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August 2018 Archives

Speed cameras will once again monitor school zones

The mayor of New York City and the governor of New York have reached a deal allowing speed cameras to be reintroduced in school zones. The city council will also play a role in bringing them back. First, the governor will declare a public safety emergency, and this would authorize the city to gather the data necessary to make the system work. Next, the city council will approve legislation in an emergency session. Finally, the mayor will sign the legislation.

The potential consequences of disregarding traffic laws

New York law requires that drivers exercise care while operating a motor vehicle. Most states also have laws that prohibit certain actions while driving. For instance, evading a police officer is considered to be an example of reckless driving. Driving at an excessive speed or failing to stop at a stop sign or red light are also considered to be reckless actions. Drivers who are charged with DUI could also face a separate reckless or careless driving charge.

Making illegal U-turns

Getting a ticket in New York for making an illegal U-turn is not unusual. In fact, such traffic tickets are written fairly often. What exactly qualifies as a U-turn will depend on the jurisdiction in which the individual was driving, the specific driving conditions, the applicable statute and other factors.

Keeping right can prevent car accidents

Many New York drivers are aware that slower drivers are supposed to stay in the right lane unless they are passing. If they do need to pass an even slower vehicle, the drivers are supposed to use the left lane only to get around the vehicle before moving back over. However, there are instances where a driver who is moving slower than the speed limit will hog the left lane, preventing traffic from moving.

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