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How Bad Is The NYC Traffic Violations Bureau?
25Jan

How Bad Is The NYC Traffic Violations Bureau?

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Matthew Weiss

Matthew J. Weiss, Esq. graduated Hofstra Law School in 1984. He was Law Review and won the law school’s prestigious Procedure Award. Upon graduation, he became one of the first Hofstra Law School graduates to work at the New York State Court of Appeals (New York State’s highest court) working on various appellate matters.

Comments (4)

Daxx Kahn - February 4, 2017 3:00 pm

I have yet been able to find ANYONE who can name where ALJ Al Akbar works out of, I have spoken to several people I know in the Governor’s office who say they cannot find out any information on “Al Akbar” yet he is sending out rejection’s on parking ticket appeals all based on the same information.

“Not enough evidence” Yet the NYC Traffic sign locator and photos submitted of cars parked streets away from the supposed ticket location never match. There is no ALJ in NYS or more than likely anywhere with that name.

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    Matthew Weiss - February 4, 2017 9:25 pm

    Daxx Kahn,

    I have no idea. So sorry.

    Matthew Weiss

Martha C Santoro - January 25, 2017 9:38 pm

It’s not just that the deck is stacked against the motorist. The judges are often / typically incompetent. They don’t know the law, and often can’t be induced to actually read it before rendering a decision. And if they don’t know the law, they certainly don’t know the MUTCD — the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices which governs almost every activity on the road. A “sign” that is not MUTCD compliant is not a traffic control device, and is not enforceable in this state. In fact, such a sign is, itself, a traffic violation — but try to get the police to issue a summons to the agency that put it up.

Just two examples will suffice. Did you know that pavement markings are generally not enforceable without a sign?

Did you know that a round “bes stop” sign is not a legally enforceable sign?

Now who is willing to take the NYC DOT to court?

And what about the fact that in NYC, moving violations result in points but not in Nassau County, and much of the rest of the state? You just pay a bribe to the local government and plead guilty to unlawful parking, pay a $200 fine and voila, no points!

Crooked “justice.”

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    Matthew Weiss - January 26, 2017 2:16 pm

    Martha C Santoro,

    Thanks for sharing your interesting thoughts. You raise some very good issues.

    Matthew Weiss

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