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SOUTHEAST, N.Y. ó New York State police have issued 29 traffic tickets and made one DWI arrest during a six-hour period.
Troopers patrolled I-684 in Westchester and Putnam counties between 9 p.m. Saturday and 3 am. Sunday.
say they issued 11 speeding violations, one seatbelt violation and tickets on 17 other offenses.
A 29-year-old Carmel man was arrested on a DWI charge in the Town of Southeast. Police say he was driving 97 mph in a 65 mph zone.
Dad jumps out of car to save boy, gets traffic tickets
Itís things like this that give cops a bad rap.
A New Jersey man whose car rolled over a cliff after he jumped out to save his son from falling over the edge was slapped with $110 in traffic tickets Thursday.
Frank Roder, 38, of Winifield Park, took his son Aidan to the river to feed ducks after school. Just before he finished parking his Jeep, the boy jumped out of the car and started running toward the edge of the 35-foot cliff nearby, Fox News reported.
ďI saw him running towards this log... I just envisioned him like, hopping over it to go to the water,Ē Roder told New Jersey 101.5 radio. ďAnd once you hopped over it was straight down. And I just panicked and jumped out after him.Ē
Roder caught his son just feet before the edge of the cliff, Fox News reported. The two then turned to see the jeep roll straight over the edge into the river below.
Union Country police arrived on the scene and a crane pulled the car out of the water.
A cop gave Roder two tickets ó one for failing to produce the insurance card, which was somewhere in the drowned car, and the other for failing to use his emergency break, Fox News reported.
The tickets were for $50 and $60.
Roder told Fox News he was shocked. He said the cop told him that if he had just taken five seconds to apply the brake this never would have happened.
ďI say, ĎReally? And if I did and my boy stepped over the edge and fell instead of the Jeep, then were would I be?í He says, ĎJail, for child endangerment,íĒ Roder told Fox News.
Roder said he actually thought he did put the car in park. He said he grabbed the windshield wiper switch thinking it was the shifter, which is on the steering wheel in his car. He was driving his wifeís car that day, he told 101.5 radio.
Roder will appear in municipal court May 30 where he may get forebearance on the tickets.
Union County Police Chief Daniel Vaniska told Fox News his officers have some discretion about when and when not to write a ticket, and admitted in this case, ďIt probably could have gone either way.Ē
New York State -- NY State Police troopers handed out more than 1,900 speeding tickets to New York Thruway drivers during a weeklong August 2012 safe-driving campaign.
ďOperation Summer BrakeĒ was created by the New York State Police to help prevent reckless driving behaviors and to stress the importance of highway driving laws, according to a state Thruway Authority news release Wednesday.
ďThe busy summer travel season has ended, but ĎOperation Summer Brakeí did its job by heightening motoristsí awareness of safe driving in work zones, by ticketing speeders, and aggressive and distracted drivers, and by getting many intoxicated drivers off the roads,Ē said Thomas Madison, the organizationís executive director, in a statement issued to the press.
New Yorkís state troopers issue more than 900,000 tickets a year, (wow!) even though they total only 6 percent of the stateís law enforcement officers, according to the release. Troopers issue approximately 55 percent of speeding tickets and 47 percent of seat-belt and child-seat law violations, and they make 30 percent of DWI arrests. So slow down out there!
New York State Police Troop T Sgt. Thomas Ferritto said in a statement released to the press, that the campaign offered a chance to inform drivers about enforcement efforts across the state of New York.
ďWe are particularly pleased to have the chance to educate motorists about the Ďmove over lawí and protect maintenance workers, tow-truck operators and state troopers,Ē he said.
PICKENS, S.C. -- A South Carolina police officer who issued a speeding ticket to Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney was fired after using company equipment to post an account of it on the Internet.
Pickens Police Chief Rodney Gregory said in a release that officer Michael McClatchy used a department computer on Sept. 14 to detail what he said happened during the stop. Swinney was clocked going 63 mph in a 35 mph zone on Sept. 3 on the way to his radio call-in show. He was cited for speeding and the officer reduced the penalty to a minimum fine and points, according to Gregory.
McClatchy's post said he thought Swinney expected to be excused for the violation.
Gregory said Swinney paid the fine and apologized. No. 10 Clemson plays at No. 4 Florida State on Saturday night.
NJ woman jailed for decade-old traffic ticket
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
NEW YORK ó A New Jersey woman says she spent a night in a New York City jail after police discovered she had a decade-old traffic summons.
Krystle Garcia tells NBC New York that she was arrested Thursday at a Manhattan checkpoint.
Garcia was 17 when she received the forgotten summons. It was issued because she did not have an insurance card with her.
Garcia said she received, and paid, other tickets in New York after that. She was able to renew her New Jersey driverís license and registration without any issues.
Garcia, who works in New York City, agreed to a $155 fine. But she said her 14-hour ordeal in a holding cell was ďhorrifying.Ē
She said she shared her story because she doesnít want it to happen to anyone else.
Internet entrepreneur Julien Chabbott, 28, was arrested after he allegedly used his $260,000 (£165,00) luxury Ferrari Spider to run over the foot of a police officer writing him a ticket in New York on Sunday, according to police.
Mr Chabbottís girlfriend, Stephanie Pratt, a reality TV star in the US, watched the drama unfold.
As the footage of the incident shows, she later retrieved items from the Ferrari after the arrest and left the scene.
The whole scene was captured by 17-year-old New Yorker Damian Morys who was passing the Mercer hotel when the incident happened.
He said: "It was a pretty crazy situation. I was definitely at the right place at the right time - I couldn't believe it was unfolding before my eyes and that I was actually capturing it on video.
Lathrup Village police will decide later today or Wednesday whether to let stand a traffic citation Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh received this month for driving without due care and caution.
Police Chief William Armstrong said he plans to meet with the city attorney this afternoon to discuss whether that charge should go forward as is, be dropped altogether or whether Suh should be reissued a speeding ticket.
Suh was cited Nov. 15 as he drove his black Land Rover northbound on Southfield Road, just north of 11 Mile. Armstrong said no drivers complained about the incident, but the officer who issued the ticket thought Suh was driving at a high rate of speed as he passed cars on the right and nearly caused an accident.
After watching dashboard video of the incident, Armstrong said he feels ďthe charge wasnít proper for what Mr. Suh did.Ē
ďI would have said, if anything, speeding,Ē Armstrong said. ďAnd looking at the video tape, itís hard to say exactly how fast he was going. When you look at the video, it appears that heís traveling faster than the other vehicles around him, but was it excessive? I donít think it was excessive, and heís merging over and from what I see on the tape, as far as when he merges over, my opinion, I donít see the near-accident.Ē
Armstrong said no radar reading was taken. Suh, who has been involved in at least four other traffic incidents since the Lions drafted him with the No. 2 overall pick in 2010, was polite and cooperative during the traffic stop.
ďThe officer was telling him why he stopped him, and Suh was explaining to the officer what he did, and that was, basically, it,Ē Armstrong said. ďItís hard to hear Suh, but from talking to the officer, there was nothing going on. It sounds like Suh apologized, and that was it.Ē
Last month, Suh was involved in a minor fender bender as he drove to the Lions' practice facility along the Southfield Freeway. Neither driver was issued a ticket.
In March, Suh was ticketed for doing 91 m.p.h. in a 55-m.p.h. zone in his native Portland, Ore. Last December, while he was home in Oregon and serving a two-game suspension for stomping on an opponent in a game, Suh lost control of his 1970 Chevrolet Coupeand hit a tree, a light pole and a drinking fountain. He was sued this summer by a passenger in the car.
As a rookie, Suh was involved in a two-car accident when a Honda Civic struck his Land Rover as he drove through a Royal Oak intersection. Police ticketed the driver of the Civic.
Suh also was ticketed for negligent driving during his final season at Nebraska, when he reportedly sideswiped three parked cars.
The Lions did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. ó A Fla. man is in the hospital with life-threatening injuries after he was pulled over by police who found he had been driving with a portion of a traffic sign lodged in his head.
Leslie Richard Newton, 63, was driving when he crashed into a median then a traffic sign, but continued driving. Apparently part of the sign went through his windshield and was embedded in his head, according to Action News Jax.
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After officers pulled him over, he was rushed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.
Authorities believe alcohol was a factor in the accident. Nobody else was injured.
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - Now that's one angry judge.
Brian Levine, working on Staten Island for the Department of Motor Vehicles, has the highest conviction rate of any traffic court judge in New York City, and he might also be the angriest.
In a March 2011 arbitrator's ruling obtained by the Advance concerning an incident in 2009, Levine was ordered to attend a monitored counseling program to focus on "human relations" and "anger management" after a formal complaint was filed against him for wild outbursts during a routine hearing.
After multiple Freedom of Information Law requests, the state DMV refused to release any documentation related to Levine, a public employee, because none of the complaints against him "resulted in a final agency action," according a letter received by the Advance on October 18.
Although that was the reason for the DMV's refusal to release information, it seems like there was, in fact, plenty of "action" taken against Levine for his nasty demeanor.
In addition to being ordered to seek 35 hours of professional help for anger issues, the arbitrator's ruling also stated that an "appropriate penalty is a written warning to become part of the grievant's personnel file."
And an Employee Assistance Program official was to monitor and submit a final report to the DMV's Director of Labor Relations upon Levine's completion of counseling.
After the complaint was filed concerning the November 2009 incident, the Advance found that the DMV investigated the incident and gave Levine a notice of discipline dated May 5, 2010.
The DMV did not clarify why it refused to originally release the information. In the documentation obtained by the Advance, it appears that formal action was taken against Levine. The DMV also refused to allow Levine to speak with the Advance. ¬ź
¬źTHE COURT INCIDENT
All of this began November 18, 2009, when a Metropolitan Transportation Authority mechanic was road testing a bus on an un-named "parkway" that buses are usually not allowed on, but he had a permit allowing him to do so, according the arbitrator's records.
An MTA representative for the mechanic brought in a photocopy of the permit to court, thinking that the ticket would be thrown out, but he was "treated abrasively, demeaned and insulted," by Levine, according to the arbitrator's records.
Staten Island Advance photoBy the numbers, Judge Brian Levine is the toughest administrative judge employed by the state Department of Motor Vehicles, with an 87.1 percent conviction rate.
Also included was a brief transcript of exactly what Levine said during the November 2009 hearing.
Despite being an MTA representative and having a photocopy of the permit, Levine said: "No photocopies. Not that I'm telling you that you guys would have the audacity to make phony photocopies. I'll be very blunt with you. I think you guys would. OK. I don't trust the MTA. I don't trust any government agency."
Levine went on to rail against MTA bus drivers that he sees "on that parkway every day, and I'm fed up with seeing your buses on there."
He then goes on to threaten to "have him arrested" if the permit was forged in any way, yelling in a fevered pitch at the attorney, according to his account. ¬ź
When he's not screaming and berating motorists, Levine can often be seen doodling on a note pad not even giving defendants the appearance that he is listening to them, said another lawyer with knowledge of the DMV's administration who wished to remain anonymous.
"He makes the motorist feel that he is not listening and not giving them a chance to present their case," the lawyer said. "It's frustrating. The whole bias there is that the motorist is guilty until proven innocent. Justice is not being dispensed in that court."
This lawyer said aside from the judge's personal bias against motorists, the entire traffic court system in the city breeds bias.
Levine, a DMV employee who in 2011 raised more than $1 million in fines for his employer, might get a free pass for his actions based on that figure, which is by far the most money raised by a traffic judge in New York City.
"For the most part they back him up because of the money he brings in," the lawyer said. "How he speaks to people in the courtroom, his tone, his manor, his demeanor is inappropriate."
So has Levine mellowed since his anger management training?
Islanders who have come before him don't seem to think so.
"Levine is the worst," said Frank Ciaramella of Annadale, who appeared before Levine for a seat belt violation. "He's demeaning. He's got a bad attitude, and he should not be sitting there. He's got a chip on his shoulder the size of New York. For whatever happened in his past he should not take it to work with him."
A woman who wished to remain anonymous said it was obvious that Levine was not even listening to her, and he fined her for being on a cell phone. She claims she was not, and said she had proof.
"He totally took the officer's side; he didn't what to hear it," she said. "I brought the proof of my incoming, my outgoing and my missed calls; he said it's not acceptable."
She produced a print-out from the phone company of her call records and Levine did not accept it as proof that she was not driving while on her cell phone.
Police say a traffic citation issued to Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh in suburban Detroit will stand.
Lions DT Ndamukong Suh avoided suspension after his actions against Texans QB Matt Schaub.
Lathrup Village Police Chief William Armstrong said Tuesday he wasn't sure the Nov. 15 citation for driving without due care and caution would hold up after having watched video footage of Suh's driving that day.
But after consulting with the city attorney, Armstrong said Wednesday the decision was made to go forward and have Suh ''either pay the fine or fight the ticket.''
An officer wrote up Suh after seeing the third-year pro driving fast and passing cars from the right lane.
Suh has been sued for $1 million by a woman who claims she was injured when Suh was in a car crash last December in Portland, Ore.
Most Tickets Written: Washington, DC
Ohio residents will be surprised that itís Washington, DC (yeah, not technically a ďstate,Ē but whatever) that writes the most speeding tickets. With just over half a million residents, DCís Finest writes more than 430,000 tickets a year. It beats out the next state in the top ten Ė Wyoming Ė by a factor of ten. Save your money. Visit some other place.
Most Unmarked State Police Cars: Connecticut
In all my years driving in New England, Iíve never seen a fully marked Connecticut State Police car. Thatís because only one is assigned to every troop. Apparently, theyíre white with yellow and blue markings. Most Connecticut State Police cars are silver, with a pushbar up front and a low-profile lightbar on the roof, which carries the only ďState PoliceĒ marking on the car. Connecticutís also been notorious for using Camaros, Mustangs, Grand Nationals and other non-traditional cars as unmarked patrol cars on the stateís highways.
The New York City Police Department today announced the results of a speed enforcement initiative conducted citywide this past weekend. Officers issued 736 speeding summonses to motorists. The initiative is a part of the NYPDís efforts to limit speeding and traffic infractions that cause death and injury.
Traffic fatalities are down 30 percent over the past decade but speeding remains the leading contributor of collisions citywide.
There were 266 summonses issued in Queens, 213 in the Bronx, 113 in Brooklyn, 97 in Manhattan and 47 in Staten Island.
The anti-speeding initiative began on Friday, October 11th and ended on Sunday, October 13th.
The city has established 14 neighborhood ďslow zonesĒ and is in the process of finalizing 15 additional. Nine-hundred and ten speed bumps have been installed, and anti-speed zones near 146 schools have been implemented in the last six years.
Various initiatives to combat speeding include the cityís first speed cameras installed earlier this fall, the neighborhood slow zones, and speed bumps.
The NYPD encourages safe driving and reminds the public to obey the speed limit, which in New York City is 30 miles per hour on local streets unless otherwise posted. It is against the law to exceed 50 mph in New York City.
Speeding fines start at $90 and can be as high as $600. Drivers earn from 3 to 11 penalty points for speeding infractions.
Swedish multi-millionaire Anders Wiklof was driving a little too fast. Wilkof, a business man in his native Sweden, was pulled over in neighboring Finland for driving 48 in a 30 MPH zone. He expected a ticket and a fine but was shocked to find out how much it would cost him.
The New York Daily News reports that Wiklof was fined a jaw-dropping amount.
A Swedish multimillionaire has been fined $130,000 for speeding ó because he is so rich. Had he been caught in Sweden, he would have faced a $615 penalty. But fines in Finland are issued based on the driverís wealth Ė and with Wiklof having so much cash, he was hit with the much heftier fee.
via Swedish multimillionaire slapped with $130,000 speeding ticket ó because heís rich Ė NY Daily News.
What do I do if I do not know what how much the fine is? Many motorist
who receive tickets in the state of New York, especially out of state
drivers from Canada or New Jersey, for example, cannot understand why
tickets in New York do not include the fine information. The
answer is, that in New York there is a range for the fine. Once
somebody pleads guilty to a traffic ticket in New York to any ticket
outside of New York City, the judge has discretion to find for example,
for a failure to observe a traffic control device ticket, from zero
dollars up to $150, not including the $85 surcharge. So, to
answer the question, the only real way to find out the exact fine for
the ticket is to plead guilty, which we do not recommend of course. It
is advisable to contact a competent New York traffic lawyer such as
myself, before sending it ticket pleading guilty. Besides the fines
owed, there are also very expensive surcharges, both from the court and
the state of New York, which apply even to out-of-state drivers.
How do I answer my ticket? To answer your traffic ticket in New
York, you must fill out section “A” or “B” on the front or
back of the ticket, depending on whether you are looking at a fax paper
ticket , which is commonly issued by the state police and more and more
by local agencies, or if you have a white hand written ticket, usually
issued in upstate New York or Long Island, or a yellow summons issued
in New York City. Anyway, the ticket must be filled out
not guilty and sent an address on the ticket. Tickets
New York City returnable the traffic violations Bureau can often be
answered on line. Other upstate courts and Long Island courts
outside of New York City generally be contacted with a not guilty plea
via mail . Usually, tickets received in New York City must be
answered within 15 days of the receipt. However, very often one cannot
find it ticket received online, because it takes very often more than
15 days of the ticket to be entered into the DMV's online system.
Regarding tickets received outside of New York City, and outside the
jurisdiction of the traffic violations Bureau, one technically has 48
hours to return the ticket to the court pleading not guilty.
However, there is a little bit of confusion in this regard, because on
tickets received outside of New York City, in upstate New York such as
in Rockland County, Westchester County, Orange County, Greene County,
Putnam County or in Nassau County or in the eastern edges of Suffolk
County for example, there is contradictory language prints on the
ticket; namely, on the one hand, there are instructions to return the
ticket within 48 hours, on the other hand, there is language on the
ticket constructing the recipient to return the ticket by mail or in
person by an initial court date printed on the ticket. The bottom line
is it's usually safe to assume that if you send the ticket in within
seven days you should be okay, but this is not always the case. So when
in doubt contact a competent NY ticket lawyer such as myself..
This question comes up very often: what do I do if I lost my
ticket? The answer depends on where you receive the
If you received the ticket anywhere with the traffic violations Bureau
is in operation, such as the Bronx, Manhattan, Staten Island, Suffolk
County, Brooklyn, Queens, Rochester or some parts of Buffalo,
that usually you can wait about 30 days after receiving the ticket and
then contact the traffic violations Bureau and given your date of birth
and/or drivers license ID number and they should be able to look up the
summons for you. Once you have the summons number then you can usually
plead not guilty online. Now, if you have received this speeding or
traffic violation ticket in upstate for example in Essex County, Warren
County, Lewis County, Onondaga County, or Columbia County, Rensselaer
or Albany counties or Nassau County or Eastern Suffolk County on Long
Island, for example, if you have lost it ticket received one of these
places, then you are “out of luck.” Because, in general with
regard to tickets received in upstate or Long Island courts, the DMV
will not hear about the ticket and tell the court submits the ticket to
them for suspension due to you are not answering the ticket in a timely
manner. Thus, unless you know the general area of where you received
the ticket, and then you can call the various courts in that area, you
will have to wait until you receive a suspension notice from the DMV to
be able to answer the ticket that you lost.
National Seat Belt Enforcement Mobilization
May 21 - June
03, 2012 2012 Click It or Ticket
Steps to Save a Life:
belt laws. Educate occupants. Increase belt use. That’s all it takes to
Save a Life. As this year’s Click It or Ticket seat belt
enforcement mobilization approaches, take a moment to renew your
commitment to this life saving campaign. By following these three
steps, you can help reduce the number of lives lost due to unrestrained
passenger vehicle occupants.
Commit to mobilize — Join 50 states and thousands of law enforcement
agencies from across the country in stepping up high-visibility
enforcement during the 2012 Click It or Ticket national mobilization
from May 21 to June 3.
Enforce day and night — Statistics show nighttime drivers are less
likely to buckle up compared to daytime drivers. 10,647 passenger
vehicle occupants were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes at night
(6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m.) in 2010. Of those killed in nighttime crashes, 61
percent were not wearing seat belts (compared to 42 percent of
occupants killed during daytime hours of 6 a.m. to 5:59 p.m.).
Promote your efforts — Put the “high-visibility” in your local
enforcement efforts with handy Click It or Ticket earned media and
other promotional materials available on this flash drive and at
Regardless of the vehicle, seat belts save lives — In 2010, NHTSA
statistics show that 22,187 occupants of passenger cars, trucks, vans
and SUVs were killed in motor vehicle crashes nationwide— and 51
percent were NOT wearing seat belts at the time of the fatal crashes.
Teens and young adults are at higher risk — Among young adult passenger
vehicle occupants, ages 18 to 34, who were killed in crashes, 62
percent were not buckled up—the highest percentage of any age group.
The number jumps to 66 percent when only men in this age group are
The numbers change, the facts don’t — Fifty-four percent of the 130,854
passenger vehicle occupants who were killed on our roadways from
2006-2010 were not wearing their seat belts at the time of the fatal
crashes, according to NHTSA. Wearing a seat belt is the single most
effective way to reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes.
Joining Forces — With the help of local and national law enforcement
officers and highway safety advocates all across the country, the Click
It or Ticket enforcement mobili¨zation is credited with raising the
national seat belt usage rate to 85 percent in 2010.
Continued Effort — The 2012 Click It or Ticket mobilization will run
from May 21 through June 3, but officers should continue to look for
and educate unrestrained vehicle occupants year-round. Nothing can
replace the efforts of officers like you in the field. Your efforts
will make all the difference.
2012 Click It or
Ticket — You Are in the Driver’s Seat!
enforcement is the key to success in this Click It or Ticket
mobilization. Please lead and join your officers in conducting
zero-tolerance seat belt enforcement during the day, and also at night.
This mobilization is created to crackdown on violators 24-7, but a
strong enforcement effort is urged between the nighttime hours of 6
p.m. and 5:59 a.m. due to the higher percentages of passenger vehicle
occupants not buckling up during the overnight hours.
leadership, we can turn thousands of lives lost into many more lives
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