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  • #1794632

    CG1994
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    I am trying to figure this one out. Got a ticket on the Thruway for ‘failing to dim my lights for oncoming traffic’ UHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH isn’t there one direction with 20 feet in between the opposite direction?! Am I missing something? Did anyone ever get such a ticket?

    #1794670

    Milhouse
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    I have never received such a ticket, but I would absolutely expect to if I were to drive with my brights on, and fail to turn them off whenever I saw a car coming in the opposite direction. If you can see the oncoming car, it can see you, or rather it could if you weren’t dazzling it with your brights.

    #1794649

    Joseph
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    Sounds like there much be some traffic law requiring not to use your bright inappropriately.

    #1794651

    ubiquitin
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    Sorry you deserve the ticket

    It is blinding to oncoming traffic and quite dangerous

    from NY DMV guidbook (available online) “Be considerate when you use your high beams. Your headlights must be on low beam when you are within 500 feet (150 m) * of an oncoming vehicle or within 200 feet (60 m) of a vehicle ahead of you, even if the vehicle ahead is in a different lane. You should also dim your lights for pedestrians who approach you. Any fog or driving lights your vehicle has must be arranged, adjusted or operated to avoid dangerous glare to other drivers.”

    * NOTE: NOT 20 FEET !!!!

    Ive never gotten such a ticket because it is something that most drivers know not to do.

    #1794681

    The Frumguy
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    Where was the cop stationed? If he/she was behind you then how could he /she know that your brights were on? Was he/she on the other side of the highway? How did he/she get to you — by crossing over the divider?

    #1794675

    What section of the VTL are they citing on the violation?

    #1794697

    👑RebYidd23
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    There exists technology that can make this less of a problem, but it probably won’t be implemented.

    #1794704

    CG1994
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    The cop was stationed in middle of the divider and it was at a very dark area on the Thruway at 11 PM. All cars had their beams on. How do you expect people to see and drive safely? Again-what is oncoming traffic on the Thruway?!?! Regardless of the feet there is quite a divide. Anyone tried fighting such a ticket??

    #1794706

    ubiquitin
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    “What section of the VTL are they citing on the violation?”

    I’m guessing 375(3)

    “3. Headlamps required pursuant to the provisions of subdivision two of
    this section may be of the multiple beam type designed to produce more
    than one distribution of light or of the single beam type designed to
    produce only one distribution of light.
    Provided that, whenever a vehicle approaching from ahead is within
    five hundred feet, or when approaching a moving vehicle from the rear
    and within two hundred feet of the same, the headlamps, if of the
    multiple beam type, or the auxiliary front facing lamps, if the vehicle
    is so equipped, shall be operated so that dazzling light does not
    interfere with the driver of the approaching vehicle, or the vehicle
    being approached, and, whenever the highway is so lighted or traffic
    thereon is such that illumination of the highway for more than two
    hundred feet ahead of the vehicle by lights on such vehicle is
    unnecessary or impracticable, the headlamps, if of the multiple beam
    type, or the auxiliary front facing lamps, if the vehicle is so
    equipped, shall be operated with the lowermost distribution of light in
    use.”

    CG1994
    “How do you expect people to see and drive safely? ”
    By following the rules, and dimming their high beams when oncoming traffic is headed that way.

    “Again-what is oncoming traffic on the Thruway?!?!”
    Cars going in the opposite direction. when you are going north the cars going south are oncomming. .When you are going south the cars going north areoncoming

    “. Regardless of the feet there is quite a divide.”
    divide doesnt block light.

    ” Anyone tried fighting such a ticket??”

    what would your defense be?
    so far your only defenses are that you didnt know the rule and that you dont like it. neither of which seem compelling

    #1794766

    iacisrmma
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    The law is the same whether there is a divide or not. oncoming traffic is traffic flowing in the opposite direction.

    #1794818

    Toi
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    People with brights on are the worst. I’ve nearly crashed several time due to high beams from oncoming traffic or in my rear view mirror.

    #1794830

    ☕️coffee addict
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    I don’t understand why you can’t have solar powered street lights on all highways and parkways

    Totally eliminates the need for putting on brights

    Especially in the mountains where there aren’t any houses in the area

    #1794840

    DovidBT
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    Use phosphorescent materials in the pavement.

    #1794872

    CG1994
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    HMMMMM so there’s no hope for fighting such a ticket?
    I have a perfect record otherwise…..BH

    #1794962

    iacisrmma
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    once again, can you provide the exact vtl section the officer wrote on the violation? that may help us try to advise you.

    #1795009

    bitultorah24-7
    Participant

    To CG,

    Go to traffic court.
    Since you have a clean record and this is an obscure ticket, then depending on the lication, you have a decent chance of either habing it converted to a lower ticket or warning.
    Redpond with the dtate and locality, snd i can give you some more advice.

    #1795068

    CG1994
    Participant

    Thanks I have a court date in Greene County.
    The violation was- 375 (3) Failure to Dim Headlights

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