Don’t Get Stuck In The Middle, How To Avoid Spillback in New York City
Gridlock is major part of New York City traffic. There are thousands of cars on the streets and sometimes when attempting to make it through an intersection a car gets stuck in the middle. In smaller cities getting stuck in the middle of an intersection isn’t that big of a deal, because there are fe
What is Spillback?Spillback or Blocking the Box is defined by VTL 1175 as when vehicular traffic is stopped on the opposite side of an intersection, no person shall drive a vehicle into such intersection. Except, when making a turn unless there is adequate space on the opposite side of the intersection to accommodate the vehicle he/and or she is driving, notwithstanding the indication of a traffic control signal which would permit him to proceed.
What is the penalty for Spillback?The penalty for Spillback in New York is a minimum fine of $138. If you receive a summons you will also receive two (2) points on your license.
How to Avoid SpillbackIf you are driving in Manhattan and you have a green light, but there are cars stopped in front of you on the other side of the intersection, that should be a warning sign to slow down. If there are cars stopped on the other side of the intersection but the rear end of the last car is still in "the box" that is a clear sign to stop! Traffic lights typically are not that long, so there's always a chance that the light will change while you approaching or driving through it.