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28.05.2015 - 00:20

Flex Your Rights - 5 Traffic Laws You Should ALWAYS Follow

Getting pulled over and being on the receiving end of a ticket can be the worst! Know your rights before you forfeit them by disobeying a traffic law.

There are many reasons one might receive a traffic ticket after being pulled over by a law enforcement officer while driving. Some of these are much more common than others, and comprise the vast majority of traffic related tickets, fines, charges, and even arrests. The following is a list of the five most common reasons for traffic stops:

 

Speeding

Speeding is the most common (by a long shot) reason why people are pulled over by police officers. Law enforcement organizations are tasked with enforcing speed limit laws in order to promote safe driving and help fund the local police force through the payment of traffic fines. We all know that most police won't bother with a car driving 5 or 10 miles over the posted limit, but it's not smart (not mention not safe) to push the envelope.

 

Drinking/Drug Influence

Although every state has slightly different laws concerning the legal limit of BAC (Blood Alcohol Content), the general gist of the law is universal; don't drink and drive! Your judgment is significantly impaired when driving while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs, even if you "feel fine." Law enforcement officers are trained to watch for certain signs and driving behaviors which indicate a potential DUI/DWI occurrence. If you are pulled over, you will in most cases have the opportunity to have your BAC and/or drug levels tested or give up your license on the spot for a designated period of time (e.g. 6 months).

 

Careless/Reckless Driving

Almost as dangerous as a drunk driver is a driver who is impatient, angry, in a hurry to get somewhere, or is (for lack of a better word) a jerk! Tailgating, weaving, cutting people off, road rage, and other types of potentially destructive driving behaviors will get you pulled over and ticketed just as sure as speeding or drunk driving. Keep in mind appropriate following distances, proper lane-change techniques, and other safety procedures while driving.

 

Distractions

Automobiles today come pre-loaded with dozens of distracting technologies. New on the list are cell phones, or more specifically smart phones. Several states have already made it illegal to text and drive. MP3 players, video entertainment, the eating of fast food while driving, and other distractions take your eyes off of the road constantly, and it only takes a split second of looking down at the wrong moment to cause a car accident. Wait until you are stopped to send that message, or bite into that greasy burger.

 

Equipment Issues

Last on the list are defects and malfunctions of your vehicle's equipment. If your headlights, brake lights, turn signals, gauges, etc. aren't working properly, you posing a potential threat to the safety of other drivers and you may get ticketed, or at least formally warned by an officer. Test out your equipment often and replace broken parts as soon as possible!

 

Please take other people's safety into account when you get behind the wheel of a vehicle. If you begin to engage in dangerous or reckless activities, you will find yourself being pulled over to the side of the road by a law enforcement officer, ticketed, fined, and possibly imprisoned!

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