3 Traffic Tips To Avoid Getting a Ticket in NY This Winter
Winter is just about here, and there are certain things that you do that you may not know are illegal.
There are some things that you probably defintely do during the winter months, and had no idea that you're breaking the law.
Hopefully these will help you out this winter.
Warming Up Your Car is Apparently Illegal
According to New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law, it is illegal for a driver to leave a running vehicle without first stopping the engine, locking the ignition, and removing the key.
Police say it's to prevent vehicle theft, which makes sense. To avoid this situation, slap a remote starter on your car, then you won't have to worry about the keys being in the ignition
Be Careful Parking on City Streets
Many Hudson Valley towns have certain parking regulations during the winter months. Say may not allow parking between December 1st through April 1st. It really depends on the city or town, so pay attention for those signs.
Turn Your Headlights on During Storms
New York State law requires you to turn on your headlights when the weather conditions require the use of windshield wipers to clear rain, snow, sleet or fog. "Daytime lights" do not qualify as headlights.
This drives me crazy! Everytime it rains, or snows, countless people fail to use their headlights.
It helps other drivers see you...
Bonus Tip - Remove Snow From Your Car!
While it's not illegal to leave snow on your vehicle, lawmakers have made proposals to impliment fines for individuals who failed to remove snow from their cars.
There are currently four bills pending in the state Legislature. Fines would start at $150 for three or more inches on the roof or trunk of the vehicle.