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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.

What are some common reasons for traffic tickets?

There are several common causes of traffic violations including:

  • Driving without a headlight
  • Parking in a handicap spot
  • Not paying enough for parking meters
  • Failing to yield
  • Turning into the wrong lane
  • Reckless driving
  • Distracted driving

With any of these actions, you could face a traffic ticket. Tickets normally come with a fine. If you get too many tickets or are involved in a crash, then you could face other penalties along with the ticket.

What should you do if you get a ticket?

Although getting a traffic ticket is fairly common, it's a good idea to speak with a legal professional about your options. While a single ticket may not seem significant, it has the potential to increase your insurance rates and cause other issues in your life. It's always a good idea, no matter what the allegations are against you, that you consider going to court to defend yourself. It's your life and liberty that are at stake, even with traffic violations.

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