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February 2015 Archives

New York man pleads guilty to manslaughter in fatal 2013 accident

Court officials in New York said that on Feb. 20, a Patchogue man pleaded guilty to manslaughter in connection with a fatal 2013 accident. Representatives from the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office said that the man, now 48, drove after using drugs, resulting in a collision that killed one person and injured another.

Protecting your future against drunk driving charges


One of the most serious traffic offenses one can face in New York is driving while intoxicated. You may not even know why you have been pulled over until the police officer asks you to submit to a breath test or a field sobriety test. Once this happens, you may wonder what your rights are.

New York bus driver arrested after hitting pedestrian

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority in New York had a 58-year-old bus driver arrested under the requirements of administrative code 19-190 on Feb. 13. The city law makes injuring or killing a pedestrian or bicyclist a criminal misdemeanor.

What are the schedules of controlled substances in New York?


When it comes to drug charges, police need to determine what schedule of controlled substances they allegedly uncovered. This will dictate the type of charge and penalty the accused will face. According to New York Public Health Law section 3306, there are several schedules of controlled substances. Schedule I controlled substances include certain types of opiates, opium derivatives, hallucinogenic substances, depressants and stimulants. For the purposes of this law, all substances following under one of these categories by whatever name they may be called will be considered schedule I controlled substances.

Workers in many industries face vibration hazards

New York workers in manufacturing, construction and even transportation face a particularly dangerous and pervasive risk everyday. Regular exposure to vibration can lead to a variety of painful conditions, including carpal tunnel and chronic back pain. These conditions are common causes of lost work and workers' compensation claims. While vibration may be difficult to eliminate completely, it can be managed. With focused effort, employers can reduce vibration exposure and subsequently reduce the amount and severity of workplace injuries.

Impaired drivers threaten New York motorists

The safety of motorists on the roadway is often threatened by the unpredictability and poor judgment of an impaired driver. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention emphasizes the dangerous effects that driving while under the influence of drugs and alcohol have on the general public. As little as one alcoholic drink can affect a driver's ability to operate a vehicle with the expected standard of care necessary to avoid endangering others. Though accidents caused by impaired drivers can happen to anyone, certain groups, such as young people or those with a history of DWIs, tend to be at a higher risk of being involved in one.

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