Study: More traffic tickets, fewer accidents

It’s always been the same argument.  Our clients are issued traffic tickets in New York and claim that it’s all about revenue generation.  The enforcement and administrative agencies in question respond with a simple “we don’t want to issue traffic summonses or set high fines and surcharges—we just want to … Read More


NMA list of “worst places to drive”

The “summer driving season” is here and officially gets underway Memorial Day weekend.

More vehicles on the road means more potential traffic tickets and more enforcement of the traffic laws.

The National Motorists Association recently ranked the worst places to drive due to what they characterize as unfair traffic laws … Read More


Are there traffic ticket quotas?

A recent news item indicated that the Montreal Police union says it’s true: there’s a traffic ticket quota on the Montreal police force.

Montreal Executive Committee chairman Claude Dauphin, the number-two man at city hall, says it’s news to him.

Dauphin figures Yves Francoeur must be talking about a per-day, … Read More


Younger Drivers and “Click it or Ticket”

Prom, graduation, summer break and the start of the annual “Click it or Ticket” campaign (May 18-31, 2009) means more chances for traffic tickets and other driving and license related issues for young drivers.  In many cases, law enforcement and courts treat young drivers more harshly than more experienced drivers … Read More


What to do if you are pulled over

If you see those lights behind you or an officer waiving you to the side of the road, do not assume you are being issued a traffic ticket. I believe, just based on casual conversation with police officers that maybe 25% or more of car stops do not result in … Read More


Red light ticket at the TVB dismissed

I was recently at the Queens North TVB office to fight a red light ticket for one of our clients. The issuing police officer was present and prepared for trial.

The officer’s testimony was quite detailed. He remembered where it happened, direction of travel, the set up of the intersection … Read More


NY Mets outfielder Angel Pagan has traffic ticket problems

New York Met centerfielder Angel Pagan was recently arrested and it wasn’t for “stealing” a base or “robbing” an opposing player of an extra base hit.

Pagan was arrested in Florida on May 7th after being stopped for speeding on I-95. While checking Pagan’s license the officer learned that he … Read More


Dutchess County Justices dismiss NY State Trooper Tickets

In 2006, New York State Police (the State Troopers) stopped negotiating plea bargains (reducing the severity of the violation charged) with respect to the tickets they issue. The Troopers argue it was a move to prevent allegations of impropriety, favoritism and corruption. Many (myself included) feel it was simply related … Read More


20 points from one car stop?

This case was in the Barker Town Court in Broome County. Our client was charged with:

  • Failing to stop at a stop sign (3 points)
  • Failing to keep right (3 points)
  • Failing to yield to an emergency vehicle (3 points)
  • Speeding 115mph in a 65mph zone (11 points)

Retention of … Read More