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13 of the most common traffic citations and violations

When those lights come on in your rear-view mirror, do you find yourself asking what you possibly did wrong? Whether you have a stellar driving record or a number of previous citations, you're probably starting to think about the potential ramifications before the officer even gets to the door.

Police do see a wide variety of traffic offenses on a daily basis. Below are 13 of the most common violations that they pull people over for every day in Georgia:

  1. Breaking the speed limit.
  2. Failing to stop at a red light, perhaps while trying to make the yellow.
  3. Crossing the center line into oncoming lanes.
  4. Not using a turn signal when turning or changing lanes.
  5. Going around a school bus without stopping.
  6. Not giving pedestrians the right of way when they have it.
  7. Driving in a High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane in a single-person car.
  8. Not wearing a seat belt.
  9. Driving a car on the road's shoulder.
  10. Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  11. Passing another vehicle while in a no-passing zone.
  12. Driving recklessly and putting other people in danger.
  13. Driving without the proper registration, insurance and driver's license.

Naturally, some stops involve multiple violations. A person who is pulled over for running a red light could turn out to be under the influence, which is why he or she ran that red light in the first place.

The key, for those who have been cited or arrested for serious offenses, is for those individuals to make sure they know their legal rights and defense options, which vary depending on the charges and citations.

Source: Calculate Me, "What are the Most Common Traffic Violations?," accessed Jan. 04, 2018

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