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Summer is prime time for distracted driving

A recent study suggested that more drivers operate the vehicles while texting and driving or otherwise engaging in distracted driving during the summer months than they do at other times of the year.

In fact, the study estimated that the frequency of distracted driving increases by 10 percent during June, July, and August as opposed to other times of the year. In practice, this means that during the summer, around 40 percent of drivers on the road are distracted for 15 minutes of every hour that they drive.

Obtaining a conditional license in New York

You made a mistake that cost you your ability to legally operate a vehicle. After drinking with colleagues after a long day of your construction job, you drank and attempted to drive home.

Because your DWI charge proved to be your first offense, you have the ability to petition for specialized driving privileges. Your mistake did not injure anyone, and not having a license may significantly impact your income level and livelihood. New York state helps to aid you in rectifying your drunk driving mistake.

Helping truckers protect their most important asset

Previous posts on this blog have discussed how truckers can have a difficult and high stakes fight ahead of them on account of what for others might even be a simple traffic ticket.

The fight is difficult because, among other things, there are special rules in place that make it harder for truckers to work out a deal with prosecutors to resolve a traffic violation without affecting one's driving record, assuming of course that a prosecutor is even willing to do so.

Alcohol rules stricter for commercial drivers

Most White Plains, New York, residents probably know that if they get behind the wheel of a vehicle after having a few drinks, they are putting themselves in both personal and legal danger.

Even if they cause no accident, if an officer pulls them over and, using legal processes, finds out that they were operating a vehicle with over .08 blood alcohol content, then the driver will almost definitely face a criminal charge and, along with it, a license suspension and other problems, including even the possibility of jail time.

Divorce, taxes and 2018

Getting a divorce is a significant decision that requires care and time. You should consider all the ramifications, from the emotional to the financial. You should never rush. However, if you’ve already made the decision and are just waiting to get to the paperwork, there could be an incentive to act sooner rather than later if alimony is involved.

How to locate your debtor's property

As this blog has discussed on previous occasions, when a White Plains, New York, business gets a judgment against a customer who did not pay, it is only the first step in what may be a long process of collections and judgment enforcement.

The business owner still has to figure out how he or she is going to turn the piece of paper from the court which says the customer owes money, or the judgment, in to cash that the business owner can use to settle the account.

New York retailers have duty to keep customers safe

Like other states, New York law requires property owners, including owners of retail stores and shopping malls, to keep their premises safe for their guests and others who come on to the property with permission.

What this means for retail stores and malls that they have to take reasonable steps to protect their customers from getting hurt while on the property shopping or even just browsing. While this does not mean a store's owner has to contemplate all possible ways a customer can get hurt, it does mean they have to be aware of, and prevent, more common hazards related to shopping.

How does divorce mediation work?

Many residents of White Plains, New York, may have heard about divorce mediation, as this blog has discussed it on previous occasions. Moreover, many experts talk about divorce mediation is a really good process that can help parents and children adjust to the idea of living life in separate homes without unnecessary emotional distress.

Mediation can also help a couple that intends to divorce or permanently separate from each other forge an agreement that both of them can live with and even feel some sense of ownership over. Finally, mediation saves time and money in terms of legal fees and costs and also can lay a foundation for a couple being able to resolve their differences down the road without having to return to court.

The United States is a dangerous country for motorists

The United States has the dubious distinction of being one of the most if not the most dangerous country for drivers, at least when comes to the number of traffic fatalities that happen in New York and in the other states across this country.

For one, according to the results of a recent survey that attracted the attention of at least one major newspaper, the United States saw a hike of over 13.5 percent in the number of traffic deaths between 2010 and 2016. Of the 28 other countries surveyed, only 4 others had an increase in traffic deaths over this time; fatalities actually went down in the rest of the countries.

New York woman facing felony drunk driving charges

A New York woman, although almost 80 years old, is facing serious charges relating to an alleged drunk driving incident that injured 9 people in a town just a few miles from White Plains. Of these 9 people, 5 were taken to hospitals and 4 were described as critically injured.

According to reports, the woman got in to her car which was parked in spot reserved for the disabled. The spot was near a local Italian eatery. Several people were in the restaurant enjoying a late evening dinner.

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