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Is it illegal to use a horn in circumstances other than which will prevent a collision

I heard from a cyclist that motorists are legally prohibited from using their horns on the street to get people's attention or indeed for any reason other than to directly avert a collision.
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(Car accident) Is there a way to accept civil liability without incriminating yourself?

Someone I know it was driving recently when another driver ran a red light and hit them. The police were called, and the other driver admitted everything. In addition to being at fault for the ...
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Parking on the road and private traffic cones on a road in the UK

Outside a private residence in the UK, the road is a slight curve and is narrow where 2 cars can only just get past each other. It is a road between two villages. Is it legal to park a car there which ...
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Do I have any recourse outside of the third party that processes red light camera violations in Illinois?

I received a letter in the mail yesterday from payonlineticket-dot-com with a "Final determination of violation liability" for supposedly violating some red light law. The video on the site ...
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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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Would a chariot be road-legal in Minnesota?

We already have a question about motorcycle chariots in Florida, but what about actual, horse-drawn chariots, and what about Minnesota? My thinking is that it would probably fall into the same ...
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What to do at a road crossing with only one traffic light in german traffic law?

There is a weird traffic situation in Berlin, Germany (here), which consists of a crossing with only one traffic light like this: The traffic signs indicate that AC is the main road, so traffic ...
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Can a married couple be charged with a traffic infraction?

In the state of Washington USA, my daughter and son-in-law were joint recipients of a red light camera ticket. The law clearly states that the "operator of the motor vehicle" is responsible ...
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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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Trying to remember Right of Way rules for this situation

I had a negative experience on the road recently, and I want to know if I was in the wrong. It's a simple situation: I am leaving a parking lot preparing to turn left on to a main road, another car ...
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Is it a violation to pass a school bus while moving in traffic?

I am in Colorado. This morning I accidentally got in the wrong lane, and my only opportunity to move into the correct lane was if I cut off a school bus. Traffic was moving along (including the bus) ...
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Does the Good Samaritan law make it legal for a third party driver to interfere with a road rage event while it is happening?

I would like to know if the Good Samaritan law makes it legal for a third party driver to try to break up/interfere with a road rage event while it is happening. Say for example that you are driving ...
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Arizona criminal traffic law

Suppose that a person Bob was ticketed for criminal aggressive driving in 1/2021, at 87 mph in a 75 mph zone. Arizona passed an amendment to the law in 6/2021 so that a person must be going over 20 ...
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I supposedly owe 91 dollars for a 4 dollar toll from half a decade ago. Can it be disputed and what penalty may I face if I don't pay?

Today I got a letter in the mail from 'Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson llp' claiming I had a 4 dollar toll from a state I pretty much never drive in back in 2018 that I now owe 91 dollars on now,...
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Can you recover an original traffic citation in California after the court retention time frame?

the USCIS is asking me for all criminal records or traffic offenses since I arrived in the United States 7 years ago. My only incident so far has been a traffic ticket for not showing evidence of ...
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Algorithm generated fines

In the UK, there was recently a case in the press about a driver that was issued a fine for driving in a bus lane. The photograph the Local Authority supplied as "evidence" was of someone ...
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Protected left turn to the right lane to enter a gas station on the immediate corner?

In Washington State and most states that I'm aware of the law on turning left into a road with 2 lanes of travel to the left stipulate that the driver should make the turn into the leftmost "...
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Do stop signs qualify as traffic control signals?

In an earlier question, I discovered that in many jurisdictions, such as Florida and Ohio, you need a marked crosswalk to cross any streets/roads whose intersections have traffic control signals. ...
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Country roads, take me to Jail? Are private roads in Virginia Commonwealth generally closed to public travel?

Some background for context: I was out on a bike ride in Loudoun County, Virginia last weekend, following a GPS route I got from a local bike shop. While traveling down a gravel road, a local motorist ...
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Do jaywalking laws apply in neighborhoods and other areas with few-lane roads?

Do jaywalking laws apply mainly to areas with multi-lane roads and higher traffic, or do they apply even in smaller neighborhoods and 5 mph campgrounds? Is it considered illegal if, for example, I ...
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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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What is the criteria for court costs to be assessed in NJ?

I've sat in traffic court in the past and I noticed that most defendants simply plead guilty and are assessed the fine. Consequently, I've noticed that some defendants contest the charge and if they ...
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UK Traffic Cameras

I have seen traffic cameras on UK motorways with a sign saying something along the lines of "Traffic Camera Not working" Is there a reason why they put up this notice? If there was no notice ...
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Why is the defendant presumed guilty in traffic court?

This article says, "When it's your word against the police officer's [regarding a failure to stop at a stop sign], the person with the badge usually wins." It seems like the officer should ...
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Did the US presidential motorcade contravene UK traffic regulations?

Recently, US President Joe Biden attended the G7 summit in the UK. Various videos (e.g. here) show his motorcade. As might be expected, many of the vehicles are fitted with (and using) the red and ...
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If a person would confess a speeding event many years after it happened, what would be the consequences?

I'm writing a story and I wanted some accuracy on this matter, specifically for the consequences on the person to whom this would happen. Imagine a situation a public person (this will be important ...
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Traffic Accident. Defending myself (Canada)

I would like to preface by stating this will be my first time in court, and I am looking to get some clarification about proceedings. Situation (my side of events): Got into a little "fail to ...
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auto ownership but not a resident

I intend to move overseas for a few years. I expect to return to the US periodically and will need a car when I do. Can I purchase and license a car for my use in the US? Can I use a post office box ...
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Do pedestrians have the right of way in parking lots?

Consider a parking lot, such as this one: specifically, its one-way lanes. If a pedestrian is crossing them, does he have the right of way? If a car hits a pedestrian there, is there a conceivable ...
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Pass red light in another state

My car is registered in California, but I was on a road trip and accidentally passed a red light in Chicago, Illinois. It was yellow, but quickly became red. And I noticed the camera flash (it was 4AM ...
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What if I hit a pedestrian and killed him? what are the steps in both cases?

I'm an engineering student taking a course called traffic safety. A project in the course gives a problem to solve which is: A cousin of yours have accidentally hit a pedestrian while getting out of ...
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Is it legal to put a traffic cone on the side of the road to protect property?

Does the law in England allow a traffic cone to be placed on the road next to property to help warn drivers and to protect the property?
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Can a rental car company require you to forfeit your right to fight a fine?

While driving a rental car recently (rented and driven in Florida), I rubbed a traffic camera the wrong way and received a fine. I was only told about the fine in a letter weeks after returning the ...
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Is there a general duty to avoid creating unsafe situations when driving (Belgium)?

As I understand it (and please correct me if I'm wrong), in aviation and in maritime traffic, there is an overriding obligation to operate safely and avoid accidents/damage. E.g.: Alice and Bob are ...
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What are my options after a road rage incident?

I was in an incident today where a driver cut me off and slammed on his brakes to attempt to make me rear end him. After this he got out of his car, yelled at me, told me to come out of mine and fight....
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When in court, how do you determine when to push the rules aside and make up your own?

I don't know any other way to ask it. I have recently been told that when you are in traffic court there are no references to federal law and to try to use federal law would be considered "pseudo ...
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No Blinker in a Left Turn Lane: Is It Illegal?

My question is simple, and pedantic: An intersection near my house has a marked left turn lane, and a marked straight lane. Problem is, the main road turns to the right at this roughly "Y" ...
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What is it called when you get a ticket for driving an automobile which is in sore need of repair?

I live in the United States Specifically, the state of Colorado. I am required to tell my new employer what crimes I have pled guilty to, or been convicted of in a court of law. In Colorado, you can ...
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Avoiding a speeding ticket by refusing to tell who the driver was?

This hypothetical question is based on a real incident I saw in the news. Suppose that a car is driving over the speed limit by a significant amount, causing a police car to turn around and go after ...
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Am I liable for a school zone speeding ticket in New York State when blinking lights don't have a notice sign?

Long story short, I have received six citations for speeding in a school zone posted 15 MPH. I received my first citation in the mail two weeks after the event occurred, thus, I racked up six tickets ...
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Friend wants to put me on his insurance, how can this bite me in the ass if we get into an accident?

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON STATE, PIERCE COUNTY, TACOMA CITY I have a house mate who is disabled due to a stroke and cannot drive his car. He suggested to me that I can drive his car and in return i ...
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Does Council removal of a vehicle constitute Trespass to Chattel?

Recently recieved a notice stuck on my car windscreen, Which is a removal Notice giving 7 days to remove the vehichle. or Until the 16th of November. I live in Norwich in the Uk & the local ...
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Is a US (New York) police officer allowed to take your keys at a traffic stop?

So I was browsing Reddit earlier and came across this video of someone on a motorcycle lane splitting in New York (which is illegal there), when a police officer swerved into the path of the rider to ...
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Does the right to use a road affect liability in accidents?

The German traffic law is very restrictive for children on bicycles. In particular Strassenverkehrsordnung §2, section 5 states that children up to 8 years of age are not allowed to bike on roads and ...
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Where does a no-parking zone start when there is a no parking sign?

In the United States, Where does a no-parking zone start when there is a no parking sign? Assume the sign is the first such sign on this stretch of road. Can I park immediately at (before) the sign? ...
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Is not having a valid car insurance a misdemeanor in Orange County, California?

My doubt arises after having received correspondence back from the Superior Court of California County of Orange. I pleaded guilty on a traffic ticket I had pending since three years ago only after ...
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Speeding ticket from NC Highway Patrol with Officer moving in the Opposite Direction with Medium-Heavy Traffic

I received a speeding ticket in a rental car in North Carolina on a highway that had two lanes of traffic in one direction and two lanes of traffic in the the. As I was rounding a corner a highway ...
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How to show an officer your insurance card?

When a police officer pulls you over, they always ask for the standard trifecta of documents; license registration, and proof of insurance. In ye olden days of yore, insurance companies used to mail ...
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Does the hit and run statutes also apply for accidents in private property in California?

I know that a hit and run is a misdemeanor in California when there are only property damages, but does this also applies to a collision in a private property? How is a typical bump in a parking lot ...
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