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Pleading guilty for a moving violation from several years ago. Points still apply? NYC

I received a ticket for a moving violation back in 2015, in Brooklyn, NY, and recruited a local law firm to help me fight this traffic ticket. The firm's strategy was to keep postponing the hearing ...
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I received a notice of toll violation, but I believe I paid my tolls. How to dispute? [closed]

I visited Illinois at the end of last year. I used Google maps to route my trip and made sure to stop by every toll booth indicated on the way. I received a notice of toll violation, though. Looking ...
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Friend had a right of way accident in a parking lot entrance

In Charleston, SC. What is the speed limit in a parking lot? My friend was cited for failure to yield right of way entering a commercial (grocery store strip mall) parking lot as another driver was ...
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Insurer charging both parties an excess

2 cars collide in a minor collision. The drivers are both insured with the same insurance company and both have comprehensive insurance. The insurance company comes up with a determination that both ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 police officer advocate for the state or argue underlying law in a civil infraction with no prosecutor

Can a police officer advocate for the state or argue underlying law in a civil infraction with no prosecutor? I recently came across this statement by an attorney and was wondering its origins in case ...
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Is There a Legal Distance to Slow Down After Passing a Speed Limit Sign of a Lower Speed? [MA]

I recently moved to Western Massachusetts from New Hampshire, where speed limit changes of 10+ MPH are always marked with "reduced speed ahead" signs. According to the Massachusetts government website:...
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Can plaintiff and defendant both want the same thing (court order)

My friend recently sold his car to me and left the country (United States). We did not notarize the title and now (NC)DMV refuses to transfer the title to me. My friend is not coming back to the US to ...
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What would be the default speed limit for a highway in Texas in this case?

A 2 lane road is enhanced, widened and expanded to 6 lanes. it goes through a small town. The previous speed limit on that road was 55 mph. After the new road is finished the speed limit signs are ...
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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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Research basis for left-lane passing laws

-- Question -- Does anyone have links to research indicating that: impeding the flow of traffic in the left-most lane causes more accidents than speeding. -- Context -- I want to drive at or ...
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Is it legal to build your own car navigational system?

I am trying to build my own car navigational system and vehicle informational system. I am in North Carolina so NC G.S. § 20-136.1 is the main reference point I am starting from. This just explains ...
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May One Turn Left at a Stop Sign When the Car in the Left Street Is Turning Right? (diagram provided)

After stopping at the stop-sign at a 4-way intersection (2-way stop), is it legal to turn left if the car on the left is turning right? I am asking about New Jersey law in particular. Please provide ...
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Is a police car parked perpendicular to the road (with flashing lights) sufficient by itself to legally establish road closure to all traffic?

Is a police car parked perpendicular to the road (with flashing lights) sufficient by itself to legally establish road closure to all traffic -- including non-thru (i.e. local) traffic to a residence ...
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How a criminal speeding citation of 104 mph in a 75 mph zone will affect my immigration status (F1 visa)?

I recently received a criminal speeding citation for driving at 104 mph in 75 mph zone in Arizona. I have clean driving history without any prior citation or accident. I am an international citizen on ...
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Can “No Thru Traffic” signs be enforced in New Hampshire

I was reading an article that said in California "No Thru Traffic" signs cannot legally be enforced (aside from the temporary ones used for construction work). I searched Google but cannot find ...
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Vienna Contract on Road Traffic - can I take my E-Bike (Moped) abroad?

I did some research on that topic, but it did not really become clear to me. Situation: I live in Switzerland. Switzerland did not declare to treat Mopeds as Motor Cycles - Article 54 (2). My fast ...
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What are the restrictions of a probationary driver's license in New Jersey for a 28-year-old

I'm having a hard time understanding what restrictions New Jersey puts on a probationary driver's license for someone who is 28 years old, as most of the explanations online are geared towards ...
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In the United States, is one legally obligated to display vehicle registration in a parking lot?

Per every state law, it's required that every vehicle parked or driven on public roadways displays registration (ie. a license plate), except per certain exemptions (police, military vehicles, etc). ...
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What type of 3 lane roadway is being described in 625 ILCS 5/11-709

In Illinois law 625 ILCS 5/11-709 subsection? b there is text that states the following: (b) Upon a roadway which is divided into 3 lanes and provides for two-way movement of traffic, a vehicle shall ...
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How do I find the correct fine/fee/bail for a municipal code parking violation?

I received a citation for San Jose Municipal Code 11.36.290 which is for parking a commercial vehicle over 10,000 pounds in a residential area. The fine was for $490, as well as the inclusion of a ...
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Speed bumps on public ways illegal in Massachusetts?

I had the recollection that it was illegal in Massachusetts to have speed bumps in public ways, however, on searching the laws today I could find no statute to that effect. Is there such statute? Am ...
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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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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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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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Is there a minimum speed limit on US hwy 60 in OK? Are bicycles legal on US hwy 60 in OK?

I had this experience about 4 years ago (which actually culminated a series of many similar experiences) where I was cycling my way back home (Missouri) from a bicycle trip to Cancun MX. In ...
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Am I liable for a school zone speeding ticket in New York State when blinking lights don't have a notice sign?

Long story short, I have received six citations for speeding in a school zone posted 15 MPH. I received my first citation in the mail two weeks after the event occurred, thus, I racked up six tickets ...
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Is it legal for me to violate traffic rules in a non-emergency situation if traffic flow is stopped?

The other day I was on a small-ish two lane road where traffic in the other lane was traveling in the other direction. I came upon an unattended stopped car with it's emergency blinkers on blocking ...
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Accident with a truck stopped on the road side to do road work with no sign

Today I had an accident with a truck stopped on the roadside for doing some road work with no signs showing that. Only the flashers were on. My question is Should that truck have had. Only the ...
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How does the US legal system treat car accidents with pedestrian casualties?

2 years ago in Bosnia and Herzegovina, a guy was driving 105 km/h (max allowed 60) through red light and killed two teenage girls on crosswalk. He didn't even bother to stop. Instead, he called his ...
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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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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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Do you have to answer questions in English when pulled over?

When you have been pulled-over when operating a vehicle on public property (i.e. a highway), do you have to communicate with the officer in English in (Arizona) United States of America? I understand ...
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Can I sell my license plate tabs to someone else if I no longer need them?

I just moved from one state to a bordering state. I had bought license plate tabs for 2020 in the original state. I had yet to apply the tabs to my original state plates, so they are unused. I just ...
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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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Friend wants to put me on his insurance, how can this bite me in the ass if we get into an accident?

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON STATE, PIERCE COUNTY, TACOMA CITY I have a house mate who is disabled due to a stroke and cannot drive his car. He suggested to me that I can drive his car and in return i ...
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How to show an officer your insurance card?

When a police officer pulls you over, they always ask for the standard trifecta of documents; license registration, and proof of insurance. In ye olden days of yore, insurance companies used to mail ...
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Should I let someone overtake my car if there is not enough space to do it?

This question came up in my driver license test (in Japan). I found this question hard to answer because not allowing someone to overtake you may cause an accident (after all, you may be mistaken ...
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Who has the right of way

I'm traveling down a 2 lane road. I come to a stop sign and want to turn left onto a highway with NO stop sign. The car behind me, traveling the same direction as me is turning right. There is ...
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Who has right of way between a legal u-turn vs car driving out of a parking lot as per Texas rules?

A car stopped in a left-only lane (not a traffic signal/intersection) on a main street and was making a u-turn (it is not prohibited) and no-through traffic from the opposite side. The car turns and ...
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Cyclist contacts overtaking car - who is at fault?

Say a car narrowly overtakes a cyclist who at that moment starts to signal that they want to turn by extending their arm outwards toward the car. The car left so little room that the cyclist ...
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traffic stop, do you have to give id if no crime was commited?

If you are involved in a traffic stop where the officer can not provide you with a crime you have committed or a ordinance you have broken is the officer allowed (legally) to ask/demand your id? ...
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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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Does the hit and run statutes also apply for accidents in private property in California?

I know that a hit and run is a misdemeanor in California when there are only property damages, but does this also applies to a collision in a private property? How is a typical bump in a parking lot ...
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What motions to file or action to take with an uncooperative court clerk?

I've filed pro se motions in traffic cases before, but this case has me stumped. I was stopped and ticketed for a minor traffic violation of texting while driving and received a court date. When I ...