You Do Know It’s Illegal To Do This in New York, Right?
One very basic traffic law. Yet somehow thousands of drivers do it. Do you?
Now I like many motorists if not all, at one point or another, have followed the vehicle in front of them a touch to close. Normally it is when someone decides to go 30 MPH in a 45 MPH zone. Either way, it is still wrong. Yesterday on Oakwood Avenue in Troy (which I am really coming to despise), a motorist in a Nissan Altima must have been in some hurry.
I remember miles back having a Department of Public Works vehicle behind me and I noticed, man it seems like the car behind him is literally about to hit him. I also noticed the driver was driving almost in the middle of the road over the yellow line. As soon that vehicle turned I was dealing with the same pain. Now I look in my mirror and I can't see the dudes headlights. I tap my breaks a few times and the person slams on his horn. Like I am breaking the law. Then down the street he decides to pass me into oncoming traffic. Mind you I was going 35 in a 30.
I have a feeling this person just didn't care that he was putting other motorists in harms way. I was then swiftly flashed the middle finger. With all of this said. It is illegal to tailgate a vehicle.
(a) The driver of a motor vehicle shall not follow another vehicle more closely than is reasonable and prudent, having due regard for the speed of such vehicles and the traffic upon and the condition of the highway.
(b) The driver of any motor truck or motor vehicle drawing another vehicle when traveling upon a roadway outside of a business or residence district and which is following another motor truck or motor vehicle drawing another vehicle shall, whenever conditions permit, leave sufficient space so that an overtaking vehicle may enter and occupy such space without danger, except that this shall not prevent a motor truck or motor vehicle drawing another vehicle from overtaking and passing any like vehicle or other vehicle.
(c) Motor vehicles being driven upon any roadway outside of a business or residence district in a caravan or motorcade whether or not towing other vehicles shall be so operated as to allow sufficient space between each such vehicle or combination of vehicles so as to enable any other vehicle to enter and occupy such space without danger. This provision shall not apply to funeral processions.