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How will a second DWI affect me?

The first time you got a DWI, it was when you were just getting into college. You were fortunate in that it was for a minor percentage above the limit, and the penalties were relatively low. You didn't need to drive to get to school or work, and you didn't have federal aid for it to affect, so you went relatively unaffected yourself.

This time is different. You're a young professional, and you can't risk your second DWI threatening your job or your license. You know that a defense can help you, but if it fails, you're worried about the penalties you could face.

E-ZPass website glitch causes problems for drivers

If you drive in New Jersey or New York, then you're familiar with the E-ZPass. This is a quick way to pay for tolls that you have to cover daily or regularly.

New Jersey's E-ZPass website made the news recently for being down. The customer service website hasn't been working and that means that the electronic toll system has been affected as well. Interestingly, despite the fact that people can't get in touch to discuss problems with the toll road, the system is still collecting tolls. No, you can't drive through without paying; it's a crime.

Why do police make mistakes when giving out speeding tickets?

Speeding tickets seem like some of the most cut-and-dry cases you can get involved in. If you were speeding and the officer caught you on a radar gun, they have proof that you were speeding. Isn't that the end of the case?

If you think so, you may want to think again. A lot of tickets -- maybe as many as 25 percent -- actually get given out in error to drivers who do not deserve them.

Does your blood alcohol concentration really show impairment?

When people talk about the legal alcohol limit being 0.08 percent for drivers, they're talking about your blood alcohol concentration. The police can use breath tests and blood tests to measure it and see how much you've had to drink. If your BAC goes over 0.08 percent, you can get a DUI -- though you can also get one if you show clear impairment under 0.08 percent.

But does that BAC really show how impaired you are? Is it a reliable indicator?

How soon do you need to pull over after an accident?

You get into an accident on the highway when another car hits the rear side panel of your car. You see them spin out behind you, though you remain in control of your vehicle.

Forget for a moment whose fault the accident was. Just focus on the next step. How soon do you legally have to pull over?

5 reasons people break the speed limit

We all know that breaking the speed limit can result in a ticket, and yet we've all done it. You can certainly remember plenty of times that you avoided a ticket by hitting the brakes when you saw a police car on the side of the road. Most people hit the brakes instinctively; that's just how common speeding really is.

So why do people do it? Why do they risk getting a ticket? A few common reasons include:

  • Traffic gets congested. It slows them down. When they finally get through it, they speed to make up for lost time.
  • It becomes a habit. They speed so often that they start to feel like that is the normal pace to drive at, and anything less seems frustratingly slow.
  • They are late for something important. Specifics can include getting to work on time, getting to a doctor's appointment or just meeting up with friends. The reality is that many people plan their lives out so their schedule is down to the minute, and any unexpected delay makes them feel like they're always late.
  • They feel like no one can see them, like they're anonymous. Many people respect all other laws in public settings, but being hidden away inside of a vehicle makes it mentally easier to break traffic laws.
  • They're bored. Cars are so common that there's little excitement left, and most people just want to get to their destination as soon as possible.

Study: Most drivers have felt road rage

People sometimes act like road rage is uncommon, something only really experienced by other drivers. The reality, though, is that it is incredibly common. Though not all situations lead to confrontations and arrests, of course, most people have felt road rage at one time or another.

That's according to a study that claimed over 50 percent of drivers have experienced it before. So, if you have, you are definitely not alone. If anything, those who have never felt angry behind the wheel are those who stand out from the crowd.

License revocations: Know your rights and fight back

A driver's license is revoked when a person violates a law seriously enough that the court believes that they are a danger to themselves or others when behind the wheel. Driving is a privilege, not a right, so that means that anyone can have their driving privileges taken away if they do not obey the traffic laws.

When a license is revoked, you have to wait a period of time before you'll be able to seek its reinstatement. You might be able to get a limited license, which would allow you only to go to work and home, for example, but it depends on the number of violations you've committed along with the severity of the charges and penalties you face.

New Jersey may throw out your traffic violation: Here's why

If you have a traffic violation or ticket from the past, get ready for some good news. New Jersey is looking into eliminating around 800,000 tickets and violations.

An Oct. 4 report states that the state is holding hearings to decide if minor traffic violations or parking tickets will be thrown out instead of making individuals pay them. The State Supreme Court recommended this action as a way of eliminating around 787,000 old complaints. There are literally hundreds of thousands of complaints open and unresolved. Many of these cases go back before 2003, so the court is looking into dismissing them.

DUI processing: What happens after the arrest?

As someone facing a DUI, it's of the utmost importance that you do all you can to protect yourself. When you're pulled over, you know you're potentially facing trouble. You drank, but that in itself isn't enough to result in a DUI unless you were driving dangerously.

If you are arrested, you'll be taken to the police station. Upon arrival, you'll likely be searched, and any money or property will be taken, documented and inventoried. You should get these items returned to you upon release.

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