Obstructing Traffic Violation

A New York Traffic Ticket Lawyer Explains an Obstructing Traffic Violation

In New York, there are many rules of the road that are aimed at keeping traffic functioning smoothly. These rules not only dictate how you must move within traffic and when you must stop your vehicle — like at a stop sign or a red light — but they also set forth certain behaviors that you are not permitted to engage in. For example, you are not allowed to unlawfully obstruct traffic on New York’s roads. If you violate this rule and obstruct traffic, you could be faced with an obstructing traffic violation.

An obstructing traffic violation can have consequences for your driving record and your financial situation. You should develop the right strategy for responding to an obstructing traffic violation so you can reduce the chances of being found to have committed this violation or so you can reduce the possible penalties that you could be facing.

The best way to develop a sound legal strategy is to work with a New York traffic ticket attorney. NY Traffic Firm is here to help. We have the experience and skill necessary to help you fight any accusation of a traffic violation including a violation related to obstructing traffic. Just give us a call today to find out how we can help you.

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What is an Obstructing Traffic Violation?

New York has several laws that penalize obstruction of traffic, including Vehicle and Traffic Law Section 1175, which prohibits the obstruction of traffic at intersections. According to VTL section 1175, you are prohibited from driving into an intersection when traffic is stopped at the opposite side of the intersection unless you are making a turn or unless there is adequate space on the opposite side of the intersection to accommodate you.

Essentially, this rule aims to prevent you from getting your car stuck in the middle of the intersection and stopping opposing traffic from moving forward because your vehicle is in its path. If you are not able to clear the intersection, you are not allowed to turn into the intersection. The offense associated with turning into the intersection when you cannot clear it is sometimes referred to as “blocking the box.”

In New York City, blocking the box or grid locking could be considered a moving violation, which gets you points on your license, or it could be considered as a parking ticket so you would not get points. Both traffic agents and police officers can now cite you for obstruction of traffic within New York City but you can only get a moving violation if a peace officer issues your ticket for obstructing traffic.

You’ll need to know which law you’re accused of violating and take smart steps to ensure you raise appropriate defenses for the violation which you have been accused of committing.

Contact a New York Traffic Ticket Attorney

NY Traffic Firm has successfully helped drivers to fight accusations of an obstructing traffic violation. Our legal team can evaluate the evidence against you and help you to craft a sound legal strategy for avoiding being found guilty of this violation or for reducing consequences so you can protect your driving record.

You have a limited amount of time to act to protect your driver’s license after you have been accused of violating any of the rules of the road. Our experienced and knowledgable legal team will work closely with you to determine the best course of action and to act quickly to protect your finances, license, and driving history. Just give us a call today to talk with a New York traffic ticket lawyer about your obstructing traffic violation so you get a knowledgeable advocate on your side.

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