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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 AAA Report

A new AAA report states that many injuries and deaths from car crashes on Long Island can be avoided through the introduction of new roundabouts, guardrails, and better crosswalks. AAA seeks to spend $146 billion on safety over the next 20 years all across the U.S.A. When traffic deaths were measured per 100,000 people, the United States ranked 32nd globally.

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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New Face Reading Technology

One day, One’s car may have the ability to read one’s face. Automakers are looking to use bio-metrics and facial recognition software in an effort to anticipate the drivers wants and desire, like playing your favorite music based on your mood. This facial recognition software can also reduce the impact of an airbag based off the size of the person inside the vehicle. These new technological features may hit the road sooner than you may 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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Uber Drivers Will Receive Tips?

New York City is debating whether or not to force For-Hire Vehicle services like Uber to offer tipping. The Taxi and Limo Commission is pushing forth the idea of enabling a tipping feature on the Uber app. The tipping proposal will be formally introduced to the City Council in July. Uber drivers seek to have a hiring earning potential, and find that a tipping option will better help cover the cost of insurance, gas, and maintenance.

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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The Debate Over The Speed Limit on The Ocean Parkway

Should Ocean Parkway’s speed limit be raised? Currently, the speed limit for the Brooklyn boulevard is currently at 25 miles per hour. According to cameras, from March 5th to 11th, 91,000 motorists drove over 25 miles per hour on the Ocean Parkway. State Senator Simcha Felder, has introduced a bill that would increase the speed limit to 30 miles per hour, in an effort to move traffic more smoothly. Some residents of Brooklyn however, believe that 25 miles per hour is a safer limit, and that traffic moves fine at that speed. Many of those receiving summonses for speeding on Ocean Parkway have been lucky. If the summons is received in the mail, the Speed has been captured by camera and there are no points attached. However, if issued by a Police Officer, a conviction will lead to points on license.

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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Self-Driving Uber Crash

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

If you receive a summons for a speeding 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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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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Legislation On What To Do At A Traffic Stop

Should New York follow North Carolina and enact legislation on educating drivers on what to do once a driver is pulled over? Driver Education Courses in states like North Carolina and Illinois must include instruction on the proper

behaviors a driver should partake in after being puled over by a police officer. Always remember to give the police officer what he has asked for. Make sure to talk as little as possible and give the officer no reason to remember you.
If you receive a summons for an improper signal, u-turn, or any other moving violation, 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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Important Drivers Ed Legislation

Should New York follow North Carolina and enact legislation on educating drivers on what to do once a driver is pulled over? Driver Education Courses in states like North Carolina and Illinois must include instruction on the proper behaviors a driver should partake in after being puled over by a police officer. Always remember to give the police officer what he has asked for. Make sure to talk as little as possible and give the officer no reason to remember you.

If you receive a summons for an improper signal, u-turn, speed, cellphone or any other moving violation, 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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Troopers Issuing Tickets in NYC

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

If you receive a summons for an E-Z pass violation, speed, 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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Vision Zero Aids in Decline in Traffic Fatalities?

New York City has cut traffic deaths over the past three years. Since the beginning of the Mayor’s Vision Zero program,  there has been a 23% decline in traffic fatalities. There has been a 14% increase in traffic deaths  across the rest  of the United States. Additionally, since the inception of Vision Zero, New York City doled out 42,385 tickets for drivers failing to yield to pedestrians, which is nearly four times the annual average before Vision Zero began.

 

If you receive a summons for failing to yield to a pedestrian or any other moving violation, an experienced traffic ticket attorney can help. Call us at 212-227-9008 or email us at michaelblock.law@gmail.com.

Rise In Traffic Related Deaths

There has been a sudden, and sharp rise in the amount of traffic related deaths in the United States. According to the National Highway Safety Council, 40,200 people were killed in motor vehicle accidents in 2016. This number of traffic deaths in 2016 is significant because it is 6% higher than the year before. Also, this is the first time since 2007 that more than 40,000 traffic related deaths have occurred in a single year.

If you receive a summons for a failure to signal or any other moving violation, an experienced traffic ticket attorney can help! contact us at 212-227-9008 or email us at michaelblock.law@gmail.com.
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Increase in Nassau County Traffic Tickets?

As part of a push to keep crime low in Nassau County, Nassau police officials will add new gunshot detection services and add new license plate detection readers. Each additional device will lead to an increase in the amount of tickets given out in Nassau County, with the aim to greatly decrease crime there as well. Newsday reports that Nassau police will keep crime down by cracking down on moving violations.

If you receive a summons for speeding, following too closely, an improper signal, or any other moving violation in Nassau, Suffolk, or any New York State County, 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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TLC Ticket: Unlicensed Vehicle

All  Uber, Lyft, and for-hire vehicle drivers should pay attention to this message. There are specific TLC tickets directly related to for-hire services. For example, there is a summons issued for an “unlicensed vehicle”. One can receive this ticket if one picks up a passenger without proper consent by one’s car service/dispatch. For example, if an Uber driver picks up a passenger who has not sent a notification to the Uber driver’s phone, that driver can receive an unlicensed vehicle summons. The max fine of $10,000 is applied ff the unlicensed vehicle ticket is issued to the owner of a car. Additionally, the driver’s license (of an Uber, Lyft, or taxi cab driver) may be revoked, meaning that their TLC license will be taken away.

For-hire drivers should not pick up a passenger who is not one’s direct customer, even if they say they will pay you extra to take them somewhere.
If you receive a summons for an unlicensed for hire moving violation, 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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The Hidden Costs of a Cellphone ticket

Many of you may know that a conviction for improper cellphone or portable contact electronic device ticket carries a minimum fine of $138 on New York City. However most people do not realize the hidden costs that also are involved.

Convictions for these offenses will add five (5) points to your New York State Driver’s License. If you receive any other ticket within the same 18 month period, you will be subject to Driver Assessment fees. These fees kick after six points and start at $300. Each additional point will add more to your Assessment.

Additionally, your auto insurance premiums will likely increase after a conviction for these five (5) point tickets.

If you receive a summons for Cell Phone or texting or any other moving violation in New York State please give us a call at 212-227-9008

 

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More traffic deaths in 2017

Bicycle and pedestrian deaths rose last year, in spite of the small decline in traffic deaths. Pedestrian deaths increased from 139 to 144 and cyclist deaths rose from 14 to 18.

Additionally, 10 New Yorkers have been killed in traffic related incidents in the first 10 days of the year, so  Vision Zero has not been as effective in the waning days of 2017.

Mayor De Blasio has looked into spending more money on capital construction projects, which will have a positive impact on reducing traffic deaths.

If you receive a summons for speeding, an experienced traffic ticket attorney can help. Contact us at 212-227-9008, or email us at michaelblock.law@gmail.com.

One Driver Finds the Most Lucrative times to Ride

Many cab, Uber, Lyft, and other ride hailing service motorists find that earning money for their job means missing dinner. One rider, utilizes all three apps in order to find out which makes him the best deal. He finds that rides are most popular in the early mornings, and the evenings around dinner time. The driver noted the many fees associated with driving an Uber from insurance to maintenance to gas fees

Hey all  drivers, let us know how its going?

 

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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

Right of Way Controversy

Last year, a cab driver attempted to challenge the constitutionality of the Right of Way Law and failed. He pled guilty to violating the Right of Way Law just a few days ago.

The Right of Way Law made striking a pedestrian who has the right of way an unclassified misdemeanor.

On a separate occasion, an NYC judge has dismissed charges against a motorist against the Right of Way Law on the grounds that it violated the defendants 5th and 14th amendment rights.

According to Section 1142 part b, Article 29 of the Vehicle and Traffic Law Laws, a vehicle entering a stop or yield section shall yield the right of way to any pedestrian legal crossing the roadway on which he is driving. A failure to yield to pedestrian in the crosswalk ticket faces 3 points and a minimum fine of $138

Do you think a motorist who accidentally strikes a pedestrian should face criminal charges?

If you receive a summons for a failure to yield to a pedestrian in the crosswalk, call us at 212-227-9008

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Cab Appreciation

I wanted to extend my thanks this past holiday of giving thanks to all of the cabdrivers in New York. I am proud to have served these fine gentleman and ladies for the past 30 years, fighting for their traffic tickets. Thank you to all of the NYC cabdrivers, who have been able to make a living here in NY, and make the city even more enjoyable than it already is. Their service to this city definitely does not go unnoticed, and I look forward to interacting and serving them in the future.

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Gridlock

A gridlock alert is in effect for NYC and will probably remain in effect until New Year’s Day. What does this mean to drivers who must travel in New York during this time?

Traffic will be heavily congested during the next few weeks. The annual Christmas tree lighting festivities, as well as Holliday Tourists will contribute to Gridlock.

New York State Law basically mandates that you cannot enter an intersection unless there is sufficient space to accommodate your vehicle on the other side of the intersection. If you get caught blocking the box, you may be issued a ticket for Spillback. The summons carries two points and a fine.

If you receive a summons for Spillback or Obstructing an Intersection or any other Moving Violation call us at 212-227-9008

Buying a Used Car? Not so Fast

Buying a used car is typically a fast and cheap way to purchase a car at an affordable price that has all of the proper functions of a brand new car. However, Buying a used car is not as convenient as we may think.

At many used car lots, safety flaws in the used cars run unattended. There is no federal requirement for sellers of used cars to fix any problem related to safety-recalls, or even tell customers of the recalls. New car salesmen must disclose recall information however.Car auctions are also one of the most unregulated fields of the car buying industry. These auctions are basically places where some dealers actually can sell defective or damaged or unsafe vehicles to other dealers who are willing to sell them to the public.

 This is unacceptable. These used cars are eluding recall safeguards, which puts motorists, and pedestrians alike, in serious danger.
Whether you are driving a used car or a new car, remember to drive safely. If you find yourself in a situation where you are pulled over for running a red light, running a stop sign, speeding, or any other moving violation, we can help. Call us at 212-227-9008.

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! 

L Train Shutdown Intro

L Train Shutdown Info

We all remember the destruction that Hurricane Sandy did. From the uprooting of trees to the destruction of homes and cars, we can still feel the affects of the massive Superstorm. One major aspect of Sandy was the flooding.

The storm surge from Hurricane Sandy allowed for the Canarsie Tunnel under the East River to fill up with astronomical amounts of water causing unthinkable damage. So, the MTA decided to close the L train temporarily to make the necessary repairs. The L train will shut between Manhattan and Brooklyn for 18 months beginning in 2019.
Where will all of these commuters go you may ask? There will be an increase in service on the J, G, and M trains but will that be enough to withstand the volume of commuters?
The main question is though, will the repairs actually be finished by the 18 month allotment, or will this project drag on and on and linger for commuters from Williamsburg into Manhattan or vice versa?

 

Self-Driving Cars: On Their Way To Becoming Reality

As some of you may already know, self-driving cars have hit the streets. Some countries are even testing out the use of self-driving cars in the form of taxis. In Singapore, the company known as nuTonomy already allowed hail free rides earlier this month. In North America, self-driving cars are on their way to becoming a real life phenomena. Take the city of Pittsburgh for example.

 

In Pittsburgh, Uber has begun to allow self-driving cars to hit the road. Interestingly, a passenger has to be located in the front seat of the self-driving Uber during Uber pick-ups at all times. This “engineer” sits in the drivers seat alongside the Uber rider at all times. If at anytime the engineer does not feel safe, he can smack a big red button on the dashboard to disengage from driverless mode. If the Uber rider feels unsafe, then he or she may ask the engineer to switch out of driverless mode. Thus far, self-driving cars have been unable to fully hit the road unmanned in the city of Pittsburgh.

 

Uber allowed for some of its more loyal members to first try out the self-driving Ubers. At first Uber considered using the Volvo XC90 as its self-driving car model in Pittsburgh. However, Uber elected to use the Ford Fusion as its first self-driving car in Pittsburgh. Uber has said that autonomous cars can reduce vehicle-related deaths (over 40,000 vehicle-related deaths in 2015).

 

One must note that the self-driving Uber cars in Pittsburgh are not your typical automobiles. Uber has installed over twenty cameras, seven lasers, and about fourteen hundred alternative parts that render millions of bits of data onto their self-driving cars.

 

Uber’s goal seems to be to eliminate the use of human drivers. Let us know what you think. Leave a comment about whether or not you think that self-driving cars will actually become a reality.

 

Multiple Summonses For Same Car Stop

Many Drivers receive more than one ticket resulting from their first car stop. The amount of summonses that may be issued are totally within the Police Officer’s discretion.

Certain tickets are very closely related to each other. For example, an Officer may give tickets for Disobeying a Green Arrow (Pointing Straight) and Disobeying a Traffic Control Device (No Turns) to one motorist. The driver turns, gets two tickets, now what?

Many, but not all judges will consider this one action and will find guilty on only one. However, some judges might find guilty on both. In another case, the Officer may issue summonses for a Red Light and Cell Phone at the same time. These are clearly different offenses. You can be found guilty on one, both, or neither.

An experienced  New York Traffic, Criminal, TLC and CDL Attorney can help. I have been fighting these summonses and others like it for over 28 years. If you have a summons for Following Too Closely, contact me immediately. I can be contacted at 212-227-9008 or via email at michalblock.law@gmail.com.

This Social Media App Could Kill Your Kids

Technology is constantly evolving and new forms of social media are being created every day. Snapchat is the newest and most popular social network; just about everyone has it on their phone or knows someone who actively uses it. It’s a combination of a video and photo app complete with the ability to add and write captions, filters and even a speedometer filter. Users, who are largely made up of teens are living in the super connected age; they never want to miss a thing, so they’re always logged on. This means snapping while in school, out with friends and even in the car. The biggest problem with this app is that users are “snapping” while behind the wheel.

According to Liberty Mutual Insurance and Students against Destructive Driving (SADD) a survey that was taken of 11th and 12th graders across the country proved that teens are using snapchat more than any other form of social media when driving. Out of all other possible digital distractions, Snapchat ranked highest at 38%. There are an alarming number of car accidents and fatalities being caused by users that were snapping while driving. The speedometer filter is also a major factor in users snapping while driving. There have been reports of teens in car accidents who were snapping while their speeds were maxing over 100 MPH.

snap and drive

It’s important that parents have conversations about distracted driving and the consequences of using Snapchat and other social media apps while driving.  With Snapchat’s growing popularity and constant updates making it even more enticing to use whenever and where ever; teens need to know that it’s okay to put the phone down. In New York, lawmakers are pushing for Text and Driving/Distracted Driving tickets to be treated like DWIs. A conviction may result in license suspension. Snapchat’s core users are under the age of 24 and new drivers cannot afford a five point ticket (Improper use of Portable Electronic Device).

Make sure you speak to your children about their phone usage while behind the wheel. Remind them that it is against the law, can cost them (or you the parent) money, points on their record or even worse, their life. If you or someone in your family has received a summons for using an electronic device while driving, please do not hesitate to contact me. Young drivers should not have any infractions on their records, and as an experienced New York Traffic Ticket Attorney I can fight for them. Contact me at 212-227-9008 or via email at michaelblock.law@gmail.com

 

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World Trade Center Transit Hub Finally opens

A portion of The World Trade Center’s new $4 billion transportation hub opened today.

The Oculus, is a huge pristine white hall that will stop you dead in your tracks.

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The architecture has many New Yorkers staring in awe or shaking their heads. Architect Santiago Calatrava designed it to look like a dove, but many have compared it to angel wings or bones.

Most importantly, it will serve as another memorial for those lost in the September 11th attacks.

The hub will connect 11 subway lines, the PATH system, and Battery Park City Ferry terminal. It will allow access the 9/11 memorial and World Trade Center buildings. Retail stores and restaurants will be occupying spaces in the months to come. Paul Bergen, northjersey.com

World Trade Center Oculus

With the opening of the Oculus, the rest of the memorials and the daily bustle of commuters coming into the city from New Jersey one can only imagine the increase of pedestrian traffic on the surrounding streets.

If you are a cab or Uber driver please be mindful and obey all traffic rules by World Trade Center. And if you receive a ticket in that area I can help you fight it! Call me at 212-227-9008 or email MichaelBlock.law@gmail.com with any questions.

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New Yorkers Blow through Red Lights at Alarming Rates

While Mayor Bill De Blasio’s Vision Zero plan has implemented more than 150 red light cameras and brought in $16.9 Million in revenue from camera tickets, studies reveal that NYC drivers continue to rush past the red light 10 percent of the time.

Still, it’s easy to speed past a red light sometimes. The yellow light changes too quickly, or you find yourself already passing the light before realizing that it has changed.  Regardless of how it happened, red light tickets carry costly fines and can contribute to an increase in the cost of your insurance.  A camera ticket is different from a ticket issued directly by the police officer.  A camera ticket has no points, but a ticket issued by an officer does.

Camera Ticket
If your car is photographed running a red light on camera, you will receive a NOL—Notice of Liability.  You may fight the red light camera charges within 30 days.  If you plead guilty, you will be required to pay a fine of at least $50 (not including surcharges).  You will not receive points for these tickets and they will not be reported to your insurance company.  A red light ticket issued by a police officer is different.

Ticket Issued by a Police Officer
If a police officer issues the red light ticket, then your offense will be categorized as a traffic infraction and your conviction will result in 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 is as follows:

● $190 minimum (plus surcharge) for the first offense (in an 18 month period).
●  $375 minimum (plus surcharge) for the second offense (in an 18 month time period).
● $940 minimum (plus surcharge) for the third offense (in an 18 month time period).

Always remember that if you receive 11 points in an 18 month period your New York driver’s license may be suspended.  Drive carefully and give us a call at
(212) 227-9008 or email michaelblock.law@gmail.com for help with any traffic tickets or moving violations.

NYC Traffic Ticket Lawyer | How to Avoid Traffic this Christmas

A record-breaking 100 million Americans are expected to travel over the four-day Christmas holiday period, and Christmas Eve will be the worst day to travel in New York City.

The lowest gas prices since 2009 and a stronger economy are fueling the surge of people traveling 50 miles or more during the holiday, according to AAA.

The worst day to drive in New York City over the holidays will be Thursday, according to data from the smartphone app Waze.

The company relies on crowdsourced information from drivers, and is used by 1.9 million motorists in New York City, as well as 50 million people nationally. It also shares information from the NYPD on road closures for major events.

On top of congestion on Christmas Eve, there is a 42% increase in car crashes, and an almost 30% boost in hazard reports in New York City compared with an average from the two weeks before the holidays and after, the company’s data shows.

Hazards locally include potholes, vehicles stopped on the road, construction, and objects on the road such as a tree branch or fallen sign.

Nationally, the worst day to travel during the week of Christmas is Wednesday, Waze says. Drivers typically hit the roads for holiday travel around 11 a.m. Congestion peaks that afternoon between 3 and 6 p.m. as more motorists leave work for holiday travel.

Sunday — the end of the holiday weekend — is also a nightmare on the roads, with a combination of heavy traffic congestion, traffic crashes, and other police alerts.

If drivers can take Monday off from work, it’s a much smoother day to drive home.

Flyers can also expect New York City metropolitan area airports to be mobbed. Between Dec. 17 and Jan. 1, almost 6 million passengers will fly through the JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark airports.

JFK will see 2.5 million flyers, and 1.6 million people will travel through LaGuardia. Another 1.7 million will fly to or from Newark.

Airfares are down 6%, an average of $174 a flight roundtrip compared with last year, according to AAA. Hotel and car rental prices are up, however.

More than 90% of Americans who take trips will drive, or more than 91 million people. AAA says they expect almost a million drivers will be stranded and call the association for help, due to flat tires, dead batteries, and motorists locked out of their cars.

Another 5.8 million people will fly, and 3.5 million travelers will take buses, trains, and cruises.

Article Originally Featured on AM New York

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NYC Traffic Ticket Lawyer| Driving Without Insurance

Driving without insurance is illegal in all 50 states.  It’s a serious offense with severe consequences.  There are still many drivers that drive without insurance everyday.  Driving without insurance is illegal because insurance helps cover the cost associated with an accident.  If you are involved in an accident, then insurance compensates drivers for damage done to their vehicles, medical bills, and possible lost wages.  If you’ve received a summons for driving without insurance, here’s what you need to know.

Fines and Penalties

If a police officer pulls you over and you are not properly insured, you might face heavy fines and possible jail time.  In New York operating a vehicle without insurance can result in 15 days of possible jail time and up to $1,500 in fines.  Your license may also be revoked for a year if you are found guilty.

If a police officer asks for proof of insurance and you fail to present them with one, then it is assumed that your vehicle is not insured.  Even worse, if you’re caught without insurance after an accident, then the driver can sue you personally for the damages involved.

What to do

If you receive a summons for driving without insurance, and you are actually insured then a lawyer may help you avoid unnecessary fines and possible license suspension.  Contact Michael Block at (212) 227-9008 or email MichaelBlock.Law@gmail.com with any questions.

*Photo Credit: “New York State Police Traffic Stop” By: dwightsghost

NYC Traffic Ticket Lawyer: Cell phone use increases in drivers despite risk and law enforcement

Every year thousands of Americans die in accidents caused by distracted driving.

And while a new survey found that most people know texting and checking email behind the wheel is dangerous, a growing number do it anyway.

Steff Demaya engaged with a cellphone on the road, and now she is learning how to walk all over again.

“That’s where they cut it,” she said.

Her leg was injured and later amputated after she crashed her car. She admitted that she was distracted, and reaching for her ringing cell phone.

“I reached down to grab it on the floor board, just that quick,” she said.

Even though many drivers recognize how distracting cell phones can be behind the wheel, and support measures to crackdown on using them, new data shows that the problem is only getting worse.

“If you know this to be distracting, why are you doing it? These additional activities are troubling,” said Chris Mullen director of technology research at State Farm.

A new State Farm survey found the number of people texting while driving has remained relatively stable since 2009, but it found that more than twice as many drivers surf the internet. Reading emails and checking social media accounts while driving are also up.

A Colorado man has created a device that could stop the problem. It’s called The Groove, it’s a small box that plugs into almost any modern car.

The Groove blocks the driver’s phone from sending or receiving data. Phone calls will go through, but no texts, emails, or social media. The system won’t deliver them until the car is turned off.

It also means that mobile networks need to cooperate, something that, despite years of successful testing and demonstrations hasn’t happened.

“You cannot imagine how frustrating it’s been. And I can’t watch the public service announcements because we’re standing on something that can stop that. It’s hard to watch them and know that you’re in the middle of something and you want it to be out there,” Scott Tibbitts said. “Being a parent, I cannot imagine getting a phone call that says there’s been an accident.”

While mobile companies may be hesitant to work with the device, its creators said it works with any phone and any car made after 1996.

Groove does not require an app.

While 98 percent of drivers surveyed believe that texting while driving is dangerous, 66 percent admit to doing it.

Article Originally Featured on CBS New York

*Photo Credit: “texting and driving” By: frankieleon/Source: Flickr

New York City Crackdown on Speeding, Cellphones and Failure to Yield to Pedestrians

The New York Police Department said on Monday that it was cracking down on motorists this week in areas frequented by older adults, an announcement that came out the same day a 62-year-old woman was fatally struck by a city bus in Brooklyn.

The initiative follows a string of fatal collisions involving pedestrians and motorists in the past two months.

Police officers will target drivers who commit moving violations like speeding and failing to yield to pedestrians near senior centers during times when there are large numbers of people in those areas, officials said in an advisory distributed to members of the news media. The effort, called the Holiday Pedestrian Safety Initiative, began Monday and is expected to run until Sunday, according to the advisory.

The enforcement initiative focuses on seven moving violations outlined under Vision Zero, the mayor’s plan to eliminate pedestrian fatalities in the city. Other offenses include improper turns, texting or using a phone while driving, and traffic signal violations.

The initiative aims to “prevent injuries and create a safe environment,” the police said.

Traffic fatalities have fallen from 244 around this time in 2014 to 217 this year, a decrease of about 11 percent, according to figures provided by the Police Department. Pedestrian fatalities have fallen more modestly, from 128 to 122 in the same period, about a 5 percent change, the police said.

The police said the woman killed on Monday, Eleonora Shulkina, was crossing East 17th Street in Sheepshead Bay when she was hit by a B36 bus making a left turn off Avenue Z. The driver remained at the scene and was not arrested as the police continued their investigation on Monday.

Her death follows a series of fatal accidents involving older pedestrians in New York. On Dec. 2, Liana Platika, 84, was fatally struck by a garbage truck at 58th Street and Third Avenue in Manhattan. Bella Markowitz, 85, died the same day, two days after she was critically injured by a driver making a left turn at East 16th Street and Kings Highway in Brooklyn.

In both cases, the drivers remained at the scene or were found nearby. Neither was arrested or issued a summons, the police said on Monday.

 

*Article Originally Featured on The New York Times

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

NYC Traffic Ticket Lawyer: Failure to Yield to Emergency Vehicle Ticket

The “move over” law was established in 2011 to require all vehicles in multi-lane roads to move over for police or emergency vehicles.  If any emergency vehicle is stopped, parked or standing while displaying flashing lights drivers are required to slow down and carefully switch lanes.  If you are on a single lane road, you are required to slow down and use caution.  Failure to switch lanes or slow down can result in a “failure to yield to an emergency vehicle summons” with 3 points and $150 fine.

If you received a summons for failure to yield to an emergency vehicle or any other traffic ticket, we can fight for you.  With more than 29 years of experience, Michael Block has successfully defended motorists throughout New York.  Call (212) 227-9008 or email michaelblock.law@gmail.com for free advice.

*Photo Credit: “Get Out!” By: Michael Gil/Source: Flickr 

NY Traffic Ticket Lawyer: Following Too Closely (Tailgating) Ticket

following too closely

In New York, the Following Too Closely summons, also known as tailgating, is 4 points a fine of at least $138 for a first offense.  The police officer uses his or her judgment to deem when another vehicle is driving too closely to the vehicle ahead of them.  Following too closely is considered a dangerous offense because any sudden changes on the road could cause an accident.

New York VTL § 1129 states that a motorist not follow another vehicle more closely than what is “reasonable and prudent.” To determine how far to follow another vehicle, the motorist must take into consideration the speed, traffic, and condition of the highway. There are special rules for truckers: they must, when following another truck or passenger vehicle, leave enough space so that a passing vehicle can enter and occupy the space without danger.

If you received a summons for following too closely or any other traffic ticket, we can fight for you.  With more than 29 years of experience, Michael Block has successfully defended motorists throughout New York.  Call (212) 227-9008 or email michaelblock.law@gmail.com for free legal advice.

NYC Traffic Ticket Lawyer: Meet Delancey Car Service

Delancey Car Services - New York, NY, United States

We have worked closely with Delancey Car Service for about 10 years.  Many of their drivers bring their tickets to Michael when they need a trusted lawyer to defend their traffic tickets.

Delancey has been in service since 1991.  The owner, Rafael, tells us that their fleet started out small with only 5 cars but has grown exponentially over the years.  They now have about 200 drivers.

Over the years, their technology has also changed.  While many of their clients still call in to request a cab, some of their clients make a reservation online. Their website also makes it possible for clients to pay and specify specific needs or requirements that they may have.  They are currently working on a mobile app that should be available within a year.

Delancey strives for professionalism and offering the best service to their customers.  You can reach them at (212) 228-3301 or visit their website at delanceynyc.com for more information.

*If you know of a cab company that would like to be featured, call us at (212) 227-9008 or email michaelblock.law@gmail.com with your request.

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: How Bad are NY Drivers?

It’s difficult to be a driver in New York or New Jersey (or anywhere else in the Mid-Atlantic region, really) and not hold a certain level of contempt for one’s fellow automotive traveler/commuter.

There are only so many times you can have your tail light smashed by a truck on the Jersey Turnpike, spend hours in dense, accident-created traffic on the Cross Bronx, or narrowly avoid getting side-swiped on the FDR before the thought enters your mind: “These must be the worst drivers in the country.”

Well, at least it’s not Montana.

Montana drivers ranked as the No. 1 worst drivers in the country for the second year in a row, according to data compiled by CarInsuranceComparisson.com.

Big Sky Country ranked No. 1 in fatalities per 100 million miles driven, No. 6 in careless driving (measured by fatalities of pedestrians and cyclists per 100,000 people), No. 8 failing to obey traffic laws, No. 13 in drunken driving and No. 20 in speeding, which is particularly impressive when you consider much of the state’s roads have 80 mph speed limits (although it’s worth noting that the state had no daytime speed limits not too long ago).

New York drivers, on the other hand, were ranked the 28th worst, or 23rd best, if you’re a glass-half-full kinda person. New York shares the 28 spot with neighboring Connecticut as well as Wisconsin. 

Apparently taxi cabs and Uber cars haven’t been pulling their weigh this year, as New York has the 15th highest rate of drunken driving for 2015 after ranking 17th in 2014 and 28th in 2013.

Connecticut drivers were actually more likely to drive drunk than New Yorkers, as the Nutmeg State ranked 4th in drunken driving in 2015 after ranking 11th and 7th in 2014 and 2013, respectively.

The safest place to drive in the tri-state area is New Jersey, which has the 7th best drivers, according to the report.

Low fatality and speeding rates as well as drivers who follow traffic laws are what give the Garden State its favorable rating, though New Jersey ranks 25th in drunken driving and 21st in careless driving. 

Behind Montana in the race for worst drivers in America are South Carolina and New Mexico tied for second, Texas at fourth and Lousiana rounding out the top five.

Minnesota ranked as the state with the best drivers, followed by Ohio, Vermont, Iowa, Nebraska, Virginia and, of course, New Jersey.

Car Insurance Comparison credited frequency of careless driving (i.e. talking and texting on cell phones) and speeding as the most indicative of overall rank.

Article Originally Published on NY Daily News

*Photo Credit: “Outbound Lincoln” By: Joe Shlabotnik/Source: Flickr

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

New York Traffic Ticket Lawyer: 7 Best Ways to Save on Your Car Insurance

Because the initial steps in getting car insurance at a good price can be so frustrating, most people tend to ignore it once they have it. That could be costing them considerable sums of money each year.

While it’s easy to mistake auto insurance as something that’s a relatively fixed cost, it’s not. It can be lowered — often easily — to help you save money, the Insurance Information Institute says. Your savings will vary greatly depending on your driving record, vehicle and location, but it could add up to hundreds of dollars per year.

  • Boost Your Deductible

Generally, when someone decides on a deductible amount for his or her car insurance, he or she sticks with it. But increasing the amount you pay for fender benders is the best place to look when trying to lower your annual out-of-pocket expenses, according to the Insurance Information Institute.

Admittedly, it’s a gamble. A car wreck will cost you more this way, but if you and everyone else on your car insurance policy have a history of safe driving, it’s a way to save money. And if the threat of a big deductible payment worries you, put the money aside. Use your annual savings as an auto emergency fund so you’ll never be caught by surprise.

  • Join a Carpool

Joining a car pool has benefits beyond helping the environment. If you carpool with three other people, with each driving one-week shifts, you can cut the miles you drive by up to 75 percent. And the less you drive, the more you save on car insurance.

“Most companies track mileage,” says Art Scott, a retired insurance agent who worked for State Farm for 30 years. “Anything under 7,500 miles is considered the pleasure rate — and that’s the lowest. Up to about 13,000 miles is a medium rate, and anything over that is a higher rate.”

The amount you save will vary depending on several factors, but J. Robert Hunter, insurance director for the Consumer Federation of America, says the difference could be as much as 25 percent.

  • Buy what you Need

The car insurance you need when your car is brand new is often considerably different than what you need later on. Initial rates are generally higher, since you’re required to get both comprehensive and collision coverage if you took out a car loan to pay for the vehicle. Comprehensive pays for the repair or replacement of your car from damage that doesn’t result from an accident, and collision covers damages if you’re in a wreck.

Once it’s paid off, most people forget to save money by exploring their car insurance options. Check the value of your car through the Kelley Blue Book or NADAguides.com. You might have more collision insurance than you need. And in some cases, it might be worth dropping it entirely, especially if your car is an older model.

“It’s often smart to drop collision on older vehicles,” says Mike Barry, spokesman for the Insurance Information Institute. “Comprehensive is so inexpensive, and you’re giving up a coverage you might need — that’s worth hanging on to, though.”

Among the reasons you might need comprehensive coverage: damage from storms, vandalism and theft.

  • Combine Your Policies

If you’ve got your car insurance through a different company than you did your homeowners insurance or renters insurance, you may be paying more than you should. It’s called “multilining” in the industry. It means that by combining policies with a single company, you can stack discounts and save money.

Car insurance is the biggest risk for policy writers. You’re more likely to get in an accident or have your car stolen than to have something catastrophic happen to your house. By combining policies, you lower some of the insurance company’s risk.

“Multiline is where they make their money, rather than just picking up a loser like auto insurance,” says Scott. “The more lines (of insurance that insurance companies) can get, the more they’re willing to give discounts for it.”

  • Audit Your Driving

Have you changed jobs recently? Maybe you’ve moved to an area where your favorite stores are a lot closer? Keep an eye on that odometer to save money. Just like with carpooling, reduced driving mileage means reduced car insurance rates, says Scott, the retired insurance agent. But people often don’t reach out to their insurance agents when their residence or driving habits change, and they end up sticking with unnecessarily high rates.

  • Consider a Tracking Device

If you know you’re a careful driver, you might save money with a new car insurance policy from Progressive Casualty Insurance Co. called MyRate. A small wireless device is attached to your car, letting the company monitor your driving habits, including distance, most frequent travel times and driving habits, such as sudden stops or speeding.

After the first year, you could save as much as 60 percent, according to Progressive. But you will be sacrificing some privacy for the savings. And in some states, such as New Jersey, if the company doesn’t like your driving habits, it could raise your rate by up to 9 percent.

Concerns about the device’s intrusive nature have slowed the rollout of MyRate in several states. In Pennsylvania, Progressive ultimately withdrew its filing to introduce the coverage, says Melissa Fox, deputy press secretary for the Pennsylvania Insurance Department.

  • Pay Your Bills

Your timeliness in paying your bills may not seem like it has anything to do with your driving abilities, but it’s something car insurance companies pay attention to. If you’ve got a good credit report, it’s worth checking with your agent to see about a discount and save money.

“Many insurers use credit-based insurance scores,” says Barry. “It’s a contentious issue in certain state houses … (but) insurers will say their studies show that if you’re responsible in your personal life, you’re less likely to file claims.”

There are other ways to get car insurance discounts. Older drivers who complete adult driver safety programs can get premium reductions, while many insurers offer discounts for teens who maintain a 3.0 grade point average in school.

Article Originally Featured on Bankrate

*Photo Credit: “Drivers License – Teen Driver” By: State Farm/Source: Flickr

New York Traffic Ticket Lawyer: Unsafe Lane Change Ticket

One of the most common moving violations we see in our office is the Unsafe Lane Change Summons.  If a police officer feels that you changed lanes unsafely, you may be given an unsafe lane change ticket.

NY VTL 1128(a) requires drivers to remain in one lane and changing from that lane is not permitted unless the driver ascertained that moving lanes could be completed safely.

VTL 1128(b) directs that passing other vehicles or making a left turn from a center lane can only be done if executed in a safe manner.

VTL 1128 (c) & (d) directs motorists to carefully obey signs and hazardous road markings and not cross these special lane markings.

While the unsafe lane change laws seem straightforward and reasonable, it’s possible to change lanes without checking your blind spot or signaling your intent to change lanes thus making it unsafe.  In addition, failure to obey road markings or signs, while changing lanes, could result in an unsafe lane change ticket.

It’s also important to remember the Move Over Law which requires drivers to change lanes if an emergency vehicle is on the shoulder of the road.  Improperly passing an emergency vehicle could also result in an Unsafe Lane Change Summons.

The best way to avoid being ticketed for an Unsafe Lane Change violation is to:

  • Look to make sure that there is enough space to change lanes.
  • Be sure to signal your intent to change lanes.
  • Check all mirrors to ensure that the lanes are clear and a lane change is safe.
  • Check your blind spot.
  • Move slowly to the next lane.

The Unsafe Lane Change Ticket is 3 points.  Receiving 11 or more points on your license in an 18 month period could lead to the suspension of your license.

If you’ve received an Unsafe Lane Change ticket, or any other moving violation in New York, call 212-227-9008 or email michaelblock.law@gmail.com for free legal advice on how we can defend your traffic ticket.

*Photo Credit: “Get Out!” By: Michael Gil/Source: Flickr 

Tips for Avoiding Traffic Tickets During the Thanksgiving Weekend

Are you Driving for Thanksgiving?

According to the American Safety Council, Thanksgiving is one of the most dangerous holidays for drivers.  46.9 million people are predicted to be on the roads this Thanksgiving.   The heaviest traffic is between 2PM and 5PM on Thanksgiving Day.

Traffic Tickets also increase around the holiday season.  Here are 3 simple ways to avoid being ticketed this Thanksgiving.

  • Avoid your Cellphone. You could easily receive a Cellphone ticket while fidgeting with your GPS, sending a quick text message, or even checking the time.  You can receive a summons for anything while holding your Cellphone.  If you absolutely need to use your it, use Bluetooth or any other hands-free system.  Better yet, pull over and shut off your engine before touching your device.

Here at the Law Office of Michael Block, we wish you a happy and safe Thanksgiving.  Drive carefully and call us if you receive any traffic tickets at (212) 227-9008 or email us at michaelblock.law@gmail.com to learn about how we can defend your traffic violations.

*Photo Credit: “Northbound I-405 rush hour” By: Oran Viryincy/(Source: Flickr)

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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?

Cellphone ticket dismissed in Manhattan

Another happy client had a Portable Electronic Device Ticket (also known as a Cellphone ticket) dismissed in NYC Criminal Summons Court!

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, we can fight for you. Call for free legal advice on Cellphone 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 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 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.

Seat Belt Tickets and Child Safety Restraint Tickets

Seat Belt and Child Safety Restraint Tickets

New York State requires the driver and all passengers to wear seatbelts in the car.  Fines for seat belt violations for adults (over the age of 16) are $50 plus surcharge with no points. Child safety violations, on the other hand, cost $100 along with 3 violation points.  All children under the age of 4 are required to be in a child safety seat.  All children under the age of 8 (until their 8th birthday) are required to use a child safety restraint.

Child safety seats or restraint systems are determined by the child’s age, height and weight.  When selecting a child safety seat or restraint system, be sure that it meets the statutory requirements.

  • Infant Seats—required for infants weighing approximately 22 pounds or less, and are 25 inches in length. This seat is placed in the back seat with the child facing the rear of the vehicle.
  • Convertible Child Safety Seats—for infants and toddlers weighing about 40 pounds or less. The child should face the rear of the vehicle.  With convertible seats, you can arrange the seat so the child faces forward (once they can no longer face the rear comfortably).
  • Booster Seats—are required for children who are 4 to 8 years old and have outgrown the toddler and convertible seats. These seats are perfect for children weighing between 40 and 80 pounds.
  • Built-in child seats—though child seats come standard in some vehicle models and fold away on standard car seats, these are not intended for use with infants.

Any child safety restraint violation will result in a fine and 3 points if convicted. For more information and tips on child safety seats and restraints, click here.

If you’ve received a seat-belt ticket or child safety restraint ticket, we’re here to help.  Call (212) 227-9008 for free legal advice or email michaelblock.law@gmail.com for more information about how we can defend your traffic violations.

*Photo Credit: “Child Care Safety PSA April 18, 2012 1” By Steven Depolo/Source: Flickr

New York Traffic Ticket Lawyer: 6 Point Speeding Ticket in Nassau Reduced

Another happy client had a 6 Point speeding ticket reduced to a 3 Point Failure to Yield Violation in Nassau County Traffic Violations Agency.

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 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 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.

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

Another happy client had a speeding ticket reduced to a 0 point parking violation in Bedford Town Court.

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 85 MPH in a 65 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 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 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.

DWT--Driving While Tired May Be a Felony in New York

Most people have heard of the acronyms DWI, DUI and OUI. But what about Driving While Tired or DWT, is that a crime? Yes, if DWT is due to reckless behavior and results in an injury or death, then DWT can have serious criminal consequences.

The driver whose truck injured comic Tracy Moran and killed Jimmy McNair is awaiting trial in New Jersey on charges of death by auto and multiple counts of assault by auto. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) ruled that fatigue of the Walmart truck driver was the cause of the crash. According to the NTSB, “The driver . . . had been on duty for 13 ½ hours of a 14-hour duty day, with more driving planned. He had been awake more than 28 hours when his truck struck the limo van, including an overnight drive from his residence in Georgia to the distribution center at which he was based.”

This weekend, a taxi driver allegedly struck and killed an 88-year-old woman as she was crossing the street on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. The driver, Salifu Abubkar, allegedly told the police that he had been driving the cab for 16 hours.  According to Taxi and Limousine Commission Rule 2-23(a), that is a no-no: “A driver shall not operate a taxicab for more than twelve (12) consecutive hours.” However, it was later revealed that Mr. Abubkar did not work 16 consecutive hours because he took two breaks during his shift.

Mr. Abubkar was charged with a fairly new law, in New York City failure to yield to a pedestrian or bicyclist by a driver of a motor vehicle when contact results in a physical injury. The law, Section 19-190 of the New York City Administrative Code, which took effect in August 2014, is punished as a misdemeanor, by up to 30 days in jail.

However, while not commenting directly on Mr. Abubkar’s case, the criminal consequences for DWT in New York could be much more severe. Assuming a person feel asleep behind the wheel from fatigue and caused a physical injury or death, the act could be considered reckless behavior and imply several crimes with varying degrees of elements to be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. In New York, recklessness is defined as awareness and conscious disregard of a substantial and unjustifiable risk.

Starting with the most severe, the act could be Manslaughter in the Second Degree, which is “recklessly caus[ing] the death of another person.” The crime is a class C felony, and the maximum prison term is up to 5 to 15 years. There are precedents for such convictions in states like Pennsylvania and Virginia. And there are cases to the contrary, most notably in Indiana, where falling asleep behind the wheel without warning was not considered reckless behavior.

Next are Assault in the Second Degree, a felony, and Assault in the Third Degree, a class A misdemeanor. The second degree crime is charged when a serious physical injury is caused by means of a dangerous instrument. Yes, under New York law cars are considered dangerous instruments. The third degree crime is defined by recklessly causing only a physical injury. Finally, Reckless Engagement in the Second Degree, also a class A misdemeanor, is recklessly engaging in conduct that creates only a substantial risk of physical injury.

Generally speaking it is bad idea to drive a car if you are tired, which is why medications that cause fatigue come with warnings that read: do not drive or operate heavy machinery. If you do DWT, the new pedestrian or bicyclist right of way law may be the least of your problems.

Article Originally Posted on The Huffington Post

*Photo Credit: “sleepy James safari driver in Africa” By: m.shattock/Source: Flickr

5 Point Reckless Driving Ticket in NYC Reduced to 0 Point Violation

Another happy client had a 5 Point Reckless Driving Violation Reduced to a 0 Point Public Health Law Violation in NYC Criminal Court.

A reckless driving ticket is one of the most damaging tickets you can receive in New York City. 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 endangers users of the public highway.” This leaves reckless driving open to interpretation by the police officer writing the ticket, but examples can be driving the wrong way, driving at extremely high speeds, or weaving in and out of lanes during times of heavy traffic.

If you are ticketed for Reckless Driving, we can fight for you.  Call for free legal advice on Reckless Driving Violations 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 reckless driving 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 are charged with reckless driving, 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.

New York Ticket Lawyer: Driver Responsibility Assessment Fee

About the Driver’s Responsibility Assessment Fee

If you accumulate 6 or more points within 18 months, you are required to pay a DRAF—Drier Responsibility Assessment Fee.  On November 2004, then-governor, George Pataki, authorized the Driver Responsibility Assessment Fee.

This fee is added onto any court-imposed penalty, such as a fine or suspension.  It is generally sent to the driver as a separate bill from the DMV, within 30 days of the court-hearing.

The DRAF is imposed upon ALL motorists, in New York as well as those from other states.  The cost of the fee is based on the amount of points on the driver’s record as listed below:

 

Amount of Points Total DRAF
6 Points $300
7 Points $375
8 Points $450
9 Points $525
10 Points $600
11 Points $675
12 Points $725
13 Points $800
14 Points $875

For each point over 14, the driver is required to add an additional $75 to the 14-point penalty. The DRAF can be paid in one installment or in three equal installments over the course of 3 years.

If a driver is convicted of an alcohol, drug related offense or for the refusal to take a chemical test, the DRAF is $750.

It’s important to pay the DRAF in a timely manner.  Failure to pay the fee when it is due may result in a license suspension.  Sometimes drivers are unaware of the fine because the DMV sends the bill to an incorrect address.  The driver becomes aware of the unpaid fee after being pulled over by a police officer.  A police officer may arrest someone for a suspension arising out of failure to pay, so it’s important to be sure that the DMV has a correct address for you.  You can pay for the DRAF through the DMV website or in person.

If you are unsure about the amount of points on your license or the information on your driver’s record, you may request a Driver’s Abstract from the DMV.  Remember that accumulating 11 or more points within an 18 month period, your driver’s license may be suspended.

If you would like to lower the amount of points on your license, the Driver Safety Class will remove 4 points from your record, but will not help you avoid the DRAF.  Thus, the Driver Safety Program is an excellent idea if you are looking to avoid suspension due to license points, but if you’ve already incurred a fee, it’s important to pay it as soon as possible.

*Photo Credit: “Drivers License – Teen Driver” By: State Farm/Source: Flickr

Traffic Ticket Lawyer: "Cops are cracking down on speeders, drivers blowing red-lights and motorists who fail to yield"

The NYPD is revving up it’s traffic enforcement effort, as part of the city’s “Vision Zero” initiative, cops in all 77 precincts will focus on dangerous drivers for one week starting Thursday, police said.

Cops citywide are cracking down on speeders, drivers blowing red lights, and motorists who fail to yield to pedestrians, police said.

Drivers who illegally park in bus lanes or cross walks are also being targeted.

The NYPD’s committed more than 1,000 patrol officers, 230 highway cops and 1,185 traffic agents to his effort.

Since October 31, 12 pedestrians have been struck and killed in car crashes.

Police handed out 5,200 summonses—mostly for cell phone use during a two-day traffic crackdown in 2014.

104 pedestrians were killed by drivers in 2015 compared to 117 during the same time last year, the Mayor’s office said.

Article Originally Featured on Pix 11

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

4 Point Speeding Ticket in Nassau County Reduced!

Another happy client had 2 tickets reduced: a 4 Point Speeding Ticket in Nassau County Traffic Violations Agency and an Obstructed Vision Violation reduced to a single 2 Point Disobey Device ticket.

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 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 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.

Bronx Driver Arrested for Trying to Bribe His Way Out of a Cellphone Ticket

If only he had been talking with his lawyer.

A Bronx driver stopped for talking on his cell phone tried to bribe a cop into letting him off with a warning, police said Tuesday.

Johnny Taylor, 69, offered a cop $60, then $100, to get out of a ticket for driving his 1998 Ford Windstar while on his cell phone on Undercliff Ave. at Sedgewick Ave. in Highbridge around 1 p.m., Monday, police said.

But the ploy to get off with a warning backfired, according to authorities.

Police arrested Taylor at the scene and charged him with obstructing government administration and bribing a public servant.

Fines for talking on a cell while driving range from $50 to $150 for a first time offense, according to the New York State DMV.

Article Originally Featured on New York Daily News

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

New York Traffic Ticket Lawyer: Red Light Bike Ticket in NYC

Did you know it’s illegal for bicycle riders to pass on a red light?

In NYC a ticket for passing a Red Light has a minimum fine of $278.  Bike Riders are held to the same standards and obligated to follow the same rules as motorists.    Some of the most common bike summonses include:

  • Riding on the Sidewalk
  • Failure to have proper lights or reflectors
  • Failure to use and/or ride within available bike lanes
  • Failing to obey a traffic control device (signs, red lights, and pavement markings)

If you’ve received a red light bike ticket in New York City or anywhere in New York State, call us immediately at (212) 227-9008 or email us at MichaelBlock.law@gmail.com for information about your ticket.

*Photo Credit: “cyclists: castro, san francisco (2014)” By: torbakhopper/Source: Flickr

Bronx Reckless Driving Reduced to 0 Point Violation

Another happy client had a 5 Point Reckless Driving Violation Reduced to a 0 Point Public Health Law Violation in Bronx Criminal Court.

A reckless driving ticket is one of the most damaging tickets you can receive in the Bronx. 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 endangers users of the public highway.” This leaves reckless driving open to interpretation by the police officer writing the ticket, but examples can be driving the wrong way, driving at extremely high speeds, or weaving in and out of lanes during times of heavy traffic.

If you are ticketed for Reckless Driving, we can fight for you.  Call for free legal advice on Reckless Driving Violations 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 reckless driving 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 are charged with reckless driving, 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.

Speeding Tickets Increase after Mayor's Vision Zero Plan

The amount of speeding tickets written by NYC Cops increased 103% a few days after the 25 MPH limit was in effect. (The unposted speed limit changed from 30 MPH to 25 MPH as part of the mayor’s “Vision Zero” plan to reduce traffic deaths.)

Be aware that the 25 mph limit is default for all streets and parkways when there is no speed sign posted.  Highways like the FDR, West Side Highway and Riverside Drive will still have higher limits.  Conversely, schools zones still have lower speed limits.

The 25 mph limit does not apply to the following streets and parkways: Webster Avenue and Mosholu Parkway in the Bronx; Hylan Boulevard and Richmond Terrace on Staten Island; Fort Hamilton Parkway and Ocean Avenue in Brooklyn; and Utopia Parkway and Bell and Springfield boulevards in Queens.

If you receive a speeding 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 speeding ticket or any other traffic ticket, call us at 212-227-9008 immediately to learn how we can defend you.

*Photo Credit: “Warp Speed at 25” By: Andrew Choy/Source: Flickr

  1. Great information as I was unaware the speed limit had been reduced! Driving 30 MPH was difficult, 25 MPH close to impossible but the potential financial pain will force me to do it!

5 Point Reckless Driving Ticket in Queens Reduced to 0 Points

Another happy client had a 5 Point Reckless Driving Violation dismissed in Queens County Criminal Court.  Our client’s Reckless Driving summons was reduced to a 0 Point Disorderly Conduct Violation.

A reckless driving ticket is one of the most damaging tickets you can receive in Queens. 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 endangers users of the public highway.” This leaves reckless driving open to interpretation by the police officer writing the ticket, but examples can be driving the wrong way, driving at extremely high speeds, or weaving in and out of lanes during times of heavy traffic.

If you are ticketed for Reckless Driving, we can fight for you.  Call for free legal advice on Reckless Driving Violations 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 reckless driving 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 are charged with reckless driving, 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.

A 5 Point Reckless Driving Violation in NYC was Dismissed

A 5 Point Reckless Driving Violation in NYC was dismissed!

Another happy client had a 5 Point Reckless Driving Violation dismissed in NYC Criminal Court.  Our client received a Reckless Driving Summons while Driving Northbound on FDR Drive at East 161st Street.

A reckless driving ticket is one of the most damaging tickets you can receive in New York City. 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 endangers users of the public highway.” This leaves reckless driving open to interpretation by the police officer writing the ticket, but examples can be driving the wrong way, driving at extremely high speeds, or weaving in and out of lanes during times of heavy traffic.

If you are ticketed for Reckless Driving, we can fight for you.  Call for free legal advice on Reckless Driving Violations 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 reckless driving 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 are charged with reckless driving, 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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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.

Failure to Yield to Pedestrian Ticket

One of the most commonly cited violations related to pedestrian and driver encounters in New York is the Failure to Yield to Pedestrian violation.  The failure to yield to pedestrian ticket is a 3 point violation

You can receive a Failure to Yield Summons if you do any of the following:

  • If you drive past a crosswalk without yielding to pedestrians you can be issued a summons, regardless of whether or not there are traffic control signs (such as a STOP or YIELD).
  • If you pass another car that is already yielding to pedestrians, you can be ticketed.
  • If you do not give pedestrians the right of way at a traffic control device such as a Stop, Yield, or Traffic Light.
  • If you do not yield to cars coming from the opposite direction while turning

There is Justification for Failure to Yield Summons if:

  • A pedestrian jumps or runs from the sidewalk in an unexpected manner which does not give the driver a chance to yield.
  • A pedestrian violates traffic control signals (such as walking into the road when drivers have the green light or right of way)

When driving, it’s important to recognize when a pedestrian is likely to cross.  When making a right turn, you may have the green light but the pedestrian is also prompted to walk by traffic control signs.  Remember that pedestrians always have the right of way at an intersection, regardless of whether or not there is a crosswalk.

Generally, the Failure to Yield to Pedestrian ticket is given under the police officer’s discretion.  If a police officer feels that you are driving recklessly or putting the safety of pedestrians at risk, you may be given a summons.

If you’ve received a failure to yield to pedestrian ticket, we can help you fight it.  Our advice is to not engage police officers in conversation because anything you say will be recorded in the officer’s notes and can be held against you in court.  If you’ve received a ticket, email us at michaelblock.law@gmail.com or call 212-227-9008 for free legal advice.

*Photo Credit: “Space Coast FL” By: Rusty Clark – hotfunkyradio.com/Source: Flickr

  1. Failed to yield pedestrian violation. . what are your fees for the fighting this type of ticket?

    Is the same price if you win or lose?

    Regards,
    Lup

  2. Vyacheslav Dorfman  |  

    Received a failure to yield to pedestrian ticket today. It was a very busy intersection and i had oncoming traffic coming at me. I crossed the intersection making a left turn without getting in the way of anyone crossing the street, however there probably were people also crossing the street or stepping off the curb. This is a very busy and wide street (Flatbush Av and Fulton St) in Brooklyn. The police officer stopped me at the next light and pulled me over. I am not 100% sure what fine this carries but i believe there are 3pts. that go along with this summons. I am considering hiring a lawyer for this. Please let me know what options and/or chances i have. I can be reached at stevenyc7@gmail.com or on my cell at 718-813-0063. This was in Brooklyn.

  3. Arlene  |  

    I have court tomorrow for such an offense. I am not sure what to do. I pleaded not pguilty

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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.

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.

Why I need the Mets to Win!

By: Michael Block, Traffic Ticket Attorney

I am a happy man.  I have a wonderful wife, three college-attending children, an awesome dog and a great business with wonderful clients.  However, my sports rooting needs, as a loyal fan, have been sorely addressed.  I was not yet a teenager when the Jets won the Super Bowl.  They had Joe Namath and I thought they would repeat.  The Mets won their first championship a few months later and again, I expected repeated championships.  After all, they had Seaver, Koosman, Gentry and Ryan all entering the primes of their careers. Even after the Jets were knocked out the following season, the Knicks won the NBA title. Those Knicks had a roster full of future hall-of-famers.  They were the closest thing to a dynasty I rooted for, and they won 3 years later!

The Mets took another 17 years to win.  I expected a Met World Series to follow.  What a team!—Dwight, Daryl, Carter, Hernandez, Darling, and Sid. But no more trophies.  I also had hope for the Post 1969 Mets, Jets and Post 1973 Knicks, but only heartbreak followed.

And now it has been 43 futile Knicks seasons, 46 for the Jets and 29 for the Mets. You can do the Math.  I attended a Mets-Cardinals game in 2006, game 7 NLCS, when I thought the upper deck of Shea Stadium would collapse.  It was literally shaking after Endy Chavez’ magnificent catch. And yet we still lost.

I sat at home to watch Michael Jordan, then the Houston Rockets, and then Tim Duncan and David Robinson throttle my Knicks.   And worse, my childhood friends and I travelled to Indianapolis and Pittsburgh to personally see our Jets get denied entry to the Super Bowl.  All the years of frustration can vanish in the next week. My sons and I can actually experience a championship from one of our teams. It doesn’t always have to be someone else’s team, does it?     And as for my generation of Knicks, Jets and Met fans—we’re not getting younger, are we?

There is no time like the present. Let’s Go Mets!

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

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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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.

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

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

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

Another happy client had a 6 Point Speeding Ticket in Florida Onondaga 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 6 point speeding ticket because they were driving 86 MPH in a 65 MPH speed zone (that’s 21 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.

Drunk Driver in Brooklyn Files Lawsuit Against Cop Who Shot Him

Drunk-driving parolee files lawsuit against cop who shot him

Article Originally Featured on The New York Post

A drunken parolee whose car careened through Brooklyn, jumping curbs and smashing cars, is suing the cop who shot him to stop the vehicular rampage.

Robert Ortiz of Brooklyn claims Officer James Hasper “without any cause or provocation whatsoever, used unreasonable and excessive force” when he shot Ortiz in the shoulder to end the July 10, 2014 incident, according to a Brooklyn federal court lawsuit.

Ortiz admits he was in violation of his parole, and had “consumed alcohol and marijuana” before getting behind the wheel of a friend’s Chevy Suburban and zipping down Rockaway Parkway in Canarsie.

When police tried to pull him over, he fled, hitting at least three cars in the process, riding the sidewalks and forcing pedestrians to dodge him, court records say. He eventually turned onto a dead-end street and crashed into a fire hydrant.

Ortiz, 39, who has more than two dozen arrests on his rap sheet and was on parole for criminal possession of stolen property, was surrounded by officers but hadn’t gotten out of the car when Hasper approached.

Ortiz was slapped with a variety of charges and is due in court Nov. 10.

The whiny parolee wants unspecified damages and claims Hasper’s actions were “not reasonable under the circumstances.”

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.

A DUI 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. 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: Queens, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, and Long Island.

*Photo Credit: “dazzled maniac Jim Morrison drowns out the haunting whimper of a coyote dying on the road by his dreadful death screen into the abyssal sun… HWY 01:23:47” By: Karl-Ludwig Poggeman”/Source: Flicrk

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.

Student is Arrested for Writing a Note on His Speeding Ticket Payment

U.S. Judge Upholds Right to Scrawl Nasty Note on Speeding Ticket Payment

Original Article Featured on the New York Times

It began with a speeding ticket given in upstate New York to a man whose response was, to put it mildly, less than polite. He sent back a payment form with a scribbled five-word expression of vulgarity, and crossed out the town’s name.

Instead of Liberty, the man wrote “Tyranny.”

Local authorities were not amused. They ordered the man, Willian M. Barboza, to return to Town Court, a long drive from his home in Connecticut. Mr. Barboza was summarily lectured by a judge, arrested and held for several hours on charges of aggravated harassment.

In most small-town traffic cases, justice is dispensed quietly, fines are paid and unhappy drivers go on with their lives. This case did not go that way.

Mr. Barboza decided to sue the Village of Liberty, whose police officers had arrested him. Last week, a federal judge, Cathy Seibel, in White Plains, ruled that his First Amendment rights had been violated, and allowed his lawsuit to proceed.

Arrested After His Vulgar Response to Traffic Ticket, Man Files SuitJUNE 13, 2013
“The whole time that I was there, it felt like an episode of ‘The Twilight Zone,’ ” he said in a phone interview on Tuesday. “I just wanted to ask if they had any sense of irony at all.”

Willian M. Barboza was ticketed and later arrested. Credit New York Civil Liberties Union
The Village of Liberty, it turns out, might have a problem with people who utter vulgar things that they should not.

Mr. Barboza’s lawyers argued in court papers that the village has had a practice of unconstitutionally arresting people for offensive speech: on the street, in phone messages and in the presence of police officers.

“People use language like this all the time,” said Stephen Bergstein, a lawyer who represents Mr. Barboza along with the New York Civil Liberties Union. “They send letters like this to customer service at Verizon, the I.R.S.

“When people are unhappy, they vent on forms like that,” Mr. Bergstein added. “You shouldn’t have to get arrested for it.”

Mr. Barboza’s lawyers have also claimed in court papers that the village has failed to educate its officers in “limitations on the arrests of persons engaged in protected speech,” or in how to interpret state laws on aggravated harassment or disorderly conduct, the basis for other cases that the lawsuit calls into question.

“At trial, we’d hope to show that the village is liable for failing to train their officers on basic First Amendment rights,” said Mariko Hirose, a staff lawyer with the civil liberties union. “This kind of false arrest should never have happened.”

Adam L. Rodd, a lawyer for the village, declined to comment on Tuesday, citing a village policy of not discussing pending litigation.

In their papers, Mr. Barboza’s lawyers cite cases in which people were charged under the disorderly conduct law after expressing obscenities and other crude language. One highly intoxicated woman repeatedly yelled an expletive “on a crowded street after being warned several times by a uniformed Liberty police officer not to,” one charging document said.

The Government Building in Liberty, N.Y. A ticket clerk took Mr. Barboza’s note to a town judge, who sent it to a prosecutor. Credit Bryan Anselm for The New York Times
Another person, using profanity-laced language in a motel parking lot, called an officer a “pig” and continued to use “abusive and obscene language after being ordered” to stop, according to another document.

The lawyers also cited cases filed under the aggravated harassment law, which has since been invalidated as vague and over broad by the New York State Court of Appeals.

Judge Seibel, in her ruling on Thursday, which was issued from the bench, declined to find that the other cases “constitute a pattern of constitutional violations as a matter of law.”

But she added that, while the degree of threatening language in the other cases varied, “a jury could conclude that at least some of them reflect an unconstitutional basis for arrest.” That issue will ultimately be decided by a jury, she noted.

She dismissed the suit’s claims against officers involved in Mr. Barboza’s arrest.

Mr. Barboza was a 21-year-old student in May 2012 when he was stopped for speeding on Route 17.

Lawyers for the village say in a court filing that shortly after Mr. Barboza’s handwritten message on the payment form was received, it was read by a clerk and taken to a town judge, who concluded that the comments were “threatening in nature” and that Mr. Barboza’s actions may have violated the law.

The judge got in touch with Robert L. Zangla, a prosecutor in the Sullivan County district attorney’s office, and asked him to investigate. Mr. Zangla’s office concluded that the conduct was illegal, the filing says.

Lawyers for the village and Mr. Zangla, who was also sued, argued that the officers had probable cause to make the arrest and that the suit’s First Amendment claims were without merit. Mr. Zangla has been found liable in Mr. Barboza’s claim.

Samuel Yasgur, the Sullivan County attorney, whose office represents Mr. Zangla, said he had “a great deal of respect for Judge Seibel,” but added, “I obviously disagree with her decision and I’m studying it to determine whether or not we are going to appeal.”

*Photo Credit: “Late Night Speeding” By: JFXie/Source: Flickr

Uber Driver Says: Driving for Uber Lets Me Live My American Dream

Uber Driver Says: Driving for Uber Lets Me Live My American Dream

Article Originally Featured on The New York Post

People are constantly talking about the American dream, but I want to talk a bit about the New York City dream. As a first-generation New Yorker, I was struggling to support a family in this expensive city until I started partnering with Uber. Now, I’m supporting three sons and a wife and am able to pursue my real passion on the side — music.

I was born in the Dominican Republic, and moved to New York City when I was 9 years old. I’m proud to have called The Bronx my home for 25 years. New York is the greatest city in the world but, as everyone knows, it’s not the most affordable.

I drove a yellow taxi for more than 10 years, and it was a constant struggle to make ends meet. I was always stressed about the fact that I couldn’t spend enough time with my family and wondered how I’d pay the bills each month.

I was earning between $30,000 and $40,000 a year. I thought that finding a job that allowed me to earn enough to support my family and give me time to pursue my dream of becoming a singer and spend time with my children would be impossible — until two years ago, when I found Uber.

The difference between driving a yellow taxi and partnering with Uber is like day and night.

With Uber, I make about $60,000 a year — and right now, I’m only working three days a week. Friday nights are incredibly busy for both taxi riders and Uber riders. When I was driving a yellow taxi, the most I could take home on a Friday was about $200 — and I had to work until 4 a.m. With Uber, I can make up to $600.

And last year, there were several instances when I made $7,000 in one month alone. The earning potential along with the flexibility and freedom is incredible.

I certainly don’t miss those grueling 12-hour shifts I was forced to work when I drove a yellow cab. I started off every day owing the medallion owner money. I barely slept. I barely saw my family. I always had a medallion owner breathing down my neck, and I was unable to take a vacation or else I would risk losing my right to lease the vehicle. I had no control over my life or my time.

Partnering with Uber doesn’t just mean more money in my pocket. It means I have time to work with my wife (who is also a singer) on recording our second album together because I can start or stop working whenever I want. We have time to perfect our craft and promote our work.

It also means I take my kids to baseball practice, music classes and school. Anyone who has three boys under the age of 7 knows how much time it takes to ensure they all get quality time with their dad.

Being a positive role model in their life is priceless. My family and I also got the opportunity this summer to visit the Dominican Republic, where I grew up, so I could show my children my roots — and what has grown from them, thanks to Uber.

But the most important benefit of working for Uber — for myself as well as my family — is the peace of mind we’ve gained. We’re no longer stressed about paying the bills and are more focused on spending quality time with one another and doing what we love. We’re happier — after all, we’re living a life we only dreamed of not all that long ago.

And as I’ve learned since becoming an Uber partner, my experience is far from unique — it appears to be par for the course.

Partnering with Uber gives you the chance to create your own earning potential — to stop letting others set limits on your own career. That’s the true New York City dream. I’m living proof.

Samuel Nunez has been an Uber driver-partner for two years. He lives in The Bronx with his wife and three sons.

*Photo Credit: “An UBER application is shown as cars drive by in Washington, DC. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images)” By Mark Warner/Source: Flickr

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3 Point Disobey Traffic Device and Aggravated Driving Unlicensed in Rockland County

3 Point Disobey Traffic Device and Aggravated Driving Unlicensed in Piermont Justice Court in Rockland County, New York Reduced to 0 Points

Another happy client had 3 points dismissed on a disobey traffic device and no criminal charges for aggravated driving unlicensed!

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.

Aggravated Driving Unlicensed carries no points but is considered a misdemeanor criminal offense.  If you are pulled over by a police officer for a traffic violation, such as speeding, and the police officer realizes that your license is suspended or revoked, you can be charged for aggravated driving unlicensed.   In our client’s case, we were able to reduce the misdemeanor to a no-point traffic violation.  As a result, our client has no points and no criminal record!

If you are ticketed for disobeying a traffic device or have an aggravated unlicensed violation, 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.

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)

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

What is the True Cost of a New York Speeding Ticket?

What is the True Cost of a NY Speeding Ticket?

Speeding tickets in New York can be both complicated and costly.  The cost of a speeding ticket can range from about $45 to $600 depending on how fast you were driving above the speed limit and whether or not this is a repeated offense.  In addition, there is an $80 New York State surcharge imposed on any moving violations as well as a driver assessment fee imposed on drivers with 6 or more license points.

For non-commercial drivers, the penalties are as follows:

  • Driving up to 10 MPH (Miles Per Hour) over the speed limit can cost about $90 – $150, and add 3 points on your license.
  • Driving between 10 to 30 MPH over the speed limit can cost about $180 – $300, and add 4-6 points on your license. A driver may also serve up to 30 days in prison.
  • Driving between 31 to 40 MPH over the speed limit can cost $360 – $600, and add 8 points on your license. A driver may also serve up to 30 days in prison.
  • Driving over 41 MPH is 11 points.

It’s important to note that the DMV can suspend your license for accumulating 11 points or more within 18 months (regardless of violation type).  Furthermore, receiving 3 speeding tickets in an 18-month period will result in a 6 month revocation of your license.

The cost of your insurance can also increase if you were going over 15 MPH or if you had a previous traffic ticket violation.  In order to decrease the cost of your insurance (after a speeding violation) you may take a Driver Safety Class.

If you have received a speeding ticket or any other type of traffic ticket, please contact us immediately at 212-227-9008 to learn more about how we can defend you.

 

*Photo Credit: “Ludicrous Speed” By Dan DeChiaro/Source:Flickr

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6 Things to Know When You Receive a Cellphone Ticket

  1. Why you received the Cellphone Ticket.

If you hold your cellphone in any capacity, you can receive a traffic ticket.  The § 1225-d defines “using” as holding your cellphone while talking, taking pictures, texting, or simply viewing the cellphone.  Be certain that you’re not fidgeting with your GPS either.  The portable device violation extends to using a tablet, GPS, and iPod among other electronic devices.

  1. Gathering the Evidence

It’s often difficult to provide evidence to prove that the cellphone was not actually in use.  A driver may need to provide specific data on cellphone usage from their service provider.

  1. License Points

In addition to the hassle, 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.

  1. The Cost

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.

  1. Don’t Give Police Officers a Reason to Remember You.

You may feel the need to discuss the ticket with the police officer, but be very careful and compliant.  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.

  1. We’re here to Help

If you have received a traffic ticket for a cellphone or electronic device violation, please contact us immediately at 212-227-9008 or email michaelblock.law@gmail.com to learn more about how we can assist you or email and defend your NYC traffic ticket.

*Photo Credit: “This is My Father” by Bradely Gordon/Source: Flickr

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.

Uber Statistics Are In!

Uber has recently revealed the highly anticipated information on its drivers servicing New York City. Uber has released the exact ride numbers for the past 2 months in an attempt to rebuff Mayor Bill Deblasio following the City Council’s vote on a potential new cap for ride share companies. Uber released this information in a 56-page Excel document that details the number of pickups and active drivers currently on the road with the Uber app turned on for the last couple of months, all broken down by hour. Rides are also broken down into sections of New York City, like below 59th street in the city’s central business district. On July 19th, there were 3,198 Uber drivers active during the full 24 hours of that day. An interesting fact from the data revealed that the month of June saw 3,492,389 Uber pickups in New York City. Another fact to look at is that Uber’s busiest times are almost always late at night, with some days nearing 150 requests a minute between 9pm – 12am. What do you think of these statistics?

Vision Zero Vigil Takes Over Union Square

A group of 1,000 people, all of whom were affected in one way or another by serious traffic accidents in New York City, gathered in Union Square on Wednesday night. They had a very clear message – traffic accidents are avoidable and preventable. That is the driving force behind Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero policy, which seeks to end all pedestrian traffic deaths in New York City. So far in 2015, there have been 123 traffic related deaths and over 23,000 serious injuries.

The strategy to end pedestrian traffic deaths comes consists of increased enforcement of speeding, failure to yield, and distracted driving offenses, as well as ambitious plans to redesign some of the more dangerous city streets. Speed cameras have been set up in certain areas of NYC and statistics show that speeding violations caught by those cameras have actually decreased; this means drivers are becoming more aware of their surroundings and the regular enforcement of these violations.

While progress has been made, events like the Vision Zero Vigil highlight the fact that there is still much work to be done in order to bring the number of pedestrian deaths down to zero in New York City. What are your thoughts on Vision Zero? Could the Mayor be doing more? Or is he on the right path?

New York Traffic Ticket Lawyer: What is Vision Zero?

In 2014, Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled his Vision Zero policy as a way to eliminate all pedestrian traffic deaths in New York City. Studies that led to the creation of Vision Zero claim that 4,000 people are injured each year in New York City traffic crashes while another 250 are killed due to involvement in a traffic crash. The basic tenets of Vision Zero are as follows:

• There is no such thing as a traffic accident – instead, they are crashes that could have been prevented.
• There is no acceptable level of injury or death that stem from traffic crashes.
• The public should expect safe traffic behavior on the streets.

How does Vision Zero affect New York drivers? Vision Zero studies estimate that 70% of traffic crashes involving pedestrians are caused by driver actions, specifically speeding, failure to yield and improper turns, texting / talking while driving, and signal violations. As such, New York City has increased the enforcement of speeding and failure to yield violations in some effective ways.

Speeding
In November 2014, the un-posted speed limit in New York City was lowered from 30 mph to 25 mph as part of the Vision Zero initiative. In addition, enforcement of the new speed limit was heavily increased – in the first few months, the number of speeding tickets issued in NYC skyrocketed 40% from the previous year. Drivers have reported getting speeding tickets for going only 1-5 mph over the speed limit, which has not always been the case in NYC. The penalties for speeding tickets vary anywhere from 3-11 points depending on how fast over the speed limit the driver was going. 11 points or 3 speeding tickets within an 18 month period is often grounds for driver’s license suspension, while 6 points within an 18 month period will bring about an extra fee in the form of the Driver Responsibility Assessment.

Failure to Yield, Improper Turns, and Signal Violations
One of the biggest changes to come out of Vision Zero is the fact that drivers who fail to yield the right of way and seriously injure or kill pedestrians can now be charged with misdemeanors. In addition, the number of failure to yield tickets issued by the NYPD increased over 125% from the previous year. City bus drivers feel they are unfairly targeted by this new enforcement, especially since they are tasked with running tight schedules to keep commuters moving. 6 city bus drivers have been arrested since the change to the failure to yield law, though one of them was just recently cleared of any wrongdoing. Improper turn and signal violation tickets are already fairly common in New York City as “right on red” is typically not allowed on city roads, though it is allowed in other parts of New York as well as the surrounding states. Failure to yield tickets carry a penalty of 3 points, while improper turn and signal violations carry 2 point penalties.

Texting / Talking While Driving
One of the worst tickets drivers can get in New York is the cell phone / portable electronic ticket. Not only is it a high-point ticket (5 points), but it is also a difficult ticket to fight. Unfortunately, as part of Vision Zero and other distracted driving awareness pushes, there has been a huge increase in the number of cell phone tickets issued in New York. The burden of proof for a cell phone ticket is fairly low – an officer merely needs to see the cell phone in the vicinity of a driver’s head to issue the ticket, and drivers will typically need to pull call records from their cell phone provider to prove they were not on the phone at the time in order to stand much of a chance of beating this ticket. A police officer may issue a portable electronics ticket to drivers if they are touching any handheld electronic device – this includes iPods and MP3 players, GPS devices, and tablets.

Impact
Mayor de Blasio claimed that Vision Zero has been a great success, especially since 2014 proved to be the safest year for pedestrians in New York City since 1909. However, the mayor let everyone know there was still much work to be done since the goal of Vision Zero is to totally eliminate pedestrian traffic deaths. Other reports say that Vision Zero has seen mixed results since its roll out, with pedestrian deaths lowering in some parts of the city while actually rising in other areas.

Future
Judging by the amount of tickets written in New York City due to Vision Zero initiatives, as well as the relative success of the policy in its first year, it is a very safe bet the program will not only continue, but that officials will not rest on their laurels. Expect to see an even stronger focus on the targeted enforcement of Vision Zero violations as officials strive to reach their goal of eliminating all pedestrian traffic deaths in New York City. It’s possible that in order to reach this goal, higher monetary fines and point values will be attached to Vision Zero traffic tickets, all while steadily increasing enforcement of these traffic violations.

If you receive a speeding ticket, failure to yield ticket, cell phone ticket, or any other Vision Zero traffic ticket, please contact us immediately at 212-227-9008 to see how we may help you.

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New Distracted Driving Study Highlights a Serious Problem

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration conducted a new study on distracted driving, and the results show the problem to be much worse than most people think. These are some of the highlights of the study:

• Distracted driving caused 3,100 deaths in 2013
• 10% of people video chat while driving
• 61% of people text and drive
• 33% of people check their email
• 17% of people take steering wheel selfies
• 30% of people admit to being on Twitter “all the time” while driving

46 states, including New York State, have laws against texting and driving. New York also has some of the most stringent cell phone laws in the country – a cell phone ticket or portable electronic device ticket in New York carries a penalty of 5 points. In addition, a cell phone only needs to be in the vicinity of a driver’s head for a police officer to issue a cell phone ticket.

If you receive a cell phone ticket or a portable electronic device ticket, please be sure to contact us immediately at 212-227-9008 to see how we may help you.

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Social Media is a Big Cause of Distracted Driving

Almost half of all drivers who have used their cell phones while driving used the phones for social media, according to a new survey. The report also notes that 70% of people who own smartphones use them to engage in some type of activity while driving, such as texting, surfing the web, or checking email.

As far as social media is concerned, drivers admitted to checking Facebook the most, followed by Twitter and Instagram. Snapchat, Pinterest,Vine, and LinkedIn were also cited in the study.

New York has a very strict law concerning cell phones and portable electronic devices – a conviction for a cell phone ticket can lead to heavy fines and a penalty of 5 points, the same as passing a stopped school bus or reckless driving. If you receive a cell phone ticket in New York, please contact us immediately at 212-227-9008 to find out how we can help you.

Bus Drivers Cause Massive Delays with Vision Zero Protest

MTA buses caused massive delays in Upper Manhattan and the Bronx as part of a protest of the Vision Zero law that makes it a crime to kill or seriously injure a pedestrian in a crosswalk. Union officials instructed bus drivers that the best way to comply with the law was to not enter any crosswalks if there were pedestrians present – as a result, traffic came to an almost complete stop between 7am and 9am. A union leader was quoted as saying, ““The point of today’s outreach is to educate and instruct drivers how to operate under the de Blasio administration’s Right of Way. They should not move their buses until the crosswalk is completely free of pedestrians.” Spokespeople for the bus drivers’ union claim that the city, not the bus drivers, create the dangerous situations that pedestrians often find themselves in because of the huge blind spots on city buses and the fact that both drivers making turns and pedestrians crossing the street are given green lights at the same time.

But if the point of the protest was to garner sympathy or support, it likely missed the mark. Many people were angry and upset because of the delays and placed the blame squarely on the bus drivers.

We want to know: do you think the bus drivers are being treated unfairly by Vision Zero laws? Was there a better way for them to get their point across?

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Nearly 4,000 Drivers Banned for Life after DWI Convictions

Since adopting harsher penalties for drunk drivers three years ago, New York State has permanently revoked nearly 4,000 drivers’ licenses for serial offenders. Since late 2012, New York has been suspending licenses of those with 3 DWI convictions over the past 25 years – this led to the suspension of over 7,500 licenses. Drivers with 3 DWI convictions over the past 25 years in addition to other serious violations, such as causing a fatal accident or receiving 20 points on their licenses, may also face a permanent driving ban.

A driver’s license suspension means that the person cannot legally drive during the period of the suspension, while a revocation means that the person’s driving privileges have been cancelled and they will have to reapply for a license at the end of the revocation period.

If you are charged with drunk driving or receive any traffic tickets in New York, please contact us immediately at 212-227-9008 so that we can start working on your case and fight to help you avoid losing your driving privileges.

New York Traffic Lawyer: How Will New Technology Affect the Way We Drive?

While more and more technology comes out that seems to make driving safer, is it possible that it’s actually having the opposite effect? Distracted driving is a very real problem in New York and all over the country: a recent study showed that distracted driving was the cause for 16% of all traffic accidents in the U.S., while another study found that cell phone use was involved in 27% of all traffic accidents. Even though advances in technology may make life easier in some ways, the fact remains that those same advances may distract more and more drivers. Car companies and technology companies are looking for ways to integrate smart phone technology into automobiles to cut down on distracted driving, such as having head-up displays show up on car windshields, but will this just make the problem worse?

Self-Driving Cars
There has been a lot of press regarding self-driving cars, whether it was Delphi’s car which drove cross country from California to New York for the New York International Auto Show, the self-driving semi-trucks that have been driving along Nevada’s interstates, or the small number of self-driving cars that were involved in minor auto accidents (none of which were there fault, by the way). A self-driving car is a dream for many people, especially those who often have to ride the highways for long commutes or find themselves stuck in traffic every day, but it does not mean that these drivers will be able to read a book or use their cell phone while the car is driving its self. A driver has to be behind the wheel of a self-driving car at all times in order to take over in case the auto-driving system fails or the driver sees that they need to take action in order to avoid a collision – in addition, New York is the only state that requires drivers to have at least one hand on the wheel at all times while driving. Distracted driving laws apply to those behind the wheels of self-driving cars: they cannot talk, text, or use their cell phone for anything else other than an emergency while the car is in self-drive mode and they must be aware of their surroundings at all times. While it might be tempting to take a nap in your self-driving car, you’ll more than likely find yourself getting a traffic ticket if you do.

Auto-Braking Systems
Recently, a Youtube video started making the rounds showing a group of people testing out Volvo’s new auto-braking feature; however, the plan did not work out as expected. Instead of stopping in front of the group of people who were gathered around to watch the display, the remote controlled car instead plowed right through them. Volvo released a statement regarding the video, saying that the owner of the car did not purchase the “pedestrian detection functionality” upgrade which is meant for slow moving or stop-and-go traffic. Volvo also stated that the auto-braking system would have been overridden since the car was actively accelerating. Justifications aside, the fact remains that these people trusted this auto technology to do one thing and yet it did another – thankfully, none of the people involved in the incident were badly injured, but that doesn’t mean this will always be the case. Once again, an attentive driver is needed to be aware of their surroundings for just this type of occasion – a distracted driver who relies on auto-brake technology could very well find themselves in a fender bender, or even worse, striking a pedestrian.

Head-Up Displays
One of the newest developments in car tech is the Head-Up Display (HUD). Companies are now making devices that project information from your smart phone, such as calls and notifications, onto the windshield – it looks like a hologram at the end of your car’s hood. Drivers can answer or hang up with a wave of their hand while always keeping their eyes on the road. The rationale behind the HUD is that drivers are going to be on their cell phone no matter what, so the companies devised a way to allow drivers to stay connected with their smart phones while still paying attention while they drive. However, opponents of this technology claim that merely having eyes on the road is not the same as paying attention, and that making multitasking easier for drivers will just lead to more distracted driving accidents. Both sides make a compelling argument, but we will have to wait until the HUD technology becomes widely used and studied before any conclusions can be drawn about its effectiveness.

Wearable Tech
In Quebec, Canada, a driver was given a $120 traffic ticket for using his Apple Watch while driving – the man was using the watch to change the music on his car stereo. Quebec’s cell phone law states that drivers “may not use a hand-held device that include a telephone function” – as such, the driver is fighting the traffic ticket on the grounds that the Apple Watch is not hand-held since he wears it on his wrist. Whether or not he wins his case remains to be seen, but it’s safe to say that a device is not less distracting just because it’s being worn on your wrist instead of held in your hand. We can probably expect the laws to be amended to include wearable tech at some point in the near future, just like it took states some time to pass cell phone laws after cell phones became ubiquitous.

Distracted driving is a target for law enforcement agencies, many of which stage crackdowns during Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April. In New York, a cell phone ticket has 5 points – one of the highest point tickets you can receive in New York. If you get a cell phone ticket, portable electronic ticket, distracted driving ticket, or any other traffic ticket in New York State, please contact us immediately at 212-227-9008 to see how we may help your case.

Study Shows New Yorkers Run Red Lights 10% of the Time

A new study looked at the stop light habits of New York drivers and found a disturbing statistic: on average, 1 out of every 10 New Yorkers runs a red light. In addition, Cab drivers run red lights 15% of the time in New York City, Brooklyn, Bronx, and Queens.

The intersection with the most red light violations was Evergreen Avenue and Gates Avenue in Bushwick. Residents were not surprised by that statistic and called for measures such as red light cameras to be installed in the intersection.

Both men and women run red lights at the same rate, and the study also found that most red light violations occurred on Mondays. A red light ticket carries a fine and a penalty of 3 points on your driver’s license.

If you receive a red light ticket or any other traffic ticket in New York, please contact us immediately at 212-227-9008 to see how we may help you.

*Photo Credit: “Apparently traffic lights like coffee and donuts too!” By: Nicholas Eckhart/Source: Flickr

New Studies Show Statistics of Distracted Driving Accidents

Distracted driving is such an important issue that New York often stages Distracted Driving Awareness campaigns in which they ticket motorists for distracted driving offenses, most notably cell phone and portable electronics violations. The fact that cell phone tickets have 5 points attached to them as well should let drivers know how seriously New York takes distracted driving violations, and recent studies show that New York is right: a study conducted by AT&T found that 61% of people use their phone to text while driving, 33% email driving, and 27% use Facebook while driving. In addition, other studies show that distracted driving and cell phone use are responsible for anywhere from 16% – 27% of all traffic accidents.

Do these statistics surprise you? Is there anything more that New York should do to combat distracted driving?

New York Traffic Ticket Lawyer: What Happens When I Get a Traffic Ticket?

Traffic tickets are an unfortunate reality for New Yorkers. From crackdowns on speeding to heavy fines imposed on cell phone violations, drivers always take the risk of receiving a traffic ticket when they drive in New York. While it might be better to just pay a New York parking ticket and move on, it’s almost never advisable to plead Guilty to moving violations in NYC due to the large fees and penalties that drivers face when convicted of those offenses. Instead of risking losing their driver’s licenses by going it alone, drivers should hire NYC traffic ticket lawyers to see what can be done to help.

NYC Traffic Tickets

There are so many different traffic laws for New Yorkers to know that it’s inevitable for drivers to slip up and receive a traffic ticket. Almost every moving violation in New York carries points, such as Failure to Yield (3 points) and Following Too Closely (4 points). Most NY traffic tickets usually have 2 or 3 points, but there are some offenses that are more heavily penalized due to their severity. Speeding tickets in NY range from 3 to 11 points, depending on how fast the driver was going when observed by the police officer. Cell phone tickets, reckless driving tickets, and passing a stopped school bus tickets each carry 5 points – these are the highest point tickets in New York besides high speeding tickets. If a driver accumulates 11 points on their driver’s license within an 18 month period, their license may be suspended. In addition, 6 points within an 18 month period will bring about extra fees in the form of the New York Driver Responsibility Assessment. The points can also cause insurance premiums to increase, which will cost drivers far more money beyond just the original traffic ticket fine.

Distracted Driving and Cell Phone Tickets

Over the past few years, New York has passed a number of more stringent traffic laws, such as penalizing the use of cell phones and portable electronic devices in an effort to combat distracted driving fatalities. Cell phone tickets initially did not have points attached to them, but that changed in February 2011 when all cell phone tickets also came with 2 points. In June 2013, that penalty was increased to 5 points. This is because cell phone use while driving is a huge contributor to deadly driving accidents. State and local police often stage distracted driving crackdowns multiple times a year in order to curb these dangerous habits and save lives.

Vision Zero

Vision Zero is Mayor de Blasio’s policy to end all pedestrian traffic deaths in New York. Among other measures, Vision Zero included a reduction of the un-posted city speed limit from 30 mph to 25 mph and increased targeting of Failure to Yield to Pedestrian violations. The amount of speeding tickets issued in NY has dramatically increased since the speed limit was lowered, and the amount of Failure to Yield tickets has increased by over 125% from the previous year. In addition, a Failure to Yield to a Pedestrian offense that results in death or serious injury has now become a misdemeanor offense as part of Vision Zero. While reports show that New York City has seen mixed success with Vision Zero, drivers can expect this policy to keep moving forward.

Other Crackdowns

New York law enforcement agencies often stage week-long or month-long crackdowns for different traffic offenses throughout the year. Just recently, state police participated in National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, in which they targeted cell phone users but also gave out a large number of speeding tickets, seat belt tickets, and other moving violation tickets. From May 20th to June 1st, police all over New York will engage in a “Click It or Ticket” campaign – while adult drivers and passengers do not receive points on a ticket for not wearing a seat belt, drivers can get 3 points on their license if any underage passengers are not securely buckled in. At other times in New York City, police target commercial truck drivers whose trucks are over the allowed weight limit. These targeted crackdowns are meant to increase safety awareness and help put a stop to dangerous driving practices, but traffic tickets issued during these periods can always be fought.

How a Traffic Ticket Lawyer Can Help

NYC traffic tickets can be a heavy burden for drivers, whether it’s due to the financial hardships they impose or the possibility of losing driving privileges. New York traffic ticket lawyers can often help clients by using their many years of experience navigating through the traffic court system to gain favorable outcomes. While no particular outcome can ever be guaranteed, drivers can at least be secure in the knowledge that they’re entrusting their driving record to an experienced lawyer who can put forward a valid defense. In addition, traffic ticket attorneys can also save drivers valuable time by making court appearances without having their clients present. For more information on how a New York traffic ticket lawyer can help you, please contact us at 212-227-9008 or email us at michaelblock.law@gmail.com.

Probe Finds Mixed Results for Vision Zero

The New York Daily News recently analyzed traffic data concerning 12 major thoroughfares that are directly impacted by Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero policies and the results were surprising. When comparing September through October of 2014 to the same months in 2012, the report showed that some of the streets that featured hallmarks of Vision Zero – a 25 mph speed limit, increased enforcement of speeding and failure to yield violations, and improved signage – saw a big decrease in the amount of accidents with injuries or fatalities. However, about half of those roads actually saw an increase in the amount of the same kind of accidents. The report states that the number of traffic accidents actually stayed the same from 2012 to 2014, while the number of fatalities decreased by about 4%. As a caveat, the city Transportation Department stated that there was not yet enough data to thoroughly analyze the effectiveness of Vision Zero.

Regardless, drivers can be assured that the NYPD will continue with its increased enforcement of speeding violations and failure to yield violations. The amount of speeding tickets has increased dramatically since Vision Zero was enacted, while failure to yield tickets more than doubled during the same time. If you receive a traffic ticket due to Vision Zero, please contact our office at 212-227-9008 to find out how we can help you.

NYDOHMH Report Shows That Motor Vehicles are a Leading Cause of Death for NYC Children

A new report from the New York Department of Health and Mental Hygiene shows that over 400 NYC children were killed as a result of motor vehicle injuries between 2002 and 2013, a statistic that reinforces the goal of Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero program. In fact, motor vehicles were the leading cause of death for children between the ages of 1 and 12 in NYC. City officials claim that Vision Zero will work to lower the amount of motor vehicle related deaths among children, as well as all pedestrians in NYC, because of the focus on pedestrian safety. That includes strict enforcement of speeding and failure to yield offenses, as well as lowering speed limits and creating more pedestrian-safe crossings.

What are your thoughts on this surprising statistic?