Snowpocalypse hitting NYC!
Monday, January 26th, 2015
DMV Step 1: Major Blizzard is hitting NYC on Monday morning, remember, don't say anything-- Keep those New Yorkers clueless!
The National Weather Service is warning that NYC is going to get hit with a major snow storm.
A Blizzard Warning means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Falling and blowing snow with strong winds and poor visibility is likely. This will lead to Whiteout conditions, making travel extremely dangerous. Do not travel. If you must travel, have a winter survival kit with you. If you get stranded, stay with your vehicle.
Did you go to the NYS DMV website link I gave you? At 9:55 pm, Sunday night prior to the blizzard hitting they have nothing up, yup nothing.
Update: Upto 1 pm on Monday, 1/26/15 nothing showed on the dmv website.
Update: At 3:30 pm on Monday, 1/26/15 dmv website states that all dmv offices in NYC will close at 3 pm (This timely warning must have come out after 1 pm giving dmv clients little warning of the closure.). At 3:30 pm, however, dmv is still not disclosing if offices will be open or closed on Tuesday, 1/27/15 during the brunt of the blizzard.
So the question becomes will the NY State DMV close down local offices so as to not endanger motorist by forcing them to go to scheduled hearings? Wouldn't it be better to free up the police officers to work on blizzard related duties than less important traffic hearings?
The decision to keep offices open or to close them are made by the DMV Commissioner who decides from Albany. To tell you the truth, the Commissioner isn't calculating the total amount of snowfall in inches or the danger to the public-- he's calculating how much money will be lost in revenues by not having hearings and salaries that get paid when there is a shutdown.
DMV Step 2: Keep the DMV open and make all the motorist come in to get guilty convictions and squeeze as much money out of them as humanely possible.
From my past 14 years of working at the DMV, major snow storms will almost never result in the motor vehicles closing or postponing trials. What usually happens is that they will keep everyone guessing, never inform the public anything, and just open the Traffic Violations Bureau for trials.
During the storm, a number of officers won't show up because they live outside the city and sensibly called in sick. Computers will show officers as being injured and the vast majority of cases will be given a new date to show up (Judges rarely dismiss cases when they see that the officer is "injured" on their computer screen which evokes images of a hero holding onto dear life from bullet wounds of a criminal in the ICU when more likely than not-- the officer is home nice and warm and dry taking a sick day drinking some hot apple cider.). So the joke is on the poor motorists who dragged their butts through a Snowpocalypse only to be told to come back on a later date due to the "injured" officer.
DMV Step 3: After maximizing revenues despite the Snowpocalypse-- make it seem like they are really nice guys and reschedule cases via mail for anyone who missed their appointments.
At the end of the day after trials are conducted bringing in revenues to the state (and they don't have to pay employees for staying home)-- they feel bad about the complaints and all the phone calls they got and decide to give new appointments to all motorists who stayed home and missed their hearings. Letters get sent out and in 2 or 3 days all the motorists who stayed home get their new appointment dates.
Now you are taking a big risk here because if they don't decide to give motorists a break; the computer system will just kick out thousands of suspension notices to the motorists for having missed their hearings during a Snowpocalypse.
So are you feeling lucky? Should you go into your trial?
One final option is that if your hearing is scheduled for the first time, you can easily reschedule on the internet so long as you do it before midnight on the day prior to your trial. If you answered your ticket late or already rescheduled it, you've got to show up in person and talk to an administrative judge.
You can ignore all the bureaucratic confusing language and just go to the bottom left of the page and click on, "Go to Transaction" to enter your personal information that then allows you to reschedule from the comfort of your home.