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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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Why is drunk driving causing accident punished so much worse than just drunk driving?

Moral luck You have raised the issue of moral luck, a long recognized problem in criminal theory. The classic expositions of this issue are by Thomas Nagel, in his chapter, "Moral Luck" (...
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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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May I create a custom license plate myself (in Virginia) using a purchased blank plate?

forges or counterfeits any license plate That means you can't make your own. Certainly any created plate in different colors or design will attract attention of the authorities as well. You will ...
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Why is place of birth shown on European driving licences?

Name and date of birth are not sufficiently unique to identify a person. While name, date of birth, and place of birth do not have to be unique, either, it reduces the number of false positives. Also, ...
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Is there any way to legally sleep in your car while drunk?

In New Hampshire (USA) our law was as you stated until 2020. That is, if a person over the legal limit was sleeping it off in a car and either had the car keys in their possession or had unrestricted ...
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Is it legal to drive in reverse on a non-divided road that has a speed limit of more than 80 km/h?

The only specific prohibition of "backing" is at s. 157 of the Highway Traffic Act: 157 (1) No driver of a vehicle shall back the vehicle upon the roadway or shoulder of any highway divided ...
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Why is drunk driving causing accident punished so much worse than just drunk driving?

Drunk driving remains, per se, "victimless" - a breach of regulations - until someone actually becomes a victim. That puts less emphasis on the punitive role of the justice system and more ...
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Under what circumstance is it a crime if a car owner allows someone other than themself to drive their car?

TITLE XXI Section 263:1-a 263:1-a Allowing an Improper Person. – No person shall knowingly permit a motor vehicle owned or controlled by him to be driven by a person who is not properly licensed or ...
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May I create a custom license plate myself (in Virginia) using a purchased blank plate?

Your confusion probably stems from trying to look at this issue from the wrong end. Instead of looking at the VA Code related to details of license plate forgeries, look earlier in the code for § 46....
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Could the federal government begin registering vehicles and issuing driver licenses, overriding state law?

The federal government could easily use the general welfare or interstate commerce clauses to justify vehicle registration and driver licensing.
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Is there any way to legally sleep in your car while drunk?

germany TL;DR: You can sleep drunk in your car but you shouldn't give the impression that you're attempting to drive. The German criminal code says, in section 316: Whoever drives a vehicle in ...
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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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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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Is there any way to legally sleep in your car while drunk?

Don’t be in the driver’s seat new-south-wales If you are in the back seat or passenger seat or boot (trunk), you aren’t in control of the vehicle. s112 of the Road Transport Act 2013 says: (1) A ...
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Is smart watch illegal while in control of the vehicle?

It says hold and use. Having a smartphone in your backpack is fine. Having a smartwatch on your wrist is fine. Using the smart watch for a phone call or a game or whatever while driving is not.
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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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Age you have to be to drive with a disabled parent

united-states Possibly, depends on the state. Texas law allows early drivers licenses under this circumstance, though there is an age requirement (15 years). California allows such a license for 14 ...
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Why is place of birth shown on European driving licences?

The document 2003/0252 (COD) provides background discussion of rationale for an earlier version of the regulation. Two important considerations regarding the EU licensing scheme are underscored: the ...
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Virginia right turn arrow street markings

virginia Virginia Driver's Manual, section 2 on page 11 states: White lane arrows are curved or straight. If you are in a lane marked with a curved arrow or a curved arrow and the word ONLY, you must ...
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How should turn lane pavement markings be interpreted in Idaho?

The "definition" of diagonal crosshatches is given in the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, under §3B.24, which says: Option: 01 Chevron and diagonal crosshatch markings may be ...
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Could the federal government begin registering vehicles and issuing driver licenses, overriding state law?

The Federal Government issues license plates for its own vehicles and for vehicles owned by diplomats. The law was changed for diplomats about 40 years ago. Before that diplomatic plates were issed by ...
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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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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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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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