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How will a DWI affect my CDL?

If you hold a New York commercial driver's license (CDL), a DWI (driving while intoxicated) or DWAI (driving while ability impaired) arrest can have serious consequences. This is true even if you were driving you own personal vehicle and not a commercial vehicle at the time of the arrest.

Tinted windows can lead to more serious charges

Cars with tinted windows are not an uncommon sight in New York City. Whether they are legal, however, depends on how darkly they are tinted. According to the New York Department of Motor Vehicles, tinted windshields and side windows are legal as long as they allow at least 70 percent of the light from outside to pass through. If the vehicle has rear view mirrors on both sides that allow the driver a full and clear view behind them, then rear windows may be tinted.

New York traffic deaths decrease for second straight year

The impact of Mayor de Blasio's Vision Zero initiative continues to be felt as traffic fatalities in New York City fell for a second year in a row. According to the New York Times, there were 230 traffic deaths in 2015 compared to 257 in 2014. This represents a 10.5 percent change and is an encouraging sign for New Yorkers, nearly all of whom travel to work each day by car, bicycle or on foot.

Tougher toll enforcement coming to New York

In December 2015, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority will soon be cracking down on toll evaders that use New York City's seven bridges and two tunnels. These crossings see traffic of approximately 800,000 cars on an average weekday and those who don't pay the tolls are costing the city big money.

Can I plead not guilty to a traffic violation online?

If you received a traffic citation from the New York Traffic Violations Bureau in Rochester or New York City, you can use the state's ePlead system to enter a plea. Many New York drivers may think that the online system is for guilty pleas and payments only; however, you can also use the ePlead system to enter a plea of not guilty and schedule a date for your hearing.

What are New York's laws regarding car seats?

Every state requires infants and small children to be restrained when riding in vehicles; however, each state has different guidelines and you should be aware of the proper way to travel in cars with children in New York. According to the New York Department of Motor Vehicles, all children under the age of 4 must ride in a child safety seat and all children under the age of 8 should ride in a child restraint system.

Fees are now illegal when traffic charges are dismissed

Beginning in March 2016, municipalities in New York will no longer be allowed to collect surcharges, fines or administrative fees for traffic cases if the violations are dismissed.  According to WIBV4, the new law was approved and signed by Gov. Cuomo in December 2015.

Understanding New York open container laws

Whether anyone has actually been drinking or not, it is illegal in New York for any person in a vehicle to be in possession of an open bottle of alcohol. People may be surprised to learn that this pertains to passengers, as well as drivers. It also applies to a vehicle that is stopped or turned off. According to the statute posted on the City of Yonkers website, the open bottle cannot be anywhere within the passenger compartment or cab of the vehicle. The only safe way to transport an open container of alcohol in a vehicle is by securing it in the trunk.