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Speeding tickets issued in New York school zone

There are many areas and certain times where police may enforce the law more heavily. For instance, authorities often crack down on violations that occur in school zones, and it is common for speeding tickets and other citations to result. In some cases, police departments may even set up specific detail assignments to target these areas.

It was recently reported that New York State Police troopers conducted such a detail in one county's school zones. The detail apparently lasted one day, and during that time, officers handed out 23 traffic tickets. Of those tickets, 22 of them were for speeding. Officers hope that these enforcement assignments will help target distracted drivers who are going too fast through school zones.

What outcomes could stem from a traffic stop?

You are likely among the numerous people in New York who drive a vehicle on a regular basis. Though you try to remain a safe and courteous driver the majority of the time, everyone can have a lapse in judgment while behind the wheel. Hopefully, your actions have never caused a car accident, but they may have raised the suspicions of a police officer.

If an officer conducts a traffic stop involving your vehicle, you may worry about what the outcomes will be. Though citations are common after traffic stops, an officer pulling you over does not necessarily mean that you will receive a ticket. Still, it is important to understand how to handle the various outcomes of a traffic stop.

DWI defense: Things to know regarding field sobriety tests

If a New York police officer pulls someone over on suspicion of drunk driving, he or she may be looking for probable cause to make an arrest. A strong DWI defense can greatly alter the ultimate outcome of a drunk driving charges. In fact, many defendants have been able to mitigate their circumstances by challenging evidence or requesting a dismissal of charges due to personal rights violations that occurred during field sobriety tests.

No one is legally obligated to take a field sobriety test. That is no doubt one of the most important things to remember. There is no administrative or legal penalty for refusing a police officer's request to take a one-leg stance test, a walk-and-turn test or horizontal gaze nystagmus test.

Traffic stop results in DUI of marijuana charge in New York

Some people may hold the mistaken idea that only certain individuals wind up facing criminal charges. However, that is not the case. In fact, anyone could end up in a situation where criminal charges are brought against them because life is unpredictable. For instance, a person pulled over for a minor traffic violation could face more serious charges for DUI of marijuana.

One man in New York is currently facing this type of tribulation. According to recent reports, the man was driving a vehicle when a police officer pulled him over for speeding. The officer apparently suspected other violations and conducted a further investigation. Details of what that investigation entailed were not given in the report, but it presumably involved a search.

St. Paddy's day results in thousands of New York traffic tickets

Though St. Patrick's Day has come and gone, many individuals may still be feeling the repercussions of that weekend, especially if they were on the roads. Across New York state, police departments carried out initiatives to spot impaired drivers on the roads. Because drunk drivers were not the only focus, numerous traffic tickets were issued.

According to a recent report, the enforcement resulted in over 13,000 traffic tickets being issued statewide over the course of the St. Patrick's Day weekend. In addition to those tickets, 259 individuals were taken into custody for driving while intoxicated. Gov. Andrew Cuomo indicated that the holiday weekend was no excuse to participate in illegal activities and that the enforcement over that weekend serves as notice to drivers that the law will be aggressively enforced.

Speed enforcement operation results in 45 speeding tickets

During various times of the year, various police departments put special focus on particular stretches of road or on specific violations. Most New York drivers have likely seen DWI roadblocks around certain holidays or have seen multiple police officers staked out on certain highways while on the lookout for speeding vehicles. When these operations are in place, it is not unusual for numerous speeding tickets and other citations to result.

It was recently reported that New York State troopers conducted an operation in which they increased the focus on speed enforcement. Their efforts focused on a portion of I-684. The report indicated that the operation coincided with the NYSP's desire to make sure that highway safety remains a priority.

Are you ready to challenge your speeding ticket?

You may think a speeding ticket is not worth fighting. However, there are several good reasons to consider challenging a ticket, beginning with the fine attached to the offense. Depending on how fast the officer says you were going and whether there were other circumstances, such as speeding in a school zone, you may be facing a fine of several hundred or even thousand dollars.

In addition to fines, you may face points on your license, which draw you closer to license suspension with each subsequent offense. Accepting the charge and paying the fine means the conviction goes on your record, which may complicate your life, including raising your insurance rates. If you do decide to fight the ticket in New York traffic court, you will want to prepare carefully and obtain as much guidance and advice as possible.

DWI defense important to woman facing aggravated charges

When a person faces criminal charges and has been convicted on similar charges in the past, it is likely that the potential repercussions of new charges will increase in severity. However, charges do not necessarily mean that a person is guilty. Still, it may be even more important for individuals to focus on their DWI defense strategies, especially if they have been convicted for such an offense before.

One woman in New York will certainly want to make sure that she understands her charges and legal options after a recent arrest. According to reports, the woman was in a stopped vehicle on the side of Interstate 190 when state troopers approached the vehicle. She reportedly told the officers that she had run out of gas, but authorities believed that the woman was intoxicated.

Some still need DWI defense despite app checkpoint alerts

Many travelers use navigation apps or other GPS systems in order to get directions to their destinations. However, some navigation apps have become so user-friendly that they allow users to add alerts along their routes, including when police may be nearby or even for DWI checkpoints. Of course, these tips may not prevent a person from needing a DWI defense, but some still believe apps should be banned from allowing such alerts.

It was recently reported that police officers in New York have sent a cease-and-desist letter to Google, who developed the GPS app Waze. The app allows users to put in their desired destinations and to receive alerts to various issues they may come across along the way. However, Waze does not put in this information. Instead, app users have the ability to input data regarding police presence and checkpoints in order to alert other app users who are traveling a similar route.

Truckers receiving traffic tickets after governor's highway ban

Truck drivers have a responsibility to reach their destinations and make their deliveries in a timely manner. In some cases, drivers may cut corners or ignore rules here and there in hopes of getting their jobs completed more quickly. However, some drivers may end up facing traffic tickets if they do not adhere to the laws and regulations of the road.

It was recently reported that New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo placed a ban on tractor-trailers and commercial buses from traveling on major highways in the state due to the inclement winter weather. However, some drivers did not adhere to the ban, and as a result, they received tickets for traveling on the highways. After being ticketed, the truckers had to get off the highways, and many of them are having to wait for the ban to be lifted before they can get back to work.

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