If you travel on New York’s Taconic State Parkway watch your speed. The Taconic State Parkway has a notorious reputation of being a speeding, traffic ticket, and moving violation magnet. Only 104 miles long, approximately 8,000 tickets a year are issued on the stretch of road. Moreover, the vast majority of those tickets are given in the
33 miles that encompass the southernmost portion in Westchester and Putnam Counties. In those counties alone, approximately 2,500 speeding tickets issued under NY VTL 1180 are issued annually – that’s almost 7 a day. Other types of tickets include cell phone violations, NY VTL 1225, “move over law” tickets, NY VTL 1144, following too close, NY VTL 1129, uninsured, NY VTL 319, suspended license operation, NY VTL 511, unsafe lane change, NY VTL 1163, failure to signal, NY VTL 1128, and failure to obey a traffic control device, NY VTL 1110a. All tolled, approximately 17 tickets daily are issued within Westchester and Putnam County by the New York State Police on the Taconic State Parkway.
Depending upon exactly where your New York State traffic ticket was written will determine the particular court your ticket will be heard in. The courts in which you could find yourself before if issued a speeding ticket on the Taconic State Parkway include:
Westchester County Courts
White Plains City Court
Mount Pleasant Town Court
Briarcliff Manor Village Court
Ossining Village Court
Yorktown Town Court
Putnam County Courts
Putnam Valley Town Court
Carmel Town Court
There is a good reason for the active enforcement on the Taconic State Parkway in Westchester and Putnam Counties. Approximately 900 accidents a year occur on the TSP, and virtually all of them occur in Westchester and Putnam Counties. So naturally there will be a higher volume of traffic enforcement in the areas where the accidents occur.
Avoiding Tickets on the TSP
The best thing to do when driving on the Taconic State Parkway, or any road, is to seek to avoid tickets to begin with. Tips for doing this include:
Pay attention to speed limits. The DEFAULT speed limit in NY State is 55 MPH. In other words, UNLESS OTHERWISE POSTED the speed limit is 55 MPH.
Pay attention to other drivers. Drive defensively. Keep your eyes on the road and anticipate other’s actions.
Do not tailgate. Following too close is a major reason for accidents, because being too close to the vehicle in front of you drastically cuts down on your reaction time when an emergency occurs.
Drive right, unless you are passing.
Avoid distracted driving. This is more than just refraining from cell phone use. Drinking coffee, eating, and changing the radio station all distract you from operating a motor vehicle.
At Palumbo & Associates, PC we know that you may have questions or concerns about your ticket. If this is the case give us a call anytime. We have a 24 / 7 answering service and when calling off hours an attorney will always return your call. You can also contact us via e-mail as well for a prompt response and answer to your question. Answering questions is what we do, and we’d love to talk to you.