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Speeding tickets can cost you money and your driver’s license

You may not think of speeding as a serious violation, but it is. Speeding killed over 9,000 drivers and factored in 26 percent of all traffic deaths in 2017. That’s a startling number since drivers are in direct control over the speed of their vehicles.

There are several other potential consequences for speeding violations aside from death. Traffic violations such as speeding can impact your driving record and in turn, your insurance rates. Accumulating an excess of speeding violations may result in the suspension or revocation of your license. Speeding is a violation taken seriously in New York.

College break? Don't ruin your life with a DWI

Spring break is just around the corner, and as a college student, that's extremely exciting. You may just have reached an age where you can go with friends and be on your own. You may have significant plans to go out of state, too.

If this sounds like you, remember that laws still apply no matter what time of year it is. Additionally, you can end up with a DWI, even if you are on vacation.

Move over to save the lives of those who protect you

When you see the flashing lights of an ambulance, do you pull over to the side of the road or get out of the way to give them a right to pass? If you see an officer on the side of the road, do you move over into a lane farther away from them to prevent an accident? If you do, then you're doing what you should according to Scott's Law. If you don't, then you could be breaking the law.

Also known as a "move over" law, Scott's Law asks that people move over, slow down or stop for law enforcement and other emergency personnel when their hazard or emergency lights are on. Why is this so important? There are dozens of instances where officers or emergency crews have arrived at the scene of an accident or pulled someone over just to end up in an accident when someone on the roads doesn't move over and hits the officer's cruiser or team's ambulance. In those cases, the original victims, the officers, emergency medical technicians and others are all put in danger.

Former health tech CEO accused of defrauding his company

A former CEO is accused of defrauding his former employer, Rochester, New York-based eHealth Technologies. Michael Margiotta faces 15 charges, which include wire fraud, money laundering and filing a false tax return.

Margiotta was the CEO of eHealth Technologies from 2011 to 2014. The company helps organize and retrieve medical records and images.

Speeding in a school zone can cost you hundreds

You know that you should slow down when you approach a school zone, but that doesn't mean you always do. When kids are in class or the lights aren't flashing, you feel like there's no reason to go more slowly.

The best thing to do, though, is to slow down any time you see a school zone. If you are caught speeding in a school zone, you can face additional penalties compared to a traditional speeding ticket.

Man charged for causing crash resulting in injuries in New York

No matter what you've done to end up under arrest, it's important for you to remember that you are innocent until proven guilty, not the other way around. You don't need to say or do anything to placate the police. Your only job is to follow simple orders, like performing a breath test and going with them peacefully. You can stay quiet and should until you speak with your attorney.

In some cases, your situation might end up in the news, which can be harmful to your reputation. Although you are protected against guilt, that may not stop people from forming opinions before they know the reality of the situation.

Are college crimes going to affect your life?

If you're attending college, you should know that the actions you take will affect you. Once you're over the age of 18, you're a legal adult. You can make adult decisions, and you'll also be penalized for them if they violate the law.

Common college crimes include drinking and driving, using drugs, burglary, motor vehicle theft and aggravated assaults. Any of these can lead to serious consequences, including losing federal loan qualifications, jobs and even being suspended or forced to leave school completely.

Help your friends avoid a DWI after your Super Bowl party

If you're hosting a Super Bowl party, you likely have a lot of planning to do. Without a doubt, your food has to rival the guy's down the street, so you must clean your grill. You'll want to make sure your TV is in good condition and you've invited all your friends. And, as with all good parties, you probably want to make sure you have enough to drink.

But, all things considered, maybe your planning efforts should include helping your guests get home safely once the fun is over. For many, Super Bowl Sunday is the biggest party day of the year. With substantial amounts of alcohol often consumed during the big game, understand that New York law enforcement officers will be out in full force this Feb. 1-4 through their STOP-DWI Crackdown Campaign. This could lead to trouble if one of your friends has had too much to drink.

How do traffic tickets affect your license?

Most people don't think of traffic tickets as a big deal, but they can truly add up into a real problem. Traffic tickets stay on your record for different lengths of time, depending on what they're for. For example, a DUI ticket will stay on your insurance record for three years. If you get the DUI in California, it'll remain for 10 years.

It matters how long a traffic ticket stays on your record because it influences the cost of insurance and can put your right to a license at risk.

Drinking safety tips anyone can benefit from this holiday

Thanksgiving may be behind us, but two of the most celebrated federal holidays are still around the corner: Christmas and New Year's Eve. Many people are likely anticipating a few more nights of feasting and drinking with loved ones.

In the midst of all the party planning, however, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse And Alcoholism (NIAAA) reminds us not to underestimate ourselves when it comes to drinking and driving this holiday season. The number of alcohol-related car crashes is said to double or even triple during Christmas and New Year's Eve, with nearly half of these accidents being caused by intoxicated drivers. As intuitive as it may seem to recognize the consequences of drunk driving, it is always worth considering how you can avoid a DUI conviction during the holidays:

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