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


More traffic tickets for drivers of hybrid vehicles

A new study of 360,000 vehicle insurance claims by San Francisco-based Quality Planning Corp has concluded that hybrid drivers get more traffic tickets and get into more accidents than drivers of conventional cars.

This certainly has the potential to force insurance companies to reconsider the discount many major insurers currently … Read More


New York speeding ticket. What if I was justified?

In April of 2007, I drove my wife to the hospital as she was about to deliver our second child.  We left way before anything had progressed too far and with plenty of time to spare (we thought).

Fifteen minutes later I found myself in the middle of a “this … Read More


NYC traffic ticket for unsafe lane change dismissed at the TVB.

We were able to help a client out with an unsafe lane change ticket today.  The charge was dismissed.

My client explained to me he really didn’t think he did anything wrong.  I sympathized with him.  Traffic tickets like this one are sometimes difficult to accept and to adjudicate because … 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