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Enforcement of ignition interlock use comes under fire in Queens

Many New York drivers who are convicted of driving while intoxicated are required to have an ignition interlock device installed in their vehicle. Ignition interlocks function by requiring a driver to breathe into a device and preventing the car from being started if the driver’s blood alcohol content is too high. However, according to the New York Daily News, an audit of the Queens District Attorney’s Office revealed that installation of these devices is not being properly enforced.

What should I know about driving in NY on Labor Day weekend?

If you are planning on driving somewhere in New York on Labor Day weekend, you may want to do so with caution, particularly if you plan on drinking any alcohol. As part of New York’s Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, a statewide crackdown on impaired driving is planned for the period from August 18 to September 5, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Press Office.

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.

Is it legal to take a selfie while I’m driving?

No, it is not legal to take a picture of yourself while you are driving in New York. In fact, any activity using a handheld device like a smartphone is illegal while you are behind the wheel. Cell phone use is only legal when you use hands-free technology or the phone is in a stationary holder within the vehicle.

Traffic cameras: lifesaving tools or illegal revenue machines

The use of traffic cameras remains a controversial topic in towns and cities throughout the country. Opponents question their legality while those in favor of them tout their life-saving potential. Some states have gone so far as to ban them entirely. While it remains to be seen whether there will ever be a nation-wide consensus or court ruling, here is a look at two opposing viewpoints.

Crash at JFK Airport caused by drunk driver

Being charged with driving while intoxicated in New York is a serious offense and not knowing what will happen next can be scary for many people. The potential consequences can be quite harsh and will depend on a number of factors, including the person’s past driving record and the circumstances surrounding the incident.

What happens to my license if I am convicted of multiple DUI’s?

The State of New York takes alcohol and drug related driving offenses seriously. According to the New York Department of Motor Vehicles, there are a few factors that will be taken into consideration when deciding the fate of your driver’s license should you incur multiple DUI violations.

A look at how Ambien is being used as a legal defense

One of the most popular prescription drugs on the market, Ambien, and its generic version known as Zolpidem, are intended to be used to help people in New York suffering from insomnia. However, one of the more dangerous side effects of this popular hypnotic drug is a phenomenon known as sleep-driving.