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You have a better chance of a DWI dismissal than ever before

DUIs and DWIs are both harmful to your life and future. A DUI or DWI has the potential to change your job prospects, lower your chances of having a good income, decrease your chances of obtaining financial aid for school and other factors in your life.

The good news is that a 2018 report discussed that DWI arrests are more likely to get dismissed today than a decade ago, which is a positive sign for people struggling with this mistake.

Driving with a suspended license? Don't take the risk

Driving with a suspended license is a bad idea, because if you get caught, you could be in serious trouble with the law. You'll face fines, and you could have your license suspension extended.

In New Jersey, the fine for a first-time offense is $500. You can also face an extension on your license suspension of up to six months. With a conviction, you could be asked to pay $250 a year for three years following the conviction.

Going to traffic court can save you from paying penalties

Imagine seeing a police officer's red and blue lights flashing behind you. You know you were speeding, and you pull over. You receive a ticket and go about your day.

Most people, like yourself, don't think that a traffic violation is a big deal. However, these seemingly simple violations do add up. They might start off as minor inconveniences, but in the long-term, they can impact many aspects of your life.

Violations add up: Get defensive

One of the most frustrating things to deal with on the roads is a driver who is making unsafe lane changes. You're trying to go from point A to B without getting into an accident, but someone who cuts you off, merges suddenly and doesn't signal makes it difficult to avoid a crash.

Unsafe lane changes can result in a traffic violation if the police see you do it. There are a few other unsafe actions that could result in penalties, too. For example, making an illegal U-turn, which could constitute an unsafe lane change, too, can lead to a ticket.

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.

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