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Speeding Deaths Increase as Enforcement of Speed Limits Debated

In the last 10 years, deaths related to non-use of seatbelts have declined by 23 percent. Deaths attributed to drunk driving have fallen 3 percent. Deaths related to excessive speed, however, have risen 7 percent. This could lead to an increase in ticketing by New York law enforcement for alleged speeding.

Some groups, however, are skeptical. The Governors Highway Safety Association has found that little progress is being made on addressing speeding and aggressive driving. When Congress repealed the nation's ban on speeds over 55 miles per hour, the GHSA spokesperson feels that drivers took speed limits less seriously. In addition, other traffic-related issues have occupied the spotlight lately. Distracted driving, for instance, is a serious concern for law enforcement personnel and lawmakers.

The National Motorists Association argues that most roads are safer now, however. It says that lane courtesy and safe driving practices are more problematic than speed.

Potential Penalties for New York Speeding Tickets

Drivers who receive speeding tickets should be aware of the consequences they may face. Pleading guilty or making a plea bargain can have significant consequences: in addition to steep fines, speeding tickets can rack up points on a driver's license, which can affect insurance rates and driving privileges.

Commercial drivers in particular are at risk when they receive speeding tickets. The protection of the commercial driver's license is of utmost importance, as the CDL is crucial to the ability to make a living.

Whatever their profession or situation, every driver who receives a New York speeding ticket deserves the opportunity to weigh all the options and act to protect his or her driver's license.

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