About Traffic Violations Laws


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Traffic violations or moving violations relate to any kind of law violation committed by the driver of a vehicle while it is moving or parked. The common traffic violations come under infractions or misdemeanors. The serious ones, can, however, be even considered as felonies.

The non-moving and moving traffic violations are the two kinds of traffic violations. Most traffic violations are looked upon as minor criminal offenses. However, there are those of serious nature too- like ‘driving while intoxicated’ or DWI or ‘driving under the influence’ (of alcohol and/or other drugs) or D. U. I. Again, there can be minor mechanical or speeding violations that can have serious consequences. This may even be leading to the license getting suspended if several infractions are there over a short period of time. The fine that is listed on the face of the ticket issued for traffic violation may quite frequently require to be paid. There also rises the possibility of the vehicle insurance premiums increasing.

The common moving violations or traffic violations that may require legal action are:

  • Exceeding of the speed limit or speeding (this is the most common violation).
  • Driving too slowly, particularly in a left hand lane.
  • Running by ignoring a stop sign or red traffic light.
  • Not yielding to another vehicle with the right-of-way.
  • Failing to maintain a single lane.
  • Crossing over a center divider.
  • Not using seat belt when it is compulsory.
  • Failing to stop at a crosswalk for allowing pedestrians to cross.
  • Failing to stop for a school bus while children are boarding or exiting.
  • Driving in a car pool lane when it is illegal to do so.

    The serious among the moving traffic violations are drunk and reckless driving, road rage, street racing and vehicular homicide.

    The non-moving traffic violations usually involve illegal parking, parking in a posted non-parking zone or at an expired meter.

    There can be civil traffic violations and criminal traffic violations. A civil traffic infraction is a non-criminal charge that can be disposed of by payment of a civil penalty, requesting a court hearing, or election of a defensive driving course. On the other hand a criminal traffic offense may be such offenses like D. U. I. /DWI, fleeing a police officer or leaving the scene of an accident. This requires a court appearance unlike most civil traffic violation cases where court appearances are rare except when the violation involves serious bodily injury or death of another person. Criminal traffic offenses carry with them criminal penalties that can include fines, court costs and even jail terms.

    In all traffic violations cases the services and help of a Traffic Violations Lawyer becomes quite a necessity. You need to check out from the attorney directory the concerned lawyers specializing in traffic violations. It is important that a traffic violation lawyer is contacted before appearing at court with regard to the traffic violation or speeding violations. It is only the traffic violation attorney who will be able to properly assess the current situation you may be in and advise with aim to bring about professional resolution to the traffic violation.

    Somdev Mukherjee is a Kolkata (India) based writer of articles, short stories, poems and web content related to finance, mortgage, debt consolidation, insurance, laws and other topics of interest. Somdev is presently associated with http://www.0001articleworld.com , http://www.jmcgarments.com and http://www.nathinfosolutions.com as a content developer and manager.

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