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For questions specifically related to the operation of a vehicle on the road. Consider also traffic, vehicle, and speeding.

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Minimize police interaction on road trip with bicycle mounted on back of the car, obscuring the license plate

Here is my bicycle mounted on my car, license plate is obscured I am driving like these occasionally here in Orlando, no problems with the cops at all. Now I am planning to do a road trip through ...
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What does "Have you been drinking?" really mean?

If a police officer asks a driver "Have you been drinking?", then the driver should either plead the fifth (and not answer the question), or answer the question truthfully. Let's assume the ...
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Are out-of-state learner's permits valid for driving in California?

Can a teen driver with a learner's permit drive in California if (s)he follows the restrictions of the permit?
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Where exactly do speed limits start in Oregon?

This question has already been asked, but that question did not specify a jurisdiction. I'm specifically asking about Oregon. Where exactly does a new speed limit zone start in relation to the sign? ...
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Is it legal to intentionally cause a probably non-fatal accident to prevent a likely fatal accident?

(sorry about the really bad drawing) Two cars, A and B, are at an intersection. A is stopped at a stop sign; B is moving and does not have a stop sign. Across the intersection from B, there is a ...
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Eligibility Requirements for Anmeldung

I want to exchange my foreign driving licence (a US state with a full reciprocity agreement) with a German driving licence. I emailed my local Bürgeramt/Fahrerlaubnisbehörde (citizens bureau / ...
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When do I own a car (private sale)

Let's say I buy a car in a private sale. I pay the seller, and we fill out the change of ownership form. Some time later (or perhaps the next day), the seller will post the form, and it will probably ...
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Is it legal to assume drivers will stop at amber light when it is safe to do so in Ontario?

A vehicle is positioned in a controlled intersection waiting to turn left from a two-way road. The light turns amber, and the driver waits for traffic to legally pass through the intersection. ...
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If I called the police and told them I drove at 56 for a few seconds on a 55 mph road, what would happen?

Suppose I call the police and confess that, while driving on a road with a 55 MPH speed limit, I drove at 56 for a few seconds. They did nothing to prompt it; I just randomly decided to do it (but I ...
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Are there exceptions for not crossing solid yellow double lines while driving, such as to pass a parked mail vehicle or horsedrawn carriage?

I've noticed that in some scenarios, such as when a mail vehicle (USPS, Amazon, etc.) parks on a road or when a horsedrawn carriage is going really slow, and the road has two lanes for each direction ...
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Flashing the emergency lights at a vehicle to dim the headlights

OK, let me give you the facts. First, my dad's 2005 Toyota Camry has very low low beams. You simply cannot see with the low beams in all situations. The night in question I was driving my dad's car ...
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Is it newly illegal to say thank you while driving?

In the UK there have been some recent changes to traffic law. It is being reported that this means a change in the law such saying thank you on the road has become illegal. In the same article it is ...
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Is it legal to ignore directions of a volunteer who is directing traffic?

I recently volunteered to help with a local parade. My main responsibility was to help direct traffic: basically, I stopped each vehicle, and asked them if they were participating in the parade. If ...
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Is it legal for a group of drivers to completely "fill" a roundabout?

Suppose a group of drivers want to block all regular use of a particular roundabout, so they all just start driving in it in circles. Once they're all in, the roundabout is useless, because there are ...
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Why did the Oregon DMV accept my amateur radio license as proof of address?

I had an amateur radio license before I had a driver's license. Why did the DMV accept my amateur radio license as proof of address? It does have my address printed on it, but there was no ...
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Can a minor use a phone through an in-vehicle infotainment system in Oregon?

This is a follow-up to Can a minor listen to phone navigation instructions while driving in Oregon?. If the minor is using a phone with a system such as Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, and the screen ...
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Can a court uphold a traffic ticket for speeding in school zone if the sign was blocked by a truck and not possible to be seen?

I was given a ticket for speeding in a school zone. I was unaware that there was a school zone because as I was traveling in the left lane there was a rolling road block of several trucks that were ...
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What is the law concerning running over wild animals?

It is in the news that police are investigating an incident where someone ran over three ducklings as they were crossing the road, with the Wildlife and Countryside Act cited. What is the law ...
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Would it be legal to build a self driving car?

If I wanted to build a self driving car, and had the money, equipment, and knowledge to do do, would it be legal? Could I take my hands off the wheel/feet off the pedals while driving, as long as I ...
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What possible penalties can there be for failing to comply with rule 286 of the UK highway code?

Rule 286 requires one to give one's name and address to another party in the case of an accident, but what is the penalty range for non compliance?
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People passing me on the right

When turning onto my driveway from a road (when the driveway is on the left so I have to wait for an opening in the oncoming traffic lane), I often have to stop in the road for at least a few seconds, ...
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Is the "questionably legal maneuver" from XKCD 207 actually legal?

XKCD 207 shows a driver turning right on a red light, making a U-turn, then turning right again, in order to bypass a red light. Is this actually legal in Oregon?
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Is it legal to turn across a double solid yellow line?

Is this a legal turn in Oregon? The single lane road is a private driveway and the two lane road is Highway 101. What about California?
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Is it necessary for a minor to show a driving log when obtaining a driver license?

In Oregon, a minor who has not completed a driver education course needs to obtain an instruction permit and complete 100 hours of driving supervised by a person 21 years old or older who has been a ...
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Could an adult theoretically use a laptop while driving in Oregon if it was controlling an amateur radio station?

ORS 811.507 seems to indicate that an adult with an amateur radio license could legally use a laptop while driving, as long as it was used solely to control an amateur radio station. Obviously this is ...
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Can a minor listen to phone navigation instructions while driving in Oregon?

If a minor set up (for example) Google Maps voice navigation while parked, then started driving (listening to the phone's instructions), then parked at the destination and turned the navigation off, ...
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When driving in Ohio, is it legal to change more than one lane simultaneously?

In some states, it apparently is illegal to make multi-lane changes. For example, a Florida state trooper said that changing multiple lanes at once is against the law: "So, if you are in the far ...
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Liability for a driver hitting a concrete-filled pumpkin on purpose

This YouTube short video describes a man (let's call him Peter) who has placed Halloween pumpkins at the end of his driveway, only to have the pumpkins intentionally run over by car drivers, so as a ...
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Which state's defensive driving test to take in case of out-of-state speeding ticket?

A friend, who is resident of IL and has an IL DL, got a speeding ticket in Oklahoma, which they refused to sign. They were charged to drive at 61 mph in a 40 mph zone with a ticket of $259. Can they ...
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Which has right of way: a funeral procession or a stopped school bus?

In Massachusetts, I recently witnessed a funeral procession going one way on a road. In the other direction on the road was a school bus that stopped opposite the middle of the funeral procession and ...
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DUI question with keyless ignition

I am aware you can get a DUI just sitting impaired in a car with keys in ignition. I have a car with a keyless ignition. I was wondering what the standard for DUI is in this type of car. I do not ...
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Are you required to open the window if the police stop your car?

It is in the news that a fake police car stopped someone while driving, and when they opened their window they were assaulted as part of an attempted car jacking. I have been stopped by the police, ...
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Who is responsible if a customer does not specify location to taxi driver?

At an airport a family decides to take a taxi and tells the driver they want to go to a particular road and the taxi driver tells them they know that road and feeds it into the GPS. Everything seems ...
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Who to sue if hit by an autonomous vehicle?

My understanding is that if one has a collision with another vehicle in which the other driver is at fault then you can sue the other driver for the loss incurred. If the other driver was employed by ...
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Give way applies when 2 lines + 2 lines join to same way?

If I am coming from top to bottom turning as big arrow shows do I need to give way to the people coming from right ? or no need because there is 4 lines for each. There is no signs that say anything ...
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Car with tinted windows: will rolling down the windows keep me out of trouble in Mexico?

My car has 4 tinted front/rear windows + tinted rear windshield, and Mexico has anti-tinting laws that cause the police to remove tints on the spot. Will rolling down the windows keep me out of ...
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Turning when oncoming traffic has right of way, but stops for you anyway

Suppose I want to make a turn, but other cars going straight have right-of-way. To be more precise, this applies to situations like: I'm making a left turn across a lane of incoming traffic, in the ...
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California: How long does right-of-way persist after a lane change?

Suppose I am driving on a road in California with 2 lanes going in the same direction. My car is 3 car lengths ahead of another car in the adjacent lane, and both cars are going 45 MPH in the same ...
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California: Bob is going on a trip. Mechanic is fixing his car. Bob reached out to get it back, but M is unresponsive. Can M charge for storage?

This is a follow-up to California: A mechanic serviced Bob's car, has it in his shop, and verbally agreed to buy it from him. Is Bob liable for accidents before it's sold? and it contains a ...
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California: A mechanic serviced Bob's car, has it in his shop, and verbally agreed to buy it from him. Is Bob liable for accidents before it's sold?

TL;DR Bob took his car in to a mechanic (M). After M worked on it, Bob decided to sell it to him. It's currently in his shop but it'll take Bob over two weeks to sign over the title. In the meantime, ...
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Is it legal in New South Wales to pay someone who isn't a driving instructor for supervision?

In Australia, to progress from a Learner's license to a provisional driving license, you need to drive for 120 hours supervised by a person who has a full license. However, I know that it is illegal ...
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Does a road street sign about parking apply before or after the sign in the United States?

I wonder whether a road street sign about parking applies before or after the sign. Location: Seattle, Washington, United States. Example: in the picture below, I wonder whether the 3-minute ...
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Can a new driver legally drive themselves while waiting for their license card to be mailed to them?

My sister just passed her driver's test. According to the DMV, her license is being processed and will be mailed to her, but they do not issue temporary licenses. In the meantime, she may need to ...
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How long must one wait before re-parking in the same time-limited parking spot in Seattle?

Many parking spots in Seattle are time-limited, e.g. 2 hours: How long must one wait before re-parking in the such time-limited parking spots in Seattle (Washington state, United States)?
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Street sign on the same pole: "Pay to park" and "No Stop". Which one applies before the pole, and which one applies after the pole?

I saw two street signs on the same pole, one is "Pay to park" and the other one is "No Stops": which one applies before the sign, and which one applies after the sign? Location: ...
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If someone erroneously places a sticker on my car, are they obliged to remove it and, if necessary, clean any residual mark left by it?

I parked my car in some parking lot and the security mistakenly placed a sticker in it warning that it may get towed even though I did have the authorization to park my park at that location. I don't ...
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Can a state suspend my license and not tell me about it?

A Iowa-registered driver was on the highway in Indiana, US, going 26 mph over the speed limit. The driver was pulled over and was fined. The driver went and payed the fine in person and resolved the ...
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Is it illegal to lie about alcohol consumption at a ride check program? (Canada)

Suppose I have a drink, then drive home after an hour. If I get stopped at a police ride check, I usually say I have not consumed any alcohol, because I don't want to take a breathalyzer test or risk ...
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Can two people put their driver licenses in the same wallet?

I was wondering if two people can put their driver licenses in the same wallet. For example, could two spouses keep each of their licenses in the same wallet? Another example could be a parent and ...
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Does any state or other local authorities (eg, city) in the US require to have one's original car registration in the car, or is a scan always enough?

I read (mirror): As far as the car registration goes, the National Insurance Crime Bureau suggests taking a picture of it on your cell phone or keeping a photocopy in your wallet. If you’re pulled ...

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