|This Ain't a CITE?|
I love acronyms and cars, so when the New York State Police rolls out their CITE vehicles I get excited. The state police are on a crack down this summer for texting, calling, ipod-ing, gps-ing and driving. In other words hunting down distracted dangerous drivers.
So what's a CITE vehicle?
How is it being used to get those violating the law?
CITE = Stands for Concealed Identity Traffic Enforcement
The CITEs are being used to catch motorists primarily violating one of the VTL 1225 sections:
|CITE vehicles are cool|
These VTL 1225 violations are both considered SERIOUS TRAFFIC OFFENSES for car insurance purposes.
Your insurance will go up!
These are also both FIVE POINT VIOLATIONS in New York State.
These are also Primary Offenses in New York State, meaning a police officer or trooper or deputy can pull you over (stop your car) for this violation as a reason for their detention of you.
New York State VTL §1225-c. Use of mobile telephones.
New York State VTL § 1225-d. Use of portable electronic devices. (All Electronic Devices: iPods, laptops, etc.)
New York Cell Phone and Electronic Device Violations Can Usually Be Negotiated
Depending upon the court, the county, the judge, and the district attorney many of these tickets can be dealt with. Often a traffic defense attorney can get these 5 point serious traffic offenses reduced to something less caustic to your driving record, and to your car insurance. In far worse situations this is only one of many tickets you receive for the same traffic stop.
In a bad situation, you are caught speeding, one of your kids is out of his car seat in your mini-van and you are playing with your phone or iPod. The points mount up in these cases. OR
You are speeding with just the phone in your hand and you are alleged to have placed it up or near your ear by the trooper. Stay away from the ear when driving and even holding anything.
We have seen people holding a burger stopped for using a cell phone because the police thought it was a phone.