OpenClose Menu

View Our Full List of Courts:

New York Governor proposes changes to traffic laws

Inattentive driving is one of the biggest causes of auto accidents throughout the nation including in the state of New York. Because these crashes can be so devastating, state authorities, including Gov. Andrew Cuomo are doing what they can to try to discourage behaviors that constitute distracted driving.

Last month Cuomo presented his executive budget. Contained within that budget were propositions regarding how to handle certain speeders and those who talk on their cellphones while operating vehicles.

More specifically, Cuomo proposes that drivers who are caught going more than 20 mph above the posted speed limit, no longer be easily able to plea the speeding ticket down to a "non-moving" violation. This is currently an appealing option since the non-moving violations do not carry as many points on a license. In order to accomplish such a plea under the new proposition, a justifiable reason would have to be presented by the prosecution. Even speeders who were allowed to plea to a lesser violation would have to pay an $80 surcharge.

Currently, drivers caught either texting or talking on their phone are not automatically fined for the behavior and those that are can only be fined a maximum of $150 and $100 respectively. Under Cuomo's proposal, those activities would be tied to a fine of at least $50. Depending on whether other violations were involved, a driver caught doing either of these could pay a maximum of $550.

Clearly, these proposals provide an economic benefit to the state of New York. In addition to making the roads safer, the proposed changes are projected to bring in a total of $16 million the first year. That amount would likely grow in the following year to $25 million.

We will report any updates on the matter as they become available.

Source: Troy Record, "Drivers who speed or gab in New York could pay more in fines, fees," Michael Hill, Jan. 26, 2013

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Our Main Office Location:

James M. Wagman, Attorney at Law| 11 Williams Street| Catskill, NY 12414 | Phone: 518-291-4803 | Toll Free: 866-901-8742 | Fax: 518-943-9186 | Catskill Law Office Map

Credit Cards Accepted

  • American Express
  • DiscoverCard
  • MasterCard
  • Visa
Back to Top