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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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Clear FTA (Failure to Appear in Court) from my record

Went to the DMV to renew my driving license and I found it was canceled due to a Failure to Appear in court and Failure to Pay a fine that was imposed to me for scratching a car while parking three ...
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European prohibitions on bullbars on public roads

I am looking to drive my American SUV in Europe (mainly in the UK, but also probably France, Italy and Germany). I have a hefty bullbar on both the front and back of my 2002 Chevrolet Suburban, ...
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Should I let someone overtake my car if there is not enough space to do it?

This question came up in my driver license test (in Japan). I found this question hard to answer because not allowing someone to overtake you may cause an accident (after all, you may be mistaken ...
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Why are helmets and seatbelts required? [migrated]

Suppose someone is drinking-and-driving/overspeeding, then he is obviously a threat to other road drivers and pedestrians. But someone, who isn't wearing a helmet/seatbelt, is neither harming anyone ...
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Who has the right of way

I'm traveling down a 2 lane road. I come to a stop sign and want to turn left onto a highway with NO stop sign. The car behind me, traveling the same direction as me is turning right. There is ...
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can police officer advocate for the state or argue underlying law in a civil infraction with no prosecutor

Can a police officer advocate for the state or argue underlying law in a civil infraction with no prosecutor? I recently came across this statement by an attorney and was wondering its origins in case ...
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Can I sue E-ZPass for excessive charges?

I don't have an E-ZPass account, so during the beginning of Covid19 the state of NJ or E-ZPass decided to suspend Toll collection. Every day I drove one exit north to get to work, each way was a ...
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Parking Ticket Dismissal

I received a parking ticket. I contested the ticket in writing to the Hearing Examiner who decided against me. Under the "Officer Comments" the address that was noted was a different ...
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Do other countries than Germany have traffic laws that regard a group of civil vehicles as one single vehicle?

I'm mostly interested in the situation in France, but this might be interesting for other countries as well, especially in the context of the current rise of bicycle usage: Germany has § 27 in its ...
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Right of way at opposing stop signs: car turning left vs later car going straight [duplicate]

I'm interested in Pennsylvania and Maryland specifically. At a 4-way stop or stop signs on opposite sides of a street, say a car arrives at the sign with their left turn signal on. Say a car then ...
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Do you have to answer questions in English when pulled over?

When you have been pulled-over when operating a vehicle on public property (i.e. a highway), do you have to communicate with the officer in English in (Arizona) United States of America? I understand ...
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Is it against the law for a GPS unit to alert a driver of a high crime area?

GPS units will automatically alert you when you enter into a different speed zone, but they do not alert you when you enter into a high crime area. It seems that this would be valuable information to ...
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Hit and Run compensation UK

This is going to be difficult to write, so I apologise if it's confusing at times. About 6 years ago my wife was hit by a car when crossing the street (walking). The car wasn't going too fast (est. ...
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Is there ANY legal speed on the freeway?

Suppose there is a stretch of freeway where the speed limit is 55 mph but traffic is traveling at about 65 mph (which sometimes happens in the area I’m thinking of). If you drive any speed over 55, ...
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Riding an elephant on a UK road

If I needed to move an elephant from Warrington to Peterborough, would I be able to ride it there? I know it is illegal to ride an elephant on the motorway, so it would be using A and B roads only. ...
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Is it legal for me to violate traffic rules in a non-emergency situation if traffic flow is stopped?

The other day I was on a small-ish two lane road where traffic in the other lane was traveling in the other direction. I came upon an unattended stopped car with it's emergency blinkers on blocking ...
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Should I actively try to tell If I am being ticketed?

I lived in Finland for two months. During these two months, I have submitted a form, where I told finnish postal service that my Finnish address is the one where they should deliver my mail. A week ...
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Color-blind handicap discrimination and EU law?

Every year in the USA, nearly 700,000 car accidents are reported by police as stop sign violations, accounting for 2/3rds of crashes. Stop signs are mostly red and for the 4.5% of people that are ...
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Can pedestrians enter a marked crosswalk at an angle or cross the street without entering the marked path AND still have right-of-way?

Scenario: There is a controlled crosswalk. The walking sign is on. Rather than cross the street via the path, you cross adjacent to it OR you cross at an angle initially and enter the path. If a ...
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What exactly does “It is a defense to prosecution” mean?

Consider the Texas Child Safety Laws found here: https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/TN/htm/TN.545.htm#545.412 It says in one place: (c) It is a defense to prosecution under this section ...
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Traffic violation question, pls help

Ok please bear with me I am new. Basically here is my story, Me and my fiancé were heading to Walmart. In my little town I have to get onto the interstate for about 2,000 feet then merge off left to ...
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Is it legal to have a two driver’s licenses if one is from another country?

In the USA, in almost every case, possessing two driver’s licenses from different states (e.g., California and Georgia) is illegal. I’m wondering about a related situation - is it legal to have two ...
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What do, “X speed limit while children are present”, street signs mean, specifically?

while I'm driving near schools I often notice street signs that say something like, "speed limit 15 mph while children are present". I am curious what this means specifically. Does it still count if ...
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Research basis for left-lane passing laws

-- Question -- Does anyone have links to research indicating that: impeding the flow of traffic in the left-most lane causes more accidents than speeding. -- Context -- I want to drive at or ...
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Is There a Legal Distance to Slow Down After Passing a Speed Limit Sign of a Lower Speed? [MA]

I recently moved to Western Massachusetts from New Hampshire, where speed limit changes of 10+ MPH are always marked with "reduced speed ahead" signs. According to the Massachusetts government website:...
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Is a carpark a road, given this definition in New Zealand law

I am wondering whether a car park would be considered a road. Per Land Transport Act 1998 interpretations a road is: (a) a street; and (b) a motorway; and (c) a beach; and (d) a place to ...
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Crosswalk question regarding entry point into crosswalk

I live in the state of Florida but I am asking this as a general question. I often wondered this. Suppose I was on my motorcycle and only had a few minutes more to get to work but when I got very ...
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Why do buses not require passengers to wear seatbelts?

Lately I have been wondering why in the UK public buses do not require that the passengers wear a seat belt? In-fact, in the UK it's my understanding that no public buses actually have seat belts. I ...
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Can cops turn their siren on with no warning?

Okay so this just happened to me minutes ago,my mom was in the middle of a turn when a police car was coming head on, there was no indication or anything he was just driving like normal but before he ...
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How to stop an alcoholic from driving- distance is an issue

I have a family member who is an alcoholic and I think has been driving drunk. I want to report him and potentially get his license taken away, but no family or friends live close to him, so we have ...
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Is it legal to build your own car navigational system?

I am trying to build my own car navigational system and vehicle informational system. I am in North Carolina so NC G.S. § 20-136.1 is the main reference point I am starting from. This just explains ...
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What motions to file or action to take with an uncooperative court clerk?

I've filed pro se motions in traffic cases before, but this case has me stumped. I was stopped and ticketed for a minor traffic violation of texting while driving and received a court date. When I ...
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Can I sell my license plate tabs to someone else if I no longer need them?

I just moved from one state to a bordering state. I had bought license plate tabs for 2020 in the original state. I had yet to apply the tabs to my original state plates, so they are unused. I just ...
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Is it legally allowed to run a red light by make a double right turn at intersection?

I was at the red light in an intersection, the street to my right was a residential undivided street. This car made a curve to that street and turn right out. It wasn't even a U turn. The path the car ...
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What is the speed limit in a school zone the moment it becomes active?

Let's say a vehicle enters an inactive school zone going exactly the speed limit of 30mph. Then the school zone (20mph) turns on while the vehicle is still inside. What is the current speed limit ...
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Were there any broken laws, unlawful orders or violation of rights during this traffic stop?

Here is a video of a traffic stop in Sacramento, California. Questions: Did the police or the detainee break any laws? Did the police issue any unlawful orders? In particular, was the order to roll ...
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Increased speed limit and decreased speed limit signs located ~1/3 mile apart on opposite side of road. When is it legal to increase speed?

Sorry for the confusing title, this is kind of hard to describe. I just moved to western MA. In my new town, there is this road where on one side, the speed limit goes from 40 to 30, but on the other ...
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If someone hits your car while deliberately trying to stop you from merging in very slow traffic who is at fault?

On the highway typically you are at fault as you should merge only when it is safe and after signaling. I.E. the person who hit you cannot be held responsible for you choosing to merge without ...
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Is it a violation to stop at a light in such a way as to prevent Cyclists from passing (USA)?

Hopped over to Bikes.SE to read the claim that "In some Jurisdictions, it is legal for bikes to pass on the right." Is this even true? If it is true, then I'd like to know if the following event I ...
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Can I be fined for the intention to commit a traffic violation, after the police prevented me from carrying through?

After having stopped at a red traffic light, seeing the intersection empty, I was about to get on by bike and turn right when a police officer behind me informed me that doing so would mean a €100 ...
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Does Double Jeopardy apply to civil cases?

Once upon a time I was issued TWO citations for the same instance of illegally parking my car. One citation came from the property owner (it was a private pay-to-park lot), and the other came from the ...
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Who has right of way between a legal u-turn vs car driving out of a parking lot as per Texas rules?

A car stopped in a left-only lane (not a traffic signal/intersection) on a main street and was making a u-turn (it is not prohibited) and no-through traffic from the opposite side. The car turns and ...
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Can plaintiff and defendant both want the same thing (court order)

My friend recently sold his car to me and left the country (United States). We did not notarize the title and now (NC)DMV refuses to transfer the title to me. My friend is not coming back to the US to ...
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Pleading guilty for a moving violation from several years ago. Points still apply? NYC

I received a ticket for a moving violation back in 2015, in Brooklyn, NY, and recruited a local law firm to help me fight this traffic ticket. The firm's strategy was to keep postponing the hearing ...
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May One Turn Left at a Stop Sign When the Car in the Left Street Is Turning Right? (diagram provided)

After stopping at the stop-sign at a 4-way intersection (2-way stop), is it legal to turn left if the car on the left is turning right? I am asking about New Jersey law in particular. Please provide ...
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What is a court application?

I have admitted liability for an accident involving myself (a cyclist) and another car but dispute the amount the claimant has requested. I have hence decided to let the court decide on the amount I ...
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Under what conditions are U-turns legal? (Wisconsin)

Where are U-turns legal in Wisconsin and specifically Milwaukee? At intersections? In roads? Across interstate medians (OK, probably not)... This is one of those questions that's a pain to look up ...
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Sovereign Citizen Obstruction Behaviour

In the United States, what is the obligation of a police officer to tolerate the Sovereign Citizen obstruction game, lecturing the Officer about the Law and asking questions whose only purpose is to ...

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