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What penalties accompany problem driver restrictions in New York?

Drivers here are expected to adhere to the traffic laws when they are on the road. That includes the basics, like staying within the posted speed limit, not making reckless or negligent actions and driving while sober. However, mistakes happen, and people can face allegations that they have committed traffic violations. Whether they are guilty or not, it is imperative to understand the various penalties that can be assessed should there be a conviction. For some, a problem driver restriction can be placed on the person's driver license.

Woman cited for "Move Over Law" traffic violation


Upstate New Yorkers might be under the impression that the only types of traffic violations that can cause problems in their lives are when there is an arrest. Included in incidents that can warrant an arrest include driving under the influence, hit and run, and more. Other violations can also be problematic in the short and long term and should not be ignored. Those who are dealing with other traffic offenses can have issues after the fact. These require legal assistance. One such issue is violating the "Move Over" law.

Traffic violation crackdown results more than 15,000 citations


While law enforcement in New York State is always on the lookout for drivers who might be committing traffic violations, there are certain times when they will make an extra effort to issue citations. The violations that are part of this crackdown can range from the serious for drivers who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs to acts that are dangerous when drivers are speeding, driving while distracted, failing to wear seatbelts, and not moving over when an emergency vehicle is behind them. While no one wants drivers to behave in this way, that does not mean that all tickets are justified. With the financial penalties and even potential for incarceration, it is important that drivers understand their rights to contest a ticket and have legal help when doing so.

What traffic violations can I get for lapsed insurance?


Drivers in New York State are required to have insurance when they are on the road. If there is a traffic stop or an accident and the driver does not have the required proof of insurance, there are various traffic violation penalties that will be faced. With an insurance lapse, it is important to understand the circumstances under which it occurs and how to avoid the harshest penalties with help from a qualified attorney experienced in traffic violation defense.

Bill would make texting at red lights a traffic violation


New York State drivers who have grown accustomed to sneaking looks at their smartphone or other devices when behind the wheel will undoubtedly know that they could place themselves in jeopardy of receiving a citation for a traffic violation. Law enforcement is out in force trying to hammer home the point that distracted driving is dangerous. With that will come penalties, including a fine. An understated issue when cited for a cellphone violation is the points that will be on the driver's record. This can raise insurance rates and, if there are enough points accrued, result in a driver's license suspension. Formulating a defense against these allegations is crucial.

What is a driver civil penalty for traffic violations?


New York State takes its driving regulations seriously. This is a matter of safety as it seeks to ensure that drivers operate their vehicles based on the law and are made to face penalties if they fail to do so. In some cases, drivers will be required to pay a civil penalty for certain offenses. Understanding who must pay and when it must be paid is important to have the driver's license reinstated after it has been suspended or revoked.

A texting and driving traffic violation requires legal help


Since distracted driving has become so prevalent a safety issue in New York and across the nation, law enforcement has stepped up its attempts to tamp down on the activity. For people who are accused of texting and driving or taking part in other behaviors with a device behind the wheel, being cited for a traffic violation in this category can be problematic. There can be a fine and other penalties if the driver is found to have been committing this type of traffic violation. It is critical for a driver to understand the importance of a strong defense against these charges.

New York steps up distracted driving traffic violations


New Yorkers who are stopped by law enforcement when out on the road and accused of a traffic violation might not think it is that much to worry about. Once they realize the scope of the penalties including a possible fine and points on the driver's license, they quickly realize that it is not something to take lightly. Law enforcement frequently introduces stricter enforcement of certain traffic violations intermittently. Drivers who are cited should know the potential penalties they will face and the negative impact it can have on their lives.

What if I am a new driver and face traffic violations?


In New York, a person who is getting his or her first driver's license or a person who had lost his or her license and has finally gotten it back might be under the impression that it is smooth sailing moving forward. However, they often fail to realize that new drivers must adhere to certain rules based on their probationary license. Drivers who are on a probationary license must understand the rules that apply to them. Committing a traffic violation can result in penalties that could lead to the loss of driving privileges.

Traffic violations outside New York can affect driving privileges


New Yorkers who get a ticket while driving in the state will undoubtedly understand that the ticket must be paid or they will face an increase of the fine and the possibility of other penalties that can lead to the loss of driving privileges. A mistake that people might make with respect to their driver license is to think that a ticket they received out-of-state will not affect them in New York. Failing to pay an out-of-state ticket does have consequences in New York and those who are facing this issue need to be aware of how to handle it so it does not cause significant problems.

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