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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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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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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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"Labeling" Pre-Owned Cars

The Federal Trade Commission has lowered its rules on labeling used cars as “certified pre-owned.” Used cars formerly under recall, and without the proper repairs from that recall, can be sold as certified pre-owned. There are a few dealers who have refused to sell any recalled vehicles to their customers. However, some dealers, like Ford, are selling recalled vehicles that have been deemed “certified pre-owned,” but are not advertising them as safe vehicles.

Do you think that this practice of selling certified vehicles is ok? Let us know in the comments below.

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 the Law Office of Michael Block 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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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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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

Governor Cuomo Releases Massive Campaign to Reinforce Move Over Law

Governor Cuomo Releases Massive Campaign to Reinforce Move Over Law

Do you remember Governor Cuomo’s Move Over Law? The Move Over law requires drivers to slow down and move over when approaching any emergency or law enforcement vehicle. The initial law was originally established in 2011 in order to protect emergency service personnel and law enforcement.

This week, Cuomo has launched many public service announcements to try and increase the safety of the law enforcement agents and highway personnel. This is part of NY’s aggressive campaign to keep motorists, pedestrians, emergency responders, and highway personnel all safe while they are on NY roads

Throughout this week, State Troopers and Thruway staff will hand out educational flyers and engage in conversation  about the importance of the Move Over Law at service areas.

Receive a ticket for a moving violation this week? We can help. Call us at 212-227-9008 or email us at michaelblock.law@gmail.com.

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Texting Stops

I drove many miles of beautiful and scenic NY State roads this weekend en route to visit my son at the University of Binghamton. From Long Island to New York City to the Hudson Valley, I shared the beautiful scenery with tens of thousands of other New York drivers. One thing I noticed was a new name for places to stop.
In the past, there were Full Service Stops. These contained Gas, Food and Rest Rooms. These still exist.
There also are Rest Stops. These usually include a rest room, and vending machines. These are now called “Text Stops”.
This is clearly a recognition of the volume of driver’s use of Electronic Devices.It also recognizes the danger involved.A conviction for Texting or Cell Phone use will add five (5) points to your license, plus a fine.
If you receive a ticket for cell phone, Texting or any other Moving Violation, please contact my office at 212-227-9008.
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Driving Stats Post-Halloween

The statistics just came out for all of the tickets troopers gave last Halloween weekend from October 28-November 1. State troopers wrote out 11,497 traffic tickets during Halloween weekend. The most common tickets received by motorists were cellphone, speeding, seat belt, and distracted driving violations. 

On Long Island, troopers issued 823 traffic tickets. In central New York, troopers issued 1,270 traffic tickets. In the lower Hudson Valley, troopers issued 1,270 traffic tickets. Troopers are out there and are cracking down on moving violations.

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

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

New Addition to Vision Zero

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

According to a traffic analysis conducted by New York City, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. the hourly rate if of fatalities and severe injuries to pedestrians rose to 2.44 in Mid December, compared to the average rate of .84 in August. And, a majority of those pedestrian fatalities or severe injuries came from motorists making turns. So, remember to turn more vigilantly.

The DeBlasio administration took it upon themselves to act on this frightening statistic. The Mayor’s office will announce a new $1.5 million dusk and darkness safety campaign geared towards creating more safety during the hours of darkness. The new safety campaign is an addition to the city’s Vision Zero plan for eliminating injuries and fatalities caused by vehicles. This addition to the Vision Zero program will help aid in keeping pedestrians and motorists safe, and alive.

Interestingly, this is the first time that New York City has adjusted its traffic policy based on a seasonal factor.

Received a traffic violation summons after dark? Make an improper turn, used your cellphone, or get caught speeding and receive a ticket? We can help you fight that ticket! Give us a call at 212-227-9008.

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.

Looking for a Career Change? Try the Commercial Automotive Industry

I’ve had the privilege to know and do business with Roman Gold for over 10 years.  He owns a successful CDL Driving school in Brooklyn and Spring Valley, New York. If you or someone you know is interested in a Commercial Driver occupation I strongly recommend going to CDL Auto Club, Inc. Roman and CDL Auto Club, Inc. have been a great resource to my clients over the years , so I asked him to share a little bit about his school, CDL Auto Club, Inc.

New York Traffic Ticket Attorney: Tell us a little bit about CDL Auto Club, Inc.

Roman Gold: At the CDL Auto Club Inc. we offer convenient automotive training to fit your needs. In business since 1991 we have helped thousands of people pass their road test. At the CDL Auto Club Inc. we specialize in driving lessons and refresher courses, commercial driving license (CDL) training, 5 hour pre-licensing classes and own a variety of vehicles to help you pass your road test. When you learn how to drive with us, we will provide the same vehicle you were trained on to take your road test, especially if you on trained on a tractor trailer or a bus.

New York Traffic Ticket Attorney: Why is making a career switch to being a Commercial Vehicle Operator a good idea?

Roman Gold: The commercial driver occupation represents a good employment opportunity. The Job Growth Forecasts indicate that there will be readily available jobs for drivers for the foreseeable future. Entry-level drivers enjoyed starting compensation levels around $35,000 per year. Many transportation companies offer benefits such as insurance, retirement plans, paid vacations and safety bonuses. Drivers that are successful as employees can become owner-operators and own their own businesses, which is how many of today’s large trucking companies began. Everyone has heard of outsourcing, where jobs are shipped overseas. That simply cannot be done with Commercial drivers.

New York Traffic Ticket Attorney: Why should someone who is interested in obtaining their CDL license choose CDL Auto Club, Inc.?

Roman Gold: Delivering your success is the foundation of our service. When selecting a driving school, you need to have confidence that your instructor is always doing what’s right for you…and not what may be convenient for them. All of our instructors work for the CDL Auto Club Inc. No services are outsourced. Your success is important to us. Most of our business comes from referrals from existing students. In a matter of weeks, you can be trained and placed in a new career as a professional Commercial Vehicle Operator, placing you on the fastest road to success in the new economy.

New York Traffic Ticket Attorney: Does CDL Auto Club, Inc. offer any other services?

Roman Gold: We also offer 6 hour defensive driving courses for anyone who would like to reduce up to four (4) active points on their driver’s license. This course can be useful in removing points received within the last 18 months.

New York Traffic Ticket Attorney: That would be very helpful for my clients who have received summonses that carried points.

New York Traffic Ticket Attorney: Where can interested students take classes and how can they get in contact with you?

Roman Gold: There are two locations to choose from 2749 Stillwell Avenue 2nd Floor Brooklyn, NY 11224, or 16 N Main St, Spring Valley, NY 10977.  Please visit http://www.driverseducationbrooklyn.com/ for more information or call 718-266- 2555 with any questions.

 

 

 

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

NY Traffic Ticket Lawyer: Crackdown on Drunk Driving Starts Today

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — State troopers and law enforcement across the state will be taking part in this year’s national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, which begins Friday and runs through New Year’s Day.

Motorists will notice more patrols along highways and sobriety checkpoints during the campaign, state police said. Those are paid for by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee.

Troopers will be using marked and unmarked vehicles to curb distracted driving, seat belt violations and people violating the Move Over Law.

“Traffic safety will be a top priority this holiday season,” New York State Police Superintendent Joseph A. D’Amico said. “If you’re celebrating, please do so responsibly. Don’t drink and drive, and if you are drinking, designate a sober driver or plan ahead for a ride home.”

Last year troopers issued more than 49,000 tickets during the crackdown. That included 17,000 tickets for speeding, 1,700 for distracted driving and about 700 for Move Over Law violations.

State police said more than 700 people were arrested for DWI and 13 people were killed in car accidents.

The state police offered the following advice to motorists during the holidays:

–Plan a safe way home before the celebrating begins
–Before drinking, designate a sober driver
–If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation
–Use your community’s sober ride program
–If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact police
–If you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements

Article Originally Featured on Syracuse.com

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Me dieron un ticket por usar el celular. ¿Qué hago?

Si usted usa su celular para mandar un texto, buscar direcciones, o hablar, le pueden dar una multa.  La ley  § 1225-d dice que si el teléfono esta en las manos del chofer, y el chofer está usando el celular, puede ser multado.  Aquí están los pasos que debe tomar para pelear el ticket y evadir los puntos en su licencia.

  • Recaude la Evidencia

Muchas veces es difícil comprobar que usted no estaba usando el celular.  El chofer puede pedir datos detallados de su compañía de teléfono para comprobar que no estaba usando el celular al momento que el policía le dio la multa.

  • Puntos en Su Licencia

El ticket de usar el celular en Nueva York tiene 5 puntos.  Puntos adicionales en su licencia alzan el precio de su seguro y lo ponen a riesgo de suspensión.  Es importante recordar que si usted recibe 11 puntos en un periodo de 6 meses, le van a suspender la licencia.

  • El Costo

La multa por usar el celular cuesta entre $50 y $400 dependiendo de la gravedad de la ofensa o la frecuencia de la ofensa—-  Además de la multa y puntos en su licencia, el costo de su seguro también puede aumentar.

  • ¡Cuidado con los Policías!

Puede que usted sienta la necesidad de hablar con el policía sobre su multa pero le recomendamos que no hable.   Sea respetuoso y obedezca las instrucciones del oficial.  Los policías toman nota sobre las conversaciones que tienen con choferes y pueden usar lo que usted dice en contra de usted cuando pelea la violación en la corte.

  • Estamos aquí para ayudarle

Si usted recibe un ticket por usar el celular o cualquier otra violación de transito llámenos al (212) 227-9008 o contáctenos por email a michaelblock.law@gmail.com para más información.

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

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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: 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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New York Traffic Ticket Lawyer: Police Stop Google Self Driving Car

New York Traffic Ticket Attorney: No ticket, no driver. 

How autonomous can self-driving cars be?

Police in the Northern California city of Mountain View saw something unusual on the road Thursday: A car was moving too slowly, causing a traffic backlog.

So they pulled over the vehicle and peered inside.

It was a self-driving car.

Google’s autonomous vehicle project, which has logged 1.2 million miles, was nearly handed its first traffic ticket Thursday when police officers stopped one of the cars because it was going 24 miles per hour in a 35 mile-per-hour zone.

“The officer stopped the car and made contact with the operators to learn more about how the car was choosing speeds along certain roadways and to educate the operators about impeding traffic,” a police statement said.

Under the California Vehicle Code, the cars are permitted to operate on streets that have limit of 35 miles per hour or slower, police said.

So no ticket was issued. The car technically had no driver, but there are usually two operators in the Google cars capable of taking over if needed, and that was the case this time, the police official in charge of the traffic team, Sergeant Saul Jaeger, said in a telephone interview.

The Google vehicle was allowed to go on its way, with the understanding that if the operators noticed that traffic was stacking up, they needed to pull over and let it flow by, just as if someone had engine trouble and was inching down the road.

“Just like anybody,” Jaeger said.

Google’s autonomous test cars are programmed to follow the letter of the law. But as The New York Times reported in September, researchers in the fledgling field of autonomous vehicles say that one of the biggest challenges facing automated cars is blending them into a world in which human drivers don’t behave by the book. Since 2009, Google cars have been in 16 crashes, mostly fender-benders, and in every single case, the company says, a human was at fault.

Google, responding to Thursday’s episode, said its vehicles had never been issued a ticket. “We’ve capped the speed of our prototype vehicles at 25 miles per hour for safety reasons. We want them to feel friendly and approachable, rather than zooming scarily through neighborhood streets. Like this officer, people sometimes flag us down when they want to know more about our project.”

Zandr Milewski photographed the car that was stopped in Mountain View, which happens to be the home of the headquarters of Google’s parent, Alphabet, from a nearby office building, The San Jose Mercury News reported. He was working on a project in a conference room when a colleague told him what was happening outside.

“We all immediately dropped what we were doing to go look,” Milewski told The Mercury News. “It’s not something you see every day.”

Article Originally Posted on The New York Times

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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.

Taxi Driver Charged with Failure to Yield after Deadly Accident with Pedestrian

UPPER WEST SIDE –How long a cab driver was driving before an accident that killed an elderly pedestrian in Manhattan early Sunday is one of the key questions investigators are trying to answer, but now the TLC says the 73-year-old driver was not behind the wheel for 12 consecutive hours.

Luisa Rosario, 88, was hit and killed in the Manhattan Valley section, one of 108 pedestrians killed in New York City this year and the 12th since Halloween. But while driver Salifu Abubakar began his shift almost 16 hours before the accident, the TLC says he did not break any rules.

The review of Abubakar’s trip tracker records confirms that he did not drive more than 12 hours, taking at least two breaks. Officials say he logged in at 9 a.m., working five hours until 2 p.m., when he took a one-hour break. He logged in again at 3 p.m., and the meter was then active for just over 2.5 hours until logged off at 5:40 p.m.

He then took another break for just over an hour, logging in again at 7 p.m. At the time of the crash, approximately 12:40 a.m., the driver had worked for approximately 5.5 consecutive hours.

The TLC does have a rule on the books prohibiting taxi drivers from driving for more than 12 consecutive hours, but enforcement isn’t straightforward, as the above analysis illustrates. Drivers take breaks throughout their shift to attend to personal needs, and these breaks re-start the clock. Even in those instances where a meter is seen to have been logged-in in excess of 12 hours, it is often a demonstrable oversight on the driver’s part.

Many taxi drivers lease by the shift, meaning they only have the taxi available to them for a maximum of 12 hours. The TLC recently promulgated rules that facilitate fleet garages structuring shorter, more flexible shifts, similar to the flexible shifting that some drivers see as preferable in the for-hire vehicle industry.

For the above reasons, going all the way back to 1990 when the rule was instituted, no violations have been issued.

The cab driver’s son told Eyewitness News that his father is a hard-working man who is sorry for what happened.

Abubkar remained at the scene and was charged with failure to yield. He was issued a desk appearance ticket and will appear in court December 16.

Rosario was crossing the intersection at 109th Street and Columbus Avenue around 12:30 Sunday morning when she was struck by the cab, which was making a right turn. Police say she was in the crosswalk at the time.

Abubkar has been a driver for more than 26 years. His license to drive a cab was immediately suspended after the crash.

Article Originally Featured on ABC7 NY

*Photo Credit: Taxi Driver by Jim Pennucci/Source: Flickr

Cellphone Ticket found Not Guilty in Manhattan

A 5 point Cellphone Ticket (Operating Motor Vehicle While Operating a Mobile Phone) was found Not Guilty in Manhattan South Court

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

6 Point Speeding Ticket in Chesterfield in Essex County Reduced by Half

Another happy client had a 6 Point Speeding Ticket in Chesterfield Town Court, New York reduced to 3 points.

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 90 MPH in a 65 MPH speed zone (that’s 25 MPH over the legal limit).

Traffic Ticket Violations Points

Driving 1-10 MPH over the speed limit 3 points
Driving 11-20 MPH over the speed limit 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.

6 Point Speeding Ticket in Suffolk County Reduced to 2 Points

Another happy client had a 6 Point Speeding Ticket in Suffolk 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 84 MPH in a 55 MPH speed zone (that’s 29 MPH over the legal limit).  Our client was ticketed while going Northbound on Route 111 in the town of Brookhaven.

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.

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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.

Police Crack Down on Calling, Texting While Driving

Police Crack Down on Calling and Texting While Driving

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

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

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

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

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

Article Originally Featured on Patch.

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

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

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

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

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

 Traffic Ticket Violations Points

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

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

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

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

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

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Headphone Tickets in New York

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

6 Point Speeding Ticket in Southampton Town Court

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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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New York Lawyer: Traffic Ticket After a Car Accident

Traffic Ticket Issued After a Car Accident

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

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

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

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

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

Why is Uber so Successful?

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

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

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

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

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New York City Lawyer: Disobeying a Traffic Control Device

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

What is it?

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

What should I do?

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

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

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

NYC Red Light Traffic Ticket

NYC Red Light Traffic Ticket

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Taxicab and Limousine Drivers—How many points do I have on my license?

TLC—Taxi Limousine and Commission drivers often face stricter traffic laws and heavier fines than most drivers.  Summonses may contain points or fines which could lead to the suspension and revocation of your TLC hack driver’s license.  As a taxi or limousine driver, you must exercise caution and can be held accountable for:

  • Refusing service to a passenger (on the basis of sex, age, gender, and/or ability).
  • Allowing any other driver to use your license
  • Using a portable or electronic device while operating your vehicle (this includes Bluetooth, cellphone, GPS, tablet and more)
  • Adjusting your meter or vehicle lights
  • Overcharging a passenger
  • Soliciting Passengers
  • Speeding
  • Traffic tickets and TLC tickets
  • Summons from TLC
  • Passenger complaints
  • Insurance Issues
  • DUI and DWI violations

6 or more DMV points in a 15-month time period can lead to a 1 month suspension of TLC driving privileges.  10 or more DMV points in an 18-month time period can lead to a 1 year revocation of your TLC driving privileges. To avoid accruing points, it’s important to exercise caution and seek the representation of an experienced attorney who may be able to fight these penalty points.

If you have any summons, speeding tickets, cellphone tickets, or any other traffic tickets, call (212) 227-9008 or email MichaelBlock.Law@gmail.com to learn more about how we can defend you.

*Photo Credit: “NYC TAXI” By Ian Muttoo

How to Reduce Points on Your License

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

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

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

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

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

  1. I take the safe driver class every 18 months to help lower my auto insurance bills. Everyone should be taking these classes.

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Traffic Ticket Lawyer NYC: Young Driver – Distracted Driving Survey

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

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

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

Survey Answers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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NYC Traffic Ticket Lawyer: Commercial Trucking Violations

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

Common Commercial Trucking Violations

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

Off Truck Routes

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

Overloaded Axles

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

Medical Certificate

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

Roadside Inspection

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

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

My Drivers License Got Suspended-Now What?

A driver’s license suspension is a serious problem for New York drivers. It often comes as a result of having too many points on your driver’s license, excessive speeding or drunk driving offenses, or simply due to failure to pay traffic tickets. But what are the details behind driver’s license suspensions, and what can drivers do if their license is suspended?

 

Points and Penalties

New York State often suspends driver’s licenses if a driver accumulates 11 points on their driver’s license within an 18 month period. In addition, if a driver receives 3 speeding tickets within an 18 month period, their license will be revoked for 6 months. Driver’s licenses are almost always suspended (and sometimes even revoked) in the case of DWI and DUI convictions. A New York traffic ticket lawyer can help you avoid driver’s license suspension by fighting your traffic tickets – by simply pleading guilty and paying a fine, you may be setting yourself up for a driver’s license suspension somewhere down the road.

 

Non-payment of Traffic Tickets

Failure to answer a traffic ticket (enter a not guilty plea) or, if convicted of a traffic violation, failure to pay the fine to the DMV, can result in a suspended license. This is why it is important to never ignore traffic tickets in New York. You cannot drive until the suspension has been lifted, and this will end up costing you more time and money in the long run. The best course of action is to answer the ticket, and if found guilty, pay the appropriate fines in the allotted time frame.

 

Aggravated Unlicensed Operation and Driving While Suspended

Aggravated Unlicensed Operation (AUO) and Driving While Suspended are misdemeanor crimes in New York. AUO and Driving While Suspended occur when a driver’s license has been suspended, yet the person continues to drive a vehicle. Conviction of either crime carries the possibility of jail time, though this is highly unlikely, especially for first time offenders with clean records. Instead, drivers convicted of Aggravated Unlicensed Operation or Driving While Suspended are usually subject to hefty fines and court surcharges. A New York traffic ticket attorney can assist drivers facing AUO charges or Driving While Suspended charges by helping to clear up any unresolved issues that may have led to the suspension, as well as assist in the defense of the Aggravated Unlicensed Operation violation.

 

How to Terminate a Driver’s License Suspension

A driver’s license termination depends on a few matters. Some suspensions, such as suspensions for DWI convictions, are for a set period of time, and the suspension cannot be terminated until that period has passed. Others, like suspensions for unpaid traffic tickets, are indefinite. This means that the suspension cannot be terminated until certain criteria are met, in this case the payment of the fines and the suspension termination fee. However, any driver trying to terminate a driver’s license suspension must pay a termination fee to the DMV in order to have their driving privileges restored.

 

If your driver’s license is in danger of being suspended, has already been suspended, or if you have been charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation, please contact us immediately at 212-227-9008 to see how we may assist you in having your driving privileges restored.

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Lawyer Sues Tech Companies over Distracted Driving

Stephen L. Joseph, a lawyer from Los Angeles who achieved positive results stemming from lawsuits against the food industry over trans-fats has now targeted the tech industry. The reason for the lawsuit? He believes companies such as Apple, Samsung, Microsoft, and Google produce devices that encourage drivers to focus on everything but the road while they’re driving. The lawsuit claims that these tech companies have a moral responsibility to help stop the problem of distracted driving. While Apple made no formal comment on the lawsuit, it did point out that drivers have the ability to turn off their phones and devices or engage settings that can limit the distractions – basically saying that it is the driver’s responsibility to limit distractions before they start driving.

The legal grounds for the lawsuit rest in “public nuisance” laws, which typically refer to community disruption, though law suits filed under the public nuisance law have been used to address public health issues. Experts expect the lawsuit to be throw out due to the fact that most public nuisance lawsuits have failed in court. This is true, but Mr. Joseph has filed other lawsuits that were ultimately thrown out – the trans-fat lawsuit and a lawsuit against the city of Los Angeles regarding graffiti – that still generated a lot of publicity and led to the changing of practices in those areas.

Do you think tech companies have a responsibility when it comes to distracted driving? Or is it up to the driver to make their own decisions?

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

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

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

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

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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LIRR Train Hits Car on Tracks

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

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

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

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

Drowsiness and Congestion

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

Cell Phones

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

Road Rage and Arguments

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

Other Distractions

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

On a side note

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

List of the Most Ticketed Cars in the United States

A new list was published that shows which cars get the most traffic tickets in the United States. While driving one of these cars does not mean you will automatically get a traffic ticket, the data shows that drivers of these cars are more likely to get tickets, especially speeding tickets, than others. The list is as follows:

20. Toyota Prius C
19. Infiniti QX56/QX80
18. Saturn Aura
17. Mitsubishi 3000 GT
16. Mini Cooper S Countryman
15. Pontiac G8
14. Scion xA
13. Suzuki Reno.
12. Volkswagen GTI
11. Hyundai Veloster
10. Mazda 2
9. Toyota FJ Cruiser
8. Scion tC
7. Mercury Topaz
6. Volkswagen Rabbit
5. Subaru Tribeca
4. Toyota Supra
3. Scion FR-S
2. Pontiac GTO
1. Subaru WRX

There are some surprises on the list, like the Volkswagen Rabbit, the Mercury Topaz, and the Saturn Aura – especially considering none of these cars have been made in the United States for the past several years. Others, like the WRX and Toyota Supra, shouldn’t come as a surprise.

If you receive a speeding ticket or any other traffic ticket in New York, please call us immediately at 212-227-9008 to find out how we can help you.

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

Suffolk County Traffic Court Sued for Unconstitutionally Jailing Motorists

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

Driver Receives Traffic Ticket for Using Apple Watch

A driver in Quebec was pulled over for police for using his Apple Watch and was given a $120 traffic ticket. The driver was using his Apple Watch to change the music in his car when police noticed him and decided to pull him over. Quebec’s law concerning cell phones and portable electronics is similar to New York’s law, stating “no person may, while driving a road vehicle, use a hand-held device that includes a telephone function.” But is the Apple Watch a handheld device since it is worn on the wrist? The outcome of this case can set a precedent, and drivers in New York should be aware of what happens.

In addition to heavy fees, a New York cell phone ticket will put 5 points on your driver’s license. But should wearable tech carry the same kind of penalties? Or is it just as distracting as a handheld cell phone?

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.

Long Island “Click It or Ticket” Starts this Week

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

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

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

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Self-Driving Cars Involved in 4 Traffic Accidents – Kind Of

Since September, 4 out of California’s 50 self-driving cars have been involved in traffic accidents – however, two of the accidents occurred while the person behind the wheel was driving. All of the accidents were minor and occurred at speeds of less than 10 miles per hour. Accidents involving self-driving cars are required by law to be reported to the California DMV, which could not release details about the accidents, such as who was at fault, due to confidentiality issues. However, sources within Google and Delphi, the companies rolling out this new technology, reported that the self-driving cars were not at fault in any of the accidents. Delphi went a step further and described the accident involving their car, stating that the self-driving car was stopped while waiting to make a left hand turn when it was broadsided by another vehicle. Once again though, this car was not in self-driving mode.

Safety statistics involving self-driving cars are extremely important as they can make or break public and political perceptions of the technology. As such, all incidents involving self-driving cars are heavily scrutinized, as evidenced by this report: it’s stated numerous times that 4 self-driving vehicles were involved in traffic accidents, even though 2 of them were being driven by regular people – in essence, those 2 were traffic accidents just like any other.

Are these traffic accidents a sign of things to come with self-driving cars? And who should get a traffic ticket if / when it’s determined that a self-driving car was at fault in an accident?

LIRR Train Involved in Rush Hour Accident

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

New York City Traffic Lawyer: Don’t Text and Drive!

New York City has seen a big increase in the amount of traffic tickets issued to drivers who talk or text while operating a vehicle. As part of Distracted Driving Awareness Month, New York State police conducted distracted driving crackdowns that targeted drivers using their cell phones, but the overall trend has seen more tickets issued for cell phone use. In fact, cell phone tickets made up almost 25% of all traffic tickets written in Manhattan in the first 3 months of 2015. This is a gigantic number, and drivers should be aware of the actions that can cause them to end up with a hefty fine and 5 points on their driver’s license.

When Drivers Use Cell Phones

State Farm recently conducted a survey on the cell phone habits of drivers. More than half of the drivers surveyed said they used their cell phones while stopped at a red light, while 30% of drivers said they used their cell phone while driving on an open highway. Many drivers stated that they do not use their cell phones if they are driving in inclement weather, through school or work zones, in heavy traffic, or if it is dark out.

What Drivers Do on Cell Phones

Surprisingly (or maybe not, actually), most drivers do not use their cell phones to actually talk to other people. Instead, most drivers text, email, surf the web, or check social media sites on their phones while driving. This is a very disturbing statistic, because these actions are possibly more distracting than talking on the phone. Studies have shown that when a person looks at their phone to read a text message, their eyes are off the road for an average of 5 seconds. In that time they can travel 50 yards, or half the length of a football field. That leaves an awful lot of time for the car ahead to slam on the brakes – something a driver looking at a text on their cell phone would never notice. The more ways smart phone technology advances, the more ways there are for drivers to become distracted.

Not Just Automobiles

There has recently been a push in the City Council to make cell phone use while riding a bicycle illegal. In fact, Park Slope leads the city in the amount of cell phone tickets issued to bike riders. However, New York’s cell phone law explicitly bans cell phone use while operating a motor vehicle, which clearly excludes bicycles. The issue though is that cell phones are a distraction to both drivers and bike riders, since bicyclists can pose danger to pedestrians and themselves if they ride while distracted. Proponents of a cell phone ban for bike riders say such a law would be in line with Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero program, and could cost bicyclists who break the law fines ranging from $50 to $200.

Fines and Penalties

New York has strict laws regarding cell phone use while operating an automobile. Fines and surcharges for cell phone tickets range from $138 to $288 for the first offense, while subsequent offenses within 18 months of the first range from $138 to $538. More importantly, cell phone tickets carry a penalty of 5 points on your driver’s license. In fact, if you receive a cell phone ticket in conjunction with any other moving violation, you can expect to pay the New York Driver Responsibility Assessment, which is given to drivers with more than 6 points on their license, in addition to fines and increased insurance premiums.

If you receive a traffic ticket for using a cell phone while operating an automobile, or if you receive traffic tickets for any other violations, please be sure to contact us at 212-227-9008 to see how we may help you.

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School Bus has Close Call with MTA Train, Driver Ticketed

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

Please remember these rules when approaching railroad grade crossings:

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

(Credit: dmv.ny.gov)

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

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

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

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

Supreme Court Rules that Police Officers Can’t Extend Traffic Stops

The Supreme Court ruled this week that officers who extend traffic stops in order to wait for drug sniffing dogs are in violation of the Fourth Amendment. The ruling stems from a case where an officer pulled over a motorist for driving erratically, questioned the driver and the passenger, and then issued a written warning. The police officer then had his drug sniffing dog search around the vehicle, at which point it found methamphetamine. Justice Ruth Bader-Ginsburg wrote in the majority that by conducting the search after the driver was issued the written warning, which was determined to be the conclusion of the routine traffic stop, the police officer violated the Fourth Amendment’s protection from unreasonable search and seizures.

This ruling may now have an effect on how police officers conduct traffic stops, such as when the stop is legally concluded. The amount of time needed to conduct a traffic stop may also become a concern.

What are your thoughts on this ruling? Is conducting a search after a traffic ticket or warning is issued truly a violation of the Fourth Amendment?

Suffolk County Village Gets License Plate Reader

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

New York Police Crackdown on Drivers Who Illegally Pass School Buses

New York police officers will participate in Operation Safe Stop Day today, a statewide effort to crackdown on drivers who pass school buses illegally. Police officers will ride on school buses and in marked and unmarked patrol units on bus routes that are found to have to a high number of illegal passing complaints. Drivers who pass school buses illegally face 5 points on their license and fines of anywhere from $250 – $400. Remember, you must always stop for a bus that is flashing its red lights, even if it is on the other side of a divided or multi-lane highway. If you receive a traffic ticket for illegally passing a school bus or for any other reason, please contact us at 212-227-9008 or michaelblock.law@gmail.com.

Suffolk Town Considers Booting Ticket Scofflaws

Drivers in one Suffolk town with unpaid fines, three or more summonses, or warrants may soon find their vehicles booted. Amityville trustees have scheduled a hearing for April 27th to decide on a new law that would allow boots to be put on the vehicles of these ticket scofflaws in an attempt to bring in revenue from over 4,000 outstanding tickets. This follows attempts by Lynbrook police to collect unpaid fines by threatening to suspend licenses, even if these fines are from 20 years ago. In addition to paying the original fines, drivers will also have to pay an extra $250 to have the boot removed from their vehicle. While a boot on the car is an inconvenience for Suffolk drivers, a larger issue is the fact that unpaid traffic tickets can lead to a cycle of debt, as detailed in this New York Times article. Unpaid traffic tickets can lead to heavy fines, lost jobs, and as documented in the article, the possibility of jail time for “chronic offenders.” If you have received any traffic tickets in Suffolk, please contact us at 212-227-9008 so we may help you avoid these consequences.

Brooklyn Traffic Ticket Lawyer: Consequences of Reckless Driving

A reckless driving ticket is one of the most damaging tickets you can receive in Brooklyn. 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.

Penalties
A reckless driving ticket in Brooklyn carries a penalty of 5 points, which is one of the highest point tickets in New York. But many people also do not realize that a reckless driving charge in Brooklyn 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.

The penalties for reckless driving in Brooklyn are $100 to $300 for the first offense, and while not likely, jail time is also a remote possibility. A Brooklyn traffic ticket lawyer will be able to advise you on the best course of action concerning your reckless driving ticket. The attorney may also be able to save you points in this charge.

Financial Impact
A reckless driving charge in Brooklyn can also have a severe 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 the 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 over the years just to be able to keep driving. A Brooklyn traffic lawyer may be able to help you save your hard earned money instead of handing it over to your insurance company.

By working with a Brooklyn traffic ticket lawyer, you may be able to avoid the consequences of a reckless driving ticket and keep your driving and criminal record clean. In addition, a Brooklyn traffic lawyer can also usually appear in court without you to defend 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 to see how we can help you.

NYC Cell Phone Tickets Skyrocket since Last Year

The number of NYC cell phone tickets handed out since last year increased by 50% due to police officers becoming much more attuned to the habits of cell phone using drivers. Almost 50,000 tickets have been issued since 2014, while over 75,000 cell phone tickets were written elsewhere in New York State, a 35% increase from 2013 numbers. A source in the NYPD says that cops are feeling increased pressure from the state government to write more cell phone tickets, and that the increase has less to do with more people using their cell phones than before and more with police officers having a better idea of what to look for when enforcing cell phone laws. Many police departments enact week long crackdowns, such as the one state police are running right now in conjunction with Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Drivers who are convicted of violating New York’s cell phone laws can face a fine of $450 and 5 points on their driver’s license, while provisional and permit drivers risk having their driving privileges suspended. If you receive an NYC cell phone ticket or any other traffic ticket, please contact us at 212-227-9008.

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New York State Police Cracking Down on Texting While Driving

Governor Cuomo announced that state troopers will be heavily targeting motorists who use their cell phones while driving on New York State roads from Friday, April 10 through Wednesday, April 15. The push coincides with National Distracted Driving Awareness Month and is similar to a crackdown that occurred last year which resulted in 550 cell phone tickets being written in a short period of time. It has been reported that 3,100 people died in 2013 due to accidents involving distracted driving, which includes behaviors such as talking and texting, playing with the radio or iPod, and applying makeup or fixing hair. That is a scary statistic, and makes one wonder if crackdowns like this should occur every month to lower the number of lives lost due to these tragic accidents. Remember, a New York cell phone ticket carries 5 points, the same amount as reckless driving. If you receive a cell phone ticket in New York, or any other traffic ticket, please contact our office at 212-227-9008.
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New York Traffic Lawyer: AAA Report on Teen Driving

Automobile accidents are the leading cause of teen deaths in the United States. This is a very disturbing fact for everyone, including parents and teens. In order to get a better idea of how teen drivers become involved in car accidents, the University of Iowa examined video data from 1,691 teen driver crashes between 2007 and 2013. AAA reported the findings and found out what types of behaviors contributed to the crashes:
Speeding and driving too fast for road conditions made up for an overwhelming 79% of single-vehicle crashes, while failure top yield and following too closely made up for 43% of angle crashes and 36% of rear-end crashes, respectively.

Distracted driving accounted for 58% of all crashes, including:
• 44% of loss-of-control crashes
• 89% of road-departure crashes
• 76% of rear-end crashes
• 51% of angle crashes

Some of the activities that led to these distracted driving crashes were:
• Interacting with one or more passengers (15%)
• Cell phone use [talking, texting, or other] (12%)
• Looking at something in the vehicle (10%)
• Looking at something outside the vehicle (9%)
• Singing / dancing along to music (8%)
• Personal grooming (6%)
• Reaching for an object (6%)

Teen drivers were most frequently distracted by talking or interacting with passengers and using their cell phones.
• Passengers were present in 36% of all crashes
• Fewer than 5% of those passengers were parents or adults, while 84% were other teenagers
• 27% of these passengers were not wearing seat belts at the time of the accident.

Cell phone use (talking, texting, or other) was visible in 8% of all crashes and appeared likely in an additional 4% of crashes. Cell phone use was most prevalent in road-departure crashes (21% visible, 13% likely) and rear-end crashes (10% visible, 8% likely).

Cell phone use varied significantly by crash type:
• Visible in 21% of road-departure crashes, not visible but likely in additional 13%
• Visible in 10% of rear-end crashes, not visible but likely in additional 8%

Miscellaneous Facts

Most single-vehicle loss-of-control crashes involved bad weather and surface conditions.

Teen drivers spent an average of 4.1 seconds looking at their cell phones in the last 6 seconds before a crash and often showed no reaction at all before rear-end crashes occurred, meaning that they had no idea what was happening on the road in front of them.

Teen drivers were found to make decisions errors such as speeding, running stop signs, and failing to yield in 66% of their car accidents.

What can parents do to make their children better drivers?

While this research focused on teens aged 16-19, parents should know that their children up to age 26 are at still at risk of being involved in an automobile accident because of the types of behaviors listed above. There are New York laws in place that prohibit cell phone usage and limit the amount of underage passengers teen drivers can have in their cars, and parents need to make sure that their children understand the consequences of violating those laws. Junior driving licenses can be suspended or revoked for up to 60 days if teens violate New York Graduated Driver’s License rules, while violating the New York cell phone laws can lead to a suspension or revocation of 120 days for the first offense and 6 months for the second offense.

In addition, teens need to know that simple things like singing and dancing in the car or looking at something outside of the car can be almost as bad as talking on the cell phone. One disturbing fact found in this report is that over a quarter of all passengers involved in these accidents were not wearing seat belts. Seat belts have been proven numerous times to save lives – statistics show that wearing a seat belt decreases the chances of serious injury or death by 45% and decreases the chances of minor injuries by 50%. Make sure your teens know the risks involved with these behaviors and that driving is a privilege – a privilege that can be taken away by the NY DMV.

For more information regarding this teen driver study, please visit: https://www.aaafoundation.org/using-naturalistic-data-assess-teen-driver-crashes
Attorney Michael Block has more than 25 years experience fighting traffic tickets and achieving positive outcomes for his clients. When you receive a New York traffic ticket, please contact our office at 212-227-9008 for a free consultation.

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Nassau Town to Equip Police with Body Cameras

The Nassau County acting district attorney and the Freeport Police Department announced that all officers will soon be equipped with body cameras, while all marked cars and some unmarked cars will be equipped with dash mounted cameras. This means that nearly all traffic stops in Freeport will now be recorded. The announcement came just days before the shooting of an unarmed man in South Carolina which was captured on camera by a civilian. What do you think of this idea? Should all other Nassau and Suffolk towns follow suit? Or is there a reason police should not be recorded during traffic stops?

Long Island Potholes Causing Trouble for Drivers

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

Long Island Sees an Increase in Rail Crossing Tickets

Police are issuing six times as many tickets at Long Island railroad grade crossings than they have in the past in response to recent accidents involving trains and motor vehicles. These traffic tickets are for offenses such as stopping on the tracks, driving distracted at grade crossings, and going around gates. From January 1 to March 22, police issued 249 railroad crossing traffic tickets, as compared to just 41 tickets in the same period last year. One of the major issues that police have seen is when drivers attempt to cross the tracks before there is room on the other side, as was the case in the February crash in Valhalla which killed 6 people. Members of the New York State Legislature and the Railway Administration are working to educate drivers about the dangers of grade crossings, of which there are approximately 800 between Long Island Railroad, Metro-North, and NJ Transit. According to Sarah Feinberg, the Railway Administration’s acting administrator, 94% of all grade crossing accidents are due to driver error. Feinberg added that “If you’re ticketed for trying to beat a train, you’re much less likely to ever try that again.” If you received a traffic ticket in Long Island for railroad crossing violations or any other traffic violations, please contact our office at 212-227-9008.

Two Drunk Drivers Charged After Long Island Traffic Accident

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

Westchester County Traffic Ticket Attorney: What is the Driver Responsibility Assessment?

In addition to heavy fines, surcharges, and increased insurance premiums, drivers who are convicted of moving violations in Westchester County may also have to pay extra fees as part of the New York Driver Responsibility Assessment. If the following offenses were committed after November 18, 2004, drivers may find themselves paying extra fees as part of the NY Driver Responsibility Assessment:

• Convicted of a DUI/DWI involving an automobile, boat, or snowmobile in New York State
Refusing to submit to a chemical test for blood alcohol level
Receiving 6 points on your driver’s license within 18 months for traffic offenses in New York State, Ontario, or Quebec.

Westchester County drivers are notified of the Driver Responsibility Assessment once points have been added to the driving record, which is after they are convicted of traffic violations. You should contact a Westchester County traffic ticket attorney to help you as soon as you receive a traffic ticket so you can find out your options.

Monetary Penalty
The assessment for receiving 6 points on your license within 18 months is $100 a year for 3 years, meaning a total of $300. Westchester County drivers that receive any additional points on their license are also subject to a $25 fee per additional points per year, meaning a total of $75 per additional point in the three year period. The penalty for a drug or alcohol related offense, $250 a year or $750 over the course of 3 years, is much more than the point assessment.

Paying the New York Driver Responsibility Assessment
The NY Driver Responsibility Assessment can be paid online, by mail, or at a local DMV. Some Westchester County drivers think that if they complete point reduction classes, they will not have to pay the penalty, or they won’t have to pay as much, but this is wrong. Even if a driver successfully completes a point reduction class, they must still pay the assessment fee in full. If a driver fails to pay the assessment, their license can be suspended by the DMV.

A Westchester County traffic lawyer can help drivers who are facing the New York Driver Responsibility Assessment. By fighting the traffic ticket in court before a conviction is handed down, a traffic ticket attorney might be able to help you avoid the assessment altogether. In addition, a traffic attorney can almost always represent you without your appearance in court, which can save you valuable time. If you have questions on how the NY Driver Responsibility Assessment affects you and your ability to drive here in Westchester, feel free to contact our office at (212) 227-9008 for assistance.

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

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

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

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

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

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

New York City Traffic Lawyer: Basics of Speeding Tickets

The enforcement of speeding ticket violations is an important part of New York City traffic laws, and a conviction can have a drastic impact on your finances. Representation by a New York City traffic attorney can help prevent negative financial and driving record consequences.

Fines
Speeding ticket fines range from $150 to almost $1,300, depending on the severity and circumstances of the violation. Additionally, the court adds on surcharges to the fine, often in amounts over $80 and adds an additional assessment for convictions of 6 or more points. A New York City traffic court lawyer can be crucial in guiding you through the New York City traffic court process, and may be able to assist you so that you are not handing over your hard earned money to the government.

Points and Driver’s License Suspension
Speeding tickets can range from 3 to 11 points on your driver’s license, which, just like speeding ticket fines, depend on the circumstances of the violation. New York State often suspends driver’s licenses at 11 points – in addition, if you are convicted of three speeding violations within 18 months in New York State, your license will be revoked for at least 6 months. This revocation can have an extremely negative impact on your life, especially when it comes to finances. If having a valid driver’s license is necessary for your line of work, having your license suspended for 6 months can cause you to lose your job, and if that is your sole source of income, it will increase the hardships you may face. Additionally, after all convictions, you may face an increase in New York City insurance premiums.

Insurance Rates
If you plead guilty to the violation, points added to your driver’s license will almost always increase your insurance rates. This will have consequences for you: not only will you have to pay the fine (and surcharge) for the speeding ticket, but your premiums will go up and may cost you thousands of extra dollars over the course of a few short years. A New York City ticket attorney can help to steer you down the right path and help to save you money and points in the long run.

These are just a few of the issues that traffic lawyers in New York City handle for their clients. In addition, a traffic attorney can almost always represent you without your appearance in court, which can save you valuable time. If you have questions on how a speeding ticket affects you and your ability to drive here in New York, feel free to contact our office at (212) 227-9008 for assistance.

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