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New York DMV Commissioner ticketed for speeding

Less than three weeks after her son pleaded guilty to drunk driving, after his involvement in a hit-and-run accident, a story which we have covered earlier on this blog, the Department of Motor Vehicles Commissioner for New York, who is also the chairperson of the New York Governor's Traffic Safety Committee, was stopped and issued a speeding ticket of 47 MPH in a 30 MPH zone in the town of Vestal, New York. Is 30 MPH too slow? In NYC, some think that 25 should be the limit. If the commissioner would do 47 in NYC, she would be facing a 6 point ticket.  

Drug charges can make a traffic offense much more complicated

Depending on variables such as the type of drug involved and the quantity found, a drug possession charge in New York can be a serious matter in itself that can result in serious consequences. But for the same reason that alcohol intoxication offenses take on a new and more ominous quality when combined with a traffic stop, so does a drug possession charge when the drugs are found after you have been pulled over by a police officer.

Can the police search my car without a warrant?

The United States Constitution and the New York State Constitution protect people in ordinary circumstances from unreasonable searches and seizures of their dwellings, persons or possessions. Accordingly, most of the time when police want to conduct a search for criminal evidence they must first obtain a search warrant.

Task force arrests drug traffickers in New York heroin epidemic

According to a DEA agent, New York City is a hub of heroin trafficking because of its central location and easy access to other parts of the region. Numerous arrests since this summer include several instances where New York State Troopers pulled over drivers to issue tickets and then detected signs of drug use.

New York state automobile insurance requirements: an overview

Getting a traffic ticket is an inconvenience that many New York drivers have experienced. But there can be other, more serious potential consequences that can befall those who fail to keep their automobile insurance current.

Traffic violations need not lead to a license revocation

Perhaps one of the defining characteristics of the American way of life is our love affair with the automobile. It is possible to participate in the daily activities of life in this country without having the privilege of driving, but to do so, especially involuntarily after a license revocation, is to experience what is arguably life as a second-class citizen.

Study: More traffic tickets equal fewer auto accidents

For as long as police officers have been handing out traffic tickets, the debate about their purpose as well as their effect has swirled: are they an effective deterrent to bad driving behaviors, as proponents claim, or are they a mainly a rationalization for municipal, county and state government money-making, as their opponents suggest?

Is violation of the Zero Tolerance law a criminal charge?

Drunk driving charges in New York can result in a jail or a prison sentence, substantial fines, suspension or revocation of driving privileges and other penalties upon conviction. The state's Zero Tolerance law imposes penalties on underage drivers who have been drinking even though they might not be legally intoxicated and are not being charged with a crime.

Someone needs a good lawyer ...

Someone needs a good lawyer... During her tenure at the DMV, Commitioner Barbara Fiala, a close ally of Gov. Cuomo's, has pushed for a number of statewide efforts to combat dangerous driving behavior, including drunk driving, according to her online bio. Anthony Fiala Jr., 49, a Broome County legislator, son of the Commitioner was soused behind the wheel when he slammed his car into a bicyclist after a night of drinking at a Binghamton bar, officials said.

Single traffic camera in Brooklyn issues 1500+ tickets in one day

Traffic cameras have proven to be controversial in New York City, with supporters touting their effect in slowing drivers down -- as well as raising large amounts of money from traffic fines -- while detractors criticize them as being little more than stealthy, automated speed traps.