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On what day does a person turn "X years and 6 months" for the purpose of driver licensing in USA states?

I was looking at the legal age when a person can have a permit. In some states, it is 14 and a half, in others, it is 15 and a half, and so on. My question is: if someone is born on August 31st and ...
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Arrested in Georgia for a DUI with an out of state drivers license

It is my understanding that if you are arrested for a DUI in Georgia and you have a Georgia driver's license you have to attend a ALS hearing or having your driver's license suspended. Am I right ...
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Being Arrested for driving under the influence - how accurate is the blood test?

Please consider the following hypothetical situation: Joe is driving in the state of Georgia. He weaving in his land and stopped by a police officer. He is then arrested and his blood is taken. The ...
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Drinking and Driving in Georgia

If a person is convicted of drunk driving (due to an illegal drug in his/her system) in state of Georgia, what is the typical punishment if it is a first time offense? Is jail likely?
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Could the federal government begin registering vehicles and issuing driver licenses, overriding state law?

Currently, vehicle registration and driver licensing are handled primarily by states in the US. However, aircraft registration and pilot certification is handled by the federal government. Could the ...
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Is it an Offence to Sleep in a Campervan While Drunk?

This answer to this question states that the onus is on the defendent to prove they were not going to drive while they were unfit. Leaving aside the question about the flipped burden of proof, does ...
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Is smart watch illegal while in control of the vehicle?

From the gov.uk website: It’s illegal to hold and use a phone, sat nav, tablet, or any device that can send or receive data, while driving or riding a motorcycle. A smartwatch can send or receive ...
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Is there any way to legally sleep in your car while drunk?

As I understand it, if one is found inside one's car with the keys while drunk, even if asleep, one is as guilty of drunk driving as if one was actually driving. If one finds oneself over the limit, ...
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At what point does a DUI begin?

(Based on a scene from TV show - 'The Rookie') A woman who is clearly drunk is walking across the road towards her car. One officer sees and says "DUI" and the other correctly points out &...
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Is it necessary to have one's driver license in one's posession while driving in Oregon?

In some jurisdictions, it is necessary to carry one's driver license at all times while driving. In others, it is only required to be licensed; it can be proven later after being pulled over, perhaps ...
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Does an eighteen-year-old Oregon resident who obtained a driver license as a minor need to get a new license to tow a trailer?

In Oregon, drivers under eighteen years of age may not tow trailers. The "Provisional Driver License" issued to drivers aged sixteen through eighteen says it is valid for "[a]ny signle ...
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Infraction on expired license plate for transferring of ownership

i'm an international student who just moved to Washington last month. Because my school is quite a distance from my home, i decided to buy a car for convenience. I bought the car in September 23rd, ...
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Adding reflective tape to personal vehicle

Backstory: A few nights ago I was tailgated by a driver with unnecessarily-bright lights (likely stock, but still... when I can see my shadow on the road in front of me that seems excessive). I was ...
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Why is drunk driving causing accident punished so much worse than just drunk driving?

When people drink and drive and then cause an accident especially where if someone dies they get years and years in prison but just the act of drunk driving is punished way more lenient. Shouldn't ...
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Legality of DUI blood tests

I was reading a bit about this subject and was wondering about the specific status of the medical professionals involved. If I am pulled over for a DUI and the cops take me back to the police station ...
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How should turn lane pavement markings be interpreted in Idaho?

There's a certain intersection in Idaho, USA that's causing confusion for a lot of drivers. As you can see in the photo, the pavement widens near the intersection, as if there should be a right turn ...
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Is it legal to drive in reverse on a non-divided road that has a speed limit of more than 80 km/h?

In "The Official Ministry of Transportation (MTO) Driver’s Handbook", they said It is illegal to drive in reverse on a divided road that has a speed limit of more than 80 km/h. Is it legal ...
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Virginia right turn arrow street markings

In Virginia does a right turn arrow in white painted on the street require you to turn right? Or does it also have to say right turn only? Or perhaps there has to be a physical sign? Or can this be ...
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What is the minimum age to allow a child to ride in a forward facing back seat?

State: Arkansas For purposes of this question, "a forward facing car seat" means the same car seat, just turned around. I called the state police, and they told me that car seats must be ...
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Who Should Be Guilty For An Accident By An Self-Driving Car [duplicate]

What would happen if I had a Tesla and I had it drive through the parking lot to pick me up, but it hit someone on the way to me. Is it my fault or TESLA's fault? Explain.
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A prior offence vs. 2 or more prior offences

I am confused about the following statement. First it says: a prior offence in the last 10 years, you will be disqualified from holding a driver's licence for 3 years from the date of the conviction ...
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Drinking whilst driving but remaining under the limit

Now, I understand all of the below is ill advised, I'm just curious as to the legality of it. Unlike in the US, to my knowledge, the UK has no open container laws. It's perfectly legal for every ...
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Are we allowed to ride a geared motorcycle(2 wheeler) alone on indian roads with a learner's license

I have a learner's license for a geared bike in India. And I want to know if according to indian governmental laws, can a citizen ride a geared bike alone with a learner's license. I tried searching ...
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do you put on a signal when you follow the driveway but changing direction

I hope i'm on the right forum. Following the green arrow, you are turning right, but following your driveway. Does the law require to put on a right signal? What about going straight (blue arrow). Do ...
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A 3 point credit is applied to your driving record for a 2-year period

Does the following statement mean that the 3 point credit is only good for 2 years and after that the credit points will disappear? "If a Government-approved defensive driving course has been ...
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Under what circumstance is it a crime if a car owner allows someone other than themself to drive their car?

In a New Hampshire "driving law test" that I have, there is a question "Under what circumstance is it a crime if a car owner allows someone other than themself to drive their car?" ...
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Rule Priority vs Rule Exception difference from legal perspective in driving rules

I am from non law background, but struggling to understand what types of rules will qualify as rule exception and what falls under rule priority. As if we go to rule book like California DMV or German ...
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I have an International Driving Permit (1949 convention) issued on July 1 2022: is it valid until June 30, 2023 end of day or July 1, 2023 end of day?

Also, end of day in which time zone? Country of issuance or country where one is currently located? I read the 1949 Geneva Convention on Road Traffic but didn't see the answer.
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How close from a bus stop sign am I allowed to park my car in Washington state?

I wonder how close from a bus stop sign I am allowed to park my car in Washington state. If that depends on the city, I'm interested in Spokane. If that depends on the county, I'm interested in ...
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Do not pass or assist another vehicle to pass you by using this lane

Could someone confirm if "do not pass or assist another vehicle to pass you by using this lane" means: Do not pass another vehicle by using this lane, and Do not assist another vehicle to ...
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Turning right from a two-way road onto another two-way road

Alberta's driver's guide says "when turning right from a two-way road onto another two-way road, stay centred in your turning lane, and no more than 1 metre (3 feet) from the curb or edge of the ...
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The difference between the first available exit and any other exit

Alberta's driver's guide says "when you intend to use the first available exit, approach the circle (even though you are already in the circle, intending to exit ...) using the right lane. It ...
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Do not park on the parking lane

How come Alberta's driver's guide says on a roadway outside an urban area, "do not park on the parking lane"? Isn't such a lane used for parking? Thank you! "On a roadway outside an ...
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May I create a custom license plate myself (in Virginia) using a purchased blank plate?

I live in America (VA), and I wanted to replace my current license plate with a customized one. I found an item on Amazon, which gives me a blank black license plate with white text. The original ...
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Why is place of birth shown on European driving licences?

Driving licences issued by the EEA-countries display the place of birth of the license holder. Why is this information so important that it needs to be on the driving license? I've tried to research ...
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Must a driving instructor accompany a learner on a motorcycle in India?

I am an Indian citizen who recently entered adulthood. I have thus been learning how to drive vehicles. To be able to drive a vehicle in order to gain experience, you need a Learner's license, as is ...
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Is it legal to keep an old hole-punched driver's license or permit?

It is illegal in Oregon to possess two drivers licences, but when you get a new one, the DMV hole-punches the old one and gives it back to you. The paper temporary license is valid for driving ...
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Age you have to be to drive with a disabled parent

I was in a car accident 9 years ago. My spine was fused twice and I know I am permanently disabled. I have 2 kids, one is 12 years old and another is 14. Can the oldest child get an early driver's ...
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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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