Vehicle code pertains to driving rules and regulations.
Each state authors and governs its own vehicle code. In most situations, the code is accessible online, unabridged. This means the laws are written in full legal-speak, comprehensible to most, but laden with the type of language only lawyers and fans of LA Law can truly appreciate.
Regardless, it’s good to know where to find your state’s vehicle code in case you have questions about traffic tickets and how, for example, they affect your driving record and/or the status of your driver license.
Also, if you reside in a state that employs a point system, you can reference the vehicle code to learn about points and how, if possible, to remove them from your driver record.
Your state’s vehicle code can also help you better assess your situation following traffic tickets. If, for example, you were recently ticketed for speeding, referencing your state’s vehicle code will help determine if you’re in danger of losing your drivers license and/or if you need to hire a traffic ticket attorney.
Common Vehicle Code Categories
Most state vehicle codes are generally broken down into some or all of the following categories:
- Drinking and driving violations.
- Driver licensing, which includes penalties for driving without a license.
- Driving without car insurance or driving with an insufficient amount of car insurance.
- Driving without registered license plates, or driving with an expired registration.
- Vehicle titling.
- Road rules. This encompasses a broad category including obeying traffic signs and signals, speeding, reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident.
- Leaving the scene of an accident.
- Mechanical violations (i.e. driving with a broken headlight, or a non-functioning brake light).
- Seat belt and child restraint violations.
- Unlawful vehicle modifications (i.e. tinted windows shaded too dark).
- Accidents and accident reports.
- Vehicle sales.
- Abandoned vehicles.
- Non-driver identification cards.
- Commercial driver vehicle regulations, including the transporting of hazardous materials.
Finding Your State’s Vehicle Code
In most instances you can find your state’s vehicle code by searching for it on the Internet by typing in your state’s name followed by the words “vehicle code.” Or, in some instances, you may find a link to it on your state’s DMV Web page.
Do you have any experience with your state’s vehicle code?