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Traffic laws people break every day

Even those who consider themselves law-abiding citizens may actually be breaking the law every day. That's why it's such a shock when those red and blue flashing lights show up in your rear-view mirror. Technically, you may have known you were breaking the law, but you never thought you'd get caught.

Take speeding, for example. Even the best drivers exceed the speed limit on occasion. A lot of people do it every time they drive. Maybe you don't even notice that you're going 40 mph in a 35-mph zone. Maybe you intentionally drive 60 mph in a 55-mph zone, even going so far as to set your cruise control. It just feels natural.

Seat belt violations are also common. It could be that you don't throw it on because you're just driving for a few minutes, so it feels like a waste of time. Perhaps the sensor on your car is broken, so you honestly forget.

Now, when the officer finally pulls you over, you may find out that you were accidentally breaking yet another law. The last time you moved, you did not update your driver's license. It's always supposed to have your current address. A lot of people skip this step, though. For instance, it's hard for college students who move once a year -- and spend summers living with their parents -- to keep updating their information over and over.

The reality is that all of these activities could land you in legal trouble. If they do, don't panic. Just make sure you understand your rights and all of your legal options.

Source: Business Insider, "The 13 Most Commonly Broken Laws," Christina Sterbenz, accessed April 20, 2018

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