How much will my traffic ticket cost? It depends…

Getting a traffic ticket in New York can be a lot like buying jewelry or antiques.  Unless you have a trained eye, it’s almost impossible to know what to expect to pay.  Drivers should never assume they know what a traffic ticket will cost in fines, surcharges and other penalties Read More

Do women get fewer traffic tickets than men?

No driver or officer can deny the fact that there are inherent differences between men and women.  However, a recent study shows that these differences are unlikely to alter the chances of simply receiving a warning instead of a ticket when pulled over.

At least as far as Wisconsin is … Read More

The wrong way to get Nassau County traffic tickets dismissed

Yesterday the Nassau County Traffic and Parking Violations Agency fired six employees for fixing more than 100 tickets. News reports didn’t mention that they were actually selling their “fixing” services. It seems the tickets in question were for themselves, friends and family.

The investigation apparently started with an individual who … Read More

Speeding violation of 5 mph over the limit costs one man $224,000.

NASCAR driver Juan Pablo Montoya, who led virtually the entire race this weekend at the Brickyard, was penalized for speeding on his final pit stop.

The speed limit in the pits is 55 mph, but NASCAR gives drivers a 4.99-mph cushion.  Hit 60 mph, and a penalty is imposed.

Montoya … Read More

NY Justice Courts have become key source of state revenue.

I was interviewed last week by Justin Mason of the Schenectady Daily Gazette for an article on how fees, fines and bail forfeitures collected by some of New York State’s 1,262 justice courts are generating hundreds of thousands of dollars for New York State and local municipalities.

Mason, an Associated … Read More

Virgina woman finds way to beat long DMV lines

A Virginia woman drove to her local Department of Motor Vehicles service center in Leesburg this weekend to take care of some basic paperwork related to her car’s title.  She then drove straight into the building.

Some theories as to why she did this:

1.  She was under the impression … Read More

New York traffic tickets on the rise

We expect numbers statewide to reflect what the numbers in Central NY show for the first part of 2009—an increase in the number of traffic tickets issued.

Speeding tickets are up 30% in 2009 according to ticket information from State Police Troop D, which covers all of Central New York… Read More

NY traffic ticket? Keep your cool every step of the way.

From the time you are pulled over through the very last word uttered at your hearing, it will never pay to lose your temper.

It won’t get you out of the traffic ticket.  it won’t convince the enforcement officer, prosecutor or judge that a big mistake has been made.

Losing … Read More

Speeding tickets deserve careful review based on E-ZPass glitch

A news story circulated a few days ago about an E-ZPass malfunction at a western New York toll booth.  The malfunction caused erroneous E-ZPass “speeding citations”  for about 3,600 motorists who use the electronic toll collection system.

The errors happened at Exit 59 of the NYS Thruway between May 28 … Read More