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Stories from the Bench: Mercy Cases


While New York State traffic court judges can be tough, we are all human. What most people don’t realize is that while police officers, prosecutors and judges all have a job to do, they also have a significant amount of discretion.  Some use it more liberally than others. For example...

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Police Beefing Up Enforcement St. Patrick’s Day Weekend


“Luck of the Irish” won’t save a person from being charged with drunk driving and other traffic infractions this St. Patrick’s Day. That’s because New York State Police and local law enforcement will be increasing enforcement throughout the holiday weekend as part of the STOP-DWI St. Patrick’s Day Crackdown initiative....

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When Police Can Search Your Car (New York)


The news often reports stories of individuals who are stopped for a traffic violation and, following a search of the vehicle, end up arrested and charged with a crime. There are plenty of scenarios in which police in New York State are entitled to search a vehicle. However, there are...

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3 NYC Roads Named Most Congested in U.S.


New York City has the fourth-most congested roads in the nation, according to a new study by INRIX Research, a global traffic research firm. Its 2018 Global Traffic Scorecard, now in its fourth year, utilizes a brand-new methodology to calculate time and money lost due to congestion. Yet even with...

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Suffolk County to Boot and Tow Ticket Scofflaws


Just one month after offering amnesty to drivers with unpaid traffic and parking tickets, Suffolk County has now announced it will begin booting and towing cars whose owners have still not paid. The boot and tow program will begin March 1, according Paul Margiotta, executive director of the Suffolk Traffic...

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What NOT to Do When Pulled Over by Police


Nearly everyone is pulled over by police at some point in their life. The flashing red-and-blue lights are hardwired into drivers’ brains to mean that trouble is imminent. However, a traffic stop does not have to be a harrowing event. While there isn’t much one can do to avoid getting...

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