Category: Vehicle and Traffic Violations

By Scott Limmer

An attorneys blog about criminal law and procedure, college discipline, Title IX and cases of Interest

Do Parking Enforcers Need Search Warrants to Chalk Mark Tires?

Is the Taylor v City of Saginaw Case Proof That Courts Still Do Not Get Property Law Right? In a first-ever decision, a federal appellate court has ruled a city unconstitutionally put chalk marks on tires to identify vehicles which remained in a parking spot longer than permitted. In Taylor v City of Saginaw, a […]

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Glazed Doughnut Leads to Florida Man’s Arrest on Drug Charges

From time to time, you may have treated yourself to a delicious Krispy Kreme glazed doughnut – but after you hear of a Orlando man’s experience last year with police in that city, you may want to rethink that indulgence, at least when you’re visiting that Florida vacation spot. Shortly after driving away from a […]

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Lawbreakers Misuse Even the Newest Tech to Their Disadvantage

No matter how fast technology advances, the resourcefulness of certain people in using it to their disadvantage somehow manages to keep pace. By now, you’ve no doubt heard or read of these lawbreakers who greatly helped law enforcement by posting Facebook selfies showing themselves engaged in clearly criminal wrongdoing. One prime example was the Tennessee […]

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You Can Be Guilty of Vehicular Homicide Even If Not Driving

Driving While Intoxicated There’s no doubt 28-year-old part-time student James Ryan was driving drunk on the Long Island Expressway (LIE) in the pre-dawn hours of October 18, 2012. He was coming back from an evening of drinking in Manhattan, and his blood-alcohol test registered over 0.13%, well above New York’s 0.08% DUI threshold. His Camry […]

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New York May Let Police Access Drivers’ Cell Phones in Accidents

The New York legislature has seen the introduction of a bill, with bipartisan sponsorship that, if adopted, would make New York the first state to give police immediate access to drivers’ cellphones at accident sites. The sponsors of the bills (S. 6325, A. 8613) intend the measure as a way to attack distracted driving, by […]

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You Want Fries with That Distracted Driving Charge?

Think of distracted driving, and you’ll probably get a mental image of someone talking on a cellphone behind the wheel, or a driver texting a message or fiddling with some electronic gadget. Chances are, you won’t think of a motorist chewing on a juicy burger – but that’s exactly what recently earned one driver a […]

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“Leandra’s Law” Sets Harsh Penalties for Impaired Drivers with Young Passengers

Since the 2009 enactment of Child Passenger Protection Act, more commonly known as “Leandra’s Law,” New York has made it an automatic felony to be impaired by alcohol or drugs while driving a child below the age of 16. Hailed by proponents as the nation’s toughest penalty for impaired drivers with child passengers, Leandra’s Law […]

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When pranks become crimes

Planning to commit a crime? Maybe it’s not a good idea to tape it. Here’s a useful tip if you might be planning to tape yourself threatening strangers with what appears to be a real handgun: think twice before you post those tapes on Instagram. That’s a lesson learned the hard way by Daron Stinson, […]

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Nassau County Tests Putting Cameras on Cops and in Police Vehicles

Bodycams and Dashcams are coming to the Nassau County Police Department Several months ago, the Nassau County Police Department started a pilot program for video cameras installed on the dashboards of police vehicles and body cameras on police officers. After the experiment ends, the county will decide whether to expand use of one or both […]

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Cell Phone Violations Now Bring Five Points on a New York Driver’s License

The Empire State was the first in the nation to make behind-the-wheel use of a cell phone without a hands-free device a traffic infraction. Since 2001, it has been illegal for drivers in New York State to use hand-held cell phones while on the road. But for a very long time, the only enforcement tools […]

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