The Most Common Traffic Tickets

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Traffic laws have been in effect since the invention of the first cars meant for the road. As these vehicles became more popular, the need for new rules of the road grew. In today’s world, there are so many laws governing driving that schools have taken to making driver education a standard course of learning. In order to drive, one must prove their knowledge of these guidelines to the state. Failing to follow them can result in a hefty fine and serious injury. In this article, we will go over some of the most common types of traffic tickets.

Reckless Driving
It is common sense that when you are driving, you pay attention to the road and keep your safety in mind. Police issue reckless driving tickets to people who have an obvious disregard for not only their own safety, but the safety of others. Activities that may land you with one of these citations involve swerving while driving, going ten or more miles over the speed limit, passing other vehicles in a non-passing lane or doing so without a distinct view, and not stopping when a police car is flagging you to pull over. Penalties for these activities may be steep, and a judge may even suspend your license as a result.

Driving over the marked speed limit tempts many people for a variety of reasons. However, the state’s speed limits are in place for a good reason: it’s what officials believe to be the safest speed for any given road. When you go over this limit, even by one mile per hour, a police officer may feel compelled to issue you a speeding ticket. In some places, the law is laxer, and if the police see that the road conditions are safe enough, they may not issue a ticket if you are going only five miles per hour over the limit. Anything over that lenient amount is likely to land you in hot water.

Running a Stop Sign
Nearly all intersections come with either a stop sign or red light. These signals hail drivers to stop before entering to avoid any collisions. On occasion, people may either fail to stop, or stop for what the law considers too short of a timeframe. When you pull up to a stop sign, your first reaction is to look both ways. If nothing is coming, you can safely pass. Some drivers may stop for only a second, and not a long enough time to ensure it is clear, and then continue to pass. The law views this act as a “rolling stop,” and officers who witness this will likely issue them a ticket. Running a stop sign is dangerous for the driver and everyone else on the road. It is also an easy ticket to avoid if you remain vigilant.

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