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Category: Traffic Law

How to Prove a Driver Was Texting Behind the Wheel 

New York prohibits the use of hand-held mobile devices while behind the wheel. Unfortunately, the potential penalties for violating this law—traffic tickets, fines, surcharges, and DMV points—aren’t enough to deter all motorists from texting and driving. They are, however, enough to keep some individuals from admitting their transgression and accepting fault in the event of […]

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Texting and Driving Laws in New York: What You Need to Know

Drivers have countless distractions vying for their attention every time they hit the road. If you have a cell phone, the temptation to talk, text, or check the latest notification can seem all but impossible to resist. Unlike other kinds of distractions, though, texting occupies your manual, visual, and cognitive faculties at the same time—which […]

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The textalyzer: valuable deterrent or invasion of privacy?

You undoubtedly know what a Breathalyzer is – an electronic device that law-enforcement agencies use to measure blood-alcohol content. But have you heard about the textalyzer? It’s a new technology that determines how and when a person has been using his or her smartphone. A company called Cellebrite is developing the technology. The textalyzer is a tablet-sized […]

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Can you refuse to take a breath test in New York?

New York has taken steps over the years to crack down on drunk driving. Harsh penalties are a means of deterring potential offenders. Unfortunately, innocent people also get caught up in drunk driving suppression efforts. Whether it’s getting home late when you have a babysitter because of a road block or facing unfounded criminal charges, […]

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Study: Black & Latino drivers more likely to be searched

People of color have long suspected they were under increased scrutiny by police, and a recent Stanford University study confirms that black and Latino drivers are searched during traffic stops at a higher rate than whites. This was true despite the fact that Latinos are statistically less likely than whites to be pulled over in […]

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