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What to know about stop signs and red lights

Most New York residents understand what it means when they see a stop sign or a red light. However, there are times in which a motorist may not come to a complete stop or deliberately disobey the rule. Drivers may be cited if they perform a rolling stop or do not adhere to right-of-way laws in the jurisdiction where the infraction takes place.

In some cases, a traffic light will have a red arrow in place of or addition to a red light. Drivers may not make a turn at a red arrow. If a driver violates the law, they could be pulled over by a police or have their picture taken by a traffic camera. All 50 states have laws regarding drivers who fail to obey a traffic light or stop sign.

New York distracted driving laws: stricter than you might expect

Driving used to be simpler. Aside from your screaming kids in the back seat and the hot coffee in your cup holder, you could focus most of your attention on the road. But as technology has advanced and your personal devices have started following you everywhere you go, your connectivity to our family and friends is virtually limitless.

Since the advent of smartphones, crashes resulting from distracted driving have skyrocketed. In New York, distracted driving killed 160 people and injured more than 33,000 in 2015 alone.

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