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What is a moving violation?

Readers of this blog may have received a ticket for a moving violation. Moving violations differ from non-moving violations for exactly the reason they sound: they occur when a vehicle is in motion. Unlike non-moving violations, which may be cited for illegal parking or illegal vehicle modifications, moving violations occur when drivers break the laws that govern safe driving practices.

Traffic violations can take on many forms. One of the most common moving violations that drivers are ticketed for are right-of-way violations. If a driver has the right of way on a roadway, then other drivers must yield to them. A driver with a protected turn signal or green light, or a driver who is turning right generally has the right of way over drivers making other driving actions. If a driver turns in front of or overtakes another driver's right of way, then the first driver may have committed a moving violation.

Also, failing to maintain one's vehicle in proper condition while on the road can result in claims of moving violations. If a driver operates their vehicle without two working headlights or without functioning turn signals, they may have committed a moving violation.

While moving violations may not seem like serious matters, they can cause big problems for drivers who wish to keep their driving privileges intact. Moving violations can cause drivers to have points added to their driving records, which can threaten drivers' rights to drive if too many are amassed. Defenses exist to many moving violations and drivers may wish to discuss their legal options with an attorney who offers these services.

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