If you’re the driver of a motor vehicle, it’s likely that you’re going to receive one or two traffic tickets in your lifetime. Here are some of the more common traffic violations you can be charged with and how to avoid them.
Even if you’re driving less than 10 mph over the designated legal speed limit, this can result in two points being added to your license and a fine of nearly $500. Speed limits are there for a reason and following them is the best way to ensure the safety of yourself and those around you. Avoid a traffic ticket by following the speed limit and being wary of any changes that occur while you’re on the road. Many times, speeders are caught in work zones and on highways; take extra care in being aware of your surroundings and never speed in a work zone.
Running a red light/stop sign
You must come to a complete stop if you are at a red light or a stop sign. Many people are ticketed when they “roll” through a stop sign since there is no traffic at an intersection. While you weren’t trying to put anyone in danger, it’s always necessary to look around for pedestrians and bicyclists you may not have noticed unless you came to a complete stop. Additionally, you should always look for signs proclaiming, “No Turn On Red.” If you turn on red when you cannot, or if you turn on red legally but fail to stop completely before you turn, these can also result in a traffic violation. Be sure to signal and come to a complete stop when you reach a red light or a stop sign.
If you drink and drive, your reaction time and judgment while driving will result in you getting pulled over. Though you get charged with a DUI when your blood alcohol content (BAC) is over .08%, you can get charged with an aggravated DWI (A-DWI) if your BAC is over .18% or more. This can result in license suspension, jail time, and up to six points on your license. Avoid traffic tickets like these by calling a taxi service or relying on a sober friend to pick you up. Never drive drunk. If you’re charged with a DUI, seek a DUI lawyer immediately to understand your rights and handle the conviction process.