Nassau County May Opt Out of Ride Sharing Services

Nassau County is seeking to opt out of a current NY State Law that legalizes ride-sharing services. Meaning, if they County opts out, Uber and Lyft would be temporarily banned in Nassau County.  Nassau County wishes to charge more registration fees for Uber and Lyft. These fees could generate up to a whooping $1 million annually in additional revenues.

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Car Pooling Cabs

Pretty soon, yellow cabs in New York City will be joining the carpooling scene. Two ride sharing apps Curb and Via are teaming up to provide this service to passengers. This carpooling service will give customers a 40 percent discount from regular prices. This program will offer service from 32nd and 110th street only but will eventually expand.

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More Speeding Cameras

Mayor Bill De Blasio is urging State Legislature to install more speeding cameras around 750 school zones. He cited a Department of Transportation study stating speeding has decreased by 63 percent around camera zones and crashes with injuries have decreased by 15 percent.  If State Legislature approves more cameras, they might also approve the time in which the cameras operate.  Currently cameras only operate during school hours.  The time would increase from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.  What do you think about these future changes?

If you receive a summons for speeding or an illegal U-turn, or any other moving violation, an experienced traffic ticket attorney can help you. Call us at 212-227-9008 or email us at michaelblock.law@gmail.com.

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Hampton Bay's Response To Texting and Driving

The town of Hampton Bay recently unveiled a new “Please Don’t Text and Drive” sign near route 24. The sign was placed in memory of a woman killed by a motorist using his cellphone while driving. Texting and driving not only endangers yourself, but it endangers other motorists and pedestrians on the road.

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Uber Miscalculation

Every since 2014, Uber has miscalculated its driver’s commissions.  Uber admitted the error last week and has promised to pay their drivers their payments plus interest (each driver is set to make almost $900).  This mistake will cost Uber around $45 million. What do you think of Uber’s recent mistake?

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Lyft and Waymo Collaboration

Two of Silicon Valley’s biggest players are teaming up; Lyft ( the ride sharing app) and Waymo (the self-driving company).  Lyft is trying to become a key player in the for-hire autonomous realm. This new collaboration may help Lyft surpass Uber.  What might this deal do for Uber?

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New City Council Bills Aimed At Catching Hit-And-Run Drivers

Two recently introduced City Council Bills are aimed at aiding law enforcement authorities better catch hit-and-run drivers. One of the bills would create an “Amber Alert” style message sent to the phones of NYC residents. Another bill would create greater rewards for those who turn in suspected hit-and-run criminals. These bills could greatly aid in catching the criminals involved in hit-and-run accidents. Hit and Run Drivers Must Be Brought To Justice.
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New AAA Report

A new AAA report states that many injuries and deaths from car crashes on Long Island can be avoided through the introduction of new roundabouts, guardrails, and better crosswalks. AAA seeks to spend $146 billion on safety over the next 20 years all across the U.S.A. When traffic deaths were measured per 100,000 people, the United States ranked 32nd globally.

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Uber Drivers Will Receive Tips?

New York City is debating whether or not to force For-Hire Vehicle services like Uber to offer tipping. The Taxi and Limo Commission is pushing forth the idea of enabling a tipping feature on the Uber app. The tipping proposal will be formally introduced to the City Council in July. Uber drivers seek to have a hiring earning potential, and find that a tipping option will better help cover the cost of insurance, gas, and maintenance.

If you receive a summons for a speeding violation, cellphone, or any other moving violation in NY State, an experienced traffic ticket attorney can help. Call us at 212-227-9008 or email us at michaelblock.law@gmail.com.

 

 

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The Debate Over The Speed Limit on The Ocean Parkway

Should Ocean Parkway’s speed limit be raised? Currently, the speed limit for the Brooklyn boulevard is currently at 25 miles per hour. According to cameras, from March 5th to 11th, 91,000 motorists drove over 25 miles per hour on the Ocean Parkway. State Senator Simcha Felder, has introduced a bill that would increase the speed limit to 30 miles per hour, in an effort to move traffic more smoothly. Some residents of Brooklyn however, believe that 25 miles per hour is a safer limit, and that traffic moves fine at that speed. Many of those receiving summonses for speeding on Ocean Parkway have been lucky. If the summons is received in the mail, the Speed has been captured by camera and there are no points attached. However, if issued by a Police Officer, a conviction will lead to points on license.

If you receive a summons for a speeding violation, cellphone, or any other moving violation in NY State, an experienced traffic ticket attorney can help. Call us at 212-227-9008 or email us at michaelblock.law@gmail.com.

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Southern State Safety Check

Two key players in Nassau County have called upon the state to improve the Southern State Parkway due to safety concerns. Over a 5-year period, there has been over 10,000 traffic accidents on the Southern State Parkway. This number is way too high! What do you think?

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Uber's NYC HQ

With the increase in Uber, Lyft, and for-hire vehicles, city officials all across the United States are forced to look further into their transportation policies. Uber has invested in a luxurious center for Uber drivers to relax, use the restroom, and eat complimentary pretzels and soft drinks all in an effort to entice more drivers to use Uber. In fact, there are four luxurious Uber centers in New York City alone. Some Uber drivers however, have switched to driving for yellow cabs as Uber’s fare cuts drain the profits of Uber drivers.

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Uber Drivers Galore

Over 50,000 drivers have a license to drive for Uber in New York City. Lyft and Uber Drivers have swarmed NYC roads, and have competed with yellow cabs, and other for-hire-vehicle services to pick up the most customers. Uber’s largest arsenal of drivers lies in New York City. Interestingly, the price of an Uber Pool can sometimes be only $2.25 more than the cost of a Subway ride, which many commuters have found to be worth the cost.

For NYC Mayor and Police Dept. this is extra pool of drivers to issue summonses to.
If you receive a summons for a speeding violation, or any other moving violation in NY State, an experienced traffic ticket attorney can help. Call us at 212-227-9008 or email us at michaelblock.law@gmail.com.

Traffic Related Deaths Down In NYC

Road deaths in New York City are down by over 25%. From November 1 to March 7th, there were 66 fatalities from traffic incidents in New York City.  Last year, during the same time period, there were 89 fatalities. City officials have pointed to the “Dusk and Darkness Campaign” as a contributing factor to the decrease in traffic deaths.Other officials point to the Vision Zero campaign as a safeguard against traffic deaths. This winter, police wrote 243,943 violations for Vision Zero offenses, which is a 10% increase from the previous year.

If you receive a summons for a Speed, E-Z pass violation, or any other moving violation in NY State, an experienced traffic ticket attorney can help. Call us at 212-227-9008 or email us at michaelblock.law@gmail.com.
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Legislation On What To Do At A Traffic Stop

Should New York follow North Carolina and enact legislation on educating drivers on what to do once a driver is pulled over? Driver Education Courses in states like North Carolina and Illinois must include instruction on the proper

behaviors a driver should partake in after being puled over by a police officer. Always remember to give the police officer what he has asked for. Make sure to talk as little as possible and give the officer no reason to remember you.
If you receive a summons for an improper signal, u-turn, or any other moving violation, an experienced traffic ticket attorney can help. Call us at 212-227-9008 or email us at michaelblock.law@gmail.com.
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Important Drivers Ed Legislation

Should New York follow North Carolina and enact legislation on educating drivers on what to do once a driver is pulled over? Driver Education Courses in states like North Carolina and Illinois must include instruction on the proper behaviors a driver should partake in after being puled over by a police officer. Always remember to give the police officer what he has asked for. Make sure to talk as little as possible and give the officer no reason to remember you.

If you receive a summons for an improper signal, u-turn, speed, cellphone or any other moving violation, an experienced traffic ticket attorney can help. Call us at 212-227-9008 or email us at michaelblock.law@gmail.com.
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Lyft Seeking Greater Investments

Lyft is seeking new ways to become the top for-hire-vehicle company following the headlines surrounding Uber. So, Lyft has engaged in meetings with private investors to increase the overall value of Lyft. Last year, Lyft was valued at $5.5 billion following a $1 billion investment by General Motors. Let us know what makes a good ride-hailing service in your eyes.
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Subway Ridership Down: First Time Since 2009

Amazingly, subway ridership has dropped for the first time since 2009.  Weekend ridership has declined, while weekday ridership has steadily increased since 1948.  Two of the culprits for the decline in ridership are Uber and the constant maintenance of the subways. Critics point to Governor Cuomo who cut  $65 million worth of state funding from the M.T.A. budget. Officials say the funding changes would not lead to fare and toll increases or service changes.

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Rise In Traffic Related Deaths

There has been a sudden, and sharp rise in the amount of traffic related deaths in the United States. According to the National Highway Safety Council, 40,200 people were killed in motor vehicle accidents in 2016. This number of traffic deaths in 2016 is significant because it is 6% higher than the year before. Also, this is the first time since 2007 that more than 40,000 traffic related deaths have occurred in a single year.

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Bus Driver Appreciation

The Law Office of Michael Block appreciates all of the bus drivers out there. Thanks to a recent article in Newsday, people will understand the importance of why bus drivers drive the way they do. The article shows how some Long Island motorists become annoyed at the fact that bus drivers fully stop at stop signs and drive the speed limit. However, bus drivers are not allowed to drive above the speed limit, as they are operating the vehicle with the safety of the children in mind! We wanted to thank all bus drivers for all of the hard work they do.
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Vision Zero's Cut of the NYC Budget

$400 million has been allocated to Vision Zero in the 2018 NYC budget. Most of that money will go towards street reconstruction projects, traffic signal improvements, and improved street markings. Vision Zero aims to reduce traffic fatalities to zero by 2024. The total budget for the City of New York is at $84.6 billion dollars. Although the number of cyclists and pedestrians killed on city streets increased, the total number of traffic fatalities fell for the third year in a row.

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The Safest EV Car?

The Tesla S is not as safe as many have thought to have believed. Although a 2013 National Highway and Safety Administration gave the Model S a good review, a recent safety review states otherwise. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety did not grant the Tesla S either of its safety awards. The Tesla S was one of two electric vehicles the Insurance in Institute for Highway Safety tested

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A Presidential Visit = Massive Delays

Every time President Donald J. Trump visits his home in New York City, massive traffic jams will ensue. President Trump has expressed his desire to come back to NYC and visit his wife Melania, and son Baron. When Mr. Trump arrives to his home in Trump Tower, there will be a massive security increases, including closing several NYC streets. So, expect more days with unbearable traffic in NYC for the indefinite future.

If you receive a summons for moving from a lane unsafely, disobeying a traffic device, or obstructing an intersection, an experienced traffic ticket attorney can help. Call the Law Office of Michael Block at 212-227-9008, or email us at michaelblock.law@gmail.com.

 

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TLC Ticket: Unlicensed Vehicle

All  Uber, Lyft, and for-hire vehicle drivers should pay attention to this message. There are specific TLC tickets directly related to for-hire services. For example, there is a summons issued for an “unlicensed vehicle”. One can receive this ticket if one picks up a passenger without proper consent by one’s car service/dispatch. For example, if an Uber driver picks up a passenger who has not sent a notification to the Uber driver’s phone, that driver can receive an unlicensed vehicle summons. The max fine of $10,000 is applied ff the unlicensed vehicle ticket is issued to the owner of a car. Additionally, the driver’s license (of an Uber, Lyft, or taxi cab driver) may be revoked, meaning that their TLC license will be taken away.

For-hire drivers should not pick up a passenger who is not one’s direct customer, even if they say they will pay you extra to take them somewhere.
If you receive a summons for an unlicensed for hire moving violation, an experienced traffic ticket attorney can help. Call us at 212-227-9008 or email us at michaelblock.law@gmail.com

 

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The Hidden Costs of a Cellphone ticket

Many of you may know that a conviction for improper cellphone or portable contact electronic device ticket carries a minimum fine of $138 on New York City. However most people do not realize the hidden costs that also are involved.

Convictions for these offenses will add five (5) points to your New York State Driver’s License. If you receive any other ticket within the same 18 month period, you will be subject to Driver Assessment fees. These fees kick after six points and start at $300. Each additional point will add more to your Assessment.

Additionally, your auto insurance premiums will likely increase after a conviction for these five (5) point tickets.

If you receive a summons for Cell Phone or texting or any other moving violation in New York State please give us a call at 212-227-9008

 

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Previous Tesla Crash Investigation Results

Remember the Tesla accident that involved a fatal crash a few months ago? Auto-safety regulators said their investigation of the car found no defects in the system. The regulators did let other semi-autonomous car manufacturers know that they need to be more clear about the operation of autonomous car systems, to avoid fatal crashes like the one last May.

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One Driver Finds the Most Lucrative times to Ride

Many cab, Uber, Lyft, and other ride hailing service motorists find that earning money for their job means missing dinner. One rider, utilizes all three apps in order to find out which makes him the best deal. He finds that rides are most popular in the early mornings, and the evenings around dinner time. The driver noted the many fees associated with driving an Uber from insurance to maintenance to gas fees

Hey all  drivers, let us know how its going?

 

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Congresswoman Kathleen Rice Takes Aim at Drunk Drivers

Congresswoman Rice pushed for new national penalties for people driving impaired with a child in the car titled: The Prevent Impaired Driving Child Endangerment Act. This piece of legislation would make it a felony to drive under the influence while a child is present in the car. Included in Kathleen Rice’s piece of legislation is language that directs the Secretary of Transportation to withhold portions of federal funding from states that do not comply with this law that better protects children from impaired drivers.

If you receive a summons for driving under the influence, an experienced traffic ticket attorney can help. Call us at 212-227-9008, or email us at mblock1214@gmail.com.

 

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Uber and the DMV

Uber ended its autonomous car service in San Francisco after it had defied state officials orders telling uber the autonomous service was illegal. In Uber’s hometown of San Francisco, uber was forced to shut down its autonomous car service system. State regulators in California made sure that uber would adhere to state regulations.
Uber still contends that their autonomous cars require human oversight and are not illegal. Do you think that uber should be allowed to have its autonomous cars on the road?
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Uber Surcharge Fee?

The New York State legislature is moving on a special session this January to discuss the idea of adding a surcharge on Uber rides. The surcharge would raise revenue for the Nassau Inter-County Express (NICE). The state already charges a 50 cent surcharge fee on taxi rides, and would do the same on Uber rides. These new funds would greatly aid the NICE bus system, which faces budget cuts and subsequent route cuts.

 

 

 

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Have A Safe and Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays from the attorneys and staff here at the Law Office of Michael Block. For over 29 years, Michael has helped taxi cab drivers, and New Yorkers win their traffic ticket cases! Drive safe over the holiday break, and be responsible after the Christmas party. If you think you might not be able to drive, don’t drive! Have a relative, friend, cab, or Uber take you home, as it is never worth it.

 

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License Plate Cover Up

NYC will begin to crack down on license plates that are partially, or fully covered. Motorists have been placing plastic, or other materials over their license plates in order to disguise their cars from red light cameras. The motorist’s efforts have been successful as over 144,000 covered license plates have allowed motorists to avoid tickets ovetr the last two years. NYC cops will further issue tickets for the infractions. Receive a traffic ticket for a red light? An experienced traffic ticket attorney can help, call us at 212-227-9008 or email us at michaelblock.law@gmail.com.

 

 

 

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Election effects on Transportation Infrastructure

It has now been one month since the turbulent presidential election. The Trump administration may have a larger impact on the LIRR and Long Island’s economy in general.

Both Trump and Clinton agreed that fixing the aging infrastructure of the nation’s transportation systems is a crucial issue. Trump expressed his displeasure of the speediness of the LIRR back in May, and spoke on the importance of fixing the nation’s transportation infrastructure. This also affects those who drive

What do you think should be done to fix Long Island’s and New York City’s infrastructure? If you receive a traffic ticket in NY we can help. Give us a call at 212-227-9008.

 

 

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Right of Way Controversy

Last year, a cab driver attempted to challenge the constitutionality of the Right of Way Law and failed. He pled guilty to violating the Right of Way Law just a few days ago.

The Right of Way Law made striking a pedestrian who has the right of way an unclassified misdemeanor.

On a separate occasion, an NYC judge has dismissed charges against a motorist against the Right of Way Law on the grounds that it violated the defendants 5th and 14th amendment rights.

According to Section 1142 part b, Article 29 of the Vehicle and Traffic Law Laws, a vehicle entering a stop or yield section shall yield the right of way to any pedestrian legal crossing the roadway on which he is driving. A failure to yield to pedestrian in the crosswalk ticket faces 3 points and a minimum fine of $138

Do you think a motorist who accidentally strikes a pedestrian should face criminal charges?

If you receive a summons for a failure to yield to a pedestrian in the crosswalk, call us at 212-227-9008

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Cab Appreciation

I wanted to extend my thanks this past holiday of giving thanks to all of the cabdrivers in New York. I am proud to have served these fine gentleman and ladies for the past 30 years, fighting for their traffic tickets. Thank you to all of the NYC cabdrivers, who have been able to make a living here in NY, and make the city even more enjoyable than it already is. Their service to this city definitely does not go unnoticed, and I look forward to interacting and serving them in the future.

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Report

Newsday reports Gov. Cuomo signed a law that would allow the Villages of East Hampton and Sag Harbor to reduce the speed limits on certain congested streets. The issue to think about is whether the Village is motivated to make the streets easier to navigate or to raise revenue.

In any event, drivers should obey all local speed limits. If you receive a summons, please call us at 212-227-9008

 

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Governor Cuomo Releases Massive Campaign to Reinforce Move Over Law

Governor Cuomo Releases Massive Campaign to Reinforce Move Over Law

Do you remember Governor Cuomo’s Move Over Law? The Move Over law requires drivers to slow down and move over when approaching any emergency or law enforcement vehicle. The initial law was originally established in 2011 in order to protect emergency service personnel and law enforcement.

This week, Cuomo has launched many public service announcements to try and increase the safety of the law enforcement agents and highway personnel. This is part of NY’s aggressive campaign to keep motorists, pedestrians, emergency responders, and highway personnel all safe while they are on NY roads

Throughout this week, State Troopers and Thruway staff will hand out educational flyers and engage in conversation  about the importance of the Move Over Law at service areas.

Receive a ticket for a moving violation this week? We can help. Call us at 212-227-9008 or email us at michaelblock.law@gmail.com.

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Why to Hire a Traffic Attorney: Insurance premium hikes $$$

Although you may have a clean driving record since you were in high school, a conviction for a moving violation may lead to an increased insurance premium. If you receive a summons for a Cell Phone or Speeding, hikes in premiums are likely to follow. Convictions will also lead to fines, and possible Driver Assessment fees.

Obviously, a conviction for driving drunk or impaired will also lead to increased insurance rates. One reason to hire an experienced traffic ticket attorney is to increase your chances of winning the ticket. If you are found not guilty, you will not get points or easy fines or pay more for insurance.

An experienced traffic ticket attorney, like those at Law Office of Michael Block will fight your tickets for moving violations. Call our office at 212-227-9008 to divert your summons.

 

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Texting Stops

I drove many miles of beautiful and scenic NY State roads this weekend en route to visit my son at the University of Binghamton. From Long Island to New York City to the Hudson Valley, I shared the beautiful scenery with tens of thousands of other New York drivers. One thing I noticed was a new name for places to stop.
In the past, there were Full Service Stops. These contained Gas, Food and Rest Rooms. These still exist.
There also are Rest Stops. These usually include a rest room, and vending machines. These are now called “Text Stops”.
This is clearly a recognition of the volume of driver’s use of Electronic Devices.It also recognizes the danger involved.A conviction for Texting or Cell Phone use will add five (5) points to your license, plus a fine.
If you receive a ticket for cell phone, Texting or any other Moving Violation, please contact my office at 212-227-9008.
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L Train Shutdown Intro

L Train Shutdown Info

We all remember the destruction that Hurricane Sandy did. From the uprooting of trees to the destruction of homes and cars, we can still feel the affects of the massive Superstorm. One major aspect of Sandy was the flooding.

The storm surge from Hurricane Sandy allowed for the Canarsie Tunnel under the East River to fill up with astronomical amounts of water causing unthinkable damage. So, the MTA decided to close the L train temporarily to make the necessary repairs. The L train will shut between Manhattan and Brooklyn for 18 months beginning in 2019.
Where will all of these commuters go you may ask? There will be an increase in service on the J, G, and M trains but will that be enough to withstand the volume of commuters?
The main question is though, will the repairs actually be finished by the 18 month allotment, or will this project drag on and on and linger for commuters from Williamsburg into Manhattan or vice versa?

 

TLC limits drivers to 12 hour work days.

Everyone should know of this important rule. There is a current TLC rule set in place that aims to reduce TLC driver fatigue. As many of you know, driving a car, let alone driving one for extended amounts of time, is very tiring and affects a driver’s ability to drive.
 
Earlier this year, there was an extensive scientific review on practices of professional driving fatigue, and the TLC used this study to initiate the limit on the amount of hours per day a driver may work. TLC drivers may not driver more than 12 hours in a 24 hour time period. They also cannot drive 72 hours in a 7 day period in addition to the 12 hour limit in a 24 hour period. 
 
The TLC rule prevents loop holes in drivers avoiding the limits put into place. The first offense holds a $75 fine.The second offense includes a 15 day suspension. Importantly, the restriction does apply to for-hire drivers like Uber. So, all 140,000 drivers licensed by the TLC are included in this regulation. The limit on driving hours goes into effect on November 1st. 
 
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Texting while biking in NYC, still legal?

It is still legal to use your cellphone while you are operating your bicycle on the streets of this great city. The NYC.gov provides all of the bike laws for a bicycle operator. There is no law, however, against operating a cellphone while riding a bicycle. There is merely a safety tip suggesting you don’t use your phone while biking.

A bill was introduced into city hall back in 2014, by councilman Mark Trayger, but no action had been taken. The law would have protected the lives of bikers, drivers, and pedestrians alike. The bill stated a $50 fine for the first offense, and a $200 fine for repeat violations.

We believe texting and riding a bicylce should be illegal! Have a cellphone ticket? Caught operating a portable electronic device? We can help. Call us at 212-227-9008 or shoot us an email at michaelblock.law@gmail.com

U.S. Traffic Deaths Up

U.S. traffic deaths rose an alarming 10.4% in the first half of the year compared to the first half of 2015. The National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration released the statistics last Wednesday.

Interestingly, Americans drove 50.5 billion more miles in the first six months of 2016, than in the first half of 2015. However, this increase in the amount of miles driven does not necessarily account for all of the deaths this year. Officials have not yet identified a specific cause for the recent increase in U.S. traffic deaths.

The statistics were released as federal officials announced a Road to Zero coalition that aims to eliminate traffic deaths, including those on sidewalks and bicycle paths by 2046.

Could this have anything to do with the amount of texting and driving that has skyrocketed  in the U.S.? If you receive a ticket for texting and driving, do not hesitate to contact us at 212-227-9008. Or you could email us at michaelblock.law@gmail.com

 

Self-Driving Cars: On Their Way To Becoming Reality

As some of you may already know, self-driving cars have hit the streets. Some countries are even testing out the use of self-driving cars in the form of taxis. In Singapore, the company known as nuTonomy already allowed hail free rides earlier this month. In North America, self-driving cars are on their way to becoming a real life phenomena. Take the city of Pittsburgh for example.

 

In Pittsburgh, Uber has begun to allow self-driving cars to hit the road. Interestingly, a passenger has to be located in the front seat of the self-driving Uber during Uber pick-ups at all times. This “engineer” sits in the drivers seat alongside the Uber rider at all times. If at anytime the engineer does not feel safe, he can smack a big red button on the dashboard to disengage from driverless mode. If the Uber rider feels unsafe, then he or she may ask the engineer to switch out of driverless mode. Thus far, self-driving cars have been unable to fully hit the road unmanned in the city of Pittsburgh.

 

Uber allowed for some of its more loyal members to first try out the self-driving Ubers. At first Uber considered using the Volvo XC90 as its self-driving car model in Pittsburgh. However, Uber elected to use the Ford Fusion as its first self-driving car in Pittsburgh. Uber has said that autonomous cars can reduce vehicle-related deaths (over 40,000 vehicle-related deaths in 2015).

 

One must note that the self-driving Uber cars in Pittsburgh are not your typical automobiles. Uber has installed over twenty cameras, seven lasers, and about fourteen hundred alternative parts that render millions of bits of data onto their self-driving cars.

 

Uber’s goal seems to be to eliminate the use of human drivers. Let us know what you think. Leave a comment about whether or not you think that self-driving cars will actually become a reality.

 

Multiple Summonses For Same Car Stop

Many Drivers receive more than one ticket resulting from their first car stop. The amount of summonses that may be issued are totally within the Police Officer’s discretion.

Certain tickets are very closely related to each other. For example, an Officer may give tickets for Disobeying a Green Arrow (Pointing Straight) and Disobeying a Traffic Control Device (No Turns) to one motorist. The driver turns, gets two tickets, now what?

Many, but not all judges will consider this one action and will find guilty on only one. However, some judges might find guilty on both. In another case, the Officer may issue summonses for a Red Light and Cell Phone at the same time. These are clearly different offenses. You can be found guilty on one, both, or neither.

An experienced  New York Traffic, Criminal, TLC and CDL Attorney can help. I have been fighting these summonses and others like it for over 28 years. If you have a summons for Following Too Closely, contact me immediately. I can be contacted at 212-227-9008 or via email at michalblock.law@gmail.com.

Save The Tailgating For Football Season!!!

It seems like everyone in Manhattan is always in a rush. No one wants to wait at a red light or to let pedestrians safely cross the street. Some motorists quickly trail behind the car in front of them to avoid anything that might slow them down. It’s not only annoying, but extremely dangerous. On highways, cars usually are following too closely or tailgate as a method of intimidation because they want to pass the car in front of them. By law, motorists are supposed to maintain a safe following distance behind the car in front of it.

According to VTL 1129 following too closely is described as: the driver of a motor vehicle shall not follow another vehicle more closely than is reasonable and prudent, having due regard for the speed of such vehicles and the traffic upon the condition of the highway.

Reasonable and prudent can be determined by the motorists’ judgment. In driver’s education we were taught that you should always remain “a car length” apart from other cars and more than one “car length” apart on highways. The average car is about 14 feet and 8 inches long. By doing so you are creating a buffer space, should anything happen.

If the car in front of you suddenly slams on their brakes, that leaves you with a short reaction time. You have seconds to brake or safely switch lanes. If a motorist is driving behind a car leaving little to no space in front of them the likelihood of them braking in time is greatly decreased. This could cause a car crash domino effect.  According to NYPD this year there have been 542 summonses issued for following too closely. This is a very common summons in New York City; many of my clients have been issued a summons for this and want to fight it.

An experienced New York Traffic, Criminal, TLC and CDL Attorney can help. I have been fighting these summonses and others like it for over 28 years. If you have a summons for Following Too Closely, contact me immediately. I can be contacted at 212-227-9008 or via email at michalblock.law@gmail.com.

Did You Know That You Can Drive Within The Posed Speed Limit & Still Get a Speeding Ticket??

As you are probably aware, most speeding summonses are issued by Police Officers or State Troopers. They are experts in estimating speeds and using speed detection equipment. They usually charge a motorist with going a specific speed over the posted speed limit. For example, driving 75 mph in a 40 mph zone (an 8 point summons). The point system for Speeding summonses in New York is referenced above.

Updated Speeding Violation chart

You should also be aware that a summons for Speed Not Reasonable and Prudent can be issued. VTL 1180a provides that no person shall drive a vehicle at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions and having regard to the actual and potential hazards then existing. Basically the Police Officer can allege that you were going too fast for the condition of the road and traffic. It is common sense to reduce your speed during bad weather conditions. This includes torrential rain, snow, or fog. When the roads are not clear you must drive in an appropriate manner. If you are driving at a high speed that can prevent you from stopping your vehicle quickly when the roads are wet or slick. A lot of motorists think because their car may have 4- wheel or all wheel drive that this rule doesn’t apply to them.

This type of summons can be issued when a motorist is involved in a car crash, for example when a driver didn’t reduce their speed due to construction and spins out of control on the highway and hit a median. Or when a driver swerves and their car ends up on the side of the road in an embankment. While receiving a summons for this might not be common, it is very possible. In scenarios like this, a summons is issued because if the motorist was not driving in a reasonable and prudent manner.

Convictions for summonses for Speed Not Reasonable and Prudent will result in three (3) points on your driver’s license. The minimum fine is $138. If you are convicted of three (3) Speeding Tickets received within an 18 month period, your privileges will be revoked. If you or someone you know has recently received a moving violation in New York, contact me immediately. I can fight for you. Hiring an experienced Traffic, Criminal, TLC and CDL Attorney  can be the difference between being found guilty and maintaining a clean license. Don’t hesitate to call my office at 212-227-9008 or email me at michaelblock.law@gmail.com.

Conducción Temeraria o Conducción Peligrosa en Nueva York-Lo Que Significa Para Usted

Ejemplos de Conducir de manera imprudente se Virar hacia fuera de su carril porque estás usando las piernas para dirigir, balanceándose y tejido a través de tráfico y en un caso extremo, haciendo acrobacias automovilísticas. cuentas de conducir de manera imprudente el 40% de las personas que murieron en accidentes automovilísticos en la ciudad de Nueva York. Cada vez que maneje en una mansión inseguro que usted o cualquier otro motorista pone en dangerit puede considerarse Conducir de manera imprudente o peligroso. Es muy fácil de ser detenido por conducción temeraria en la ciudad de Nueva York. ¿Cuántas veces nos vemos automovilistas se impaciente porque otra persona está conduciendo demasiado despacio? Ellos viajan alrededor de ellos o saltar rápidamente a otro carril, cortando otra persona fuera. Como Tráfico Fiscal entradas New York,He representado a los automovilistas sobre muchas de estas citaciones.

VTL 1212 Conducir de manera imprudente define como la conducción o el uso de cualquier vehículo de motor, motocicleta o cualquier otro vehículo propulsado por cualquier otra energía distinta de la fuerza muscular o cualquier aparato o accesorio del mismo en forma injustificada pone en peligro a los usuarios de la vía pública. Está prohibido conducir de manera imprudente. Una condena por conducción temeraria en Nueva York es un delito menor. Las multas pueden alcanzar de $ 300. También recibirá 5 puntos en su registro de conducción.

Está dentro de la discreción del oficial de policía si emitir una citación por conducción temeraria o conducción peligrosa.

El oficial emitirá una citación amarillo por conducción peligrosa y la audiencia será en una Oficina Violaciónes de Tráfico NYC. Una condena conlleva dos (2) puntos y una multa mínima de $ 138. Violaciónes de tráfico Oficina escuchará estos casos.

Si recibe una citación de conducción temeraria, el oficial emitirá un billete rosa. La citación es devolverse a Nueva York Citación de piezas. Están ubicados en el 346 de Broadway (Nueva York), 120 Schermerhorn Street (Brooklyn), 125-01 Queens Blvd (Queens), 215 Este de la calle 161 (Bronx) y 26 de la avenida central (Staten Island).

En Nueva York, conducción temeraria es un delito menor y este delito va a ir en su registro. También podría ser posible encarcelamiento; 30 días por la primera ofensa, 90 días para el segundo y 130 para una tercera ofensa.

Desde la conducción peligrosa e imprudente parece ser la misma violación, el billete que recibe es realmente depende de la policía y de la situación. Es importante obedecer las reglas de tráfico siempre que esté detrás del volante. Si usted ha recibido una citación por conducir de manera imprudente o peligroso que es imprescindible que conserve un experimentado Fiscal de Nueva York del tráfico de entradas.  Estos son violaciónes graves y deben ser manejados inmediatamente. Puede ponerse en contacto conmigo por teléfono al 212-227-9008 o por correo electrónico a michaelblock.law@gmail.com.

Failure to Yield to Pedestrians in Crosswalks

As a lawyer who defends people who receive summonses for moving violations, I frequently represent clients for Failure to Yield to Pedestrians. These summonses are issued more in NYC than they are in the rest of New York State. VTL 1151 provides pedestrians’ right of way in crosswalks. (a) When traffic-control signals are not in place or in operation the driver of a vehicle shall yield the right of way, slowing down or stopping if need be to so yield, to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within a crosswalk on the roadway upon which the vehicle is traveling, except that any pedestrian crossing a roadway at a point where a pedestrian tunnel or overpass has been provided shall yield the right of way to all vehicles. It does not matter that you drove into the intersection on a green light. As long as the pedestrian is lawfully in the crosswalk, you may not enter the intersection. The pedestrian has the right of way if he or she has entered the intersection with a walk signal.

Failing to yield to a pedestrian or give them the right of way can result in a 3 point summons. So far this year there have been 17,490 summonses issued for failing to give a pedestrian the right of way in New York City. That is an alarming number that unfortunately will continue to grow. This is a city of pedestrians. No matter what time of day there will always be a sea of people walking to and from their destinations. Be mindful of them as they cross the streets.  According to Mayor DeBlasio’s Vision Zero data, there are 22 pedestrians killed a year and 1,925 pedestrians injured yearly in the city. Safer driving is imperative! Always give pedestrians the right of way and stay off electronic devices while driving so you can give 100% of your attention the condition of the road.

A conviction for Failure to Yield to Pedestrians will result in three points and a minimum fine of $138. If you receive a summons for Failure to Yield to a Pedestrian you or your attorney must personally appear in court. You cannot plead guilty by mail or internet. If you have recently received a summons for this violation or any other moving violation in New York please contact me at my office at 212-227-9008 or via email at michaelblock.law@gmail.com.

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Celebrate Responsibly Don’t Lose Your Driving Rights on Independence Day

Summer is officially here and we are approaching one of the biggest “BBQ holidays” of the year – the Fourth of July. Everyone will be driving to visit family and friends at various BBQs and ending the night with fireworks.  While this is a celebration of freedom and family, it is important to remember to be safe while cooking on the grill, at the beach, handling fireworks and especially on the roads.

According to the National Safety Council last year the Fourth of July weekend was predicted to be the deadliest in seven years. This year the holiday period begins on Friday, July 1 at 6 PM and ends on Tuesday, July 5 at 11:59 PM. Not only will there be an increase of cars on the roads, but there also will be a larger police presence.  Police will be looking out for motorists who are committing all violations, but they will especially be on the lookout for motorists driving while under the influence and speeding. This Fourth of July weekend, don’t end up a statistic! Abide by the rules of the road and exercise safe driving practices.

There are so many things we all can do to keep us and our loved ones safe this holiday weekend. The simplest thing we can do is always buckle up when in the car. Wearing a seatbelt is the law and can prevent serious injuries in an accident. Be mindful of other motorists, use signals when changing lanes and remember to share the road with motorcycles. Always pay attention to the road. Distracted driving accounts for a large portion of crashes and car related deaths. According to distraction.gov in 2014, 3,179 people were killed and 431,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers. Looking at your phone or GPS for even a minute is a minute too long.

You should always obey your local speed limits; it’s the number one way to keep motorists safe. Speeding summonses always carry points. The higher you drive over the posted speed limit the more points you will receive. Here is our violation and points chart:

Updated Speeding Violation chart

Keep in mind, once you approach 11 points your license may be suspended.

The most important warning I can give, is that under no circumstances should one drive if they’ve been drinking. Police will be out in droves looking for motorists who are driving while intoxicated or impaired. It’s never worth it and can put many lives in danger. It’s always smart to have a backup plan. This way if no one is able to drive you are already protected. Assign a designated driver, someone who will not be drinking all night and is able to take you home safely. Call a cab or an Uber; there are so many e-hailing apps available now, you literally have chauffeuring at your finger tips. You want to remember the holiday weekend as a great time with friends and family. Not in the back of a Police car or worse, in a hospital.

If you or someone you know is issued a summons over the holiday weekend, you need to hire an experienced New York Traffic Ticket Attorney to fight for you. I’ve been handling summonses issued in New York State for over 28 years. I can help. You can contact me at 212-227-9008 or via email at michaelblock.law@gmail.com

Have a Safe & Happy Fourth of July.

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Had too much to drink? Call Designated Driving Service, NYC

Have you ever driven somewhere and later realized that you may have had too much to drink and that you should probably call a cab home? While it’s the responsible thing to do, and the best way to avoid a DWI/DUI or a car crash it forces you to leave your car. Designated Driving Service, NYC is a chauffeur service that acts as a designated driver for anyone that may need a ride home after a night of partying.  Michael Block, New York Traffic Ticket Attorney interviewed Ronald Kandov of Designated Driving Service, NYC to learn more about the company.

Michael Block, New York Traffic Attorney: Can you explain what Designated Driving Service, NYC is?

Ronald: We are a designated driving service. We specialize in taking YOU and YOUR car home when you’ve had a drink and can’t drive back home. We send over 2 drivers to your location. One will sit in your car and take YOU and YOUR car home and the other driver will follow to get back the first driver. Our service saves lives every day and it’s more affordable then taking a cab.

Michael Block, New York Traffic Attorney: How long have you been in business and where are you based?

Ronald: We’ve been in business for one year and are located in Fresh Meadows, NY.

Michael Block, New York Traffic Attorney:  How many drivers do you have on staff?

Ronald:  We have a fleet of 20 drivers.

Michael Block, New York Traffic Attorney: What are the requirements to become a driver with Designated Driving Service, NYC?

Ronald:  All of our drivers must pass a background test. If a driver has 3 or more speeding tickets on their record, gotten a DWI/ DUI or had suspended a license we will not hire them. Our drivers are highly experienced and insured under Designated Driving Service, NYC.

Michael Block, New York Traffic Attorney: What areas do you service?

Ronald: All 5 boroughs and we’ve expanded to New Jersey and the Hamptons.

Michael Block, New York Traffic Attorney: What are your hours? Is there a time frame that clients can call for this service?

Ronald: We are open 24/7.

Michael Block, New York Traffic AttorneyDo you offer any other services?

Ronald: We also offer a personal chauffer service.

Michael Block, New York Traffic Attorney: How can a client get in contact with you to make a reservation for either service?

Ronald: You can make a reservation on our app within seconds “Designated driving service NYC” or on our website www.designateddrivingservicenyc.com

You can call us at 631-697-6820 or 718-415-1316.

 

How’s your driving? If you’re looking for lessons then you’ve come to the right place!

Alan Schlesinger is the founder of Abbott Safety Consulting,Inc. and APS driving lessons. Abbott Safety is a corporation that provides commercial drivers and warehouse safety specialists with affordable programs for accident prevention that meet the specific needs of trucking companies. APS driving lessons provides lessons for drivers to pass their road test on the first try in the comfort of their own vehicle. With a 95% success rate, he is the man to call if you, a loved one, or a friend needs some driving help. He is dedicated to providing drivers with safety tools and techniques to avoid accidents at all costs. We called Alan to get an insider interview. Here’s what he said.

Michael Block, New York Traffic Ticket Attorney: Tell us a little bit about your background and how you got started.

Alan Schlesinger: I learned the business very young when I swept floors, operated forklifts, drove heavy-duty trucks and tractor-trailers for my grandfather, father, and uncle. I got my bachelor’s degree and then returned to the family business and eventually became the Executive Vice President in charge of Operations, Transportation and Safety. In 2006 I founded Abbott Safety Consulting. I am also a former CDL driver, a licensed CDL examiner, an experienced Driver Trainer and I have OSHA and DPT certifications. I am also certified by the National Safety Council, the National Traffic Safety Institute and the American Safety Institute.

Michael Block, New York Traffic Ticket Attorney: What does Abbott Safety Consulting Incorporated Specialize in? Do you offer training in anything? Where is it located?

Alan Schlesinger: We are located in White Plains, New York. We specialize in a variety of things including:

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We also offer training in:

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Michael Block,New York Traffic Ticket Attorney:What is the CSA and why is that important to your students?

Alan Schlesinger: The CSA is a U.S Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration enforcement program requiring large commercial vehicle carriers to be in compliance with safety Laws and regulations. It has three main parts including; Measuring safety performance/Collecting data-CSA BASICs (Behavioral Analysis Safety Improvement Categories), Evaluation of high risk driving behavior- identifying candidates for intervention and which type of interventions needed, and Intervention to improve safety. Abbott Safety can evaluate and help truck drivers comply with CSA.

Michael Block,New York Traffic Ticket Attorney:Are there any services you provide that can help improve driving records?

Alan Schlesinger: Yes. We offer a 6-hour New York Point Insurance Reduction Course (Defensive Driving). It can help drivers reduce points on their record received from New York traffic violations by up to 4 points and save up to 10% on their insurance for a three year period. Register for the course online at our website. http://bestpricedrivingschools.com/Course/index.php/register?awc_id=NjM1

Michael Block, New York Traffic Ticket Attorney: Do you offer private driving lessons for non-truck drivers as well? If so, where do you offer these lessons?

Alan Schlesinger: Yes, I offer private driving lessons, I am a certified driving instructor and I have single and package lessons available. I can set up appointments to be taken to road test sights at the student’s local DMV and I have an extremely high success rate for passing road tests on the first try. I allow my students to arrive and practice in a personal car that they are used to, to ensure comfort. I am able to travel to Manhattan, the five boroughs, Westchester County, New Jersey, and Long Island.

Alan takes pride in helping trucking companies improve their high way safety driving records and company enforcement of driving safety regulations. He is extremely patient and is dedicated to helping students pass their road tests on the first try.

For more information or to schedule your driving lessons please visit his website http://abbottsafety.com/  and contact him at (704) 996-1082 or APS5555@verizon.net. For Truck driving safety information call him at: (914) 607-2997 or email him at Alan@AbottSafety.com.

 

 

 

 

We Stand with Gay Americans

The Law Office of Michael Block stands with Gay Americans.

Check out the full article below:

Some of June’s gay pride celebrations happened last weekend, but many are still ahead. The one in Louisville, Ky., is among them. There’s a parade scheduled for Friday.

That’s your state, Mitch McConnell. You should go.

If you’re not comfortable marching, mingle on the sidelines. If parades aren’t your thing, make an appearance at one of the other pride events in Kentucky in coming days.

Just show up. And by doing so, show that the absence of “gay” or “L.G.B.T.” in your statements immediately following the Orlando massacre — and in the statements of so many other prominent Republicans — isn’t because you place us and our concerns behind some thick pane of glass with a Do Not Touch sign that stays up even when blood and tears pool beneath it.

For more than 48 hours, Paul Ryan also seemed to avoid any mention of the kind of nightclub that the Orlando gunman chose and one of the reasons its revelers were marked for death.

On Tuesday morning that silence finally ended, as Ryan told journalists in Washington that he wanted to “be clear.”

“Members of the L.G.B.T. community were the targets,” he said. “They were simply attacked for who they are.”

He thus joined his 2012 running mate, Mitt Romney, who sent out a tweet midday Monday offering “a special prayer for the L.G.B.T. community that was the focus of this attack.”

Ryan also joined Donald Trump, who mentioned L.G.B.T. Americans repeatedly in his formal remarks on Monday afternoon, expressing “solidarity with the members of Orlando’s L.G.B.T. community” and asserting that the gunman wanted “to execute gay and lesbian citizens because of their sexual orientation.”

But more conspicuous than what Romney and Trump said was what so many other Republicans didn’t.

Bemoaning the carnage, they justly condemned the Islamic State and violent extremists. They rightly paid tribute to “first responders.”

But this specificity didn’t extend to the lives and loves of the people killed. Even Rick Scott, the Republican governor of Florida, initially sidestepped the subject, failing to emphasize that many of them spent their final terrified minutes in a place where they had sought precisely the comfort and belonging that they didn’t always feel on the other side of its walls.

We still have much to learn about the exact mix of the gunman’s motives. There are reports that he cased other locations. His unhinged diatribesapparently extended to women, blacks and Jews as well as gays.

His past behavior and his call to 911 demonstrated an overarching hatred of America, with its celebration of diversity and individual liberty. The revelers in Pulse epitomized that liberty, and what happened to them is part of a bigger story and a bigger struggle that affect all Americans.

But that doesn’t preclude an acknowledgment of their sexual orientations, and it doesn’t excuse any reluctance to discuss that.

Roman Catholic leaders, too, shied away. Statements by the bishop of Orlando and by the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops said nothing about a gay nightclub or gays.

Such omissions so troubled the Rev. James Martin, a best-selling Jesuit author, that he posted a video commentary about them on Facebook on Monday afternoon. Twenty-four hours later, it had been viewed about 700,000 times.

“If the murders had happened, God forbid, in a church of a particular Christian denomination, Catholic leaders would decry the murders and then naturally express their solidarity with members of that denomination,” he said in the video, adding that for the most part, “this was not done for the grieving L.G.B.T. community.”

He told me on Tuesday that there were exceptions, including Bishop Robert Lynch of St. Petersburg, Fla., who wrote a blog post in which he conceded that religion, including Catholicism, “often breeds contempt for gays, lesbians and transgender people,” and that this contempt can lead to violence. Lynch stressed that the Orlando victims “were all made in the image and likeness of God.”

“We teach that,” Lynch wrote. “We should believe that. We must stand for that.”

“We” includes leaders of both parties. If Ted Cruz can mourn Orlando as an attack on gay people — which, in fact, he did — then every other Republican can, too.

This is one of those moments, in the wake of terror, when we find the most apt and evocative ways to underscore our oneness and renounce our fear. When we make grand gestures. When we make pointed ones.

So Majority Leader McConnell, pick your rally. Speaker Ryan, accompany him. Governor Scott, attend the funerals of gay victims. Other Republicans and Democrats, recognize L.G.B.T. Americans with both your words and your presence at gay pride celebrations.

You want to show our enemies what America stands for? Then stand with us.

How to Save Yourself When Pulled Over for using a Portable Electronic Device

You have just been pulled over by a police officer. You have no idea why. Do not engage the officer in conversation. Do not act angry or surprised. An officer will usually assume that you know the New York Traffic Violation you have committed. Getting visibly upset may only worsen the situation.

The officer hands you a ticket for Improper use of a Portable Electronic Device (texting). According to VTL 1225d  no person shall operate a motor vehicle while using any portable electronic device while such device is in motion. You are shocked and outraged. You were stopped at a red light, so you thought it was okay to touch your phone while the car was stopped. That would be your first mistake. Whether the car is at a complete stop or in motion you are not to touch any electronic devices, especially a cell phone to text. Texting is one of the main causes of car crashes. According to the National Highway Safety Administration operating a motor vehicle while using an electronic device will increase your chances of being in a motor vehicle crash by twenty-three percent, as compared to those drivers who are not. The safest time to use a cell phone would be when the car is off the road and the keys are out of the ignition. In the state of New York you can be pulled over and issued a summons for doing any of the following:

-Talking on a handheld mobile telephone

-Composing, sending, reading, accessing, browsing, transmitting, saving or    retrieving electronic data such as email, text messages or  web pages

-Viewing, taking or transmitting images ( picture and/or video)

-Playing games on your cell phone

If you find yourself in a situation where you have been pulled over for using an electronic device remember the less you say, the better. Give the officer the documents that have been requested. If you argue the officer will record that in his notebook. His memory of the case will be enhanced when it is heard in court. The line “anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law” is more than just a saying, it is the truth. The officer may try extra hard to obtain a conviction. If convicted you could lose your driving privileges and there may be an increase in your insurance premiums.

Always stay cool and calm and most importantly give an experienced New York Traffic Ticket Attorney a call immediately. If you receive a summons, contact us at 212-227-9008 or via email at michaelblock.law@gmail.com. I have been fighting summonses in New York for over 28 years and I can fight for you!

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2 Point Ticket in Forest Hills Reduced to 0 Points!!

We’ve received another 5 star review! Michael Block, Queens Traffic Ticket Attorney was able to get a client’s 2 point Improper Turn ticket reduced to 0 points! The client received this ticket in Forest Hills.

We always fight for the most favorable outcome and are always glad to have great results for our clients. If you’ve received a speeding ticket or any other type of moving violation, let us help you! Email us at michaelblocklawyer.com or call (212) 227-9008 to learn how we can defend you.

Speeding Tickets and The Hamptons Don't Mix

Summer vacation/weekend getaway season is finally here! Many New Yorkers will be spending their weekends driving out to the Hamptons for long weekends and quick getaways from the busy City. Drivers should pay attention to all Vehicle and Traffic Laws. We can anticipate that speeding laws will be strictly enforced when heading to the Hamptons and The North Fork of Long Island. Police are aware that motorists are out enjoying themselves and that when on vacation people may forget about the rules of the road. They still apply and you must still obey them! Always be aware and stay informed of the ever-changing speed limits. For example, the Speed limit on Route 114 in Sag Harbor has just been lowered from 40 mph to 35 mph. Changes like this are made frequently. You must always stay informed.

Speed limits and speeding tickets on Long Island can add 3-11 points onto your license. The number of points you receive depends on how much you exceed the speed limit. Take a look at our Violation and Points chart below.

Speed Violation chart

Be aware, the higher the speeding violation, the more points you will receive. An easy way to calculate how many points your ticket is worth is to subtract your travel speed from the posted speed limit. For example, if you are pulled over for going 60 mph in a 40 mph zone, subtract 60 – 40. That leaves you with 20, and puts you in the 4 point ticket category.

If you are unsure of the speed limit or cannot find a posted speed limit sign then reduce your speed! You can look online on at www.ecode360.com to find out the speed limit in each town. Very rarely will an officer accept the excuse of “I’m from out of town” when pulled over for speeding.

In addition to watching your speed, it is imperative that you never drive while intoxicated or even after consuming just one drink, even at your summer rental in the Hamptons. According to the law, buzzed driving is still drunk driving and New York Police are on alert to reduce roadway fatalities caused by impaired driving. This past Memorial Day Weekend, according to Gov. Cuomo, state police issued nearly 12,000 summonses for Speeding, DWI and other moving violations. More than 600 of the summonses were issued on Long Island.

Don’t let speeding tickets ruin your summer fun. Let me fight your speeding tickets for you. If you receive a speeding ticket in East Hampton,West Hampton,South Hampton, Hampton Bays or Bridge Hampton please contact your New York Traffic Ticket Attorney at 212-227-9008 or at michaelblock.law@gmail.com

5 Point Cell Phone Ticket Received in East Harlem Reduced to 0 Points

cellphone ticket may be issued regardless of how the driver was using the device.  The law defines “using” as holding your cellphone while talking, taking pictures, texting, or simply viewing the device.  So if you are viewing the device as a GPS, you are in violation.

In addition, cellphone tickets rack up as much as 5 points.  Extra points on your license can increase the price of your insurance.  3 cellphone tickets could result in the suspension of your license.

The cost of cellphone tickets can range between $50 to $400 depending on the gravity and frequency of the offense. Aside from the immediate cost of the ticket, points on your license could cause insurance premiums to increase significantly.

When you receive the cellphone ticket, do not discuss it with the police officer.   Anything you say can, and WILL be used against you in court. Officers take notes on any comments you make which can later harm you while disputing your traffic ticket.

A cellphone ticket lawyer is waiting to help you. New York Traffic Violations can be very damaging to your driving record. My advice is: don’t pay that traffic ticket. Take a moment now to share a few details about your ticket here.

We always fight for the most favorable outcome and are always glad to have great results for our clients. If you’ve received a speeding ticket or any other type of moving violation, let us help you! Email us at michaelblocklawyer.com or call (212) 227-9008 to learn how we can defend you.

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A 4 Point Speeding Ticket Reduced to Not Guilty and 0 Points

Speeding tickets are fairly common in New York and range in cost as well as license points depending on how fast you were going over the speed limit. Our client received a 4 point speeding ticket because they were driving 19 MPH over the speed limit.

Traffic Ticket Violations Points

Driving 1-10 MPH over the speed limit 3 points
Driving 11-20 MPH over the speed limit 4 points
Driving 21-30 MPH over the speed limit 6 points
Driving 31-40 MPH over the speed limit 8 points
Driving over 40 MPH over speed limit 11 points

If you are ticketed for speeding, we can fight for you. Call for free legal advice on Speeding Tickets at (212) 227-9008 or email us at MichaelBlock.law@gmail.com. The most important advice we can offer at this moment is to fight the ticket. Do not simply mail in a payment or pay the DMV online. This will result in a guilty plea and points on your license which can raise the cost of your insurance.

That Selfie Can Wait! Don't Get Distracted on Prom Night

Distracted Driving during Prom Season is on the rise. We live in the age of the selfie, live video documentation and the constant fear of exclusion. And of course teens are on these social media apps even more on prom night. There’s nothing wrong with showing how much of a good time you’re having and showing off your ensembles. But there is an issue with doing it while driving! This becomes an even bigger problem if there is alcohol involved. According to research conducted by the Transport Research Laboratory and the Institute of Advanced Motorist the reaction time of a driver is slowed by 38% while using their smartphone, as opposed to the 12% of someone who has been drinking. When you’re distracted by your phone you could be looking away from the road for long periods of time and not even realize it. Sending a text takes your eyes off the road for 4.6 seconds, taking a selfie or creating a video takes even longer.

If your child is driving with their date or friends to prom or after prom activities make sure you talk to them about safe driving. Prom is no excuse to be on the phone while behind the wheel; if there is an absolute need to talk on the phone then pull over or give the passenger the phone to talk. And no matter how much fun they’re having singing along to music or how great they look there no need to Snapchat while driving or take pictures for Instagram. In 60 % of crashes nationwide, teen drivers were either chatting or looking at passengers in their vehicles or talking or texting on a cell phone seconds before collisions occurred, according to the study that analyzed five years’ worth of in-vehicle video data from nearly 1,700 crashes involving 16- to 19-year-olds. This is really a disturbing fact to read about but catastrophic if it happens to your family. Let this serve as reminder that looking down at a phone for even a second can be deadly.

According to the Pew Research Center 1 in 3 teens say they have texted while driving. A new study from AT&T, polling more than 2,000 people who use smartphones and drive at least once a day, shows nearly 4-in-10 smartphone users tap into social media while driving. Almost 3-in-10 surf the net, while a surprisingly 1-in-10 take it even further and video chat. Snapchat and Instagram are the main networks being used while driving. One of the reasons teen are on their phones 24/7 is because of the fear of exclusion. They’re always afraid they’ll miss some big social media moment or “the perfect opportunity to post”.

New York has a very strict law concerning cell phones and portable electronic devices – a conviction for a cell phone ticket can lead to heavy fines and a penalty of 5 points, the same as passing a stopped school bus or reckless driving. And if coupled with a DWI/DUI the ramifications could be even worse and lead to a license suspension. There are also potential increases in Insurance premiums following a conviction.

If your teen has received a summons for distracted driving in New York, please contact us immediately at 212-227-9008 or michaelblock.law@gmail.com . This type of summons should be handled right away and as an experienced New York Traffic Ticket Lawyer, I can fight for you.

3 Point Failure to Obey to a Stop Sign Ticket in Merrick, Nassau County Reduced to 0 points.

VTL 1172a states that except when directed to proceed by a police officer, every driver of a vehicle approaching a stop sign shall stop at a clearly marked stop line, but if none, then shall stop before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection. Or in the event that there is no crosswalk, at the point nearest the intersecting roadway where the driver has a view of the approaching traffic on the intersecting roadway before entering the intersection.

If you receive a summons for Failing to Stop at a Stop sign, you would be facing a fine. For first time offenders, you would be fined $150 and have to pay an $88 surcharge. You would also receive 3 points on your license and in rare circumstances; you could face up to 15 days in jail.

I was able to fight for this client and get their ticket reduced to 0 points! By retaining my office this client was able to avoid all possible fines and points.

It is very important to contact an experienced Traffic Ticket Attorney immediately if you or someone you know ever receives a summons for Failing to Stop at a Stop Sign. I can fight for you! Call my office at 212-227-9008 or email me at michaelblock.law@gmail.com.

DWI and Prom Night- Don't Let it Be Your Child

Prom night should always be thought of and remembered as a great night in a teen’s life. Most of us can reminisce about our prom night; what we wore, who accompanied us and what music was played.  And as a parent we want the same for our children. No parent should be thinking about their child receiving a summons, being involved in a car accident or being arrested. Alcohol is involved in almost 1/3 of teenage car accident fatalities on prom night.

Traditionally most teens (or their parents) shell out money to rent a limo or have some sort of chauffeur, but now-a-days most kids rent a luxury car and drive themselves. Nothing is wrong with that, but because of this new prom norm, more attention needs to be paid to teen drinking and driving.  Teens face a lot of peer pressure when it comes to drinking. They should always know that there are alternatives to getting behind the wheel or in the car with someone who has been drinking. If they do decide to break the law and drink and drive there are serious consequences. The penalties of drinking and driving may include the loss of driving privileges, a criminal record and a fine. The penalty fine for a DWI is a minimum of $500.

90% of teens believe their peers are more likely to drink and drive on prom night.Teens already expect that there will be drinking and driving. It is the responsibility of parents to have honest talks with them about the dangers and present alternatives to them.  Let your teen know that if something goes wrong or their ride has begun to drink that you will be able to pick them up or arrange to bring them home. Make sure they are aware of Uber, Lyft and local car services. Too many teens lose their lives each year to underage drinking. Every year 5,000 people under age 21 die in alcohol related crashes

If you or someone you know received a DWI/DUI then please contact an experienced New York Traffic Ticket Attorney immediately! A new driver should not be receiving points on their license. Contact me at 212-227-9008 or via email at michaelblock.law@gmail  to fight a DWI or any other traffic violations.

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This Social Media App Could Kill Your Kids

Technology is constantly evolving and new forms of social media are being created every day. Snapchat is the newest and most popular social network; just about everyone has it on their phone or knows someone who actively uses it. It’s a combination of a video and photo app complete with the ability to add and write captions, filters and even a speedometer filter. Users, who are largely made up of teens are living in the super connected age; they never want to miss a thing, so they’re always logged on. This means snapping while in school, out with friends and even in the car. The biggest problem with this app is that users are “snapping” while behind the wheel.

According to Liberty Mutual Insurance and Students against Destructive Driving (SADD) a survey that was taken of 11th and 12th graders across the country proved that teens are using snapchat more than any other form of social media when driving. Out of all other possible digital distractions, Snapchat ranked highest at 38%. There are an alarming number of car accidents and fatalities being caused by users that were snapping while driving. The speedometer filter is also a major factor in users snapping while driving. There have been reports of teens in car accidents who were snapping while their speeds were maxing over 100 MPH.

snap and drive

It’s important that parents have conversations about distracted driving and the consequences of using Snapchat and other social media apps while driving.  With Snapchat’s growing popularity and constant updates making it even more enticing to use whenever and where ever; teens need to know that it’s okay to put the phone down. In New York, lawmakers are pushing for Text and Driving/Distracted Driving tickets to be treated like DWIs. A conviction may result in license suspension. Snapchat’s core users are under the age of 24 and new drivers cannot afford a five point ticket (Improper use of Portable Electronic Device).

Make sure you speak to your children about their phone usage while behind the wheel. Remind them that it is against the law, can cost them (or you the parent) money, points on their record or even worse, their life. If you or someone in your family has received a summons for using an electronic device while driving, please do not hesitate to contact me. Young drivers should not have any infractions on their records, and as an experienced New York Traffic Ticket Attorney I can fight for them. Contact me at 212-227-9008 or via email at michaelblock.law@gmail.com

 

Photo: NY Times 

5 Point Cell Phone Ticket in Yonkers Reduced to 0 Points

cellphone ticket may be issued regardless of how the driver was using the device.  The law defines “using” as holding your cellphone while talking, taking pictures, texting, or simply viewing the device.  So if you are viewing the device as a GPS, you are in violation.

In addition, cellphone tickets rack up as much as 5 points.  Extra points on your license can increase the price of your insurance.  3 cellphone tickets could result in the suspension of your license.

The cost of cellphone tickets can range between $50 to $400 depending on the gravity and frequency of the offense. Aside from the immediate cost of the ticket, points on your license could cause insurance premiums to increase significantly.

When you receive the cellphone ticket, do not discuss it with the police officer.   Anything you say can, and WILL be used against you in court. Officers take notes on any comments you make which can later harm you while disputing your traffic ticket.

A cellphone ticket lawyer is waiting to help you. New York Traffic Ticket Law can be very damaging to your driving record. My advice is: don’t pay that traffic ticket. Take a moment now to share a few details about your ticket here.

We always fight for the most favorable outcome and are always glad to have great results for our clients. If you’ve received a speeding ticket or any other type of moving violation, let us help you! Email us at michaelblocklawyer.com or call (212) 227-9008 to learn how we can defend you.

Reckless Driving or Dangerous Driving in New York City- What it Means To You

Examples of Reckless Driving are swerving out of your lane because you’re using your legs to steer, bobbing and weaving through traffic and in an extreme case, doing car stunts. Reckless Driving accounts for 40% of people killed in car crashes in New York City. Whenever you drive in an unsafe manor that puts you or any other motorist in danger it can be considered Reckless or Dangerous Driving. It’s very easy to be stopped for reckless driving in New York City. How often do we see motorists get impatient because someone else is driving too slowly? They whip around them or quickly jump into another lane, cutting someone else off. As a New York Traffic Ticket Attorney, I’ve represented motorists on many of these summonses.

VTL 1212 defines Reckless Driving as driving or using any motor vehicle, motorcycle or any other vehicle propelled by any other power other than muscular power or any appliance or accessory thereof in a manner which unreasonably endangers users of the public highway. Reckless driving is prohibited.  A conviction for Reckless Driving in New York is a misdemeanor. Fines can reach $300. You also will receive 5 points on your driving record.

It is within the Police Officer’s discretion whether to issue a summons for Reckless Driving or Dangerous Driving.  

The officer will issue a yellow summons for Dangerous Driving and the hearing will be at an NYC Traffic Violations Bureau. A conviction carries two (2) points and a minimum fine of $138. Traffic Violations Bureau will hear these cases.

If you receive a Reckless Driving summons, the officer will issue a pink ticket. The summons is returnable to New York City Summons Parts. They are located at 346 Broadway (NYC), 120 Schermerhorn Street (Brooklyn), 125-01 Queens Blvd (Queens), 215 East 161st Street (Bronx) and 26 Central Ave (Staten Island).

In New York, Reckless driving is a misdemeanor and this offense will go on your record. There also could be possible jail time; 30 days for the first offense, 90 days for the second and 130 for a third offense.

Since Dangerous and Reckless Driving appear to be the same violation, the ticket you receive is really dependent on the police officer and the situation. It’s important to obey all traffic rules whenever you’re behind the wheel. If you have received a summons for Reckless or Dangerous Driving it’s imperative that you retain an experienced New York Traffic Ticket Attorney. These are serious violations and should be handled immediately.  You can contact me by phone at 212-227-9008 or via email at michaelblock.law@gmail.com

Looking for a Career Change? Try the Commercial Automotive Industry

I’ve had the privilege to know and do business with Roman Gold for over 10 years.  He owns a successful CDL Driving school in Brooklyn and Spring Valley, New York. If you or someone you know is interested in a Commercial Driver occupation I strongly recommend going to CDL Auto Club, Inc. Roman and CDL Auto Club, Inc. have been a great resource to my clients over the years , so I asked him to share a little bit about his school, CDL Auto Club, Inc.

New York Traffic Ticket Attorney: Tell us a little bit about CDL Auto Club, Inc.

Roman Gold: At the CDL Auto Club Inc. we offer convenient automotive training to fit your needs. In business since 1991 we have helped thousands of people pass their road test. At the CDL Auto Club Inc. we specialize in driving lessons and refresher courses, commercial driving license (CDL) training, 5 hour pre-licensing classes and own a variety of vehicles to help you pass your road test. When you learn how to drive with us, we will provide the same vehicle you were trained on to take your road test, especially if you on trained on a tractor trailer or a bus.

New York Traffic Ticket Attorney: Why is making a career switch to being a Commercial Vehicle Operator a good idea?

Roman Gold: The commercial driver occupation represents a good employment opportunity. The Job Growth Forecasts indicate that there will be readily available jobs for drivers for the foreseeable future. Entry-level drivers enjoyed starting compensation levels around $35,000 per year. Many transportation companies offer benefits such as insurance, retirement plans, paid vacations and safety bonuses. Drivers that are successful as employees can become owner-operators and own their own businesses, which is how many of today’s large trucking companies began. Everyone has heard of outsourcing, where jobs are shipped overseas. That simply cannot be done with Commercial drivers.

New York Traffic Ticket Attorney: Why should someone who is interested in obtaining their CDL license choose CDL Auto Club, Inc.?

Roman Gold: Delivering your success is the foundation of our service. When selecting a driving school, you need to have confidence that your instructor is always doing what’s right for you…and not what may be convenient for them. All of our instructors work for the CDL Auto Club Inc. No services are outsourced. Your success is important to us. Most of our business comes from referrals from existing students. In a matter of weeks, you can be trained and placed in a new career as a professional Commercial Vehicle Operator, placing you on the fastest road to success in the new economy.

New York Traffic Ticket Attorney: Does CDL Auto Club, Inc. offer any other services?

Roman Gold: We also offer 6 hour defensive driving courses for anyone who would like to reduce up to four (4) active points on their driver’s license. This course can be useful in removing points received within the last 18 months.

New York Traffic Ticket Attorney: That would be very helpful for my clients who have received summonses that carried points.

New York Traffic Ticket Attorney: Where can interested students take classes and how can they get in contact with you?

Roman Gold: There are two locations to choose from 2749 Stillwell Avenue 2nd Floor Brooklyn, NY 11224, or 16 N Main St, Spring Valley, NY 10977.  Please visit http://www.driverseducationbrooklyn.com/ for more information or call 718-266- 2555 with any questions.

 

 

 

Don’t Get Stuck In The Middle, How To Avoid Spillback in New York City

Gridlock is major part of New York City traffic. There are thousands of cars on the streets and sometimes when attempting to make it through an intersection a car gets stuck in the middle. In smaller cities getting stuck in the middle of an intersection isn’t that big of a deal, because there are fewer cars on the road. In Manhattan Spillback or “blocking the box” can cause major gridlock. It also can cost you a fine & two points on your license.

If you see a sign like the one posted in the picture above, please make sure you do not enter the intersection unless you are sure that you will make it completely across. So far this year through the month of March, New York City Police have issued 949 summonses for Spillback with in the five boroughs. Last month in March alone, there were 295 summonses issued. As a New York City Traffic Ticket Attorney I often represent clients for this summons.

Spillback or Blocking the Box is defined by VTL 1175 as when vehicular traffic is stopped on the opposite side of an intersection, no person shall drive a vehicle into such intersection. Except, when making a turn unless there is adequate space on the opposite side of the intersection to accommodate the vehicle he/and or she is driving, notwithstanding the indication of a traffic control signal which would permit him to proceed. The penalty for Spillback in New York is a minimum fine of $138. If you receive a summons you will also receive two (2) points on your license.

If you are driving in Manhattan and you have a green light, but there are cars stopped in front of you on the other side of the intersection, that should be a warning sign to slow down. If there are cars stopped on the other side of the intersection but the rear end of the last car is still in “the box” that is a clear sign to stop! Traffic lights typically are not that long, so there’s always a chance that the light will change while you approaching or driving through it.

Many of us are always in a rush, but if you want to avoid getting a summons, slow down when crossing a crowded intersection. If you have recently received a summons for Spillback let an experienced New York City Traffic Ticket Attorney fight for you. Contact my office immediately at 212-227-9008 or via email at michaelblock.law@gmail.com.

Suffolk County Roads are Dangerous and Police are Issuing More Summonses for Speeding

Suffolk County has one of the most dangerous streets in downstate New York. And with recent deaths caused by speeding, Suffolk County Police have increased their presence and are issuing more summonses.  Summonses for speeding received in Islip, New York contain 3 to 11 points. In addition the fine, theirs is an $88 NYS surcharge and a $100 annual driver assessment fee.

Retaining an Islip Traffic Ticket Attorney to fight a speeding ticket can help reduce the number of points on your driving record or waive the charges altogether depending on your case. For example, if an officer says that a driver was speeding on Smith Ave or Raymond Street, an experienced Islip Traffic Ticket Attorney can defend you.

Be aware, the higher the speeding violation, the more points you will receive. An easy way to calculate how many points your ticket is worth is to subtract the speed you were going, from the actual speed limit. For example, if you are pulled over for going 60 mph in a 40mph zone, just subtract 60 from 40. That leaves you with 20, and puts you in the 4 point ticket category.

Violation Points
Driving 1-10 MPH over the speed limit 3 points
Driving 11-20 MPH over the speed limit 4 points
Driving 21-30 MPH over the speed limit 6 points
Driving 31-40 MPH over the speed limit 8 points
Driving over 40 MPH over speed limit 11 points

Remember that the DMV can suspend your license for accumulating 11 points or more within 18 months (regardless of violation type). In addition, simply receiving 3 convictions for speeding tickets in an 18-month period results in a 6 month revocation of your license.

If you have a speeding ticket in Suffolk County or any traffic tickets and violations, call us immediately at (212) 227-9008 or email us at MichaelBlock.law@gmail.com.  When you hire Michael Block, Islip Traffic Ticket Attorney, you are not required to attend court.  We will always call to update you about your court dates and results as well as answer any questions you have about the process.

Consequences for Receiving Speeding Summonses in Yonkers, NY

Speeding summonses issued in Yonkers, New York contain 3 to 11 points. Convictions usually result in an increase of insurance premiums. The fines for a speeding ticket range greatly, depending upon the severity of the violation. In addition to the fines, there’s an additional surcharge of $88 per ticket. You can also receive a Driver Assessment Fee.

Retaining a Yonkers Traffic Ticket Attorney to fight a speeding ticket can help reduce the number of points on your driving record or eliminate points depending on your case. A majority of the tickets my office receives that were issued in Yonkers are for driving 21-30 mph, driving over 40 mph and driving 11-20 mph..

Remember that the DMV can suspend your license for accumulating 11 points or more within 18 months (regardless of violation type).  If you are convicted of 3 speeding violations received in the same 18-month period, your license will be revoked for 6 months.

In NYC the TVB—Traffic Violations Bureau only allows you to plead guilty or not guilty. However, if you receive a summons in Yonkers, then you would report to the Yonkers City Court at 100 South Broadway Yonkers, NY 10701. For example, you received a ticket on Park Hill Ave or Riverdale Ave, an experienced lawyer can defend you. Point reductions are usually offered to attorneys.

Be aware, the higher the speeding violation, the more points you will receive. An easy way to calculate how many points your ticket is worth is to subtract the speed you were going, from the actual speed limit. For example, if you are pulled over for going 60 mph in a 40mph zone, just subtract 60 from 40. That leaves you with 20, and puts you in the 4 point ticket category.

Violation Points
Driving 1-10 MPH over the speed limit 3 points
Driving 11-20 MPH over the speed limit 4 points
Driving 21-30 MPH over the speed limit 6 points
Driving 31-40 MPH over the speed limit 8 points
Driving over 40 MPH over speed limit 11 points

 

If you’ve received a summons for speeding, cellphone, texting, stop sign or any other violation in Yonkers or any other county in New York State  call us immediately at (212) 227-9008 or email us at MichaelBlock.law@gmail.com.  When you hire Michael Block, Yonkers Traffic Ticket Attorney, you are not required to attend court.  We will always call to update you about your court dates and results as well as answer any questions you have about the process.

 

Are You Stopping in Hempstead, Long Island?

STOP! Slowing down to 5 miles per hour and rolling through an intersection and tapping the brakes does not constitute a complete stop. When you see a stop sign, by law you must come to a full and complete stop.

VTL 1172a states that except when directed to proceed by a police officer, every driver of a vehicle approaching a stop sign shall stop at a clearly marked stop line, but if none, then shall stop before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection. Or in the event that there is no crosswalk, at the point nearest the intersecting roadway where the driver has a view of the approaching traffic on the intersecting roadway before entering the intersection.

In the town of Hempstead, New York plenty of people are being pulled over for not completely stopping at Stop Signs. Don’t let this be you! Even when there are no cars present you still must adhere to the law because a pedestrian could be attempting to cross the street. I know when it seems like the coast is clear, it may seem like an okay idea to just breeze past a stop sign. But it only takes a few seconds to come to a complete stop and could save a life and save you money.  Hempstead is home to one of the most dangerous routes for pedestrians in the region.  Route 24, also known as Hempstead Turnpike is tied for most pedestrian deaths in 2012-2014. A way to reduce the number of killed and or injured pedestrians on Long Island is to be mindful and adhere to Stop Signs. It’s also important to stop at Stop Signs because they help regulate traffic flows. If there were no Stop Signs, then the roads would be a constant gridlock of traffic.

If you receive a summons for Failing to Stop at a Stop sign, you would be facing a fine. For first time offenders, you would be fined $150 and have to pay an $88 surcharge. You would also receive 3 points on your license and in rare circumstances; you could face up to 15 days in jail. Hearings are held at 16 Cooper Street in Hempstead, NY or in local Village Court.  We can represent you without you having to be present.

If you have received a summons for Failing to Stop at a Stop Sign in Hempstead or Nassau County contact your Hempstead Traffic Ticket Attorney  right away! You can call me at 212-227-9008 or email me at michaelblock.law@gmail.com.

NY Traffic Lawyer Warns Brooklyn Drivers about an anticipated 11,500* more Failure to Yield to Pedestrians Tickets in Brooklyn, NY coming in 2016.

One of the most commonly cited violations related to pedestrian and driver encounters in Brooklyn, New York is the Failure to Yield to Pedestrian violation.  The failure to yield to pedestrian ticket is a 3 point violation. There have been 1,931 summons issued this year alone for Failing to Yield to A Pedestrian in Brooklyn.

You can receive a Failure to Yield Summons if you do any of the following:

  • If you do not yield to pedestrians walking in a crosswalk
  • If you pass another car that is already yielding to pedestrians, you can be ticketed.
  • If you do not give pedestrians the right of way at a traffic control device such as a Stop, Yield, or Traffic Light, even if you have the green light.

As a traffic court lawyer, I want you to be aware of these things.

In addition to Failing to Yield to Pedestrian being a major moving violation that results in a fine, it could also result in serious injury or death. Every year more than 15,000 pedestrians are injured by drivers in New York City.  The Right of Way Law which is part of Mayor Deblasio’s Vision Zero plan helps protect pedestrians on dangerous city streets. The law makes it a possible misdemeanor crime when a driver fails to yield and kills or injures a person walking in the crosswalk with the right of way. If a driver fails to yield but doesn’t cause an injury, the driver may be fined up to $188; if the driver causes physical injury or death, the driver may be fined up to $338 and in theory be sentenced to up to 30 days in jail, though this is highly unlikely for the first offense.

When driving, it’s important to recognize when a pedestrian is likely to cross.  When making a right turn, you may have the green light but the pedestrian is also prompted to walk by traffic control signs.

Generally, the Failure to Yield to Pedestrian ticket is given under the police officer’s discretion.  If a police officer feels that you are driving recklessly or putting the safety of pedestrians at risk, you may be given a summons. If you are given a summons you will be required to report to one of the five traffic violations courts in Brooklyn:  Traffic Violations Bureau Brooklyn North, Traffic Violations Bureau Brooklyn South, Kings County Supreme Court, Kings County Criminal Court and Red Hook Community Justice Center.

If you’ve received a Failure to Yield to Pedestrian ticket anywhere in Brooklyn, we can help you fight it. Email your Brooklyn Traffic Lawyer at michaelblock.law@gmail.com or call 212-227-9008 for free legal advice.

*numbers based on monthly average from first two months of 2016.

Car Crashes are the Leading Cause of Death for 4- year olds. Keep Them in Seatbelts

Did you know that every year about 33,000 people are killed in car crashes? One way to lower that number is to always wear a seat belt while driving or riding in a car. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) car crashes are the leading cause of death for people age 4 and every age 11 through 27 in the U.S. Wearing a seat belt should be second nature as soon as you get in a vehicle. It is the number one way to reduce risk of death.

In addition to seat belts saving lives, it’s the law. New York was the first state to pass a law requiring vehicle occupants to wear a seat belt in 1984. Drivers and passengers must wear seat belts at all times in the state of New York.

Seat belts absorb the force of an impact in a traffic crash and reduces your risk of being killed or injured. It holds you securely to help prevent you from striking hard objects inside the vehicle while being tossed around . People have said that wearing a sea tbelt is uncomfortable or not necessary for going short distances, but imagine being seriously injured in an accident or killed. A few minutes of “discomfort” are worth it, if it means saving a life.

Every child under the age of 16 in a vehicle must wear a seat belt. If under age eight, he or she must be properly secured in a federally-approved child safety seat that is attached to a vehicle by a safety belt or universal child restraint anchorage system. The safety seat should never be in the front and should always be properly secured.  You also should have children under age three in a rear facing safety seat. There are four types of child safety seats that should be used:

  • Infant seats- for infants weighing approximately 22 pounds or less
  • Convertible child safety seats- for infants or toddlers that weigh approximately 40 pounds or less
  • Booster seats- for children who have out grown the other car seat options or are four to eight years old, weigh 40 to 80 pounds ad are less than 4 feet, 9 inches in height.

If you are pulled over for not wearing a seat belt or have passengers who aren’t buckled up you can be fined up to $138. Adult passengers can also receive tickets and be fined up to $138, that ticket has no points.  If the passenger is under 16 years of age then the driver will be held responsible and receive the ticket. The driver will be fined a minimum of $138 for passengers under 16 not wearing a seat belt. The tickets will carry three points. The officer can issue a summons for each individual not wearing a seat belt. I have had clients with 3 or 4 tickets from one stop. That means facing 9 -12 points. It is essential that everyone in the front and back seat are wearing their seat belts properly.  Keep in mind, anyone in the front seat is required to wear a seat belt, but any passengers over the age of 16 in the backseat aren’t required to be buckled up. But as an adult driver be sure to set the example for passengers who are children. Make sure they are wearing their seat belts the correct way and make sure they know you are always buckled up.

If you have recently received a ticket in New York for not wearing or improper use of a safety belt then please contact my office right away. As a New York Traffic Ticket Attorney, I can fight for you. You can call me at (212) 227-9008 or email me at michaelblock.law@gmail.com.

 

Just Some Thoughts from a Traffic Ticket Attorney: Final Four Dilemma

I have a rooting dilemma in the NCAA tournament. If the North Carolina wins, I will win second place in an attorneys’ bracket contest (and a very small amount of money).

 On the other hand, two of my nieces went to Syracuse and my associate Scott is a Syracuse Alum. And of course I want them to be happy.

Top Driver Excuses Given When Pulled Over For Cellphone Use While Driving

Getting pulled over for using ANY electronic device is a major offense. It is no wonder that when people get pulled over for talking on the their cellphone while driving they use all kinds of excuses to try to get out of their ticket. Take a look at the top 5 excuses I’ve stopped my clients from repeating in court:

1. I was using my GPS

2. I was just checking the time

3. I wasn’t using it, I was just holding it in my hand

4. It wasn’t my phone it was my comb. I was doing my hair.

  - FYI- Then you’re still breaking the law. You must have both hands on the wheel.

5. I wasn’t on my phone, I was shaving.

                        Shaving is still distracted driving, please don’t shave while driving. You could cause an accident or cut yourself.

6. I only had my phone in my hand because it fell on the floor and I had to pick it up.

 7. I was stopped at a red light.

               - If actually true and believed by the court, this is a defense. But  if the officer’s statement is that the vehicle was in motion it’s hard to overcome. It’s best to NOT have your phone anywhere near you unless you are parked and the engine is off. Don’t touch it, look at it or play games on it.

Please remember: you must have BOTH hands on the wheel at all times while driving. It is never okay to “multi-task” while driving. If you are pulled over for driving while on your cell phone or any electronic device you will be ticketed and given 5 points. If this has happened to you please call my office immediately at 212-227-9008 or email me at michaelblock.law@gmail.com

Just Some Thoughts from a Traffic Ticket Attorney: NY Mets

Will the NY Mets end my personal drought of 30 championship-less years?

They look great “on paper” but that often doesn’t translate into success on the field. They should feature great young starting pitchers, an awesome closer and a good, but not great offense.

I don’t fear the Cubs or Nationals but I think the main threat will come from the Giants, Pirates and the always-present Cardinals.

Let’s Go Mets!

Guest Feature: The Automotive Academy for New York & Cross County Safety Education

Are you unfamiliar with the current New York State driving rules and regulations? Or are you in danger of having your license suspended?  The Automotive Academy for New York (AANY) and Cross County Safety Education (CCSE) are great resources for both issues. AANY offers driving lessons, and accident prevention courses. CCSE offers a Health & Safety course that offers point reduction for any eligible driver. Most drivers facing suspension are eligible for point reduction.

Automotive Academy for New York Driving School and Cross County Safety Education are two sister companies that have been in existence since March 2013; With dual efforts, they have designed their delivery of services to assist New York State’s motorists in understanding, interpreting and staying within the confines of New York State’s stringent traffic laws.  It also helps motorists meet the challenge of keeping abreast of the changes and modifications in all traffic laws, requirements, fines and fees in New York State.

About Driving Services

Automotive Academy for New York (AANY) is a New York State licensed driving school in the state of New York. It provides the following services to its community: Driving Lessons, 5 Hour Pre-Licensing Class, Defensive Driving, Road Test Preparatory for CDL and Class D Licenses, and Community Fund Raising Options. It provides FREE consultations to people who need to renew, maintain or acquire commercial or Class D NYS driver’s licenses. Automotive Academy for New York Driving School offers services to the community in Long Island, Queens, Albany and Central NY.

The driving school’s newest venture for community involvement it the New Driver Start Up course; hosted by CUNY York College’s Department of Continuing Education. Tangible outcomes of this course include New Driver Pre-License Certificate, Defensive Driving Accident Prevention Certificate, 2 Road Test Prep Driving Lessons, and a Scheduled Road Test.

About Accident Prevention Services

Cross County Safety Education, Inc. (CCSE) offers New York’s Accident Prevention through Empire Safety Council.  It services the Capital Region, Central NY, Long Island and the five boroughs. It has strengthened its community relationships by providing services to Local 804 (UPS drivers), Uniondale Fire Department, the Utica Public Library and classes to Albany, Clinton and Utica public schools.

Cross County Safety Education, Inc. is ready to assist you and your members to become safer drivers while reducing the cost of your insurance and to assist in getting points off your license. The topics for each class address the current traffic and road conditions specific to the area that it services. Topics include snowy road conditions, rural or urban driving, aggression and road rage dynamics, city lane markings, etc. This Health & Safety Program is a fast, easy, and inexpensive accident prevention workshop that provides individuals with proven effective accident prevention methods.  Upon completion of the course, the driver will obtain a 3 year insurance discount and point reductions on their driving record. Fund raising incentives are offered to clubs and organizations in communities to support safe driving.

AANY’s headquarters is located in Uniondale NY, for more information on taking a Defensive Driving course you can call AANY at (516) 279-9281 or email them at nydriving.school@ymail.com.

It’s important to stay on top of any and all New York State traffic law changes. You never want to get pulled over for breaking a law that you were unaware of. Contrary to popular belief, not knowing isn’t a good enough reason to not get ticketed. And if you have received over 6 points within the last 18-months and are facing a possible suspension you should seek counsel immediately. We can fight for you! Give us a call at 212-227-9008 or email us at michaelblock.law@gmail.com.

Happy Purim to all those who celebrate!

Purim is a holiday that commemorates a brave woman’s effort to save the Jewish people from being wiped out. Queen Esther was married to a King who had no knowledge that she was Jewish or that Haman was plotting to destroy all the Jews.

Thankfully she persuaded the King to defeat the plot.

 So bravo Queen Esther and all other brave women of the world!

What you should know about the TLC Critical Driver's Program

If you are a cab or livery driver in New York City, then you are familiar with the TLC’s Critical Driver’s Program. The Critical Driver’s Program is a TLC program that charges additional penalties to a Driver who accumulates a certain number of Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) points on his or her state driver’s license within a certain amount of time due to traffic violations.

If a cab driver accumulates six or more points, but fewer than ten points within 15 months, the TLC will suspend their Taxicab license for 30 days. If a driver accumulates 10 or more points on their license in a 15-month period the TLC will revoke their Taxicab license. This is not to be confused with a DMV suspension.

Drivers are usually given the opportunity to have their points reduced by voluntarily taking ca Defensive Driving course. Before suspending or revoking a Driver’s taxicab license, the Commission will, for purposes of the Critical Driver’s Program deduct three points from the total points. But keep in mind, the point reduction will only count towards points accumulated by the licensee as a result of the conviction for violations that occurred within the 15 months prior to completing the course.

It’s important for all taxicab drivers to be aware of this program. While you may not be subjected to a DMV suspension or revocation, you could lose your job. If you find yourself in this situation you should seek counsel immediately. You can contact us via phone at 212-227-9008 or via email at michaelblock.law@gmail.com

Unsafe Lane Changes In NYC

If you are getting in front of someone and they have to slam on their brakes or slow down drastically, then you have just made an unsafe lane change and can be ticketed for that.

If you have recently received a ticket for making a unsafe lane change give my office a call as soon as possible. You can reach us at 212-227-9008 or via email at michaelblock.law@gmail.com

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

If you are going out in New York to celebrate please be careful! Always take public transportation or any taxi and car service available.

DO NOT get behind the wheel.

Too many people lose their driving privileges or worse, kill or hurt themselves or others because they drove drunk.

Don’t forget to wear your green and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Refusal Hearings in Nassau County

According to New York’s Implied Consent Law, all Nassau County drivers must submit to a breathalyzer or other chemical test at the request of a police officer when the officer suspects the driver of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. In other words, by operating a car, motorists consent to submit themselves to chemical tests and relinquish their right to refuse. If a driver were to refuse the chemical test, they will open themselves up to many different problems. Refusing the test will result in the automatic suspension of one’s driver’s license, which may be followed by other penalties after the driver attends a Refusal Hearing.

What is a Refusal Hearing?

A Refusal Hearing occurs before an administrative law judge at a New York State DMV and is meant to determine whether or not the driver willingly violated the Implied Consent Law. The Refusal Hearing does not address any issues stemming from a DWI or DUI arrest other than the refusal to submit to the chemical test; if charges are brought against the driver for DWI or DUI offenses, that hearing will be held in Nassau County Criminal Court. A New York Refusal Hearing lawyer will also have an opportunity to cross examine the arresting officer at the hearing, which will help the attorney gain valuable information from the officer which can be used in any DWI or DUI criminal hearing.

Right to Waive Hearing

Every driver has the right to waive a Refusal Hearing, but this is not what a Nassau County DWI lawyer would recommend. If a driver waives their right to the hearing, they are effectively pleading guilty to the refusal charge. Their driver’s license will be revoked for one year and they will face a stiff financial penalty. All of this will occur regardless of whether the driver is charged in Criminal Court, and their driver’s license can be revoked even if the criminal charges are dismissed.

Consequences

As noted above, a driver who refuses to submit to a chemical test in Nassau County will have their driver’s license automatically suspended. If found guilty at the DMV Refusal Hearing, their driver’s license will be revoked for up to one year and they will have to pay a $500 fine, as well as the NY Driver Responsibility Assessment. In addition, the fact that the driver refused to submit to the chemical test can be brought against them if / when they are tried on alcohol or drug charges. A Nassau County DWI lawyer can work with a driver to determine the best course of action at the Refusal Hearing so that these penalties may be avoided.

If you are ever arrested for a DWI and are facing a Refusal Hearing in Nassau County, please contact us at 212-227-9008 or at michaelblock.law@gmail.com. A Nassau County DWI lawyer can assist with all matters leading up to the hearing and will begin working on your DWI defense immediately.

 

If You Don't Work For MTA, Stay Out Of The Bus Lane!

Effective February 25, 2016, all tickets issued for improper use of the bus lane in New York City now carry 2 points! This violation previously carried no points, but now you will receive points in addition to a $138 minimum fine.

There are two types of bus lanes; a curbside bus lane, which is a travel lane for buses at the curb and an offset bus lane that is a travel lane for buses that is one lane away from the curb. If you are caught driving, parking or obstructing this lane for any reason during hours of operation you will be ticketed. Bus lanes are marked by signs and or pavement markings.

If you receive a bus lane summons in New York City, I can fight for you. Give me a call at 212-227-9008 or email me at michaelblock.law@gmail.com

 

 

The Secret to Avoiding a Driver’s License Suspension

You were caught speeding, failing to yield to pedestrians, texting/talking on your cell phone or driving through a light as it turned red when you shouldn’t have in New York City. These things can happen to the best of us but are you aware of what to do next? Do you know how to answer the ticket?

There are various ways to answer a summons for a moving violation. The first option is to plead via internet or via mail. You also can go to the Traffic Violations Bureau Office (TVB) to plead in person. If you are unsure as to where you should go, check the back of your summons. The location, website and contact information are located on the back of the ticket. You will have 15 days from the date the summons was issued to respond. If for some reason you miss that 15 day deadline, you’ll be okay as long as you respond within 30 days. Failure to respond can result in license suspension.

What happens if you plead guilty?

If your ticket contains points they will be added to your license if you plead guilty. There are circumstances where you or your attorney will be required to personally appear in front of a judge to enter a guilty plea.

What happens if you plead not guilty?

If you plead not guilty you will be given a hearing date and you must appear. If you hire an attorney and sign the proper documents, then the attorney will appear in court for you.

If you do not answer your summons in a timely fashion, you will receive notification from NYS. The notice is called an indefinite suspension order and will contain information on how to avoid a suspension. Once you receive the notice there will be another deadline to respond. Failure to meet that deadline will result in license suspension. Your license would be suspended for not paying the fine and a judgment would be entered against you. If your license is suspended then you will have to go to a TVB to have the suspension lifted. A suspension termination fee of $70.00 must be paid for every ticket for which you were suspended. Depending on how much time has elapsed, you may still be able to get a court date to contest the charges.

If you receive a summons for a moving violation we can fight for you. If you fail to respond to a ticket I may be able to help you but it’s imperative to contact me as quickly as possible. Give us a call at 212-227-9008 or email michaelblock.law@gmail.com with any questions.

 

A few thoughts from a frustrated Knicks fan…as the season winds down to another unhappy ending.

Is there any way that we can be freed of Phil Jackson and Carmelo Anthony? Under Phil Jackson’s regime the New York Knicks have suffered two of their worst back to back seasons in their once illustrious history. As for Carmelo, the Knicks have won one playoff series in his five seasons here.

Jackson has shown that he still has some eye for talent; he drafted Porzingis. Melo has shown that he still is a pretty good player, although he shouldn’t be an NBA team’s number one option.

Going forward, what can be done to get this franchise moving into the right direction? Will Jackson resign? Will Carmelo accept a trade?

Just some thoughts from a New York Traffic Ticket Attorney…

Driving Laws are not usually affected by Supreme Court decisions..but there ought to be a Constitutional Amendment for Supreme Court Vacancies. It should read something like this:

Upon the death or incapacity of a Supreme Court Justice, the President shall, within thirty (30) days select a replacement. Upon the President’s selection, the Senate shall conduct hearings and must confirm or deny the President’s choice within sixty (60) days.
This might solve the problem we would have with the Supreme Court vacancy we now have. At least it forces the Senate to act. And by the way, President Obama should pick Justice Scalia’s replacement very soon.

Surely he had a list long before Justice Scalia’s death. Unfortunately, I don’t think an amendment like this would ever pass.

  1. I agree. Thems the brakes! If one dies then person in the Whitehouse at that moment gets to submit candidates. Enough already.

Nassau County announces AMNESTY period on National Random Acts of Kindness Day

Nassau County has announced an amnesty program for anyone with outstanding tickets. If it sounds too good to be true, it just might be. Before you run to the Nassau County Traffic and Parking Violations Agency there are a few things to consider first. This is a great program but it’s not offered to everyone with traffic violations it’s actually offered to a limited group.

This program is for anyone with outstanding tickets from before Jan. 1, 2014. Minor moving violations such as failure to stop at a stop sign, missing license plates and failure to signal are just a few of the eligible moving violations. Cell phone tickets, driving without a license and DUIs are not eligible. Settlement negotiations are offered for anyone with outstanding major moving or criminal violations.

With every case we receive we always negotiate settlements in addition to fighting for point reduction and ticket dismissal. If you don’t qualify for the amnesty program or have any moving violations that you received after 2013 in Nassau County or anywhere in Long Island, New York Traffic Ticket Attorney Michael Block is able to fight for you and negotiate a settlement.

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano announced the initiative on Tuesday, Feb. 17 for National Random Acts of Kindness Day. The program began on Feb. 22 and last until May 22, 2016. Fines for the violations will be cut in half and any additional fees will be waived if payment is made by May 22. The goal of this program is to clear a huge portion of Nassau County’s outstanding tickets. “We are trying to clean out the inventory of tickets issued before 2014. The goal is to get money owed to Nassau County,” said John Marks, executive director of Nassau’s Traffic and Parking Violations Agency.

Nassau County attempted a similar program in 2011 in an effort to regain up to $21.7 million in outstanding tickets but only recovered $150,000.
If you are accepted into this amnesty program you still must pay the $45 county fee on the ticket, as well as state surcharge of $88 for traffic violations or $10 for parking violations

Drive carefully and give us a call at (212) 227-9008 or email michaelblock.law@gmail.com for help with any  Nassau County traffic tickets or moving violations.

Photo Credit: www.newsday.com

  1. Thanks for writing about this. At first you think, Wow! a big discount. Then you realize it benefits people with really old tickets. It would be great it this covered cell phone tickets, speeds and big problem tickets.

New Yorkers Blow through Red Lights at Alarming Rates

While Mayor Bill De Blasio’s Vision Zero plan has implemented more than 150 red light cameras and brought in $16.9 Million in revenue from camera tickets, studies reveal that NYC drivers continue to rush past the red light 10 percent of the time.

Still, it’s easy to speed past a red light sometimes. The yellow light changes too quickly, or you find yourself already passing the light before realizing that it has changed.  Regardless of how it happened, red light tickets carry costly fines and can contribute to an increase in the cost of your insurance.  A camera ticket is different from a ticket issued directly by the police officer.  A camera ticket has no points, but a ticket issued by an officer does.

Camera Ticket
If your car is photographed running a red light on camera, you will receive a NOL—Notice of Liability.  You may fight the red light camera charges within 30 days.  If you plead guilty, you will be required to pay a fine of at least $50 (not including surcharges).  You will not receive points for these tickets and they will not be reported to your insurance company.  A red light ticket issued by a police officer is different.

Ticket Issued by a Police Officer
If a police officer issues the red light ticket, then your offense will be categorized as a traffic infraction and your conviction will result in 3 points on your license as well as a likely increase in your insurance premium.  The cost of an NYC Red light ticket, issued by a police officer is as follows:

● $190 minimum (plus surcharge) for the first offense (in an 18 month period).
●  $375 minimum (plus surcharge) for the second offense (in an 18 month time period).
● $940 minimum (plus surcharge) for the third offense (in an 18 month time period).

Always remember that if you receive 11 points in an 18 month period your New York driver’s license may be suspended.  Drive carefully and give us a call at
(212) 227-9008 or email michaelblock.law@gmail.com for help with any traffic tickets or moving violations.

NYC Traffic Ticket Lawyer| Driving Without Insurance

Driving without insurance is illegal in all 50 states.  It’s a serious offense with severe consequences.  There are still many drivers that drive without insurance everyday.  Driving without insurance is illegal because insurance helps cover the cost associated with an accident.  If you are involved in an accident, then insurance compensates drivers for damage done to their vehicles, medical bills, and possible lost wages.  If you’ve received a summons for driving without insurance, here’s what you need to know.

Fines and Penalties

If a police officer pulls you over and you are not properly insured, you might face heavy fines and possible jail time.  In New York operating a vehicle without insurance can result in 15 days of possible jail time and up to $1,500 in fines.  Your license may also be revoked for a year if you are found guilty.

If a police officer asks for proof of insurance and you fail to present them with one, then it is assumed that your vehicle is not insured.  Even worse, if you’re caught without insurance after an accident, then the driver can sue you personally for the damages involved.

What to do

If you receive a summons for driving without insurance, and you are actually insured then a lawyer may help you avoid unnecessary fines and possible license suspension.  Contact Michael Block at (212) 227-9008 or email MichaelBlock.Law@gmail.com with any questions.

*Photo Credit: “New York State Police Traffic Stop” By: dwightsghost