Monday, March 16, 2015

Helpful Tips On Avoiding A Ticket

As Summer quickly approaches, more and more motorists will be hitting the road for weekend getaways and family vacations.  While traveling on the busy New York State highways, many of these drivers will be pulled over and issued a traffic ticket.  Here are some tips to help avoid getting that expensive ticket.

Don’t touch your electronic device:  Many drivers are under the mistaken belief that they can hold their smart phone while they are driving.  “I wasn’t talking on the phone; I was merely using it to pay a song.”

A few years ago, that explanation may have gotten you out of a ticket.  However, the law has been amended and police officers are less likely to overlook this 5 point ticket.

In relevant portion, VTL 1225-d states:

VTL 1225-d. Use of portable electronic devices. 1. Except as otherwise   provided in this section, no person shall operate a motor vehicle  while   using  any  portable  electronic device while such vehicle is in motion:

2. (b) "Using" shall mean holding a portable  electronic  device  while   viewing,  taking  or  transmitting  images,  playing  games, or, for the   purpose of present or future  communication:  performing  a  command  or   request  to  access  a world wide web page, composing, sending, reading,   viewing, accessing, browsing, transmitting, saving or retrieving e-mail,   text messages, instant messages, or other electronic data.

Set your cruise control and watch the speed limit signs: While traveling great distances, it is easy to lose track of the changing speed limits from town to town.  This change in speed can greatly affect your odds for getting a ticket.  

For example, in Delaware County, the speed limit on Route 17 changes from 55 mph to 65 mph and back down again.  As such, if a driver raises their speed up to 64 mph in a 65 mph zone and the speed limit returns to 55 mph, that driver can be facing a 3 point speeding ticket. 

Be polite: Getting a ticket is a stressful situation.  Not only is it stressful for you, it is stressful for the officer.  Being polite may not get you out of a ticket but it will certainly not make things worse. 

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  • Speeding under VTL § 1180 (b)
  • Speeding under VTL § 1180 (d)
  • Cell Phone under VTL § 1225
  • Child Seatbelt under VTL § 1229
  • Failure to Move Over under VTL § 1144-A
  • Failure to Signal under VTL § 1163
  • Following Too Closely under VTL § 1129
  • Operating Without Insurance under VTL § 319
  • Red Light under VTL § 1111
  • Stop Sign Violation under VTL § 1172
  • Suspended License Operation under VTL § 511.1 (Misdemeanor)
  • Unsafe Lane Change under VTL § 1128