You weren’t speeding, you remembered your turn signal, hadn’t cut anyone off and still those dreaded flashing lights came on behind you. If any of these usual suspects did not make you a suspect for a moving violation, chances are one of these other mistakes made you ripe for a citation.
Out of Order Head, Tail or Brake Lights
Whether in the daytime or after dark, all cars are required to have functioning lights. Besides improving your ability to see at night, the lights on the car are there primarily to communicate your presence and movement to other drivers. Because of their importance to everyone’s safety, a broken light is bound to lead to a citation.
When out on patrol, one of the first and most easily spotted violations officers will look for is the presence of expired registration or inspection stickers. The big, bold numbers used on these stickers are easy to spot, and a tag that is out of date will get you pulled over in a hurry. This is a great way for your inspection to wind up costing way more than you were counting on.
Too Much “Junk in the Trunk”
Operating a vehicle safely cannot be done if the driver’s vision is blocked or if things are flying out of the car or truck and onto the roadway. You’ve probably seen the guy with the mattress strapped to his roof. This same guy will have his arm out the window holding onto the mattress as if the rope should break, he would be able to save those behind him. All items being transported in a vehicle must be evenly balanced and properly secured. Objects flying from a vehicle will result in a littering charge at best and an at fault accident at worst. An extra rope or tiedown can save you from a ticket or much worse.
In nearly every state, vehicles are legally required to be equipped with both side and rear view mirrors. The need for these mirrors is obvious which is why it should be obvious that a policeman would be quick to write a ticket for this violation.
Most states have strict requirements on the level of tinting allowed on side and rear windows. These regulations are based on the amount of light that can travel through the tint. In Texas, for example, the tinting must allow at least 25% of available light to pass through. Windows darkened beyond this will virtually guarantee that you will have to roll that window down to accept your ticket.
Fiddling with Your Phone
As it is one of the leading causes of accidents on U.S. roads today, traffic cops are on high alert to watch for those engaging in this dangerous behavior. Whether in a “no-cell” zone or not, police could still pull you over and ticket you for distracted driving.
With the exception of cell phone use, none of these tickets are moving violations but are costly mistakes all the same. Being careful to avoid them will keep you and your wallet safe.
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