Questions tagged [traffic]

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In a rear-ending traffic violation, is the ticket dropped if the other party does not show up but the officer does?

I rear-ended someone and received a "failure to maintain safe distance" citation. I don't believe I'm at fault and am considering challenging it in court. I don't want to get an attorney or deal with ...
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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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Does a freight train need to obey a stop sign?

If a rail line runs down the middle of the street, does the driver of the train need to obey street signs? For example, if I'm driving a freight train down this stretch of Whitman Street, do I need ...
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Who is liable when a turning car “interferes” with bicycle going straight? (Pennsylvania)

Pennsylvania Vehicle Code section 3331e states that Interference with pedalcycles.--No turn by a driver of a motor vehicle shall interfere with a pedalcycle proceeding straight while operating in ...
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A motorcycle hit my car. He was speeding, I made a left turn on a double continuous line. Who is liable for what?

I was driving uphill on a 35mph limit road heading to a church wedding (Connecticut). Near the top of the hill, the parking lot was to the left. I signaled to turn and since no one was coming from the ...
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Is it legally considered texting and driving if you ask Siri to send a text for you?

Virtually every state has laws forbidding texting while driving. However, iOS devices have the ability to send text messages through the Voice-activated Siri (Android devices may have similar ...
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Do running lights satisfy laws requiring headlights be on when wipers are on?

Some cars have running lights (which are on whenever the engine is running). Some states have laws the require headlights be on when wipers are being used. Do running lights meet that requirement?
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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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When are NYC “Bus Only” lanes restricted to buses only?

Here is a video of a NYC taxi driver going up on 1st Ave catching green lights at every intersection from 1st to 125th St.* The driver spends a significant amount of time in a lane marked "BUS ONLY" ...
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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 long can an unmarked vehicle follow someone before discovering an infraction?

How many miles is an unmarked vehicle allowed to follow closely behind a car on the interstate in order to find some reason or traffic violation (e.g. illegal lane change)? Isn't there some case law ...
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Is it legal to ride a bicycle with a self-installed motor around California?

I'm going to California for a few weeks, largely the San Francisco and Los Angeles areas, and to save money (and time considering LA traffic) I plan to bring a bicycle with me and use that and public ...
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Do law enforcement agencies have to announce DUI checkpoints in advance?

What does the 1990 Supreme Court case out of Michigan which found sobriety checkpoints did not constitute a violation of the fourth amendment require, explicitly or implicitly as the case may be, in ...
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Fourth Amendment traffic stop followup question

This is a follow up question from why doesn't the 4th amendment apply to traffic stops. So, the current answer states that the 4th amendment applies to traffic stops, which makes sense to me. So ...
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As a new owner of a motorcycle, how many days can I wait before I purchase auto insurance in New York state?

In the NY State DMV website, I read that vehicle owners must register their vehicles within 180 days of the effective date on their Insurance ID Cards. But how many days can I wait before I get my ...
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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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How is a bicyclist regarded in a road rage incident with a bus?

I was on a bicycle. A bus was tailgating me and honking his horn. When we stopped at light I twisted his mirror around. Did I commit any crimes? Driver was trying to scare me or he was just a ...
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Can software legally collect information on it's users without disclosing that it is doing so?

I am a software engineer and I am currently working with a little bit of software security related research. The project I am working with touches the subject of Computer Game Cheating Software (...
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Who has to yield when waiting at the median lane in Florida?

It will be best to illustrate it. The red car was turning left from the bottom of the picture and is waiting on the median until the traffic is clear to enter the lane. The yellow car is coming from ...
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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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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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Right of way: U-turn vs right turn (Illinois)

This is basically the exact same question as this question, but for Illinois, USA. I witnessed a car waiting to turn right at a red light and then began to turn during a break in traffic and was ...
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Do Prisoner Vehicles Transportations Stop At Red Light?

In Indonesia, whenever prisoner vehicle transportation passed, they always drive in a row and honk loudly whenever they get stuck. Is there any law about whether they could run red light? Is there any ...
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Is the area in front of shops considered a pedestrian zone / crosswalk?

In an outdoor mall setting with many shops along road, is the area in front of each shop entrance considered a crosswalk where pedestrians have a right-of-way, even if unmarked? An incident today got ...
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Who has right of way at an intersection with two stop signs across from each other?

The traffic on the main road (with no stop signs) of course has first right of way. Suppose two cars are across from each other turning onto the main road. One is turning right and one is turning ...
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Under California law, where are all the unmarked crosswalks located?

As I understand, "unmarked crosswalk" refers to any area implicitly defined by the law as a crosswalk. For example, an unmarked crosswalk usually exists where one road meets another. CVC 21949-21971 ...
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Non-Legally binding tickets, License plate lookup in Calgary, Alberta, Canada legal?

My university in this city, hands out non-legally binding tickets (tickets they print themselves with no connection to the city) for people who park without paying. I have done this a few times while ...
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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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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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Fined and suspended license for not appearing on court when driver did not knew about it

This was an actual situation I witnessed, but I am doing the question in a generic format to avoid identifying parties. Background: A driver was on a highway above the speed limit. The driver was ...
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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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Traffic ticket was never received by court, but I have to check on it forever

I received a traffic ticket. It's been a month and the court has still not received the ticket. I have been calling every few days, and they tell me to call again in a few days everytime. The court ...
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In what circumstances are police able to stop the traffic for a convoy?

A bit of context: Yesterday I was near oxford street, near a T junction that has traffic lights. A few policemen in motorbikes, using whistles (not sirens) stopped in coming traffic and allowed two ...
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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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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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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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Video Recording Cops

I was wondering of the USA legalities of maintaining recorded video with audio when it comes to cops pulling you over while driving for whatever reason? I wasn't sure if you have to verbally tell ...
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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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Are gated communities legal in Canada?

Wikipedia states: (link) Neighbourhoods with "physical" or explicit gating with security checkpoints and patrols are extremely rare, being absent in some of Canada's richest neighbourhoods such ...
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If an emergency vehicle approaches from ahead while I am driving on a two-lane road with no shoulder, what am I obligated to do?

This morning, I was driving along a road that had one lane going each way. There was no shoulder; to my right was just a field. Up ahead, there was an emergency vehicle coming toward me.
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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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Is it an offence to ignore a portable traffic light

This is a question about laws regarding traffic lights in the UK. When companies are carrying out works on or near roads they sometimes put up their own lights to control traffic and keep it flowing....
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How to fight citation for expired license plates in Washington State?

Couple of weeks ago I was pulled over by Highway Patrol trooper in Bellevue, WA. He gave me citation for expired expired license plates (they expired in August, and I've got citation in December). It ...
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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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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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Is it legal to cover over a slogan on a license plate?

Suppose you had a state slogan on your license plate, and you disliked it. Would it be legal for you to paint over it, or otherwise cover it? (Say, "Ski Utah" or "Water Winter Wonderland," if you ...
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Is it allowed for the driver to eat in the car? (not alcoholic)

I eat my breakfast in my car (when I am driving to my work office). I am wondering if it is illegal or not? Extra information: I live in Ontario, Canada. Also, I am interested to know if it is ...
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Is there a law against leaving the engine running in a parked vehicle?

So let's say the scenario is people parking on a public road in close proximity to homes (no gardens or footpath between houses and road), and waiting for 10-20 minutes with their engines running. ...
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Is a traffic ticket an arrest?

If a police officer gives a motorist a traffic ticket, is that technically considered an arrest? I know that some police behaviors are as follows: Detaining — with reasonable suspicion Investigating ...
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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 ...