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.
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