed use their phones for music, and thankfully very low numbers of drivers (7% and 3%) use their phones to text and check social media, respectively. It is also important to note that the average amount of time a person takes their eyes off the road to check their cell phone while driving is 5 seconds – a car traveling 55 mph can travel roughly the length of a football field in that time.  New York is taking steps to fight this epidemic: in addition to crackdowns and distracted driving awareness campaigns, the state made 91 “texting zones” on the New York Thruway, Long Island Expressway (between exits 51 and 52), and other New York State highways. These texting zones are specifically designated for drivers to pull off the road so they may send and read text messages.

Out of all the drivers surveyed, almost half of them (47%) have been involved in an automobile accident where they were at fault. The drivers who were at fault for their accidents all reported facing higher insurance rates, and in some cases points on their licenses, as a result of the accident.

The findings of this survey make it very clear that parents need to educate their young drivers on the dangers of distracted driving. While some activities, like talking and texting, are obviously dangerous, others like singing along in the car to music are not. Yet both can lead to fatal car accidents, which is nothing any parent or teen wants to contemplate. If you receive a cell phone ticket, speeding ticket, failure to yield ticket, or any other traffic ticket in New York, please make sure to contact us immediately at 212-227-9008 or email us at michaelblock.law@gmail.com to find out how we can help you.

*Photo credit: “Young Woman Texting Near Car” by: Sharon & NIkki/Source: Flickr

 

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NYC Traffic Ticket Lawyer: Commercial Trucking Violations

When New York commercial truck drivers violate New York commercial truck driving laws, they run the risk of incurring heavy fines and penalties along with the possibility of losing their jobs as commercial truck drivers. It is the driver’s responsibility to handle a traffic ticket if it is written out in the driver’s individual name, even if the trucking company tells the driver that the company will take care of the traffic ticket.

Common Commercial Trucking Violations

Some of the common commercial trucking violations that New York traffic lawyers fight are: off truck routes, overloaded axles, and missing DOT stamps. When a commercial truck is pulled over, it is often the case that multiple traffic tickets are issued at once for these infractions.

Off Truck Routes

With almost 1,000 miles worth of designated roadway, New York City has one of the most complex truck route systems in the nation. Off Truck Route tickets carry 2 points, and hiring a traffic ticket attorney to fight the ticket and may help you. There are specific routes that commercial truck drivers must follow. For example, A 53 foot-trailer is allowed to travel through New York City to reach routes on Long Island must use a specific route that includes taking the Throgs Neck Bridge to the Long Island Expressway (I-495) East. The DOT publishes a full color, double-sided map featuring New York City’s comprehensive Truck Route network as well as useful information like route signage and weight limits and dimensions and that map can be found here.

Overloaded Axles

Federally mandated maximum weights for the National System of Interstate and Defense Highway Systems are as follows: 80,000 pounds gross vehicle weight, 20,000 pound single axle weight, and 34,000 pound tandem axle weight. A bridge weight formula is applied to commercial vehicles in determining their compliance with federal weight limits. Also, axle spacing is an important consideration that must be taken into account when looking at federal weight compliance. It is important to note that having overloaded consecutive axles is one of the common commercial trucking violations and can have fines reaching more than $7,000. These fines, with the addition of the driver losing his Commercial Driver’s License put truck drivers in a precarious position and in need of an experienced traffic ticket attorney.

Medical Certificate

New federal regulations require that every commercial driver’s license holder must certify to the type of commercial driving they currently perform. These new requirements will affect everyone who has, or is applying for a Commercial Driver License. If you have a commercial driver’s license, whether it is a Class A, B, or C or a CDL permit, you must certify the type of driving that you do anytime you perform a license transaction. You will be required to choose only one driving type out of the four options of Non-Excepted Interstate (NI), Non-Expected Intrastate (NA), Expected Interstate (EI), and lastly Expected Intrastate (EA). You can download and print a DMV brochure about medical certification here.

Roadside Inspection

Roadside inspections have been put into place in order to promote highway safety and reduce commercial vehicle crashes. New York State Police are the primary participants of the roadside inspections. When a vehicle has been stopped for a safety inspection, the driver must comply with the inspector’s instructions and the procedure established by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance to inspect the driver and vehicle. Inspectors will look for a proper Commercial Driver License, medical certificate (if required), duty book, and other parts of the vehicle like fully functioning brakes and lighting. If any serious defects are discovered, the vehicle will be placed out-of-service until the proper repairs have been made. However, if the vehicle is in use prior to the completion of the necessary repairs, then a penalty of $1,000-$5,000 may be assessed.  In addition to the roadside inspection, every vehicle requires periodic inspection that must be performed at least once every 12 months.

If you are a truck driver and receive a commercial trucking violation such as overloaded axels or off truck routes in New York State, please contact us immediately at 212-227-9008 to learn more about how we can help assist you and defend your traffic ticket.

Long Beach Cracks Down on Drunk Drivers

This weekend, Long Beach will be aggressively targeting drunk drivers during the annual fireworks show and arts and crafts festival. Police took a similar stance last weekend for the Fourth of July holiday, and that increased vigilance led to 10 DWI arrests. 8 of those 10 drivers arrested were from out-of-town, which seems to be the common theme of Long Beach DWI arrests. Three roving police cars will join the town’s regular police patrol in order to enforce this crackdown. Last week, about 250 cars were stopped for DWI checks. If you are arrested for DWI, please contact us immediately at 212-227-9008 so we may begin working on your defense.

Biker Arrested for Speeding on Long Island Expressway

A motorcyclist was arrested in Suffolk County after police clocked him going over 100 mph. An anonymous tip about a motorcyclist speeding near Exit 51 on the Long Island Expressway set in motion a series of events that led to the arrest of the 25 year old biker. A patrolman attempted to pull the motorcyclist over, but the biker instead took off and weaved in and out of traffic. Another patrolman spotted the biker getting off Exit 58 and arrested him when he pulled over at a work site. The biker was charged with unlawful fleeing of a police officer, reckless driving and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. He is also facing numerous charges for non-criminal traffic violations, such as speeding and unsafe lane changes. Reckless driving is a criminal offense in New York, and a reckless driving ticket carries a penalty of 5 points. The motorcyclist is most likely also facing 11 points for the speeding charge, as he was observed going more than 40 mph over the speed limit.

If you receive a traffic ticket on Long Island for speeding, reckless driving, unsafe lane changes, or any other reason, please contact us immediately at 212-227-9008 to find out how we may help you.

The New Sheriff in Town: Suffolk County is Cracking Down on Traffic Violations

Since the Suffolk Traffic and Parking Violations Bureau (STVPB) began in April 2013, hearing officers have sent 39 people to jail in Suffolk County for traffic violations such as speeding, improper cell phone use, and driving without a license. In 2015 alone, 16 people have been sentenced to jail terms from 3 days – 60 days for traffic offenses. Suffolk County’s aim is to discourage drivers from driving without a New York State License. Interestingly, prior to the STVPB initiative, motorists were not sentenced to any jail time for traffic tickets.

Critics have mixed reactions to the STVPB; some say that the initiative disproportionately and unfairly targets immigrants who have a hard time receiving a New York State License. Others say that the initiative is making the streets safer by eliminating inexperienced, unlicensed drivers from the road. One thing is clear, however, and that is the fact that Suffolk’s traffic court has become a major revenue source for the county. The STVPB collected $47.8 million in fees in 2014, its first year of operation, while its costs were only $11 million.

If you receive a traffic ticket in Suffolk County, please contact us immediately at 212-227-9008 to find out how we may help you.

Long Island Traffic Attorney: How Technology Changes the Way We Drive

Automobiles are being manufactured to make everything easier for drivers; they come installed with navigation, hands-free phones, and numerous other features that help to keep drivers safe. But where will the future lead with this kind of technology? Mercedes-Benz is already producing cars that are already equipped with “anticipatory driving,” which is meant to analyze the road to improve battery performance in hybrid cars. In addition, Mercedes-Benz has also joined Google and Delphi, among other companies, in producing driverless cars and trucks. But where will technology take cars and drivers in the future?

The Internet
Ride hailing services such as Uber and Lyft have contributed to the role the internet plays in transportation. Urban Millennials may never again have to buy a car because of these ride-for-hire companies that can pick customers up on the fly and bring them to their destination efficiently and quickly. Robotic taxis are also under study to see what benefit such high-tech machines may have for society. Interestingly, a study by the Earth Institutes at Columbia University demonstrates that robotic taxis would cost considerably less to operate than human-driven vehicles. But one large question remains: what about all those jobs that would be lost if cars were operated robotically instead of by human beings?

New Technologies for Auto Insurance?
Progressive, a major auto insurance company, recently introduced a new system that can determine how much money a driver must pay in insurance by studying their braking patterns. Drivers can save up to 30% on their premiums based on their driving performance, which indicates that safe drivers are finally being rewarded for their safe driving habits. These programs have many skeptics, however, because there is a concern that insurance companies will unfairly scrutinize people in setting premiums. That being said, it seems as though riskier drivers will end up paying more on their premiums due to their unsafe driving behaviors. But what constitutes a risky driver? The amount of miles traveled daily may play a factor into calculating the riskiness of drivers; companies like Metromile have already started to use mileage data when determining auto insurance premiums. These programs seem superb in theory because, once again, the determination of driver risk would no longer rely solely on credit score or education.

Cyber security
With all of the glitz and glamour that comes with great technological improvements, there are significant negatives like threats from malicious hackers who could easily gain access into “smart city” technologies. For example, the threat of a cyber-attack on our traffic systems and traffic lights has become a reality in the United States. The infrastructure of heavily-populated U.S. cities is at real risk from hackers whose goals are detrimental to the inhabitants of those cities. Other viruses or bugs have caused havoc in the past, such as in 2006 when San Francisco’s public transportation system closed down and trapped passengers underground. In a recent study, over 200,000 control sensors for traffic flow in D.C., New York, and San Francisco were found to be vulnerable to attack. However, steps have been taken to prevent these catastrophes from happening. Initiatives like “Securing Smart Cities” set out to protect the vulnerabilities of smart cities, while alert systems in in San Francisco notify jurisdictions if a specific county endures a cyber-attack.

Smart Roads
While there is a lot of attention paid to the technology built into automobiles, people rarely speak about the technology that goes into roads they drive on. Sensors and systems are being built into roads to create situations where drivers and cars can anticipate issues with the road surface before they become a problem. IBM has claimed to have reduced traffic by 25% in Stockholm, Sweden by examining traffic systems and informing the public on the most efficient times to drive. The goal of smarter roads and systems is for steady flow that can help reduce the amount of traffic and the amount of collisions on the road.

Semi-autonomous cars
Mercedes-Benz has recently introduced a semi-autonomous car with a steering assist feature that allows a vehicle to basically drive itself on freeways. This innovative driving feature, which is included in the Mercedes S550, allows the car to center itself within any lane and automatically brake and steer to keep up with the pace of traffic. However, the S550 does not fully drive itself, meaning the driver still needs to pay attention to the road. The S550 does not handle sharp turns well, so completely ignoring the road and relying on the car to drive itself is not a smart idea. To combat the complacency drivers may feel while sitting in a semi-autonomous car, Mercedes installed an alarm which goes off when the driver has taken their hands off the wheel for more than 10 seconds.

Semi-autonomous cars are becoming cheaper and more widely available each year, and are setting the stage for future fully autonomous cars. But would fully autonomous cars be a real benefit to society?

Smartphones
Smartphone-enabled carpooling could help to reduce the effect automobiles have on the environment by increasing the amount of passengers per car which, in turn, decreases the amount of cars on the road. Other for-hire transportation services like Uber and Lyft have changed the way we think about transportation in the city. Smartphones allow Uber drivers to receive directions automatically through GPS before the customer even sits in the car (increasing the efficiency of its rides), and Uber also guarantees payment to its drivers through the customer’s credit card. Although the perception of all ride-hailing services is that these innovative services are the cheapest option, some public transportation services have comparable or even cheaper rates. Could you imagine cities with only taxis and for-hire vehicles on the streets?

Smart roads, smartphones, and smart cities are indeed redefining the way we look at both transportation and the relationship between technology and how we get around in a city. Also, we must now look differently at how we purchase auto insurance. All of this new technology, from smartphones to semi-autonomous cars, aims to make the driving experience more efficient and safe. However, even with safety measures taken, human error is still present with these systems. Semi-autonomous cars may very well be paving the way for a future of automatic cars, and the country is anxious to see the future of transportation.

Long Island Man Arrested under Leandra’s Law

A Garden City man was arrested this weekend after a car accident in West Hempstead. Police officers who arrived at the scene arrested the driver for drunk driving, and since the man’s 2-year old child was in the car, the driver was charged under Leandra’s Law. Leandra’s Law states that driving while intoxicated with a passenger under 16 is a felony offense in New York, even if it is the driver’s first DWI offense. Nassau County and Suffolk County lead the state in Leandra’s Law arrests, with over 600 arrests since the law’s inception in 2009.

If you have been charged with DWI, please contact us immediately at 212-227-9008 so we can begin working on your defense.

Long Island Driver Arrested for DWI, Leandra’s Law

A driver was arrested for DWI this weekend in Nassau County at the scene of a three-car accident. Because the driver had 3 passengers under the age of 16 in the car at the time, he has been charged under Leandra’s Law, which means he is now facing 3 felony charges of DWI. In addition, he has been charged with three counts of child endangerment, excessive tinted windows, and 3 counts of having passengers under the age of 4 unrestrained in the back of a vehicle, which carries a penalty of 3 points for each seat belt violation.

If you are charged with DWI on Long Island or anywhere in New York State, please contact us immediately at 212-227-9008 so we can begin working on your defense – don’t delay!

LIRR Train Hits Car on Tracks

A Long Island Railroad Train crashed into a car that was pushed onto the tracks do to a rear-end collision. Thankfully, no one was killed in the accident, though two of the five occupants of the cars were brought to a local hospital to be treated for their injuries. This incident occurred the same day the MTA, Metro-North, LIRR, and Operation Lifesaver, Inc. announced a grade crossing safety campaign. The campaign comes in response to high-profile grade crossing accidents involving both Metro-North and LIRR trains, and also includes increased enforcement of all grade crossing laws by police agencies.

Please remember to drive safely when approaching grade crossings, and if you receive a traffic ticket on Long Island due to the increased grade crossing enforcement, please contact us immediately at 212-227-9008 to see how we may help you.

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Long Island Traffic Lawyer - Distracted Driving can be Just as Dangerous as Drunk Driving

Everyone knows that driving while intoxicated is one of the most dangerous things a person could do, but what about driving while you have to go to the bathroom? Or driving while daydreaming? Numerous studies have been conducted that show how some of these other activities can be just as dangerous as drunk driving:

Drowsiness and Congestion

Sleeping while drowsy can be brought on by either not having enough sleep or taking medication such as sleeping pills or muscle relaxers before you drive. The TV show Mythbusters conducted a test that showed driving after being awake for 30 hours to be 10 times as dangerous as driving after having 2 drinks. Studies have also shown that teenagers are less likely to pull over and take a nap if they are feeling tired than adults. As far as medication is concerned, many drivers don’t realize that driving after taking a sleeping pill or other medication that causes drowsiness could lead to them being arrested for DUI – Driving Under the Influence. The FDA mandates that warnings be put on all bottles that contain sleeping pills to let drivers know the danger they face if they get in the car after taking the pills. Many times, drivers will take non-drowsy cough or cold medicine to get through the day – but a recent study found that motorists who drive with the flu or a bad head cold have their reaction time cut in half, which is about the same as those who drank 4 shots of double whiskey. Even more disturbing though is that almost half of all drivers have driven while sick.

Cell Phones

Research has shown that texting while driving can be twice as dangerous as drunk driving. Other studies report that texting while driving can be four to six times as distracting as drunk driving. A texting ticket in New York carries 5 points, which is one of the highest point tickets you can receive in New York. However, it does not carry a criminal charge like DWI or DUI. And while it is still legal to speak on a hands-free phone while driving, studies tend to agree that talking on the phone, whether hands-free or not, is still an extremely dangerous practice. A University of Utah study found that drivers with a .08 BAL actually drove better than those who were on a phone. In fact, during the course of the study, three drivers who were using hands-free phones actually crashed into their pace cars. The issue may not be so much about what is in your hands, but rather what is on your mind.

Road Rage and Arguments

Driving while angry increases the chances of speeding, weaving and out of lanes, tailgating, and engaging in other aggressive driving behaviors. All of these things combined have killed anywhere from two to four times as many people as drunk driving. Road rage can cause drivers to act in ways they normally wouldn’t and can cause many problems on the road. While road rage is directed at drivers in other cars, arguments with people inside your car can be just as dangerous. Whether it’s on the phone or with your spouse sitting next to you, these arguments can lead to unsafe speeds and delayed reactions. A study in England found that drivers arguing with their spouse over the phone fared slightly better than those who were arguing in person, with the thought being that it is easier to ignore your spouse over the phone. Nonetheless, just like road rage, arguing with a spouse leads to distracted driving, which in turn can lead to auto fatalities.

Other Distractions

The next time you are on a long road trip, you may want to take advantage of rest areas to relieve yourself. A recent study had volunteers drink many glasses of water and then take basic cognitive tests – without being allowed to use the restroom. The results showed that people who have to use the bathroom performed just as poorly as those with a .05 Blood Alcohol Level, or 2 ½ drinks. Researchers determined that this was a form of distracted driving, since your mind can only concentrate on one thing at a time. Another thing common to long road trips – or even heavy traffic on your commute – is daydreaming. An analysis of distracted driving fatalities that occurred over a 2-year period – roughly 6,500 – showed that 62% involved daydreaming. This percentage is even higher than texting or talking on a cell phone.

On a side note

This may seem like common sense, but you probably should not drive if you have been smoking marijuana. Legal marijuana use is growing in the United States, whether it’s through state-legalization efforts or medical use and proponents say that driving under the influence of marijuana is relatively safe. This is because drivers who smoke marijuana tend to drive slower and pass field sobriety tests. However, the fact still remains that marijuana causes a delay in reaction time for drivers, which is extremely dangerous since drivers are required to make split-second decisions while on the road. The American Journal of Epidemiology found that marijuana use was present in 10% of all auto fatalities over the past decade. Police officers can charge drivers who are under the effects of marijuana with DUI, which is a criminal charge.

All of the actions listed above are forms of distracted driving – a practice so bad that there is a month (April) known as National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Even so, all throughout the year police officers often engage in week or month-long crackdowns to combat distracted driving. Reaction times are cut, sometimes in half, which can lead to rear end accidents, running stop signs or stop lights, or driving at unsafe speeds.

If you receive a speeding ticket, cell phone ticket, or are arrested for DWI or DUI, please contact us immediately so we can begin working on your case and help you achieve the best outcome possible.

Long Island Uber Drivers May Face Jail Time

23 Uber drivers have been charged with violating East Hampton’s taxi licensing law, and the attorney representing the drivers expects that jail time could be a very real possibility. Uber, which came to the Hamptons 3 years ago, was suspended by the town last week for the licensing violations. The penalties for the taxi license violation, which is a misdemeanor crime, are a fine of up to $1,000 and up to a year in jail.

Town officials claim that Uber has had over a year to work with the town’s licensing law, but the ride-sharing app chose to withdraw from the town and start a petition campaign instead of complying. Other local-based ride-sharing apps are beginning to launch and could provide competition to Uber if and when the company returns to the Hamptons.

Please let us know your thoughts: Do you think jail is too stiff a penalty for the Uber drivers?

Long Island Driver Arrested for Driving Drunk while on a Cell Phone

A driver was pulled over in Hampton Bays this weekend after police observed him tailgating and using a cell phone without a hands-free device. Upon stopping the driver, police officers determined him to be intoxicated and unlicensed. He was charged with DWI and operating without a license, which are both criminal charges. He was also ticketed for following too closely and operating a vehicle while using a cell phone.

A DWI conviction can result in heavy fines, driver’s license suspension, and extra penalties in the form of the New York Driver Responsibility Assessment. An unlicensed operation conviction could result in heavy fines and possible jail time, though the jail sentence is very unlikely. A following too closely ticket carries a penalty of 4 points on a driver’s license, while a cell phone ticket has a penalty of 5 points.

If you receive traffic tickets on Long Island, or if you are charged with DWI or unlicensed operation, please contact us immediately at 212-227-9008 so we can begin working on your case and help you achieve the best possible outcome.

Suffolk County Traffic Court Sued for Unconstitutionally Jailing Motorists

On Thursday, a lawsuit was filed against the Suffolk County Traffic and Parking Violations Agency claiming that the agency unconstitutionally jails motorists and refuses plea bargains for those who request sworn depositions. The complaint, which was filed in Brooklyn, states that the Suffolk County Traffic and Parking Violations Agency eliminates checks and balances by selecting both the judicial hearing officers and prosecutors, has a “no plea bargain” policy for those who request a supporting deposition that contains additional information regarding their case, and unconstitutionally jailing drivers with traffic tickets. Suffolk County officials declined to comment on the lawsuit as a matter of policy.

The State Legislature allowed Suffolk County to set up its own traffic court to handle noncriminal moving violations and parking tickets, and the traffic agency estimates that it will bring in $48 million in 2015 and have expenses of around $11 million. Attorneys for the plaintiffs in the lawsuit also claim the agency is trampling on motorists’ constitutional rights in order to generate revenue for the county.

If you receive traffic tickets in Suffolk County, please contact us immediately at 212-227-9008 to find out how we may assist you at the Suffolk County Traffic and Parking Violations Agency.

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Long Island Traffic Lawyer: Rules for the Roadways and the Waterways

It’s that time of year again where people start getting their boats ready to go out on the water. Summer is a fun time of the year, and one of the best ways to spend it is out on the water. But a lot of people think that taking a boat out on the water will subject them to less rules than when they take a car out on the road – this is wrong! Many of the same rules apply on the waterways that apply on the roadways, including speeding laws, unlicensed operation laws, drug and alcohol laws, and reckless operation laws.

Speeding
Everyone thinks of speed limits on roads and highways, but did you know that speeding laws can be even stricter on the water? For example, no wake zones impose a 5 mph speed limit on all boats – these usually are in place in areas such as canals where the passageway is narrow and the wake caused by boats can send other boats careening into the walls. The 5 mph speed limit also applies to 100-200ft off the shore, docks, pier, rafts, floats, and anchored boats. There are also 45 mph and 25 mph speed limits in Long Island waters for the daytime and nighttime. Some local municipalities have their own speed limits and if there are no speed limits posted, boaters must operate in a manner that does not endanger other boaters. Boaters are also responsible for any damage caused by their wakes. Just like on the roads and highways, boaters can receive speeding tickets from the Coast Guard or Bay Constables if they violate the speeding laws.

Unlicensed Operation
On Long Island, drivers must possess a driver’s license or a permit in order to operate an automobile. The rule is almost the same on Long Island for boats: all individuals born after 5/1/1996 must successfully complete an approved course in boater education in order to operate a boat. After completing the safety course, boaters will receive a boating safety certificate that they must have anytime they operate a boat. New York has made this a little bit easier on boaters as they can now have the safety certificate displayed on their driver’s license or state issued ID as an anchor icon. If convicted of operating a boat without a safety certificate, boaters can be fined anywhere from $100 to $250 for the first offense and, while not likely, can face jail time of no more than 7 days. The fines and penalties increase for subsequent offenses. Driving a motor vehicle on Long Island without a license can result in a misdemeanor charge if convicted and can also bring about heavy fines and penalties.

DWI / BWI
Just the same as DWI laws, Long Island has BWI laws – Boating While Intoxicated. Most of the same rules apply to BWI as DWI – boaters cannot have a Blood Alcohol Level higher than .08, and if convicted, boaters can be subject to heavy fines, penalties, and even the possibility of jail time. A person can also lose their boat operating privileges if convicted of BWI, though they will not lose their driving privileges. Marine officers making a BWI stop often use the same tactics and equipment to make as they would in a DWI stop, including a field sobriety test and a chemical test. If a boater refuses a chemical test, their boating privileges can be immediately suspended pending a hearing regarding the refusal. This is the same thing for drivers, as they must attend a Refusal Hearing if they do not submit to a chemical test administered by a police officer. New York has an “Implied Consent” law, which means that drivers and boaters alike give up their right to refuse a chemical test by getting behind the wheel of a car or a boat. BWI convictions range from misdemeanors to felonies for repeat offenders and could end up costing thousands of dollars in fines and fees.

Reckless Operation
A reckless driving conviction on Long Island can have a huge, negative impact. Besides heavy fines, a penalty of 5 points on your license, and the possibility of losing your driver’s license, a reckless driving conviction will also give you a criminal record because it is a misdemeanor offense. The same is true for the boating equivalent – reckless operation. Reckless operation covers a lot of different boating violations, including speeding in a crowded area, operating too close to swimmers or dams, overloading a boat, riding the wake in a dangerous area, and disrupting regattas or parades. Just like in a motor vehicle, reckless operation can have dangerous consequences for boaters and their passengers, so please obey all rules of the water.

Boating and driving may seem like two very different activities, but they share a lot of similarities when it comes to the types of offenses that can lead to heavy fines, suspended licenses, and even possibly criminal charges.

99 DWI Charges on Long Island over Memorial Day Weekend

As reported last week, police were on the lookout for drunk drivers during Memorial Day weekend. As a result, 99 DWI arrests were made over the weekend, which is down from 2014 and 2013 when police made 128 arrests and 132 arrests, respectively. 56 DWI arrests occurred in Nassau County while 43 arrests were made in Suffolk County.

Nassau County will be stepping up their enforcement of DWI offenses for the remainder of the summer by utilizing asset forfeiture funds to pay for roughly 5,000 of overtime and money from the state’s “STOP DWI” grant program.

If you are arrested for DWI on Long Island, please contact us immediately at 212-227-9008 so we may begin working on your defense.

Nassau, Suffolk Police Increasing DWI Patrols for Memorial Day Weekend

Long Island police will be heavily patrolling for DWI starting this weekend, with Nassau County leading the charge by assigning $400,000 worth of overtime to watch for drunk drivers throughout the summer. The Nassau police Selective Enforcement Team typically handles DWI patrols, but more patrol officers will help with the patrols to the tune of 5,000 overtime hours. These overtime hours are paid for by asset forfeiture funds, meaning that taxpayer money will not be used to pay for the overtime. In addition, Nassau police as well as Hempstead, Garden City, Port Washington, Rockville Centre, and Old Westbury police will split $180,000 in state grants for increased DWI patrols this summer. Suffolk police will also increase DWI patrols over the weekend using state grant money.

Nassau County police have been aggressively going after drunk drivers – so far in 2015, over 700 DWI arrests have been made, while 2,477 DWI arrests were made in 2014. The acting District Attorney has also called for the DMV to add points to the licenses of driver’s convicted of DWI, though the DMV responded by saying that all licenses are suspended or revoked if the driver is convicted of any drug or alcohol related offense. Long Island drivers convicted of DWI also face large fines, additional fees in the form of the New York Driver Responsibility Assessment, and may also be sent to jail.

If you are charged with DWI this summer, please contact us at 212-227-9008 to see how we can help you with your defense.

Long Island “Click It or Ticket” Starts this Week

Starting Tuesday, Long Island law enforcement agencies with be participating in “Click It or Ticket” campaigns which will last until June 1st. State police as well as police in the towns of Centre Island, Floral Park, Freeport, Garden City, Glen Cove, Great Neck Estates, Hempstead, Kensington, Kings Point, Lake Success, Long Beach, Lynbrook, Malverne, Old Westbury, Oyster Bay Cove, Port Washington and Rockville Centre will take part in the seat belt crackdown.

Statistics show that wearing a seatbelt in a car accident increases survival rates by 50%. Front seat passengers of all ages and rear seat passengers under the age of 16 must wear seat belts, and all children under the age of 8 must be buckled into a booster seat or other child safety seat. There are no points associated with seat belt tickets for adults, but tickets for a passenger safety violation such as child seat belt violations and violations of passengers under the age of 16 carry a penalty of 3 points.

If you receive a traffic ticket on Long Island or anywhere else in New York State, please contact us immediately at 212-227-9008 to find out how we can help you.

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Two DWI Charges on Long Island; Leandra’s Law Offense and Head-On Accident

Two incidents occurred on Long Island this weekend involving drunk driving: a Leandra’s Law violation in Nassau County and a head-on accident with a police officer in Suffolk County.

In Oceanside, a driver rear-ended a vehicle and upon investigation by police officers was observed to have glassy, bloodshot eyes and smelled of alcohol. The police officers arrested the driver for aggravated unlicensed operation, endangering the welfare of a child, and aggravated driving while intoxicated under Leandra’s Law because the man’s one month old son was in the car. Leandra’s Law makes driving while intoxicated with a passenger 15 years old or younger a Class E Felony. These charges carry heavy fines and the possibility of jail time.

In Mattituck, an officer observed a driver drifting onto the opposite side of the highway in his direction – he stopped his cruiser, but the other driver hit his car head on. The officer managed to stop the driver and take away his car keys, and was then treated for minor injuries at a local hospital. The other driver was charged with a felony DWI.
If you are arrested for drunk driving on Long Island, please contact us as soon as possible.

We will negotiate your release and start working on your defense immediately. Call us at 212-227-9008 or email us at michaelblock.lawywer@gmail.com.

LIRR Train Involved in Rush Hour Accident

Last week, an LIRR train struck a vehicle that was stopped between the gates in Hewlett. The women driving the car was not seriously injured because the train only clipped the car, but other commuter train accidents have been much worse, such as the Westchester crash which killed 6 people. Police have stepped up their enforcement of grade crossing violations on Long Island and have handed out numerous traffic tickets for offenses such as stopping on the tracks, driving distracted at grade crossings, and going around crossing gates. If you are issued a traffic ticket for any of these offenses, please contact us at 212-227-9008 to see how we may help you.

School Bus has Close Call with MTA Train, Driver Ticketed

A school bus driver in Westchester has been ticketed for stopping in the right of the way of a railroad crossing while having two students and a driver’s aide on the bus. An officer observed the school bus stop much closer to the crossing than it should have – so close, in fact, that the railroad crossing gates lowered onto the vehicle as the train approached. The driver backed the school bus up and the MTA train passed by without incident, but it was most assuredly a close call.

Please remember these rules when approaching railroad grade crossings:

  • Do not cross any railroad tracks unless there is room for your vehicle on the other side. If other traffic prevents you from going fully across, wait and cross only when there is room.
  • School buses with or without passengers, other buses with passengers on board and vehicles with explosives or flammable cargo must stop at all railroad crossings. Remember those rules if you are following one of these vehicles.

(Credit: dmv.ny.gov)

New York police have been much more vigilant at railroad crossings since a number of high profile crashes earlier in the year, especially on Long Island. If you receive a railroad crossing ticket, or any other traffic ticket, please contact us at 212-227-9008 to find out how we may help you.

Long Island Man Charged with DWI, Reckless Driving

A Long Island man is in custody for driving drunk and hitting a man pushing his grandson in a stroller this past weekend. Both the grandfather and his grandson suffered minor injuries and were treated at a local hospital. Police charged the driver with DWI, reckless driving, and failure to use care to avoid a pedestrian, as well as two counts of assault. The driver’s blood alcohol level was .08, which is the state standard for intoxication.

DWI and reckless driving are both misdemeanor offenses, and if convicted the driver will have these on his criminal record. In addition, reckless driving is a 5 point ticket, while the failure to use care to avoid a pedestrian ticket carries can add 3 points to a driver’s license. A DWI conviction can lead to numerous fines and penalties, as well as extra payment in the form of the New York Driver Responsibility Assessment.

If you are arrested for DWI or receive traffic tickets on Long Island, please contact us at 212-227-9008 to see how we may help you.

Law Seeks to Use Cameras to Catch Drivers Who Illegally Pass Suffolk School Buses

Suffolk lawmakers are seeking support for a bill in the state legislature that will put cameras on school buses to catch drivers who illegally pass them. The cameras would be put in place by the school districts and the data would be forwarded to the county, who would issue traffic tickets to drivers who break the law. Longwood school district participated in a pilot program with the cameras in which 38 drivers were recorded illegally passing school buses over a 6 day period. Citations were not issued to the drivers, and it is assumed that some of them were not fully educated about the school bus law – it is not common knowledge that drivers must stop for school buses even when separated by medians or several lanes of traffic.

Suffolk drivers who are ticketed for illegally passing school buses can expect to receive 5 points on their licenses and fines of between $250 and $400 if convicted. If you receive a ticket for passing a stopped school bus, or any other traffic tickets, please contact us at 212-227-9008.

Suffolk County Village Gets License Plate Reader

The Suffolk County DA’s office is giving Asharoken a license plate reader that will match up the license plates of cars driving through the village with the county’s criminal database. The main use of this license plate reader will be to find drivers with outstanding warrants, though it’s possible that the device will be used to track drivers with unpaid traffic tickets. If you have any unpaid traffic tickets, or receive any traffic tickets in Suffolk County, please contact us at 212-227-9008.

Big Spike in Long Island Cell Phone Tickets and School Bus Tickets

“Operation Hang Up,” the New York State Police’s distracted driving crackdown, resulted in 17,447 tickets issued to distracted drivers over a 5-day period. Police officers issued cell phone tickets, speeding tickets, and seat belt tickets, as well as making DWI arrests and issuing tickets for failing to move over when passing police and emergency vehicles pulled over on the shoulder.

In addition, State Police also conducted “Operation Safe Stop Day” last week, which was a crackdown on drivers who illegally passed school buses. While numbers are not yet available for this year’s school bus crackdown, last year police wrote 1,200 illegal passing tickets, many of which were on Long Island.

Cell phone tickets and school bus tickets both carry 5 points and heavy fines. If you received a cell phone ticket or school bus ticket on Long Island during the police crackdown, or if you received any other traffic tickets during this period, please call us at 212-227-9008.

Two Long Island Drivers Charged with DWI over the Weekend

Two drivers in Suffolk were charged with DWI this weekend, though both incidents occurred under very different circumstances. The first driver attempted to evade police officers by driving the wrong way down Route 48 in Cutchogue before eventually stopping. She is charged with felony driving while intoxicated, and in all likelihood will also face other traffic tickets such as Driving in the Wrong Direction, a 3 point ticket.

The other driver was arrested and charged with violating Leandra’s Law because his 9-year-old daughter was a passenger in the car. It was also determined that he had been involved in a hit-and-run earlier in the night, which thankfully did not result in any injuries. The driver is charged with driving while ability impaired, endangering the welfare of a child, and leaving the scene of a reportable accident.

If you are charged with DWI, DWAI, or DUI on Long Island, please contact us immediately so we can negotiate your release and begin working on your defense. Please call us at 212-227-9008 or visit us at michaelblocklawyer.com.

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Long Island Potholes Causing Trouble for Drivers

The combination of a brutal winter and lack of funds to properly repair roads has led to some major problems for Long Island drivers. Potholes have become a huge concern for Long Island drivers because of the lack of mass transit and heavy reliance on roads and highways for transportation. In addition, a large percentage of vehicles on Long Island road are trucks – according to AAA, one truck does the same amount of damage to roadways as approximately 20,000 cars. It has been calculated that poor road conditions can cost drivers an addition $2,300 per year in operating costs, time delays, fuel, and damage to their vehicles. It is also important to note that drivers cannot legally hold the state responsible for damage done to their cars as a result of poor road conditions between the months of November and May. If you need to fight a Long Island traffic ticket after being in an accident that involved poor road conditions, or for any other reason, please call our office at 212-227-9008 to see how we may help you.

Two Drunk Drivers Charged After Long Island Traffic Accident

Two drivers have been charged with DWI in Long Island after they were involved in a collision this weekend. Both drivers are accused of operating their vehicles while intoxicated, while the driver who supposedly caused the crash is also charged with first degree vehicular assault and reckless driving, both of which are criminal offenses. A DWI charge can lead to the suspension of your driver’s license as well as heavy fines and surcharges, while a reckless driving charge carries 5 points in addition to a heavy fine. Incarceration is also always a possibility for either of these offenses. If you have been charged with DWI or reckless driving in Long Island, please contact our office at 212-227-9008 to find out how we can help you.

Long Island Traffic Attorney: What Can Happen If You’re Caught Talking on a Cell Phone and Texting while Driving on Long Island

The cell phone law on Long Island is one of the strictest cell phone laws in the country. Using a hand-held mobile phone to talk or text while driving can result in hundreds of dollars in fines and 5 points on your driving record. In addition, probationary and permit drivers may risk losing their driving privilege if they are caught by police on their cell phone while driving.

Consequences of Talking and Texting on a Cell Phone
According to the Department of Motor Vehicles, drivers caught using a cell phone or texting while driving on Long Island can carry fines of up to $200 for the first offense, and if caught driving and texting again within 18 months, the fines can go up to $250 and $450 for the second and third offenses. In addition, these texting and driving violations carry 5 points on your driving record, which will lead to an increase on your insurance premiums. A judge also has discretion on whether to suspend your license. Representation by a Long Island traffic lawyer can potentially save motorists from the financial hardships that can result from a conviction.

Probationary and Permit Drivers
Probationary or permit drivers caught violating Long Island cell phone laws are subject to even harsher penalties. These include the suspension of their license or learner’s permit for a period of 120 days for the first offense, and the revocation of their license or learner’s permit if convicted for the same offense within 6 months of having their driving privileges restored. Talking on a cell phone while driving on Long Island is certainly not worth the risk when you consider the consequences for this violation. If you receive a summons for texting or talking while driving, we strongly advise you to consult a traffic ticket attorney before you proceed.

Long Island traffic attorneys urge drivers to be safe and not use a cell phone while driving. If you do not have access to a hands-free mobile device, please do not text and drive or talk on the phone and drive. Pull over, park your car, and turn off the ignition before you use your cell phone. If you would like more information on how a Long Island traffic lawyer can help you with cell phone violations, including how being represented by an attorney can possibly save you from a court appearance, please contact our office at (212) 227-9008 for assistance.

  1. This is some really good information about traffic attorneys and its laws. It is good to know that permit driver caught on their cell phones will driving will get harsher penalties. My little brother is going to be starting to drive soon and this is going to be something he will have to be aware of.