Questions tagged [traffic]

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Does the freedom of information act allow for bulk data requests?

The freedom of information act in my state (Michigan) seems to be written in a way that favor's "per record" requests. However, in order to show a trend in one direction or another bulk data must be ...
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What is the law regarding crossing the street on a red light as a pedestrian?

What is the law regarding crossing the street on red (as a pedestrian) If a car takes a red, that is a driving violation and they get a ticket... I'm asking about pedestrians, specifically in NYC it ...
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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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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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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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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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Crosswalk question regarding entry point into crosswalk

I live in the state of Florida but I am asking this as a general question. I often wondered this. Suppose I was on my motorcycle and only had a few minutes more to get to work but when I got very ...
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What is the speed limit in a school zone the moment it becomes active?

Let's say a vehicle enters an inactive school zone going exactly the speed limit of 30mph. Then the school zone (20mph) turns on while the vehicle is still inside. What is the current speed limit ...
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What is a court application?

I have admitted liability for an accident involving myself (a cyclist) and another car but dispute the amount the claimant has requested. I have hence decided to let the court decide on the amount I ...
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Can a claimant rely on an estimate of cost incurred rather than actual costs?

I am the defendant in a case where I cycled my bike into an oncoming car. The claimant is asking me to pay him an estimate of the costs he required to fix the car (carried out by an expert witness-a ...
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Where are North Carolina U-Turn and other traffic laws written when not found in the General Statute?

North Carolina General Statute Chapter 20 - Motor Vehicles mentions a U-Turn only once. In § 20-140.3 (page 401): On those sections of highways which are or become a part of the National System of ...
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Can I cross the road?

Scenario (see mostly accurate diagram below): normal road with traffic lights for cars (horizontal) no traffic lights for cars (vertical) horizontal traffic lights are red (cars stopped) cars going ...
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When did the speed limit on this road change?

Here is a diagram of a section of road I drive on to work (traveling top-to-bottom) The last sign on my way out of town (shown in the top left of the picture) says "SPEED LIMIT 45". A couple of ...
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How can I object to a traffic fine subsequently when I didn't know the formalities?

On a recent visit to Belgium, I was fined for an alleged traffic offence as a pedestrian. In brief, I didn't notice an order by hand signal, because it was given outside my field of view. I doubt that ...
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Intimidating driver on rural road

I'm not sure if this is a question for this SA site or if it should be on Interpersonal Skills SA. I live on a dead end rural road, that is about two miles long. A neighbor kid, who lives about 3/4 of ...
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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 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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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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In what circumstances are police able to stop the traffic for a convoy?

A bit of context: Yesterday I was near Oxford Street, London, near to a T junction that has traffic lights. A few police officers on motorbikes, using whistles (not sirens), stopped oncoming traffic ...
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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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In California, who has right of way when two cars try to get to the same lane at same time?

In a highway with 3 lanes, if a car driving in the left lane and another car driving in the right lane decide at same time to change lane to the middle lane, who has the right of way? In Texas, ...
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Traffic court processing time

I received 2 tickets nearly 13 years ago in Alabama. I went to prison on unrelated charges. I just got out, I tried to get my driver license, found out they are suspended because of the tickets. I ...
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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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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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Right Turn on Red with No Sign Visible [closed]

I made a right turn on red onto a major drive in Atlanta, GA. The police officer who pulled me over wrote the wrong intersection on the ticket which did have a 'no right turn on red sign, however, ...
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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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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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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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Can 2 cars go at the same time at a stop sign?

The first car stops at the stops sign line and then pulls up to the edge of the road at an intersection. The second car stops at the stop sign line behind the first car. When the traffic is clear is ...
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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 a judge put me under oath for closing statements?

For a municipal traffic ticket trial in USA, can a judge put me under oath as I am about to give a closing statement? I declined to testify and accepted to give a closing statement instead. The judge ...
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Am I required to report my Multiple Sclerosis to the DMV?

I was recently told that in every state, you must report to the DMV if you have MS. However, I can not find anything to verify this. Is this correct? Specifically, I live in Alabama, but would be ...
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What can I do if police did not record video in car dashcam for a traffic ticket in NJ, USA?

Are police required to record in car dashcam video for traffic tickets in NJ, USA? A town in NJ said not all of their police cars record video. Is there any way to find out if they aren’t telling the ...
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Responsibility for causing damage to someone else's car when there is no collision

In order to avoid collision with the driver of a car who made a wildly optimistic illegal left turn, I had to push my brake pedal all the way to the floor and stop far more suddenly then one would in ...
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Am I responsible for this car accident?

It is an accident that nearly occurred. It is in UK; so cars go on the left. I was standing at a junction, and there was busy traffic on my right. Occasionally, there are cars turning left, and I 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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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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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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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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Do drivers have a right to remain in their vehicle? [duplicate]

If stopped by a police officer, do drivers have a right to remain in their vehicle? I’m unable to find any specific RCW regulation for Washington state. I feel that a person, not the subject of ...
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Photo Moving Violation Tickets in DC [closed]

I was driving my Out of State car in DC last year ( actually the car is in my Wife's Name but we are both listed as drivers on the Insurance Policy) when a Photo Camera issued 2 tickets for moving ...
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How much testimony is necessary to prove beyond reasonable doubt for traffic stops?

How much testimony of an officer is necessary for traffic stop in USA to prove beyond a reasonable doubt? How specific does the officer's observation have to be? For a failure to maintain lamp ...
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Can California counties make their own traffic laws?

The state lays out traffic laws pretty clearly, but our county has some specific traffic needs (winter/snow issues). We're looking at having flasing green on recovery vehicles on route to their jobs. ...
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Where can one find authoritative answers and explanations of traffic laws?

Who can answer US traffic law questions authoritatively? Does someone in the government answer questions about laws or do we only find out in court? For example, can we expect answers from someone ...
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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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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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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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Increased speed limit and decreased speed limit signs located ~1/3 mile apart on opposite side of road. When is it legal to increase speed?

Sorry for the confusing title, this is kind of hard to describe. I just moved to western MA. In my new town, there is this road where on one side, the speed limit goes from 40 to 30, but on the other ...
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Is it a violation to stop at a light in such a way as to prevent Cyclists from passing (USA)?

Hopped over to Bikes.SE to read the claim that "In some Jurisdictions, it is legal for bikes to pass on the right." Is this even true? If it is true, then I'd like to know if the following event I ...