Long Island Distracted Driving Case Moved to Westchester

The Daily Voice reported that a case involving a motorist who struck a state trooper after allegedly exchanging text messages while driving has been moved from Suffolk County to Westchester, where the District Attorney’s office has been appointed as special prosecutor. (Citing a conflict, the Suffolk DA recused themselves from the case, according to the article.)
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More Than 80,000 Scofflaws May Avoid the “Boot” — And a Tow — by Seeking Amnesty

Newsday recently reported that 43,000 Suffolk County drivers who have not paid three or more red-light camera tickets and another 40,000 with outstanding tickets for moving or parking violations will have their vehicles booted and towed if they did not pay off their unpaid tickets by March 1. However, they can avoid this scenario if they take advantage of the county’s Amnesty Program.
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Steep Penalties for Driving Without Insurance in New York

Hundreds of thousands of motorists use New York’s roadways each day. In New York, each vehicle on its roads must be covered by an auto insurance policy to properly adhere to the traffic and insurance laws within the state. However, in 2015, there was an estimated 6.1% of motorists within the state that continued to drive without proper auto insurance in place. This can result in harsh penalties.
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Suffolk County Committee Decides to Extend Red-Light Camera Program

On September 19, 2018, Newsday reported that the Suffolk County Legislature’s Waiver Committee unanimously voted in favor of extending the contract of the county’s red-light camera vendor, resulting in the red-light camera program being extended for at least another year.

Conduent Inc., a technology company based in Florham Park, New Jersey, received an extension on its contract with the county which will run the end of 2019. Republican legislators were upset that the contract was renewed without seeking competitive bids or requests for proposal, but they are more upset that the red-light camera program is more about collecting revenues than making the roads safer for drivers.
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AAA Says Federal Government Underestimated Car Crashes Caused by Drowsy Driving

USA Today reported that the Automobile Association of America (AAA) that the federal government grossly underestimated the percentage of car crashes caused as a result of drowsy driving and is alerting the public of the seriousness of this danger.

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What Should I do if Arrested for a DUI or DWI in New York?

Driving Under the Influence (DUI) and Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) are serious traffic matter that could result in a criminal record and jail time. If you find yourself under questioning or arrest, consider the following.

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Drunk Driver Arrested in Violation of Leandra’s Law

Riverhead Town Police arrested a woman on charges of violating Leandra’s Law when she was driving drunk with her two children in the car.

Town officers stopped Prudence B. Williams on East Main Street on April 28 at approximately 11:50 p.m. for a vehicle and traffic law infraction. Police found that she was “driving under the influence of alcohol” while her two daughters — a six-year-old and a six-month-old — were in the vehicle with her.

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Car Crash Occurs at Same Intersection Where Fatal Limousine Accident Took Place

The Suffolk Times reported that three people were hospitalized after their car was rear-ended by another vehicle at the intersection of County Road 48 and Depot Lane in Cutchogue. The site of the crash was also the same place where a fatal limousine accident occurred last year.

According to the article, a 23-year-old man driving a 2005 Nissan was heading westbound on CR 48 on July 31, 2016, at approximately 6PM, when he was hit from behind a 19-year-old driving a 2013 Nissan. Three passengers in the second vehicle suffered minor injuries and were treated at Eastern Long Island Hospital. No charges were filed.

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Canadian Visitor Dies in Dump Truck Accident

On February 12, 2016, a 48-year-old woman was fatally struck by a dump truck while in a crosswalk in Manhattan.  The woman, who was visiting from Canada, died at the scene from internal injuries.

According to the New York Daily News, the driver will probably not face criminal charges.  The driver of the truck apparently did not see her crossing the street due to a blind spot and did not realize he had struck her until he turned the corner.

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Understanding the Difference Between DWI and DWAI in New York

Driving While Impaired (DWAI – in lay terms “buzzed driving”) means your ability to operate a motor vehicle has been affected to any extent by the consumption of alcohol. DWAI is a violation, not a crime. Driving While Intoxicated (DWI – in lay terms “drunk driving”) means you are physically and mentally incapable of driving as a reasonable and prudent person due to the consumption of alcohol. Driving While Intoxicated is a crime.

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