In New York City, individuals receive traffic violation tickets for driving offenses such as speeding, following too closely, failing to yield the right-of-way and improper passing, according to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles. Violations involve problems with the vehicle, including inadequate brakes and improper child safety restraint.
Texting and using cellphones inappropriately are also traffic violations, notes the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles. In addition, drivers receive tickets for not following traffic lights, stop or yield signs, or railroad crossing signs or signals. The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles Traffic Violations Bureau handles NYC's noncriminal moving traffic violations. Drivers who plead not guilty to these offenses have hearings conducted by DMV administrative law judges, who are specially trained attorneys.