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How do free-speech protections in the United States apply in public to corporate misrepresentations?

Last night, I was driving behind a truck that had a very official-looking sign like this: (Sign says, "WARNING STAY BACK 200 FT. NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR BROKEN WINDSHIELDS!") Some cursory Googling ...
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In the United States, do pedestrians always have right of way?

There appear to be three types of pedestrian crossings in the United States: Marked: an "official" crosswalk with some sort of markings or indication that it exists. Unmarked: According to wikipedia, ...
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Do you need to obey an obstructed traffic sign?

If a traffic sign is obstructed (for example, due to being overgrown by kudzu or because a telephone pole was placed in front of it) to the point of unreadability, do you still need to obey it? What ...
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Dashcam video contradicts officer's testimony in municipal traffic court, what are the consequences? How do you charge for perjury?

During a traffic court trial, a police officer's testimony contradicts dashcam video and leads to a guilty verdict. Can the officer be charged with perjury? Who charges the officer with perjury? How ...
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What happens if a driver refuses to sign a speeding ticket?

Hypothetical Facts A driver is pulled over for speeding. The officer writes a ticket and asks the driver to sign it. After questioned by the driver, the officer explains a signature is not an ...
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Can you get Discovery on an Austin TX traffic citation before requesting a trial / appearance?

In Austin, Texas, you are given several options for an alleged traffic speed violation, which, other than the Request Trial and the Pay options, include a Driving Safety course option, and a Deferred ...
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Is there a minimum speed limit on US hwy 60 in OK? Are bicycles legal on US hwy 60 in OK?

I had this experience about 4 years ago (which actually culminated a series of many similar experiences) where I was cycling my way back home (Missouri) from a bicycle trip to Cancun MX. In ...
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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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What are possible motives for avoiding insurance in an auto accident?

My parked car was involved in a hit and run accident outside of my house. Luckily, one of my neighbors saw the incident happen and the other driver ended up getting caught and cited by the police for ...
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Received a sticker on my car window on a private company car park

Quick story: I parked in my company car park (so I guess its private land), in a place where 'the bay is not marked'. I see many people parking in the same spot, and never have I seen a sticker on ...
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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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Emergency vehicle laws in the United States

In the United States it is commonly taught and practiced that when you see an emergency vehicle coming from behind you with its lights and/or siren going, you slow down and pull off to the right-hand ...
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Why doesn't the 4th Amendment apply to traffic stops?

Police have to search and seize your documentation in order to successfully execute a traffic stop. Isn't this a violation of the 4th Amendment?
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Are traffic signs on private property legally enforceable in Upstate NY?

Upstate NY here. You see them everywhere: private property parking lots (mall parking lots, Lowes/Target/Walmart parking lots, etc.) that have stop signs, handicap parking spaces, double yellow lines.....
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When, precisely, do speed limits change?

When do speed limits change? According to here it occurs at "the exact point of the sign", however this is not very precise. Is it when the front of the car passes the point or the rear of the car ...
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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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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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Is the Judge allowed to ask about your nationality or citizenship during a speeding ticket hearing?

I am of Indian origin, legally living in the United States. For my speeding ticket hearing, the Judge asked me in front of the entire court house; "Are you from Pakistan? I replied "no" with an answer,...
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Are parking tickets enforcable

In Arizona, there is red light / speeding cameras. When you are caught on one of the cameras, they send you a ticket via mail. Since the ticket was never 'served' to you, it is not enforceable, and ...
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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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Right of way between U-turning and Right-turning vehicles at traffic lights

At a traffic light controlled intersection, who has right of way between a U-turning vehicle and a right-turning vehicle? Consider the following cases, assuming no other applicable signage: Case 1 - ...
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Drinking (alcohol) in the passenger seat/backseat of a car/taxi in the States

My question is a fairly simple one, but consists of multiple clauses: Is it legal for you to drink in a car if you are not the person driving it? Is there (and if there is, what is it) a difference ...
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Car collision but no damage: Call the police?

Recently one of my friends was involved in a bumper related collision during a rainy day. The collision resulted in no damage to either car. Would my friend at, this point, have been able to: 1. ...
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Can I legally scrape data from a website for use in my app?

I'm working on a little app that need AIS boats data. Without cracking something I've found that a website give it: http://shipfinder.co/endpoint/shipDeltaUpdate.php?bounds=49.439658,0.061074,49....
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How can one gain access to isolated pockets of open access land?

What rights do members of the public have to access isolated areas of open access land, if any at all? That is to say areas of access land which are (i) not crossed by and do not adjoin any public ...
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Can you request Deferred Disposition in Austin TX after pleading Not Guilty?

Is it possible to request Deferred Disposition in Austin, Texas, on a moving violation (pdf) (2013), after having plead Not Guilty (and possibly having moved for Discovery)? Could this be done at any ...
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Why may liability be a hindrance to self-driving cars?

One aspect that has been barrier as a hindrance for the adoption of self-driving cars has been liability. For example: Who is responsible for a driverless car accident?, BBC News, 8 October 2015 ...
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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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What is the charge for minor hit and run?

A car scratches one parking and one standing car slightly (with less then 5mph speed) and drives off. Afterwards the police come and inspect the vehicle and take samples of the scratches. The person ...
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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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Legal to "drive" without a license [duplicate]

Simeone v. Lindsay, 65 Atl. 778, 779; Hannigan v. Wright, 63 Atl. 234, 236: The RIGHT of the citizen to DRIVE on the public street with freedom from police interference, unless he is engaged in ...
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