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Old 11-02-2016, 09:47 AM
 
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I received a ticket for taking a U-turn in Scarsdale. There was no signs posted for no U-turn. Any one with prior experience, could you please let me know
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Old 11-02-2016, 10:41 AM
 
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Where in Scarsdale?

Village of Scarsdale, NY Schedules

290-56 Schedule V: U-Turn Prohibitions.
In accordance with the provisions of 290-9, no person shall make a U-turn at any of the following locations:
Burgess Road From Post Road traveling in the easterly direction for 300 feet
Chase Road From Crane Road to Popham Road
Christie Place From Chase Road to East Parkway
East Parkway From Crane Road to Popham Road
Garth Road From Popham Road to Scarsdale-Eastchester Town line
Harwood Court From Spencer Place to Chase Road
Innes Road From Palmer Avenue to Heathcote Road
Palmer Avenue From Innes Road to Heathcote Road
Spencer Place From Chase Road to East Parkway
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Old 11-02-2016, 11:20 AM
 
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None of the mentioned places. Also, the place of occurrence mentioned on the ticket isn't the exact occurrence of the U-turn. The place of occurrence mentioned is where we were stopped (Popham and Lockwood) about 1 intersection away from where I took the turn - Popham to Overhill drive to Popham. I took the U-turn from the leftmost lane(from a 2 lane road) and was back to the leftmost lane (1 lane road) after the turn.

None of the places are on the list you mentioned. Please let me know if you have any suggestions.

Thanks a bunch for your reply

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Old 11-02-2016, 12:36 PM
 
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I received a ticket for taking a U-turn in Scarsdale. There was no signs posted for no U-turn. Any one with prior experience, could you please let me know
In addition to local law, the state's VTL may be involved. Did the summons refer to VTL 1160, 1161 or another VTL provision? Uturns in NY are not permitted on curves, crests, in certain districts (school, business, hospital) or where conditions are unsafe. Also, approaches to these areas, such as near a curve or crest, are also not allowed. If it was a perfectly straight road, flat or at least with no road elevation change and not in any special road district, you might be able to legally fight it. The better option is to plead not guilty and go an plea for a no points offense. First uturn ticket is 2 points, which will hit your insurance in a few months after a guilty plea or verdict. Scarsdale's town prosecutor will likely offer you a non-moving violation for a $100 fine and no points, plus the state's surcharge. Its worth it to take that deal.
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Old 11-02-2016, 01:50 PM
 
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Thanks! The summons refers to 1160E. Do you know how long it takes it get the court date by mail and approx how long is the court date from the date of the incident?
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Old 11-02-2016, 01:51 PM
 
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Thanks! The summons refers to 1160E. Do you know how long it takes it get the court date by mail and approx how long is the court date from the date of the incident?
It could take months, just depends on how backed up they are. My last ticket in Cortlandt it was 8 months after the ticket.
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Old 11-02-2016, 01:56 PM
 
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It could take months, just depends on how backed up they are. My last ticket in Cortlandt it was 8 months after the ticket.
1160(e) is the basic u-turn law. It is for not being in the correct position to u-turn. Honestly, just plea to a parking ticket and play it. Its easier and more efficient. Plea not guilty by mail. When you get the court date, arrive early and tell the clerk you want to talk to the prosecutor. There will be a line of people who want to do the same, so get there early. If you know a lawyer, take one with you since the people with lawyers go first. If not, just get on line. If you have a clean license, you will get offered a non-moving violation like a parking ticket. If you have a lot of priors, you will not get a good deal, but you can try. Good luck.
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Old 11-02-2016, 03:28 PM
 
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Thanks for your suggestion.
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Old 11-03-2016, 06:46 AM
 
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Plea and get points unless you plea down to parking. Or keep adjourning the return date until the cop doesn't show.
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Old 11-03-2016, 06:48 AM
 
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1160(e) is the basic u-turn law. It is for not being in the correct position to u-turn. Honestly, just plea to a parking ticket and play it. Its easier and more efficient. Plea not guilty by mail. When you get the court date, arrive early and tell the clerk you want to talk to the prosecutor. There will be a line of people who want to do the same, so get there early. If you know a lawyer, take one with you since the people with lawyers go first. If not, just get on line. If you have a clean license, you will get offered a non-moving violation like a parking ticket. If you have a lot of priors, you will not get a good deal, but you can try. Good luck.
Great advice.
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