Questions tagged [traffic]

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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 ...
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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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Do speed-limit signs on portable speed displays have legal force?

As a traffic-calming measure, the local police department will place portable "your speed is" radar units in various places. These have a display showing your current speed and, below it, an ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 is legally responsible for the traffic signage of a drive thru that intersects a sidewalk?

So here is the setup: Drivers keep coming in through the oneway drive thru even though the "do no enter" sign is there. Although, to the credit of the people who do this, the sign is a bit high off ...
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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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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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Jaywalking and Wrong way

As an extension of this question, I am wondering about occurrences I see often on my street. I live on a one way street that is relatively quiet so people have no qualms about stepping off the curb ...
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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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Will I get pulled over for driving a car in Washington if I bought the a brand new car in Oregon with no license plate?

I just bought a brand new car from a dealership that was located in Oregon and currently have to wait 2 weeks for the license plates for some reason. I will be driving the car in Washington state. The ...
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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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Applying for PHD in Florida. Application question

State: Florida Subject: Applying for PHD programs in Florida Question on Application: "Have you recieved disciplinary action?" "Have you ever been arrested for, been convicted of, or entered a plea ...
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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 I legally drive over speed limits in medical emergencies?

Say one had a pregnant wife that was going into labor: I've already called for an ambulance, However: They are far away from reaching me. So in order to reach them faster: We jump into a car and drive ...
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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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Can you be given a too-close-to-stop-sign citation if area was unmarked?

If there is a nice spot on a city street in Austin, Texas, and a lot of cars often park there without getting any tickets, and it is not marked with the no-parking-here-to-corner sign (even though the ...
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Speed Zone Studies and 85th Percentile Speed in Texas

If you have a speeding ticket in Texas, how exactly could a Speed Zone Study help to defend against the citation? If the ticket says, for example, 80 mph in a 70 on an interstate (which is the lowest ...
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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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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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Can you be penalized for pleading not guilty if you're found guilty?

If you plead not guilty on a traffic ticket in New York City. If at the court hearing you are found guilty, is it possible for them to penalize you or charge you interest for the time elapsed since ...
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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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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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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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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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Is a child car seat required in California cabs?

I have heard that it is ok to not have a child car seat if you are coming / going to an Airport. I googled it and found conflicting opinions. Is it allowed as per law to not use child car seat in a ...
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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 to do if your car inspection sticker expires?

What should you do if your inspection sticker expires while you're outside the United States? How will you take your car to the inspection center once you get back home if you're not allowed to drive? ...
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E-Z Pass violation code and law description?

E-Z Pass is an electronic toll collection company in the East Coast of the USA. I have an account with them, and it works great. I forgot to update my credit-card and the account was not able to ...
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Can you be found guilty of unsafe speed for conditions if no unusual conditions existed? [closed]

How can you be guilty of driving at an unsafe speed for conditions after an officer testifies in his own words in response to certain questions that you were maintaining a safe distance from the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Implications with states that classify traffic infractions as misdemeanors

It appears that some states, for example, Wyoming, classify most traffic infractions as misdemeanors. Does it imply that someone who has committed a 5 mph speeding in such a state is technically a ...
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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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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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