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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.

New York firefighter facing drunk driving charges

After the loss of a close friend, family member or comrade, grief can feel overwhelming. When experiencing such feelings, some individuals may not make the best decisions because their judgment is clouded and because they are in pain. Still, some less-than-stellar decisions could lead to criminal charges if police suspect a person of wrongdoing, like drunk driving.

It was recently reported that a firefighter in New York was taken into custody for DWI. Apparently, the man was leaving a fellow firefighter's funeral when his vehicle reportedly struck a pedestrian. The pedestrian was apparently on a sidewalk when the incident occurred. That person did not suffer serious injuries in the accident, and further details regarding how the event occurred were not given in the report.

State DWI laws and their penalties

The state of New York does not take driving while impaired by alcohol lightly. If you are facing a DWI charge in any of its forms, it is an issue that you should treat seriously, as the consequences of a conviction can take a significant toll on your life.

This state recognizes several alcohol-related traffic violations. What are they? What are their associated consequences?

Speeding tickets can result from breaking school zone limits

It is not unusual for drivers to have mixed reactions to what counts as speeding. Some people may think that going a few miles over the speed limit is not a big deal, and others may think that they can ignore regulations for certain areas, like school zones, because the limit is so low. However, breaking the limit in any way could result in speeding tickets.

It was recently reported that a driver in New York was pulled over for speeding in a school zone. Apparently, the woman was traveling over the 15-mph limit, but the exact speed her vehicle was traveling was not given in the report. An officer stopped the vehicle and apparently discovered that the woman was driving on a suspended license.

Possible defenses for traffic tickets relating to parking

New York drivers could face citations for many reasons. From moving violations to parking violations to issues with a vehicle, traffic tickets are often the bane of many drivers' days. Some may simply think about taking the ticket and paying the fine, but it is important to remember that individuals do have the option of fighting these tickets.

There are various reasons a person may choose to fight a ticket, and the defense will depend on the type of ticket issued. For instance, if a person receives a parking ticket when parked at a meter, he or she may be able to argue that the meter was broken. This defense may be most effective if the driver can prove that he or she tried to pay through all accepted methods of payment and tried to obtain a parking receipt from a nearby machine.

Off-duty police officer likely looking into DWI defense

There are many instances in which people want to limit the negative effects an event can have. When a person has been charged with drunk driving, he or she undoubtedly wants to work toward an outcome that offers the fewest number of negative consequences. Creating and presenting a meaningful DWI defense often helps with that endeavor.

It was recently reported that an off-duty police officer was taken into custody after involvement in an accident in New York. Reports stated that the man was driving an SUV when he failed to stop at a red light and hit a bicyclist who was in the crosswalk. The bicyclist hit the ground, and his bicycle ended up under the SUV. The 35-year-old victim was taken to the hospital in order to be treated for undisclosed injuries, and it was noted that he was in stable condition.

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