Archive for the ‘news’ Category

Proposed Bill Could Make Pedestrians Liable for Accidents

by RLF Attorneys on February 28, 2017 in news

New Jersey has seen more than 500 pedestrian deaths since 2014, the most in any three-year stretch since the early 1990s. A proposed bill aims to curb that trend by shifting more of the responsibility onto the pedestrians, rather than drivers. The Driver and Pedestrian Mutual Responsibility Act would require pedestrians to cross at designated […]

NY Police Issue 4,000+ Tickets Super Bowl Weekend

by RLF Attorneys on February 21, 2017 in news

State Police arrested more than 110 people for drunk driving over Super Bowl Weekend as part of the STOP-DWI Enforcement Campaign. The campaign, which ran from Saturday, February 4 through Monday, February 6, also resulted in 4,098 traffic tickets. Across the state, New York State Police set up sobriety checkpoints and increased patrols to identify […]

Can You Get a Ticket for Having Snow on Your Car?

by RLF Attorneys on February 14, 2017 in news

There are few things as beautiful as a soft white blanket of pristine snow on the ground. Conversely, there are few things as annoying as having to clean a giant pile of snow and ice off your car in freezing weather. It’s no wonder so many New Yorkers just resign themselves to driving around with […]

Can You Really Get a Ticket for Warming Up Your Car?

by RLF Attorneys on February 7, 2017 in news

Last month, a series of articles circulated purporting that drivers who warm up their car can get a ticket. There are laws against this in some parts of the country, including Ohio, Michigan, Washington, D.C., and Auburn, CA. In New York, however, the law only applies in certain circumstances. Under section 1210 of the NYS […]

NYC Settles Lawsuit Over Baseless ‘Pink Summons’

by Adam Rosenblum on January 31, 2017 in news

New York City will pay up to $75 million to settle a class-action lawsuit over legally baseless criminal summonses. The settlement was announced Monday, January 23, and allows anyone issued a so-called “pink summons” between 2007 and 2015 to potentially receive $150 per case. A pink summons includes tickets for offenses such as trespassing, disorderly […]

Police to ‘Tackle’ Drunk Driving Super Bowl Weekend

by RLF Attorneys on January 24, 2017 in news

One of the most watched television events every year, the Super Bowl is also a prime time for drinking. That’s why, starting Saturday, February 4 through Monday, February 6, law enforcement agencies throughout New York State will be cracking down on drunk driving as part of the annual STOP-DWI Super Bowl initiative. State and local police […]

The Spike in Illegal School Bus Passing: Is Distracted Driving to Blame?

by Adam Rosenblum on January 24, 2017 in news

Recent reports have highlighted the staggering number of instances in which drivers pass school buses that are stopped with signs out and red lights flashing. One estimate claimed more than 30,000 drivers illegally pass a school bus each day. Moreover, this is a trend that seems to be increasing. Many law enforcement agencies are blaming […]

NYC Could Begin Offering Rewards for Hit-and-Run Tips

by Adam Rosenblum on January 17, 2017 in news

One New York City legislator wants to make it more difficult for those who flee an accident to get away with the crime. Manhattan Councilmember Ydanis Rodriguez recently introduced a bill that would establish a fund for rewards for tips that lead to the arrest and conviction of hit-and-run drivers who kill or seriously injure […]

Crackdown Roundup: A Look at the STOP-DWI Initiatives of 2016

by Adam Rosenblum on January 10, 2017 in news

On Thursday, Jan. 5 Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced results of the final STOP-DWI crackdown of the year. It ran from Dec. 16 through Jan. 1 and included state police as well as local law enforcement agencies. Officers issued more than 33,000 tickets for various driving infractions, including 11,000 tickets for speeding, more than 1,000 for […]

The ‘Second Car at a Stop Sign’ Conundrum

by Adam Rosenblum on January 3, 2017 in news

Stop signs seem like a simple concept. When you see one, come to a complete stop before proceeding. Got it? Perfect! Except, of course, when you are making a left and another driver at the same intersection is going straight, in which case you must yield to that driver. Or if you and another car […]