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No matter how long you have been driving, you are subconsciously aware of the variety of traffic devices that are on the road alongside you. Typically, you obey these without even thinking. They become second nature. At the same time, you may have lost sight over just how important they are. You might even be tempted to coast through that stoplight in the middle of the night when nobody else is on the road. You might even be distracted and go through a light without even being aware it is there.
These devices are on the road for a reason, and they are a primary target of law enforcement officials. If you disregard any of these devices, no matter what the reason might be, you have opened yourself up to receiving a possible citation. This is no laughing matter. You know it’s not. At the same time, you need to fight the violation as it will impact your driving record when it is all said and done. If you were to receive several such moving traffic violations in quick succession, you could open yourself up to higher insurance premiums and a possible suspension of your license. This is why you will want to have a lawyer working on your behalf to fight any such traffic violation that you receive.
Information Relating to Disregarding a Traffic Device
The most common traffic device that is ignored is the traffic light. Typically, you will receive a citation for this offense when you are observed driving through a red light before it has changed colors. You will want to remember that you must stop at a blinking red light as well. If you fail to come to a full stop before proceeding through such an intersection, you can be cited for this traffic offense as well.
The state of Pennsylvania is also quite clear on what you must do if you approach a traffic light that is obviously broken. If you do approach such a device, you are required to come to a full stop before proceeding. If you fail to do that, the police have grounds to issue you a citation. You can also be cited if you make a right turn on a red light when there is a sign indicating that you are not permitted to do so. Remember that you may only turn right on red if you first come to a full stop and there is no sign prohibiting the action.
Why Is This Important?
You will not want to make the mistake of thinking that this type of moving violation is minor and not worthy of much concern. The truth is that a citation for disregarding a traffic device will result in a few points being added to your driving record if you are convicted. These points can cause your insurance rates to go up. If you accumulate too many points, you will have to take a written exam again. If you cannot pass it, your license will be suspended until you are able to. In short, you need to fight such citations in order to prevent these points from being added if at all possible.
What Should You Do?
If you are pulled over by the police for disregarding a traffic device, you will want to come to a safe stop and turn off your ignition. There is no reason to get out of the car. You will want to respectful with the police. Do not argue, and do not try to talk your way out of the ticket. At the same time, do not answer any questions. Let the police know that you have a lawyer working on your case. That is when you will want to contact us so that we can immediately begin to examine the evidence in your case. We will propose a defense strategy to pursue and then begin our work to get the situation resolved for you.