Questions tagged [traffic]

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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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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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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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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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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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