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How can you avoid a hit-and-run charge?

You were pulling out of a parking space when you realized you hadn't given yourself enough room. You scraped the car next to you, and when you looked at the damage, it was fairly obvious that there had been contact between your vehicles.

Now, you're not sure what you should do. If you stay, you don't know how long you'll be waiting for someone to arrive. If you leave, you don't want to get charged with a hit-and-run. What should you do?

When is a license revoked?

A driver's license is typically suspended unless there is a cause to revoke it completely. A revocation is different from a suspension, because the revocation is more serious. The revocation results in the complete loss of your license for a period of time.

Several actions can result in the loss of your license through a revocation. These include leaving the scene of an accident in which there was an injury, failing to appear in court for a traffic summons, drag racing, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and reckless driving.

The New Jersey point system determines your right to drive

In New Jersey, you can lose your license if you have enough negative points on your record. The state suspends a person's license if he or she has 12 or more points on his or her driving record. The notice of suspension comes in the mail, which is why it's important to keep your license up-to-date.

Getting points on your license can increase your insurance rates, which may make it harder to get insurance. Without insurance, it's not legal to drive in the state of New Jersey.

Woman falsely accused of DWI in shocking footage

Imagine being involved in a crash. You're already in shock from getting hit by another vehicle, and you're nervous. You may not feel well or may be in pain. You are anxious to go to the hospital or to get through the paperwork so you can go home.

Now, imagine that the same situation suddenly turns into a drug hunt. There's no reason that you should be suspected of having drugs in your possession, and you think it must be a joke. You're the victim here.

Hit a parked car? Here's what you should do

Hitting a parked car is something that no one intends to do but that does happen. Maybe the parking space was smaller than expected or the vehicle wasn't as far away as you thought when it happened. Whatever the reason is, if you hit a parked car, there are some steps you should follow.

If you hit a parked car, you need to stay at the scene no matter what. If you leave, you'll potentially be accused of a hit-and-run crash, which could result in charges. Hit-and-run charges also have the potential to disqualify you from jobs you need to drive for and add up to six points to your license.

Even a first-time DUI can lead to heavy penalties

If you drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 percent of higher, you can be accused of driving under the influence. You can also be accused if the officer believes you are impaired or if there is other evidence in your vehicle.

The first time you violate the law and are convicted of a DUI with a BAC between .08 and .10 percent, you can face a three-month driving suspension, up to 48 hours at an intoxicated driver resource center, up to 30 days in prison and a fine of up to $400. On a first offense where your BAC is over .10 percent, you face fines of up to $500 and up to a year of your license being suspended as well as up to 30 days in prison or jail.

National Motorists Assoc. urges end to ticket quotas nationwide

The National Motorists Association recently sent a letter to Elaine Chao, the current U.S. Secretary of Transportation, seeking two changes in national transportation policy. First, they urged the Trump administration to end its support for traffic ticket quotas. Second, they asked the administration to choose a head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration who is ready to "shake up the status quo."

The position of NHTSA administrator has been vacant since the Obama administration's chief resigned on Jan. 20.

Full-stop traffic light prevents pedestrian deaths in New Jersey

Motor vehicle accidents are a reality of life in high-traffic areas, such as cities and major highways. Collisions are often minor and result in nothing more serious than car damage, but there is little more dangerous to pedestrians than to be hit by a car.

The National Highway Transportation Safety Agency reports that more than 5,300 pedestrians were killed in 2015, up about 8 percent from 2014. A small town in New Jersey, just across the Hudson River from New York, suffered a pedestrian fatality and decided to make a change.

Can speeding tickets result in jail time or other penalties?

Speeding tickets are certainly not uncommon. Because of this, many people may not think they're a big deal. The truth is that they can have some serious implications, depending on why you've received a ticket and how fast you were traveling. Besides raising the cost of your insurance policy, a speeding ticket can actually land you in jail.

One of the reasons you could end up in jail is if you were driving recklessly while speeding. Going 20 or 30 mph over the speed limit would be considered reckless driving and willful or wonton disregard for the safety of yourself and others.

License revocations versus suspensions: Know the difference

A suspension and revocation are not the same. In the case of a suspension, you lose the right to drive for a period of time before it is returned to you. Sometimes, the courts require you to pay a fee before the suspended license will be returned to you and your driving privileges restored.

If you're told you're having your license revoked, that's different. It means you're losing the right to drive, having your license taken away and your privilege voided. In that case, to get a new license, you have to reapply for a license at the local Department of Motor Vehicles. You must wait until the revocation period is over. If you don't meet the DMV's standards or have a poor driving record, the DMV can refuse to issue you a license.

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