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The Most Common Moving Violations

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By: Rachel Mencel

Understanding the many different traffic laws and regulations can seem like a daunting task at first. There are so many variations of overarching laws between cities and states that you won’t be able to know all of them when traveling.

However, don’t be discouraged or feel like you can’t drive out-of-state because you don’t know these different law variations!

Safe Driving Habits

The most important part of driving is consistently practicing safe driving habits everywhere you go. The most common moving violations drivers are charged with all stem from unsafe driving actions.

In order to avoid receiving a ticket or being charged for one of these violations, practice safe driving habits and constantly be aware of other potentially reckless drivers around you.


Speeding is the most commonly ticketed driving violation in America. Whether you were following traffic or didn’t notice a speed limit zone change, a police officer can pull you over and charge you with a moving violation.

The best way to avoid this charge is to be vigilant about the current speed limit and – even if traffic is speeding around you – abide by the appropriate speed limit.

Reckless Driving

Reckless driving is somewhat of an overarching term that encompasses any form of distracted and harmful driving that result in an accident or harm of another person. Although it may seem normal to multitask whilst driving, taking your eyes off the road for any reason can cause you to miss important cues on the road around you.

Pay attention to the road at all times, and have your passengers take care of things like navigating, changing radio stations, and adjusting things in the car so that you can focus on the driving.

Running a Red Light

It is fairly common to see someone in the lane next to you speed up when he or she sees a changing stoplight in order to pass through the intersection before the red light changes. This usually involves exceeding the speed limit, and it is considered reckless driving as it could result in an accident and harm other drivers at the intersection.

Similarly, running a stop sign can be very dangerous as oncoming traffic could already be in the intersection when you ran the sign. T-Bone accidents are very common, and they can be very detrimental to all parties involved.

Not stopping for Pedestrians

One of the most frustrating things for a driver is getting stuck behind a vehicle that constantly stops along the side of the road. For example, city transportation buses and school buses make frequent stops to let passengers on and off the vehicle.

It is unlawful to pass a stopped school bus when pedestrians are coming and going, and it’s important to yield to these types of vehicles to ensure the safety of yourself and the other passengers.

How to React

If you or someone you know was recently charged with a moving violation, don’t hesitate to seek out legal help. Not receiving legal help or handling your charge yourself can result in serious fines, penalties, and in worst cases the loss of your license.


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