Questions tagged [traffic]

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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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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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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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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 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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Citation when trying to go to the mechanic to fix the flat tire. Part 2.

I was in Massachusetts and had flat tires and was going to the mechanic to fix them. The police gave me a citation for "negligent operation of vehicles". I now find out that it has criminal ...
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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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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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Who pays if a pedestrian knocks me off my motorbike?

I live in UK and it seems that for most pedestrians and cyclists road signs are just a decoration. I often had pedestrians dash through red lights, even if I have engaged the crossing. Being on a ...
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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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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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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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Right of way: U-turn vs right turn (California)

I see this all the time, and it's often a topic of debate among friends. I'm curious to know what the answer is. I can see it going either way. Car at red light making right turn and another car ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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If someone hits your car while deliberately trying to stop you from merging in very slow traffic who is at fault?

On the highway typically you are at fault as you should merge only when it is safe and after signaling. I.E. the person who hit you cannot be held responsible for you choosing to merge without ...
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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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Pedestrian Hit because Stopped in Crosswalk

There was a Reddit discussion about this gif, which shows an accident involving a man stopped at a crosswalk who is basically invisible from a distance due to a bright light. Some are saying the ...
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Can a not-at-fault driver w/out required auto insurance sue for auto accident damages?

Can a not-at-fault driver w/out required auto insurance sue for auto accident damages? The question came up while watching two different TV judges making different decisions in very similar cases: one ...
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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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Is it legal to flee the scene of an accident to get help?

Let's say that I'm in an car accident in which the driver of the other vehicle is injured. I originally stop to render aid and do what little I can to help the other driver, but they appear to have ...
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Are Fast Lanes Legal?

I've seen plenty of signs that say things like "Slower Traffic Keep Right," in fact some of them even threaten a fine if you disobey. So I think it is fair to assert that the US Department of ...
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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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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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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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Does Double Jeopardy apply to civil cases?

Once upon a time I was issued TWO citations for the same instance of illegally parking my car. One citation came from the property owner (it was a private pay-to-park lot), and the other came from the ...
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Sovereign Citizen Obstruction Behaviour

In the United States, what is the obligation of a police officer to tolerate the Sovereign Citizen obstruction game, lecturing the Officer about the Law and asking questions whose only purpose is to ...
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Involved in a hit and run where I didn't know there was a hit and left the scene. What now? [closed]

I was involved in an accident, but I didn't know it happened. Another driver merged into the lane I was in aggressively and made contact with my car, but between me honking, yelling(as most probably ...
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Are “safe distance” citations handled on a case-by-case basis? (USA)

I've always been told that when you come to a red light or stop sign, to stop far enough behind the car in front of you so that you can see the bottom of their back tires. While a good general rule, I ...
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What can I do about angry drivers as a bicyclist?

I live in Berkeley, CA, and I often bike to the nearest grocery store along a designated "bicycle boulevard". The street is mostly residential. I try to keep as near to the sidewalk as is ...
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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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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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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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Can I be fined for the intention to commit a traffic violation, after the police prevented me from carrying through?

After having stopped at a red traffic light, seeing the intersection empty, I was about to get on by bike and turn right when a police officer behind me informed me that doing so would mean a €100 ...
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Is it really a traffic stop? Was I operating the vehicle?

I was at a gas station parking lot. The vehicle is registered under my name. My license plate is revoked in the state of Kansas for 3 years. The tags were not able to be seen due to mud covering the ...
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What happens to a minor who gets into a traffic accident during driver's training?

Hypothetically: What happens to a minor who gets into a traffic accident during driver's training? Clearly her fault. Driving the instructor's car with him sitting right by her. Ideally he would ...