NY State Police issue more than 11,480 tickets during July 4th STOP-DWI enforcement period

A total of 11,480 tickets were issued statewide during the 4th of July 2018 STOP-DWI enforcement campaign, according to the New York State Police. During the 108-hour campaign, which was funded by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, State Police utilized sobriety checkpoints, additional DWI patrols and ticketed distracted drivers who used handheld electronic devices, officials said. Police said troopers arrested 216 people for DWI and investigated 165 personal injury accidents, which resulted in 244 people being injured and four fatalities.

New Jersey Mayors Push for Law Permitting Driver’s License for Immigrants

Five mayors from northern and central New Jersey today called for passage of a state law permitting immigrants to get driver’s licenses even if they are undocumented, saying it boosts public safety as well as the economy. “This is important for every resident for a better life and a better life for the state of New Jersey,” said Perth Amboy Mayor Wilda Diaz, who hosted the meeting and noted that 80 percent of her city’s population is Latino. Diaz and mayors from Dover, Hopewell, Maplewood, Morristown and Roselle spoke in support of Assemblwoman Annette Quijano’s (D-Union) bill to allowed undocumented immigrants access to the licenses.

20,000 and counting — Orlando, FL nonprofit marks milestone in helping people regain ID (and, often a life)

essica Dery stood amid the confetti and cameras, clutching her new Florida driver’s license and looking a little embarrassed by the fuss. “We just moved down here two days ago, and we need to get our kids enrolled in school,” the 33-year-old nurse said Thursday, surrounded by several dozen officials and volunteers. “We had no idea when we came here this morning…” Midway through an hours-long line of people, Dery became the 20,000th person aided by the Orlando-based nonprofit IDignity, which helps people who have lost their legal identification — or never had it in the first place — get their birth certificate, Social Security card, driver’s license or state ID.

Massachusetts: Off-peak toll pricing measure announced this week seen as punishing commuters

Commuters voiced outrage yesterday as news emerged that the state is looking at congestion pricing that could have toll-road drivers and rail passengers paying more to go to work during rush hours than off-peak travelers. A MassDOT pilot program, included in the state budget now being reviewed on Beacon Hill, is aimed at easing congestion on highways by offering commuters steep discounts for avoiding peak traffic hours. But people who drive to work and straphangers with 9-to-5 jobs told the Herald that feels like they would be penalized for going to work.

Tampa, Florida State Rep. Janet Cruz calls to cut off state ties with SunPass contractor, waive toll fees

State Rep. Janet Cruz, D-Tampa, says she’s fed up with Florida’s problems with the SunPass tolling system that have persisted since early June. She’s asking the state to address what she referred to as the “gigantic racket” with the following actions: cancel the contract with SunPass vendor Conduent State and Local Solutions, Inc., waive all charges for SunPass users during the tolling system outage and investigate why Conduent was given the contract in the first place. “I am extremely concerned by the lack of transparency that’s occurred in the awarding of $287 million contract to a vendor that has a really long history of issues in other states,” she said in an interview with the Tampa Bay Times. Cruz said she sent a letter to Governor Rick Scott on Wednesday, asking him to take action. “You can’t hold our taxpayers and folks who travel these roads to work, live and play accountable for a company that is inept,” she said.