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Questions tagged [driving]

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

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PA Learners Permit - Nightime Driving with Parents

I am a teen driver (still sixteen) with a Pennsylvania learners permits, and my parents and I are unsure of something. I am required so many nighttime driving hours, however, if I understand correctly,...
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California: Is it okay to use the center left turn lane to merge right?

In California if I'm at a stop in (1) and want to turn left on a busy street, is it okay to use the center left turn lane in (2) to merge right with traffic (as long as I don't use it more than 200 ...
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Contesting At-Fault Car Accident

Scenario: You're travelling on the highway with stop and go traffic. As a driver (Car A) you are distracted (starting at the sky, changing the radio, on your cellphone, whatever). Suddenly traffic in-...
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Cyclist contacts overtaking car - who is at fault?

Say a car narrowly overtakes a cyclist who at that moment starts to signal that they want to turn by extending their arm outwards toward the car. The car left so little room that the cyclist ...
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Right to Drive on Public Roads [duplicate]

Driver - Black's 4th One employed in conducting or operating a coach, carriage, wagon, or other vehicle, with horses, mules, or other animals, or a bicycle, tricycle, or motor car, though not a ...
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I received a notice of toll violation, but I believe I paid my tolls. How to dispute? [closed]

I visited Illinois at the end of last year. I used Google maps to route my trip and made sure to stop by every toll booth indicated on the way. I received a notice of toll violation, though. Looking ...
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Driver's liability for friend passenger's losses in an accident

Alice and Bob are friends. One day they decide to go on a road trip in Bob's car. It has started freezing and the road may be icy. Bob drives below the speed limit and applies some extra care that he ...
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Can BAC (blood alcohol content) be interpolated for DUI/DWI criminal prosecution?

It is common for a statutory BAC (blood alcohol content) level to determine whether the operator of a motor vehicle is guilty of Driving Under the Influence (DUI, which in some states is called DWI ...
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Why would someone get a fine when using a disabled parking space when the disabled person is not in the car?

An article in LA Times about someone parking on a disabled parking space without the disabled person being in the car: (...) I saw a woman pull into a disabled parking space and begin to exit her ...
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Deferred Operator, Borrowing Vehicle, Bodily Injury Coverage

Regarding bodily injury vehicle insurance (not collision), and in the case where a household member, John Smith, whose car insurance agency, for various reasons, marks another household member, Jane ...
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Do I need an Illinois Driver's License?

I'm an international student on a J1 Visa pursuing a Master's degree at a university in Chicago. For the duration of my program I will live in Chicago, but will be leaving the US after finishing my ...
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What to do when an Ambulance can't pass you?

So here's the deal: Earlier I was driving on the highway to work, which currently is under construction work. Because of that, one of the two lanes is closed and the second one is slightly narrowed. ...
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What is the point of administering prolonged field sobriety tests, and aren't the tasks unreasonable?

I've just watched this video of a police officer in Miami administering a field sobriety test on a person suspected to be driving under the influence. The test takes over ten minutes. There are two ...
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License plate photo blockers

I know in some, if not all US states, that blocking your license plate from being read is illegal. There are companies that sell license plate blockers. Granted, none of the products actually work. ...
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Are most Uber drivers unqualified to operate a vehicle for hire?

When applying for a commercial drivers license many life saving and valuable knowledge is to be learned. Commercial classes in the USA ranges to Class D in some States which is a car and to Class A,B, ...
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In states with phone restrictions while driving, does that apply to all devices?

Many states in the US have a hands-free phone law prohibiting drivers from calling or texting while at the wheel and on the road. Many others have lesser restrictions, such as only prohibiting new ...
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Vienna Convention on Road Traffic(1968) Letters Only Vehicle Registration Plate

There is a large media scandal in Romania about a car that had a preferential number from another country. According to police, the number was illegal because was having letters only and no digits so ...
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Is receiving intimate stimulation while driving illegal?

I feel as though I've seen this scene in movies or tv shows more than once: Someone is driving along, seemingly enjoying themselves. They get pulled over by the cops and then another person's head ...
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Do toll fees have to be indicated ahead of time in the United States to be enforceable?

Do toll fees have to be indicated ahead of time in the United States to be enforceable? By indication, I mean some type of road sign. By "ahead of time," I mean early enough on the road to allow ...
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What would be the default speed limit for a highway in Texas in this case?

A 2 lane road is enhanced, widened and expanded to 6 lanes. it goes through a small town. The previous speed limit on that road was 55 mph. After the new road is finished the speed limit signs are ...
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failure to ID in the state of Texas

I was pulled over and the cop said that the reason was that when he ran the tags he couldn't find insurance on the car. A former officer told me that, that is not a reason to pull someone over. He ...
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Sleeping in a car whilst intoxicated

If a person were to go out drinking, head back to their car, leave the keys on the front seat, the engine off and get in the back to sleep it off, would they have comitted an offense? There appears ...
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What is the legal restriction for driving vehicles that don't require a license?

I live in Croatia, and laws here are not so clear to the actual restrictions for drivers licenses. My question is this: what determens if a vehicle requires a driving license in Croatia? For example, ...
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Is British Columbia violating the 1949 Geneva Convention on Road Traffic by requiring foreign drivers to exchange their license within three months?

According to the 1949 Geneva Convention citizens of any country that signed the agreement are able to drive in any other country for up to one year with an international driving permit: No ...
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How do the expiration dates on driver licenses not count as an “arbitrary revocation”

Driver licensing is ostensibly legally valid based on the following: The regulation of the exercise of the right to drive a private automobile on the streets of the city may be accomplished in ...
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Can I drive in Colorado as an out of state minor?

I have a driver's license in another state where you can drive when you are 15. Can I use that license in Colorado if I haven't turned 16 yet, considering that you have to be 16 to get a license in ...
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Is a vehicle solely for personal use required to be licensed?

Please explain "The term “motor vehicle” means every description of carriage or other contrivance propelled or drawn by mechanical power and used for commercial purposes on the highways in the ...
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What charges would a driver face after an unrestrained child dies in a car crash?

Suppose a person was driving a car in Australia with an unrestrained child. An unavoidable crash occurs where there are no other vehicles involved, and the child dies as a result. With what crimes ...
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Driving with a revoked license

In the state on Tennessee am I required to have a valid driver's license to drive myself around?
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Does the Geneva Convention on Road Traffic prohibit driverless cars?

The 1949 Geneva Convention on Road Traffic, which the United States and several other countries have ratified, states the following (emphasis added): Chapter II, Article 8, Section 1 (reprinted in ...
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Car registration and license in new state

I have recently moved to Maryland from California and have brought my car with me. I know that I need to do the following: Change insurance policy from CA to MD Get a MD drivers license Get a vehicle ...
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What is the law regarding left-turns at four way stops?

A friend just got in a collision at a four-way stop turning left. That friend has insisted that they came to a full and complete stop. Nolo seems to indicate that the general rule is that it's always ...
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In Florida, do you need to physically hand over your licence to Police?

According to Florida Statues 322.15, It states; License to be carried and exhibited on demand; fingerprint to be imprinted upon a citation. Does this mean you only need to present the drivers ...
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Rear Ended someone who was ticketed for not having a valid license?

I rear ended someone who was ticketed for not having a valid license. Am I responsible for paying for the damage on his car? I was also ticketed for the rear-end.
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Responsibility for causing damage to someone else's car when there is no collision

In order to avoid collision with the driver of a car who made a wildly optimistic illegal left turn, I had to push my brake pedal all the way to the floor and stop far more suddenly then one would in ...
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Do police have a more extensive file on a person than can be obtained from the DMV?

Do police have a more extensive driving/traffic file on me than I can obtain from the DMV? I just called the DMV headquarters in Oregon, my state of residence. After I answered two simple security ...
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In the United States, if there were no speed limit on the loop, how fast would you go? At what speed would you get ticketed? [closed]

Legally speaking, how fast should you go on a loop without speed limit? At what speed would you get ticketed? I am not looking for an answer like " Just go at a safe speed."
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Legality of using a phone for GPS in Oregon

Oregon recently passed HB 2957 B, which modifies the law regarding using electronic devices while driving. From the text of the law, it appears to ban: (a) Holds a mobile electronic device in the ...
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Early Drivers License Issued For Child With Disabled Parents

I am 16 years old, I got my drivers permit February 3rd, 2017 and my 6 months ends August 3rd, 2017, I live in South Carolina, United States. Question: My father says I can get my drivers license ...
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Car Seat Placement

I have been told that in most states, children of a certain size must be placed in a child car seat and that seat must be attached in the rear auto seat. I am most interested in New Jersey. Is this ...
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Requirement to carry driver's license and registration in Massachusetts

I was reading Chapter 90 in the Massachusetts General Laws and I could not find any provision requiring an operator to carry a driver's license and registration documents in the vehicle while ...
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Why is it illegal to drive with only parking lights, even during the day?

According to the California Vehicle Code, "No vehicle shall be driven at any time with the parking lamps lighted except when the lamps are being used as turn signal lamps or when the headlamps are ...
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Accident with borrowed car — whose insurance will apply to satisfy legal requirements?

Assume my friend and I are both licensed and have insurance for our own cars, but we're (obviously) not listed under each others' insurance plans. Let's say one of us borrows the other one's car (...
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If someone removes a speed limit sign, can one still be ticketed for driving over the limit?

Say a truck driver were to plow into a speed limit sign, rendering it completely unreadable, and further completely unidentifiable as a speed limit sign. It just so happens that this same sign is the ...
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How to stop an alcoholic from driving?

This scenario takes place in the USA. Suppose I have someone close to me who has a very serious drinking problem. This could be someone physically (living) close to me or someone emotionally close to ...
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10 year old traffic ticket

This started in the money SE, but has escalated. My wife received a traffic ticket 10 years ago in Nevada. We're currently in Vermont. She paid it, but didn't keep a record. Within the last few ...
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What are the fines / penalties for having two people in the front passenger seat?

There were two people in the front passenger seat of the car. To clarify, there were two ("adult") individuals in the same seat wearing the same seat-belt and both were U.K. citizens and I am also an "...
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Could Thompson v Spedding [1973] apply in this situation?

Situation: Car A is tailgating Car B. Additionally Car A driver is operating a mobile phone while driving. Car B driver is driving carefully and well within the speed limit. Suddenly a person C ...
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Driving damaged car in France

I am thinking about buying a car which I plan to drive around the French-Swiss border, maybe around Italy too. However, the car I found has quite visible damage from something which might look as a ...
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Can I legally record a video when driving and talking to the camera?

Can I legally record a video when driving and talking to the camera? E.g.: Some clarifications following comments the question received: It seems like this might run afoul of laws against ...