Questions tagged [traffic]

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If a signal person in California tells me to kill someone, do I have to do so?

According to California sample written driving test (problem 6): You see a signal person at a road construction site ahead. You should obey his or her instructions: A. Only if you see orange cones ...
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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 have to obey English-only traffic signs in Toronto?

Canada is bilingual, yet some major metros like the Greater Toronto Area have all of their traffic signs in English only, without a French duplicate. Is this legal or not? Do you have to respect ...
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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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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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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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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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Is it illegal to put a license plate from another province on the front of your vehicle in Alberta?

In Alberta you are only required to have one plate on the rear of your vehicle. However, many people will put a decorative plate on the front, just for fun, usually a flag, or a sports team, but you ...
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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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What happens if you are pulled over for speeding but not given a ticket?

This is probably a duplicate question, but I'm very freaked out about what happened. I apologize if it is. I'm a teenager who just got pulled over for the first time (unbeknownst to be, the on-ramp ...
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Signal violation in vehicle not owned by driver

Guy runs a red light in a vehicle he doesn't own. Owner gets all the information and a slip to identify the driver. Can the owner just send a letter like this and have the violation(s) dropped: I, ...
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Simple techniques to take away from police officer's credibility

Are there any simple and easy methods to try to detract from a police officer's credibility? I'm interested in the US legal system. Example When challenging a traffic ticket, you can take notes or ...
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What does “using an electronic communication device” mean?

I was stopped for holding my phone while driving; I was listening to a podcast on speaker, and the phone was locked. In 625 ILCS 5/12-610.2, subsection (b) says A person may not operate a motor ...
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How to win against a moving violation ticket that was issued different than what I had allegedly committed?

I was stopped by an officer that claimed I sped over a 30mph speed limit. When he saw that I have a radar detector, he proceeded to "cut me a break" and gave me a ticket for "failed to signal" (but I ...
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In Ohio, what is the speed limit on an on-ramp?

One time, on a long, straight, downhill on-ramp to an interstate highway, there was a cop pointing his laser at the cars that were going down the ramp on their way to enter the highway. The speed ...
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Can a traffic citation be issued solely off of witness account?

In general, one driver reporting the plates of another is not likely to result in a citation being issued. Even if a citation were to be issued, I'd assume the initial caller would be required to ...
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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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Can a judge increase the speed on a traffic ticket?

I had a trial de novo today for a 22349(a), cited for 80 mph. At court when discussing the case, the officer gave his introductory statement and alleged that his radar clocked me at 90 mph but that he ...
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Are there laws prohibiting people from obstructing the view of an unmarked radar?

In Australia sometimes on the side of a straight stretch of road you'll see a car park parallel to the road. More often than not, these have radar that is used to catch people speeding. The other day,...
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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 I require all communications with police to be written?

Suppose I was being spoken to by an officer during a traffic stop. Can I choose to respond to him only in writing? (To be clear, I am able to speak.) My question is: If you are able to respond ...
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I am trying to renew my NJ Drivers License

I am trying to renew my NJ Drivers License but have problems regarding proof of address. I am a Catholic Priest who belongs to a Religious Order, ( the Franciscans) and I do not have a credit card or ...
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If livestock damages my car on a public road, is the owner liable? (UK)

I live in England in the UK. I frequently commute to work via a scenic country route. Sometimes a farmer marches his livestock down one of the public roads. The cars stop on one side and the farmer ...
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Is it legal to drive a vehicle with the driver wheel on the opposite side?

A few years ago I was in Belgium for a music show. Given that the singer was famous, people came from other countries, including buses from the UK. Naturally the driver seat on an UK registered bus is ...
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Can you charge someone with perjury during a traffic stop

If a dashcam shows one party is 100% at fault, but they tell the officer at the scene another story and tells it very loudly (like volume vindicates their guilt), can we charge the driver with perjury?...
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If someone is accidentally killed by someone who is texting and driving, what is the penalty and charge?

If someone is texting and driving and a pedestrian walks out in front of them on a side street and dies, what will the driver be charged with and what is the penalty?
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Is it legal to damage a vehicle that drives through a crosswalk while you're in it?

If a vehicle travels through a crosswalk while a pedestrian is in the crosswalk (assuming the law in the applicable jurisdiction states that a vehicle must stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk), is ...
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A hypothetical accident: charges, verdict, sentencing

In my speculative fiction work-in-progress (sorry about the fantasy elements :), but to be frank, superhero prose is a hard sell and I need some weirdness like this to interest the suits in publishing)...
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Are NYPD fleet license plates legal?

I've noticed that the NYPD uses some sort of custom fleet license plate such as that seen below. I was able to find this reference that states: No person shall operate, drive or park a motor ...
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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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What is the minimum speed limit?

I was wondering if there was a minimum speed limit? I.e. if the speed limit is for example 60, is there a limit to how slow I can go before it counts as breaking the road rules? Is it relative to each ...
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Who has the right of way at an intersection next to a parking lot in Canada?

Suppose you pull up to an intersection and you want to make a turn, but there's a parking lot next to you that feeds out onto the same street you're trying to turn onto, or you're trying to pull out ...
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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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UK: Legality of horse racing on the highway

Is there a specific law against the racing of horses on public highways? The route of the A1304 from Newmarket to Six Mile Bottom has a long history of horse racing going back to its probable ...
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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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Question about a ticket cost

Last week I was issued a ticket for "Operating Vehicle While Texting/Reading/Typing". It was a bs ticket since I had just pulled out of a parking lot and was merely plugging my phone in to charge it. ...
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Is it legal to ride in the open bed of a pickup truck?

A few years ago a police officer told me it’s not legal for me to ride in the bed of a pickup truck (this is in Michigan and I was well over 18 years old). He “let it go” because it was a short ride ...
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Using a tractor/4 wheeler/mower or like as a means of travel with out a drivers license

I find myself in a part of the US (NY Adirondacks) where travelling anywhere requires a vehicle of some kind and yet it is prohibitively expensive to buy, register, insure and maintain a vehicle and ...
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Driving through a red after traffic lights have been broken

A situation happened to me today that got me thinking. I live in Victoria, Australia. I was driving and entered an intersection on a green light to make a turn. I waited until there was no oncoming ...
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What is the latest that one can enter into a right/left-only lane in order to make a turn at the intersection in NYC?

Busy streets lanes near an intersection sometimes have arrow markings such as "straight only", and "right/left only": If you are on the "straight only" lane, when is the latest that you may enter ...
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Driving on suspended license

I got a ticket for driving on suspended license. I appeared for arraignment but the court did not have any record of it. How long does the officer have to file that ticket in the state of Michigan.
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Can one make a right turn at the intersection if there is a right turn slip lane?

If someone didn't see the right turn slip lane in time, could they make a right turn at the intersection? I'd like to know whether this is legal in California.
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In Victoria are the police allowed to speed to pull over a car that is not attempting to escape from them?

This question is only concerned with the law in Victoria (Australia). Let's say the traffic police spot a car, which is travelling at the speed limit, that they want to stop and question but the ...
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Can I roam around the City at Midnight just to spend the time?

Do I have the rights to roam or drive my motorcycle around my city in India at midnight just to pass the time? I am from Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu in India.
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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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Is it legal for police to use their lights to go through a red light?

Many of us have seen this. A police car stops at a red light and after ten seconds with no cross-traffic, they put their lights on only (no siren) drive across the intersection against the red light, ...
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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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Does a speeder have the right of way?

You’re driving the speed limit in a U.S. state with an absolute speed limit (e.g., Florida). You need to change lanes. A vehicle behind you in that lane is exceeding the speed limit. Who has the right ...
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Speeding Ticket and Argument with Judge and Police Officer

I received a speeding ticket and plan to stretch the time out to the maximum and sign to deny and take it to court. I'm told I may end up having to pay even more for the ticket if I do this ...

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