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Using Vehicle Code to Determine Traffic Ticket Penalties and Points

By: Kathy Teel July 26, 2012
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Every state has a collection of traffic laws, usually referred to as the vehicle code. When you access your state's copy of the vehicle code, it will help you determine which traffic violations under the point system earn you points on your driver's license and adversely affect your driver record.

Most vehicle codes allow you a limited number of points on your driver license. The more moving violations you commit, the more points are put on your record. Having more points than the maximum allowed (usually four in a year, six in two years, and eight in three years) virtually guarantees suspension of your driving privileges.

Common Traffic Violations

In most states' vehicle codes, the following traffic violations will adversely affect your driving record:

  • Driving with a suspended license.
  • Violation of license restrictions.
  • Committing a hit-and-run accident.
  • Driving in the bicycle lane or on a sidewalk.
  • Ignoring traffic signs and traffic cops.
  • Running red lights and stop signs.
  • Not pulling to the side for an emergency vehicle.
  • Crossing a divided highway.
  • Going over the speed limit, or under the minimum speed.
  • Tailgating.
  • Speeding in a construction zone.
  • Illegal passing.
  • Illegal U-turns.
  • Not stopping for a school bus.
  • Reckless driving.
  • Causing another bodily injury through reckless driving.
  • Drag racing (aiding or abetting).
  • Transporting a person in the bed of an open truck.
  • Drinking while driving, DUI, and DWI.
  • Disobeying a toll officer.

Fortunately, most states post their vehicle codes online. You can search for a particular violation and read up on the penalties - including point accumulation - associated with that violation.

Have you ever needed to search for any traffic tickets penalties using your state's vehicle code?

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