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Office of Planning and Research Issues Draft Update to State CEQA Guidelines for Analyzing Traffic Impacts

Deadline for Comments is 5 p.m. on October 10 - As mandated by 2013’s Senate Bill 743, the Office of Planning and Research has released its draft update to the State CEQA Guidelines. SB 743 requires OPR to update the...more

Why You May Want to Fight That Ticket

When issued traffic tickets — even ones they believe to be unfounded — people often elect to plead guilty and simply pay the fine. This is understandable given that the cost of taking a day off for traffic court can exceed...more

Florida Supreme Court Strikes Down Red Light Ordinances as Preempted by State Law

On June 12, 2014, the Florida Supreme Court decided two cases that involved whether municipal ordinances imposing penalties for red light violations detected by devices using cameras were invalid because they were preempted...more

Illinois Supreme Court Debates Constitutionality of Red-Light Ordinance

Our reports on the oral arguments of the Illinois Supreme Court’s May term continue with Keating v. City of Chicago. Keating poses an important question for Illinois motorists: are municipal red light ordinances...more

California Supreme Court: No Special Rules to Authenticate Red-Light-Camera Evidence; Evidence Is Not Hearsay

In a unanimous decision published yesterday,camera the California Supreme Court concluded that the evidence generated by an automated traffic enforcement system (ATES) was adequately authenticated by the testimony of a city...more

California Supreme Court Upholds Red Light Camera Conviction

Declines to Adopt Special Authentication Rule and Finds Camera Evidence Not Hearsay - In a case briefed and argued by Best Best & Krieger LLP attorney Kira L. Klatchko, the California Supreme Court held, in a unanimous...more

School Speed Zone Cameras on Long Island

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed the installation of speed monitoring cameras in Long Island school zones to deter speeding and as an added source of revenue for Nassau and Suffolk counties. The proposed pilot program would...more

California DMV Hearing

When you are arrested for a DUI, you face both an administrative suspension action from DMV and a separate criminal case. Each matter is heard independently in separate proceedings with their own sets of rules and procedures....more

Summary of California Ignition Interlock Device laws enacted in 2010

On July 1st, 2010, the California legislature implemented an ignition interlock device or IID pilot program to run through December 31st, 2015. The new legislation required all individuals convicted of 1st or repeat offense...more

What Not to Do When You Have a Car Accident

Road rage has become more common in recent years and can turn a minor traffic accident into a deadly encounter. Arrests are still being made in the road rage incident that occurred on the Henry Hudson Parkway in New York on...more

It is Now Illegal in Florida to Drive Too Slow in the Fast Lane

Did you know that in Florida you can get a traffic ticket for driving too slowly? In July, Florida passed a comprehensive highway bill that included a provision to allow police to ticket certain slow drivers. Specifically, it...more

Habitual Traffic Offenders Under Florida Law

In May 2013, a Chevy charging through a 65-mph-zone at 80 mph crashed into another vehicle and put the occupants into the hospital with life-threatening injuries. In June, a driver making a legal turn on a green light was hit...more

What Is Due Diligence?

What is due diligence? When did due diligence begin?...more

The Courts Drag Parking Back into the California Environmental Quality Act - BB&K's Sarah Owsowitz and Stephanie Straka Explore...

It is a truth, universally acknowledged, that a Californian in possession of a car must be in want of a parking space. And, of course, this space should be free, just steps from your intended destination and available 24...more

Infrastructure Alert - April 17, 2013

Last week, President Obama released his FY2014 budget, outlining several proposals to fund new infrastructure programs. The budget proposes $40 billion for “Fix it First” projects to repair existing infrastructure, as well...more

Things Are Getting HOT on Los Angeles Freeways

On Saturday November 10, the California Department of Transportation (“Caltrans”) and Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (“MTA”) converted the I-110 Harbor Transitway lanes (“ExpressLanes”) from High...more

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