New York Traffic Violations--Enforcement On The Increase

January 14, 2009 by Mark Siesel

According to an online article on MSN.com from January 1, 2009, state and local governments are making a concerted effort to raise money by stricter enforcement of the traffic laws. The article refers to an additional motivation for the more vigorous enforcement: namely, car insurance companies pushing for this in order to increase premiums when drivers are convicted of traffic offenses.

200 additional traffic enforcement agents are being hired in New York City to step up enforcement of many traffic violations, and particularly, tickets for blocking intersections will increase substantially. This past year, I have observed that many of our New York traffic ticket clients are getting multiple tickets in one traffic stop, on many occasions approaching 11 points, which results in a suspension of their driver's license.

The article also contained a MSN video advising that you should fight your traffic tickets in Court rather than paying them.

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Former and Current NBA Stars Charged with Drunk Driving

January 6, 2009 by Mark Siesel

On December 21, 2008, star guard Jason Richardson of the Phoenix Suns was charged with DWI in downtown Phoenix. Richardson was arrested after he was allegedly observed drifting between lanes in his 2008 Mercedes. He is accused of having a BAC (blood alcohol content) in excess of .08. In New York, Mr. Richardson would be facing potential revocation of his driver's license for 6 months and fines in the range of $750-$1,000 if convicted on a DWI charge. However, on a first drunk driving offense in New York, and if no one was injured and there was no property damage, Mr. Richardson would be eligible for a DWAI (driving while ability impaired). A DWAI is a traffic violation, not a misdemeanor, and results in a 90 day suspension of the driver's license instead of a 6 month revocation, and significantly reduced fines of approximately $500 including surcharges.

Former NBA star Antoine Walker was charged with suspicion of drunk driving in Miami Beach in the early morning on January 5, 2009. Walker was allegedly driving a black Mercedes without headlights on when he was pulled over by local police. Officers detected a strong odor of alcohol, and Mr. Walker refused a chemical test of his breath. He was being held on $1,000 bond. If the refusal occurred in New York, there is a potential penalty of a one year revocation of his driver's license, and there is a separate administrative license hearing regarding the refusal which is conducted within ten days of the arrest at the Department of Motor Vehicles.

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