New York Driving Safety Tips

New York Road Rules and Traffic Laws

When driving in New York, it’s important to know the specific traffic laws and driving regulations that are applicable to that state. New York, like all other states, has passed laws that visiting drivers may not be aware of, and that residents may take for granted. Whether you’re a full-time New Yorker or just visiting for the weekend, here are some helpful safety tips for New York drivers to make your journey a simple and safe one.

Just Say “No” to Drinking

New York has a zero-tolerance attitude toward drinking and driving, as evidenced by the 2009 Leandra’s Law. This act imposes harsh penalties upon those driving under the influence, and even sharper measures taken against drivers who have children in the car with them. Intoxication while behind the wheel of a car not only endangers your own life, but also the lives of every other motorist on the roads. Impaired judgment, blurred vision, dizziness, and slow reaction time are just a few of the ways in which alcohol affects your thinking and behavior. If you are stopped of a suspected DUI, and you refuse to take a breathalyzer test, you could face up to a year without a license; and if you are convicted of driving while intoxicated with a minor in the car, you could spend up to 4 years in prison, 25 years if you cause the death of a child under 16.

Don’t Turn on Red in NYC

Though New York State follows the “right on red” rule, in which drivers may turn right on a red light without penalty as long as 1) traffic is clear, and 2) there are no signs posted indicating otherwise, doing so in New York City will get you a ticket. Turning right on red in cities with more than 1 million people is prohibited, unless permission is clearly posted.

End Your Conversation

If you’re caught talking on your cell phone while behind the wheel, be prepared to pay the price. New York will impose a fine of $150 and 3 points to your license for use of a cell phone without a hands-free device. The same applies to texting while driving, or handling your phone in any way.

Don’t Be a Speed Racer

Wherever and whenever you’re driving, you should always obey the posted speed limits at all times they’re there for a reason! 42,000 drivers are killed annually in New York from speeding crashes. Not only do you prevent yourself from getting pulled over by following the limits, but you also save money speeding costs you up to $.24 more per gallon of gas! And since a speeding fine can be as high as $1000, there are a lot of reasons why driving within the limits of the law is a good idea for your safety AND your wallet!

If you follow these New York driving safety tips, you’ll be sure to have an enjoyable time throughout your journey on its beautiful New England roads.

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