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Why would someone get a fine when using a disabled parking space when the disabled person is not in the car?

There isn't any indication in that news story that the disabled son was anywhere nearby. I agree the situation you describe sounds like a legitimate use of the placard, but it seems in this situation, ...
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Flashing the emergency lights at a vehicle to dim the headlights

depending on the Jurisdiction, you actually were in violation of law! In germany it is a misdemeanor to drive with the high beams on in such a fashion that it blinds or dazzles other road traffic, ...
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What does "Have you been drinking?" really mean?

'Have you been drinking?' isn't a question with a strictly defined legal meaning. It's the opening gambit in a conversation intended to assess whether it's worth proceeding to a sobriety test. And ...
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Is it legal for a group of drivers to completely "fill" a roundabout?

They are impeding traffic, a Class D traffic violation. Oregon Traffic Code 811.130: Impeding traffic; penalty. (1) A person commits the offense of impeding traffic if the person drives a motor ...
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Do you need a driver's license to travel in the U.S.?

There is no basis for the view that requiring a driver's license is unconstitutional. First, it's critical to realize that a right to travel has nothing whatsoever to do with licensing drivers. A ...
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Do you need a driver's license to travel in the U.S.?

Yes, you are allowed to travel in a motor vehicle without a driver's license, as long as you are not driving the vehicle.
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If my speedometer breaks without my knowledge, would I be responsible if I broke the speed limit by a small amount?

Yes, you would be responsible. Maintaining the vehicle in a state that enables compliance with the law is the owner's responsibility, and it is a driver's responsibility to comply with the speed limit....
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Who is responsible if a customer does not specify location to taxi driver?

It could be the passenger's problem or the taxi's problem When these sorts of breakdowns in communications happen in specifying contract terms then either or both parties can be at fault. If the ...
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What does "Have you been drinking?" really mean?

Words and sentences have their ordinary meaning, unless a special meaning has been assigned by the legislature or (sort of) by the courts. The legislature may therefore specifically define "...
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What possible penalties can there be for failing to comply with rule 286 of the UK highway code?

Rule 286 states: If you are involved in a collision which causes damage or injury to any other person, vehicle, animal or property, you MUST stop. If possible, stop in a place of relative safety (...
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Can a new driver legally drive themselves while waiting for their license card to be mailed to them?

No, she cannot 42-2-101(3), C.R.S. provides: “No person shall drive any motor vehicle upon a highway in this state unless such person has in his or her immediate possession a current driver’s or ...
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Has a common law defence ever held water?

I haven't found any cases where this defence has worked. I strongly suspect that that's because it never has. Every piece of advice I've read on this unsurprisingly suggests you'd be a fool to attempt ...
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Meter maid in San Francisco blocks the way, and issues the parking ticket while the driver is present

The California Vehicle Code defines parking as: “Park or parking” shall mean the standing of a vehicle, whether occupied or not, otherwise than temporarily for the purpose of and while actually ...
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Flashing the emergency lights at a vehicle to dim the headlights

In Texas, there is actually precedent specifically stating that failure to dim lights is cause to pull you over. From State v. McCray, 986 S.W.2d 259 (1998) (emphasis mine): On November 15, 1997, ...
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Has a common law defence ever held water?

No. These theories are legally unrecognisable. The concept of governance by consent is misapplied, as is the 'private corporation' nonsense; almost all of Magna Carta has been repealed; Black's is ...
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No Blinker in a Left Turn Lane: Is It Illegal?

It's legal The Ohio Court of Appeals has addressed a nearly identical situation in State v. Paseka. The relevant law is, as you noted in the question, R.C. 4511.39, which states, in relevant part: No ...
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Parking Ticket while parked in our driveway

I'm assuming you are talking about something like this You didn't specify where you live, but in many places it is illegal to block the sidewalk with a car. I just looked up my local ordinances and ...
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Being charged with driving while impaired, in the state of Minnesota? While prescribed desoxyn

Assuming you mean methamphetamine, then the answer is no. It is illegal to drive with any amount of methamphetamine in one's body. The main Minnesota law on driving while impaired (DWI) is Section ...
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DUI question with keyless ignition

Pennsylvania is one state sometimes cited as having such a law, but the law does not refer to "keys in the ignition", instead, An individual may not drive, operate or be in actual physical ...
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What types of speed radar detectors are illegal in France?

I am not a lawyer; I am not your lawyer In France, the Code de la Route (Article R413-15) outlaws the possession of devices that detect or disturb, or are intended to detect or disturb, the operation ...
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What laws are there regarding being pulled over by an unmarked cop car/undercover cop?

In most states you are required to pull over to the side of the road and come to a stop for any vehicle displaying flashing red and/or blue lights, whether oncoming or overtaking. If you don't you ...
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Do I need a physical address to get a driver's license?

While Colorado does issue driver's licenses to homeless individuals, as you identified in your question, you need the help of a homeless shelter. I can see from your questions that you're reluctant to ...
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What possible penalties can there be for failing to comply with rule 286 of the UK highway code?

In the event that one (or more) of the following applies: Personal Injury, or Damage to a Vehicle, or Damage or Injury to an Animal Damage to Property attached to the road where the accident occurred ...
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Flashing the emergency lights at a vehicle to dim the headlights

england-and-wales In the UK, driving with full beam headlights left on (especially while facing oncoming traffic) would be more than enough to justify a police stop, since the driver is breaching the ...
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Do you need a driver's license to travel in the U.S.?

All 50 states have seen fit to enact traffic codes pursuant to their police power. Such regulation has not been found to infringe upon the right of Freedom of Movement, aka the "right to travel." ...
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Does flashing high beams give police probable cause to stop a vehicle?

Generally yes, but it depends on both context and jurisdiction. For example, if you arrived from a different street segment at 4-way stop at the same time as another car, and give a flash to ...
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How to stop an alcoholic from driving?

Is there anything I can do so that the authorities investigate and revoke his privilege of driving a car? Yes. Next time he drinks and gets behind the wheel, call the police and tell them that you ...
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Is it legal for a group of drivers to completely "fill" a roundabout?

england-and-wales 137: Penalty for wilful obstruction. If a person, without lawful authority or excuse, in any way wilfully obstructs the free passage along a highway he is guilty of an offence and ...
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Flashing the emergency lights at a vehicle to dim the headlights

bulgaria: You may be stopped by the police and fined on the spot for using high beams where low beams are required. (I wish the police did this more often.) This goes without any relation to the ...
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