Thursday, December 15, 2011

Deadly School Bus Crash in Clifton Park (Saratoga County) NY

Today, YNN and Times Union are reporting a head-on collision in Clifton Park between a school bus and an SUV. Fortunately, there were no passengers on board the school bus but the drive of the SUV was killed. On a narrow highway with no visible traffic and light mist, is it possible this is occurred as a result of texting/distracted driving?

Ever since the National Transportation Safety Board called for all 50 states to ban the non-emergency use of portable electronic devices (other than those designed to support the driving task), this has been a hot-topic. In fact, the NTSB's recommendation came as a response to a fatal wreck last year in Missouri between two school buses, a bobtail, and an SUV. Thirty-five people were injured and two died in that incident.

Currently, texting/distracted driving is a 3 point violation in New York state. Operating a mobile phone is a 2 point violation.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Distracted and Aggressive Driving Enforcement Detail - 11/9/11

Today, the New York State Police will be conducting a Distracted and Aggressive Driving Enforcement Detail on Interstate I-87. State Troopers will be handing out informational pamphlets along with tickets issued for speeding, reckless driving, unsafe lane changes and cell phone/mobile device violations (OP-Mobile Device), as well as other tickets.

Those passing by the city of Albany and towns of Colonie, Guilderland, Malta, Halfmoon, Saratoga, and others will likely notice an increased presence of Troopers. Please drive safely and contact our office if you need legal advice, representation, or counsel.

(518) 465-2211

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

"Speed Week" - Aug 8-14th, 2011

Today, the Times Union reported the opening of "Speed Week" in New York state. In concert with Nascar's race at Watkins Glen, Troopers will be on the lookout for motorists violating Section 1180 of New York state Vehicle & Traffic law, known as "speeding" or SPEED IN ZONE. Remember that fines are extremely high in New York (doubled in Work Zones) and points are given out very generously. In fact, if you accumulate 6 points within an 18 month period, the state will send you a bill for $300.00 as part of the Driver Responsibility Program. Every point accumulated above that will be assessed an additional $75.00 fee. Remember also that these fees apply irregardless of what state or country issued your driver's license. Traffic Violations Bureau provides a chart of DMV points for particular violations.

Local courts have the power to issue fines within a certain range which can depend on local policy, your past driving history, and other factors. Fines that our clients have paid for speeding and other reduced charges can be viewed at

As always, be especially careful while driving this weekend and always remember to observe posted speed limits. When in doubt, Thruway and other highway speed limits in New York state tend to be 55mph. You are likely to run in to a high concentration of State Troopers and speed traps in the Binghamton area along Route 88 in Chenango, Dickinson, Deposit, Endicott, etc.

If you are pulled over, always remember to be courteous with the officer or Trooper and call us if you need help at (518) 465-2211 or request a Free Consultation of your case using the form here on our blog.

Photo courtesy of roberbarker2.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Potsdam, Ny (Village and Town) Ticket Defense

We are happy to announce that we have recently opened a new website dedicated to our practice of Vehicle & Traffic law in the town and village of Potsdam, New York. SUNY Potsdam and Clarkson University students and visiting friends and family as well as travelers through the Potsdam Municipal Airport can call on our services and expertise 24 hours a day for help with traffic tickets of all kinds. Clients with violations to be answered in the Potsdam Town or Village Justice courts will not have to go to court and, as usual, our total fee is usually a flat $195.00 (please contact us to discuss the details of your case). Routes 11 and 56 run through the area with common violations like speeding (SPEED IN ZONE 1180), 1144A, cell phone and other mobile device, seat belt, and other moving violations being commonly issued there.

For more information, call our office, request a free consultation here, or visit the website at -

Another great photo by dougtone.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Distracted Driving May Become a Primary Offense in New York State

The New York Times reported recently that some lawmakers in New York, including Governor Andrew Cuomo, are advocating a change to existing traffic law. Currently, distracted driving (texting while driving) is a secondary offense, meaning drivers can only be ticketed for texting if an officer or trooper pulls them over for a primary offense like speeding or failure to signal, etc. The new law would make distracted driving a primary offense and increase the penalty from 2 points to 3 points as well as increase the penalty for using a cellphone without a hands-free device while driving to 3 points.  In 2010, police issued 3,235 in New York state for texting while driving, 1,632 of which were issued in New York City.

If you get a ticket for a cell phone, distracted driving, or other ticket in New York state, give us a call. (518) 465-2211.

Photo Credit: mrJasonWeaver

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Now Representing Clients in Chautauqua County, New York

We are happy to now offer representation for clients in Chautauqua County justice courts. Flat fees of $195.00 will apply for uncomplicated traffic violations such as speeding, red light tickets, signal violations, 1144A, texting & cell phone tickets, suspended licenses, etc. and clients will not have to go to court. If you have questions about representation for a particular type of case, feel free to call or send us a Free Consultation request using the form provided to the right. For information about particular traffic courts in Chautauqua County, please see the links below:
We hope this can be helpful to New York drivers in the Upstate area and visitors from Canada and neighboring states.

Unknown Chautauqua County highway Photo Credit: dougtone

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

New Traffic Ticket Websites for St. Lawrence Courts

We represent clients issued tickets in courts throughout New York state. Our client base is very diverse including a significant number of out-of-state motorists traveling through or to New York for business, vacation, and family. Many of these non-resident drivers are visitors from Canada passing from Ontario into the U.S. via the more scenic local highways of the Adirondack Park in St. Lawrence county. Some of the small towns and villages found in this area are Brasher, Canton, Clare, Clifton, Dekalb, and De Peyster. These small courts do not issue many tickets, but all it takes is one to ruin your day and the combination of unfamiliar roads with low speed limits makes this an area where caution should be exercised. If you are pulled over and get a ticket for speeding or some other violation of the NYS Vehicle & Traffic law in one of these towns, visit our new websites dedicated to our practice of ticket defense law in these local courts:
Each of these websites will have information specific to its respective town and court as well as information about how we can help you reduce points and save money without you having to appear in court. We hope this can help relieve some of the burden and stress that comes with any legal problem. If you have any additional questions, please contact us at (518) 465-2211 or send in an online inquiry using our "Free Consultations" form up on the right.

*Edit (6/21/11): Edwards Ticket Lawyer website added to the list.

Photo Credit: dougtone

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

New York Speeding Ticket Fines

Have you ever wondered how much a speeding ticket in Albany, Bethlehem, Guilderland, or any other upstate court will cost you? A few months back, we set up a new site called NY Speeding Ticket Fines where we have been posting Fine Notices and other details from real cases in our office that have since been resolved and closed. You can view what the original ticket was for - speeding, 1144A, cell phone, etc. - and see if and how the ticket was reduced. Included is a copy of the actual Fine Notice issued by the court which shows the full amount in fines that was ordered to be paid as well as any additional surcharge. We hope this will be helpful to those motorists searching for that kind of information.

If you would like to speak with an attorney at any time regarding a traffic ticket case, we are always available by phone or you can use the "Free Consutlation" form here on our website. (518) 465-2211

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

New NY Traffic Law - Move Over for Emergency Vehicles

As of January 1, 2011, the new Ambrose-Searles "Move Over Act" (1144 A) is in effect, citing motorists with a $275.00 fine and 2 points on their driving record for failing to reduce speed and move over when an emergency vehicle is stopped on the side of the road. More information can be found on the official press release. The press release talk about the intention of the law being to protect law enforcement who face serious dangers while out of their vehicles on traffic stops and while performing other duties. In short, drivers must:
  1. Use care when approaching an emergency vehicle that displays red and/or white emergency lighting;
  2. Reduce speed on all roads and highways;
  3. Move from the lane adjacent to the emergency vehicle on Parkways and other controlled access highways with multiple lanes, unless traffic or other hazards exist to prevent doing so safely.
This is probably nothing new for drivers who are familiar with the rules of the road and safe driving habits, but now the Thruway's dedicated State Police Troop T will be vigilant enforcing this new Vehicle & Traffic law. Make sure to slow down and move over and save yourself that ticket.  If you do get in trouble, make sure to give us a call.