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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.

Chances are, if that person misses their court date, a judge will issue a bench warrant. This type of warrant does not mean that police officers will actively be seeking that person out to arrest him or her, explains Soapboxie. Rather, should that person get pulled over or be in any other type of situation where their name will be run through the system, the warrant will show up on his or her record and he or she will be arrested on the spot.

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.

This means that some fines would be more than double what they are now. For instance, if the increase is successful, a ticket for a red light camera infraction will be $200. This is substantially more than the current fee of $95.

Is there a connection between energy drinks and drunk driving?

According to a new study, if you are a fan of energy drinks, you may be at greater risk of a drunk driving violation. The study found that people who consumed alcohol and energy drinks together were more likely to get behind the wheel when they knew they were too intoxicated compared to people who drank alcohol only, reports Live Science.

Energy drinks do not necessarily make you more likely to engage in dangerous behaviors. Rather, researchers suspect that energy drinks can affect the parts of your brain that help you determine rewards versus risks. Alcohol is a depressant and when mixed with taurine or caffeine, common energy drink ingredients, it may affect you differently or more severely than just drinking alcohol alone. That, in turn, can lead to a false belief that you are not as drunk as you think you are.

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.

As Complex points out, most cars driven by law enforcement do not have hubcaps. Since police vehicles are often driven roughly and are subject to a lot of wear and tear, hubcaps may become loose and cause a safety issue. They can also be expensive if they have to be replaced often. Therefore, many unmarked cars have only black rims.

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.

However, a recent study is causing controversy after it found that drivers with higher incomes are not penalized as heavily by insurance companies for traffic violations as those on the lower end of the income scale, reports USA Today. The study requested quotes for two hypothetical customers who were the same age, same sex, drove a similar car and had similar driving habits. One was unmarried, not college educated, did not own a home and had previously been insured. The other was a married, home owning bank executive.

Drugged drivers face similar consequences as drunk drivers

Drunk driving is a high-profile issue that gets a lot of media attention. Therefore, many New York drivers are probably already aware of the risks and penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol. However, drugged driving is also an offense that is taken very seriously. Therefore, drivers in New York should be aware of the penalties before they decided to get behind the wheel after using drugs.

Regardless of whether a person uses prescription medication or illicit drugs, the effect on his or her body can be more than enough to impact the ability to drive. According to the New York Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, many types of drugs affect a person’s ability to react, the ability to accurately read situations on the road and his or her coordination and motor skills. These affects are similar to the way that alcohol affects the body.

Advances in modern technology aim to put an end to DWI

In the not-so-distant future, drivers in New York will have cars that are capable of more automation than ever before. While many of these advances aim to make roads safer, they may also have the added result of drastically cutting down on incidences of driving while intoxicated. People could enjoy an evening out in New York, have a few drinks and then get into their cars secure in the knowledge that their car will get them safely home without their having to operate the vehicle.

While fully autonomous cars are not yet widely available, many cars are increasingly coming equipped with features that aid in safety. According to Digital Trends, one such feature currently in development is the Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety.

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.

According to the New York Department of Motor Vehicles, some newly eligible applicants may be able to apply for a new license online. However, if you do not qualify for an online application you may need to complete your application in person. You can also apply by mail; however, that process will generally take longer.

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.

Certain types of large vehicles give their drivers a good vantage point over other drivers on the road. According to Yahoo News, New York police were given modified sport utility vehicles that sat higher than passenger cars and successfully nabbed thousands of texting drivers. In Tennessee police have been known to use 18-wheel semi trucks to spot texters and radio them in patrol cars.

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.

In some states, you can only be ticketed for a seat belt violation if you are pulled over for another reason. However, in New York, failure to buckle up is considered a primary offense and an officer can pull you over for that reason alone, according to the New York Department of Motor Vehicles.