5 Traffic Tickets You May Not Know Exist

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Many of us know that speeding, driving without a seatbelt, not using turn signals and other common traffic violations will land us a traffic ticket. However, many of us may not realize some of the other violations that can get you a ticket. For example, in some states, it is illegal to drive with a pet in your lap and you could be charged with fines up to $1,000. That’s quite a pretty penny for having a joyride with your pup. 

Continue reading to learn more about some of the most unknown ways that people can get a traffic ticket. 

Headlights While Wipers Are in Use

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In Illinois, you can get a ticket for not using your headlights while your wipers are in use. A good rule of thumb to remember is if your wipers on, turn your lights on. Headlights should be used in weather conditions such as fog, rain, snow, or any other conditions that may make it more difficult to see the roads. Also always remember to turn your headlights on between sunset and sunrise. 

Driving Too Slowly

We all know that driving above the speed limit is illegal, but what about driving below the speed limit. Yes, you can get a traffic ticket for driving too slowly. Driving too slowly can interrupt the flow of traffic if you are driving too far under the limit. For example, driving 5 MPH under the posted speed limit probably won’t land you a ticket, but driving 15 MPH might. There are some exceptions to the laws as this article points out:

  • If you’re passing a slower vehicle (like an oversized load), you’re permitted to move one lane to the left to pass them.
  • You’re permitted to slow down if you’re preparing to make a turn.
  • During certain hazardous road or weather conditions, it’s expected that you will be driving far below the posted limit.

Driving an Unsafe Vehicle

When you’re driving, you should always make sure that your vehicle is safe to drive for both your safety and the safety of other roadway users and pedestrians alike. There are numerous ways that a vehicle can be deemed unsafe and result in a traffic ticket. Some of the most common reasons that a car or truck might be unsafe include, but are not limited to:

  • Unshoveled snow on the top of the vehicle or the back or front windshields
  • Brake lights or headlights that don’t work
  • Trailer lights that don’t work
  • Bald tires
  • Excessive fluid leaks

Having an Open Container in a Parked Vehicle

In Missouri, not only is it illegal to drink and drive, but it’s also illegal to drink and park. Whether you’re in a parking lot, in the street, it is illegal to have an open container in your vehicle while you are in park. Furthermore, it is illegal for a passenger to have an open container while you are driving or parked as well. And yes, you will get the open container ticket even if the beverage is the passenger’s and not yours. 

Failure To Properly Display License Plates

If your vehicle’s license plates are not properly displayed (one on the front bumper, one on the back), you could get a traffic ticket. Additionally, if something is obstructing your license plate, making it so any of the numbers or letters are blocked, you could get a ticket. Make sure that both your front and back license plates are clearly visible to passersby to avoid getting a traffic ticket. 

If you have received a traffic ticket for any reason, contact our traffic ticket attorneys at Springfield Traffic Tickets today. We can help you get your ticket reduced to a nonmoving violation or dismissed. Let the professionals help.