5 Most Common Reasons People Get Traffic Tickets

When you think about getting pulled over by a police officer, you probably think about getting a speeding ticket. While it’s true that an average of 41 million U.S. drivers are issued a speeding ticket each year, there are many other types of traffic violations that can get you a ticket. 

We all know tickets are unpleasant. They involve hefty fines and can sometimes require you to go to court. Getting too many puts you in danger of having your driver’s license suspended or even revoked.

General safe driving should be a priority for everyone — not just to avoid tickets but also to protect yourself and others from harm. In this post we look at 5 of the most common reasons (other than speeding) that people get traffic tickets. Avoid these mistakes and you’ll keep the roads (and your pockets) safer.

  1. Not stopping for a red light

Lots of drivers get pulled over for running red lights. Usually it happens because they try to make it through the intersection while the light is yellow, and it changes to red while they are crossing. You should only cross on a yellow light if it just turned from green and it is too late for you to slow down and stop. Red lights in Georgia are often equipped with cameras that can catch you failing to stop even if a police officer is not present.

  1. Passing in a no-passing zone

No passing zones are usually located in areas with schools, low visibility, or lots of traffic. The exist to keep you and others safe, and are marked by a sign that says “No passing zone” or a solid white line. Ignoring a no-passing zone and passing anyway can mean big trouble. 

  1. Failure to stop at a stop sign 

Slowing down and almost stopping at a stop sign simply isn’t enough. You must make a full and complete stop, even if there are no other cars anywhere nearby.

  1. Failure to stop before turning right at a red light

As with a stop sign, it is important to make a full stop before you turn right at a red light. This, once again, holds true even if there is no one else around. 

  1. Not wearing a seatbelt

Buckling your seatbelt only takes a moment, and can be the difference between life and death if you are in an accident. If an officer sees that you (or your passengers) are not wearing a seatbelt, you can be ticketed.

Did you make one of these mistakes? Or did you get a ticket you didn’t deserve? If you get a ticket for a traffic violation, paying the fine and getting it over with might seem like the easiest option. However, we recommend speaking with an attorney before making this decision. At Pak and McRae Law, we are dedicated to assisting individuals who have been accused of traffic violations. Call (678) 632-5298 today to find out how we can help you.

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