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17 Jul2014

9 Ways to Avoid Traffic Violations in New York

People usually come to us after they’ve received a traffic ticket. They don’t want the fines, added license points, raised insurance premiums, license suspensions, etc., that might come with it.

The best way to avoid the consequences of getting a ticket is to avoid traffic violations in the first place. Below are 9 tips to avoiding traffic tickets in New York. Hopefully, this helps. But if you still get a traffic ticket, come talk to us.

9 Ways to Avoid Traffic Violations in New York

  1. Don’t Break Rules of the Road – Yeah, this one’s pretty obvious. If you don’t break traffic laws, you won’t get ticketed. Before you head out, make sure you know and understand all the laws, speed limits and other regulations throughout New York. They may be different depending on city and county.
  2. Drive Defensively – Not only is this a safety issue, it can save you from getting a ticket. Never expect other drivers to do the right thing. If you’re cautious and careful, the police won’t notice you as much. The police look for aggressive and erratic driving. If you’re weaving in and out of lanes, or stopping and accelerating quickly, you might as well have a sign on your car that reads, “I’m breaking the law officer!”
  3. Concentrate on Driving – If you’re on your cell phone, applying makeup, eating, playing with the stereo, or reaching for that thing that fell on the floor, you’re more likely to run a red light or a stop sign, and merge into another lane.
  4. Watch For Speed Traps – There are speed traps all throughout New York. Constantly look for areas where a car could be hiding, especially at the bottom of a hill where cars tend to speed up naturally.
  5. Watch For Undercover Police Cars – You can’t just look for typical police cars. Departments are mixing up their fleetwith sports cars and SUVs, too. Look for multiple antennas, break lights at the top of the rear window, license plates that read, “Exempt”, spotlights on the driver’s side and of course, roof lighting.
  6. Get a Radar Detector – A radar/laser detector can help you hit the brakes so you don’t get pulled over. But be careful, they aren’t 100% effective, and if you do get pulled over, a police officer won’t exactly like seeing one on your dashboard. In New York, radar detectors are permitted for vehicles other than commercial motor vehicles. In Virginia and Washington, DC, they are illegal. Make sure you aren’t using one when it might be illegal.
  7. Be Polite If You Get Pulled Over – When you get pulled over, be respectful and sound educated and levelheaded. Don’t start arguments, don’t be a jerk, and most importantly, make the police officer feel safe. Look for a safe place you can pull over so the officer isn’t risking his life with passing traffic. Turn on your blinker to make sure the officer knows your intention. Never, ever, admit guilt. The officer will often turn the radar gun off after you are stopped, which will delete the speed entry. Don’t threaten officers with “I’ll see you in court.”
  8. Again, Don’t Break the Law – This needs to be repeated. There is no better way to avoid a ticket than understanding and obeying the laws of the road. It will keep you safer, too. But if you do get in trouble, make sure to call us at (888) 842-5384.
  9. Watch For Speed and Red Light Cameras – These are generally not moving violations and do not affect your driver license and insurance (and thus do not require an attorney’s assistance), but they are still worth noting here. More and more, cities are installing cameras in areas that have proven to be dangerous with past accidents. If you don’t watch for speeding cameras, you may need to get in touch with a speeding ticket lawyer. This link does a good job with mapping where cameras are located throughout the country: http://www.photoenforced.com/

Submitted by Scott Feifer