May 9, 2013
If you’re tired of driving around looking for a NYC parking space, and then hoarding quarters to pay for NYC parking, NYC is working on a better way. NYC is testing out a new program on Arthur Avenue in the Belmont area of the Bronx, also known as Little Italy (of the Bronx). You can use your phone, internet or smartphone app to pay for 264 metered NYC parking spaces along or adjacent to Arthur Avenue plus 57 spaces in NYC’s Belmont Municipal Parking Field. Each Muni-Meter in the pilot program has a QR code and a seven-digit number that is your link to making payments. How It Works
- Sign up for PayByPhone with your vehicle registration and credit card number
- Find a space by using NYC DOT’s real-time map of available NYC parking spaces (map shown above). The map shows where there are available spaces and where there is low or limited availability.
- After you park, type in the number displayed on the side of the closest muni-meter to start paying for parking.
- When your meter is about to expire, you’ll get a text or email. You will be able to add more money to extend your time, but only to the time allowed by the parking regulation.
Things we Like about NYC Pay By Phone Parking
- You don’t have to walk to walk to the meter itself or deal with slips of paper. Read more…
April 9, 2013
If you’re guilty of texting while driving or get caught using a cellphone while driving, expect to pay more for that NYC and NYS traffic ticket. The NYS budget proposed for early April 2013 includes increased penalties for texting while driving and getting a cell phone ticket. Here are some of the changes:
NYS Traffic Ticket Fine for a Cell Phone Ticket While Driving
- Old Fine: $100 for first offence, 3 points
- New Fine: $150 for first offence, 3 points
NYS Traffic Ticket Fine for a Texting While Driving Ticket
- Old Fine: $150 for first offence, 2 points (points were effective 2/16/11)
- New Fine: $150 for first offence (TBD)
According to DemocratandChronicleOnline, ‘From January 2012 through November 2012, police issued nearly 26,000 texting-while-driving violations — compared to about Read more…
June 26, 2012
Think you can drive and text, or drive and put on mascara? Test your skills using Virtual Driver Interactive’s ‘One Simple Decision’, and think again. This very cool simulator will ask you to drive and do things like text, and boom! – you’ve suddenly run into a stop sign or even worse, hit a small child.
It doesn’t stop there, though. The Simulator may take you through being arrested and found guilty of vehicular manslaughter, or being airlifted to hospital and into surgery. One of the scenarios takes you into a police checkpoint for drunk driving.
The video reminded me a little of that documentary, Scared Straight, just without the inmates. If you’re thinking about doing any NYC driving, the Virtual Driver Interactive Simulator could convince you to stop that texting and help you avoid a NYC traffic ticket.
You can’t buy the program on your own, so you’ll have to find it at your company or driving school, sorry.
May 23, 2012
Surprisingly, NYC is on track to issue fewer NYC parking tickets in 2012, as compared to 2011. According to The New York Post, NYC can expect to drop from $25.6 million in revenue to $16.5 million for moving violations, and issue less than 1 million actual tickets for moving violations. More specifically, we’re looking at:
- 270,000 fewer NYC tickets for moving violations (there were 1,262,585 recorded for fiscal 2011),
- $9 million less in revenue from NYC traffic tickets
NYC parking tickets for violations including Overtime Meter and Alternate Side Parking are also expected to not increase over 2011:
- $496 million in revenue expected – similar to 2011 but less than approximately $540 million in 2010,
- Less than the $513 million projected just a few weeks ago
Why the decrease?
Part of the drop in NYC parking tickets is from Read more…
November 3, 2011
Texting while driving doubles a driver’s reaction time. That pretty much sums up the risk you’re taking if you are texting and driving. Plus, of course, up to $150 for the fine for a NY traffic ticket.
On November 1, 2010, NY State became the 14th state to ban texting while driving. That includes reading, typing and/or sending text messages.
A recent study by Texas A&M University’s Texas Transportation Institute had 42 drivers between the ages of 16 and 54 driving on an 11-mile test track course while sending or receiving text messages. Then they drove the course while focusing completely on the road.
Drivers were asked to stop when they saw a flashing yellow light, and their reaction times were recorded.
Non-texting Driver — responded to the flashing light in Read more…
September 19, 2011
Our friends at New York Parking Ticket, the place to go for help with a NYC parking ticket, just told us about this totally cool new site that can tell you how many NYC parking tickets were issued in your neighborhood.
The site, DNA Info, charges $4 to subscribe to the Crime & Safety Report, but we got an inside peek into a few screens.
From the ‘Ticketed Offenses’ graphs, you can see that Parking Tickets have declined in the Downtown area while Traffic Tickets have increased a little bit.
September 14, 2011
Texting and driving? Think again. There’s a new law in town, and it says that a NYS police officer can pull you over just for texting while driving or even using a handheld device. The old law required that drivers had to be pulled over for another offense and then cited for texting while driving, which made it a secondary offense. Now, it’s a primary offense and you can be stopped for it.
If you get caught, this is what happens:
- 3 points on your license
- Fine of up to $150
The law took effect in July 2011. There are 27 other states in the US that hold texting and driving as a primary offense.
In response to NYC’s traffic ticket fixing scandal, the plan is for NYPD officers to be punished for writing tickets that won’t stand up in court — with the threat of losing 10 vacation days.
How have the NYPD officers responded? They’re writing fewer tickets. They wrote 12,000 fewer NYC traffic and NYC parking tickets during July 25th – 31st, 2011 than they did for the same week in 2010.
How much did that cost NYC, and save drivers and parkers? According to the New York Post,
- 5,468 NYC parking violations x $35/ticket = $191,380 Read more…
August 29, 2011
NYC’s coffers are filling up, thanks to the 150 NYC red light cameras installed in all five NYC boroughs. In 2010, fines from vehicles going through a red light and being captured on a red light camera brought in $52 million.
At $50 a ticket, that’s about 1,040,000 NYC traffic tickets for going through a red light!
April 6, 2011
We’ve all seen and heard about it — prime street parking spaces taken up by alleged police vehicles. While we know that many of these placards are not issued for the right reasons, are there actually fake placards out there?
If City Council Member Dan Garodnick has his, there will be a sure-fire way to detect any fake placards. Garodnick is proposing that all placards include a bar code that can be scanned by the traffic enforcement agent. If the bar code doesn’t register, that vehicle gets a ticket.
Check out what Streetblog has to say about the proposed bill.