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Governor's proposed traffic laws approved by legislature

In a previous post we wrote about changes to New York state traffic laws proposed by Governor Andrew Cuomo. Since that last post there have been some developments, namely that the State Legislature has agreed to the framework of the budget presented by the governor. The proposed laws affect several different types of traffic infractions including speeding.

The idea behind the traffic laws is to help decrease the number of speeders who have been caught driving 20 mph over the speed limit, multiple times. It is hoped that doing so will reduce the number of car accidents that occur in the state. According to one budget official, in the past drivers fitting that description have caused serious accidents due to their speeding.

Currently, individuals found travelling over the speed limit by 20 mph are able to plea the charge down to a non-moving violation such as parking on the pavement. The consequences associated with the lesser charge do not have any points attached. This means that the driver's insurance premium will not be impacted. Under the laws approved by state legislature, judges will be provided a history of those previous pleas most likely leading them to not agree to such a plea.

Drivers may also be deterred from speeding as a result of the monetary penalties associated with the charge. The fine associated with that infractions will rise by $8, to $88. In addition, while it is anticipated that drivers will much less frequently be allowed to plea down to a nonmoving violation, he or she will have to pay a $25 surcharge to the state of New York.

Source: Newsday, "Repeat speeders could face stiffer penalties," Joan Gralla, March 22, 2013

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