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Those who fail to appear in court face consequences

New York drivers who receive a summons to appear in court are required to show up on the date and time indicated on the ticket. Should someone fail to attend court when they are supposed to, he or she may end up dealing with a situation more serious than a simple traffic ticket.

Increased fees for traffic tickets proposed in Nassau County

In an effort to raise revenue to pay for more police officers, the Nassau County Executive has proposed a steep increase in the fees drivers are charged for receiving tickets for traffic violations. According to ABC 7, the fee increase would be $105 per ticket. That represents a flat fee increase for every kind of ticket, regardless of the ticket’s current cost.

Tips for spotting unmarked police cars

Most New York drivers have seen a black or solid color vehicle on the road and wondered if it was a police car. Unmarked cars are a tool utilized by many law enforcement agencies to catch traffic violators. While at a glance such vehicles may look like normal cars, most have some features that give their presence away.

Study finds wealthy drivers with violations pay less for coverage

It is commonly recognized that if you are convicted of a traffic violation in New York, you can expect to see a rise in your car insurance premiums. The serious offense of driving under influence may cause a steep hike in rates, while other offenses like speeding tickets and failure to yield may result in a yearly increase of a few hundred dollars, according to NerdWallet.

What do I need to do to restore my license after a revocation?

If your New York driver’s license was revoked, in order to get it back after the revocation period is over you will need to apply for a new license. Unlike a suspension, which temporarily freezes your driving privileges for a certain amount of time, a revocation means that your license is invalided. You can only reinstate your ability to drive through completing the process again from the very beginning.

What tactics do police use to catch texting drivers?

You most likely know that it is illegal to text or use your smartphone while you are driving. However, if you are like many other New Yorkers, there is a chance that you do so anyway, knowing that you are not supposed to. Law enforcement is always on the lookout for texting drivers and here are some ways that officers may know you are breaking the law.

More New Yorkers using seat belts then ever before

The laws in New York require you and your passengers to use a seat belt in almost every situation. Drivers who are caught not buckling up face penalties such as fines and points against their licenses. At the Law Offices of Zev Goldstein, PLLC, we know that driving safely is important to you, but so are your bank account and your driving record.

How can I avoid getting a ticket now that schools have started?

You should expect that enforcement efforts will be strong as children across New York begin a new school year, so the best way for you to avoid getting a ticket is to make sure you obey all the traffic laws regarding school buses and school zones. Extra caution should also be used around playgrounds, bus stops and any other area where children may be present.

Longer yellow lights would combat unfair camera tickets some say

Red light cameras are in use throughout New York City as a way of combatting people who run red lights and put other motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists in danger. However, many argue that they are ineffective when it comes to enhancing safety and are merely a way for the city to profit off its citizens and the hundreds of thousands of commuters who enter the city each workday. In addition, some question whether the yellow lights at intersections that have traffic cameras are shorter in order to catch more people and collect more money.

How will different types of tickets affect my car insurance?

If you have been convicted of a traffic offense in New York, you can most likely count on the cost of your auto insurance premium rising. How much it will go up may depend on what type of ticket you received, according to Bankrate.