You can now get 5 points for tickets issued at railroad crossings in NY.  If you want to learn more about the NYS point system take our online class This is a two point increase.  There have been an increase in accidents caused by motorists at railroad crossings. (theclickreader)   This increase is an attempt to curb the accidents.

State Assemblyman David Buchwald (D-Westchester) said in a statement that the point change comes as officials across the state continue to respond to the Metro-North train crash that claimed six lives and injured many more in Valhalla just over two years ago.  “If you are knowingly reckless at railroad crossings, you are putting yourself, those around you and those in the train at risk for a catastrophe,” The Assemblyman said.

This may be news to people around the state, however, Theresa Egan, the DMV’s executive deputy commissioner, said the change was actually put into place in August.  Last year Gov. Cuomo signed a bill that requires joint inspection of all rail road crossings to make them safer.  If you want to learn more about the bill check it out here.

“While there is no one action that will prevent all future crashes involving motor vehicles and trains at railroad crossings,” Buchwald’s statement said, “it is believed that having a higher assessed point value for such violations, coupled with improved signage at crossings alerting motorists to the increased penalties, will serve as a significant reminder to drivers of the need to be extra cautious when approaching railroad tracks.”

Stay tuned to this blog spot for more traffic law updates and as always, DRIVE SAFE!

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