With July 4th falling on a Friday this year millions of New Yorkers will be hitting the roads to enjoy their long weekend. If you’ll be among them, we caution you to drive especially carefully.
Just like last year, Governor Cuomo has announced a July 4th crackdown on speeding, DWI, and distracted driving. As he stated, “This holiday weekend, State Police will be out in force to crack down on dangerous drivers.”
Governor Cuomo continued, “The 4th of July is one of the busiest travel periods of the year, and through this campaign we are working to keep our roads safe for all travelers. As we celebrate this important holiday, I urge all New Yorkers to drive responsibly and obey the rules of the road.”
In 2013, over 10,000 tickets were issued over July 4th weekend—over three times as many as in 2012. That includes over 2,000 additional speeding tickets as well as 100 extra DWI arrests. And this new crackdown means 2014’s totals are sure to surpass last year’s.
Although the Governor’s initiative will focus on New York State’s highways, New York City drivers will be subject to their own ticket blitz as Mayor DeBlasio’s 21-day “Traffic Safety Initiative” runs through the July 4th holiday weekend. DeBlasio’s “Vision Zero” plan has meant frequent blitzes, including 3 blitzes within 3 weeks of each other in May of this year.
As New York State Police Superintendent Joseph A. D’Amico said, “The Fourth of July is known for its fun and fireworks, but New Yorkers should also remember it can also be fatal if they don’t make the right decision. Remember to put down the phone, drive sober, follow the rules of the road and enjoy your time with family and friends.”
This 4th of July weekend we urge you to obey speed limits, avoid talking or texting on your cellphone while driving, and move over for emergency vehicles. If you do get a traffic ticket, Rosenblum Law can help. Call us at 888-883-5529 for a free consultation.
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