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Moving violations result from the illegal operation of a motor vehicle on the open road. Drivers can be ticketed for a wide variety of offenses ranging from failure to yield (at a stop sign, signal light or for a pedestrian) to traveling too fast (or too slow) to driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.

Specific violations vary by location and even time of day. Fines and other punishments are usually regulated by local statutes.

Some violations are really just infractions of the law (usually only punishable by fines) rather than full-fledged violations (which could be punishable by jail time as well as fines).

In addition to fines, other punishments for being found guilty of a moving violation can include: being forced to attend traffic school, suspension of driving privileges, higher insurance premiums and potentially even imprisonment.

Avoiding the Violations

The best way to avoid having to deal with the expense and hassle that comes with being ticketed for moving violations is to know and obey the rules of the road (but even this will not always keep the ticket book away from you).

Avoiding tickets is easiest when you maintain a relatively low profile while driving on the road. Beyond adhering to posted speed limits and not impeding the flow of traffic, little things like staying out of the far left lane when possible (the “fast lane” is, of course, where authorities will first look for those committing moving violations) and even avoiding attention-grabbing car adornments (racing stripes, excessive decals and bumper stickers, boastful personalized license plates, etc.) will lessen the chance that law enforcement officers will have their attention drawn to you and what you might be doing.

If you're stopped, it is best to cooperate fully with the officer, of course. Admitting guilt is not required and should be avoided if you think the ticket is unjustified and plan to contest it in court.

Fighting Back

A large percentage of moving violation tickets are settled simply by mailing in payment for a fine (which is also an admission of guilt), which circumvents the need to go to court.

If the ticket is disputed, going to court to contest the charges is within the rights of anyone. Most often it is a proceeding that does not require the use of an attorney.

If the moving violation is a serious one (i.e. driving under the influence of alcohol or reckless endangerment), the services of an attorney may indeed be required in order to more fully protect your rights and to help you navigate through the complexities of such cases which could lead to large fines, suspension of driving privileges, or imprisonment (or any combination thereof.)

By Michael Willis           

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