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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.

Traffic crimes: Points add up quickly

Traffic crimes are normally situations that you wouldn't think of as having a major impact on others; speeding, weaving in and out of traffic in a rush or violating local traffic laws may all seem innocuous, but they can actually get you into deep trouble.

If you are charged with a crime or receive a violation, you will likely need to go to traffic court. Traffic court is a local court that has limited jurisdiction. It only hears cases involving violations of local ordinances, regulations or statutes involving road use and motor vehicles. This is the court that can decide if you will receive points on your license, face fines or other penalties.

Field-sobriety tests: Not as foolproof as they seem

Proving that a person is intoxicated without a blood or breath test is not an exact science. There are three tests that officers use to determine if you are impaired. The problem with these tests is that people who are completely sober can fail them. The tests include standing on one leg, following a pen's movement with your eyes and walking and turning.

The problem with these tests is that there is a lot of room for errors. Here are a few examples of how each of these tests could lead to an innocent person being accused of driving while intoxicated.

What actions result in traffic tickets?

Traffic laws have been in place for decades to protect people on the roads from getting into collisions. With over 90 percent of those over the age of 16 licensed to drive, it's necessary for people to do all they can to keep the roads safe. That includes learning how to be safe drivers themselves.

From time to time, most people do end up with traffic violations. Maybe they sped too quickly in an area or didn't get a good night of sleep and swerved abruptly. Either one could result in a ticket.

Do you have to stop immediately when the police pull you over?

Evading police is a serious charge, because it means you did not stop when you were ordered to do so. Being pulled over is a part of life if you violate the law, but not stopping isn't usually an option. Whether you have an officer direct you to stop or see flashing lights behind you when you're driving, you need to pull to the side of the road. If you don't, you could be charged with a misdemeanor or felony.

There could be times when you may not be able to stop right away when an officer attempts to pull you over. That's fine, so long as you pull over as soon as possible. For example, if you're on a busy street, you might put your hazard lights on and turn onto a side road before stopping. Generally, you want to indicate to the police that you do intend to stop by slowing down, using your hazards and coming to a stop relatively quickly.

Understand how to get your license back in New Jersey

If you have a revoked license, it can be difficult to get it back. Not only does a revocation mean that you've lost your license, it also means you need to retake tests and apply for your license again. The state has some control over whether or not you make application for or be approved to get a new license as well.

There are a number of reasons why a license might be suspended and eventually revoked, from racking up too many points from traffic violations to failing to appear in court or pay fines. If you are at fault for an accident, abandon your vehicle on a public highway or can't prove that you have insurance, these are all things that could result in your license being suspended or revoked, especially if you've committed one or more of these offenses over time.

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