I may not know you personally, but I can bet we have at least one thing in common.

We both hate traffic tickets.

Did I guess right?

For me, no traffic jam, road closure, or detour hits as hard as when red and blue lights start flashing in your rearview mirror.

Now, as a Personal Injury Attorney, I’ve seen firsthand the consequences of traffic violations.

Running red lights.

Failing to stop at STOP signs or speeding through school zones…

This type of risky and dangerous behavior can lead to tragedy—and in theory, that’s why traffic tickets exist: to deter bad behavior and keep our roads safe.  Still, there’s little doubt that cities and municipalities are sometimes guilty of abusing these systems, putting their potential profits before fairness.

Recently, I came across an article at DCNewsNow/Traffic Tickets . In it, author Sian Mughan discussed how traffic tickets are a common source of money for city governments who overspend.  Research shows a city in a financial deficit is more likely to have a police force ready and eager to issue traffic tickets.  Judges and courts are also to blame and are known to use traffic citations to generate money for the cities that employ them.  Federal reports and numerous studies have shown that police and city personnel increase the volume of traffic tickets based on budgetary needs.

This revenue-motivated policing has officers nitpicking drivers and stopping them for violations as minor as driving a few miles over the speed limit or failing to signal a lane change on a deserted road.

Still, traffic tickets play a crucial role in maintaining road safety. They deter unsafe driving behavior and hold drivers accountable for their actions.  The fear of penalties and fines encourages drivers to follow traffic laws, ultimately reducing the number of wrecks and injuries on the road.  When someone violates traffic laws, receiving a ticket reminds them of their responsibilities and the potential consequences of their actions.

While the primary purpose of traffic tickets is to promote road safety, it’s no secret that cities and municipalities rely on traffic fines as a source of revenue. This leads to concerns about the motivations behind ticketing and the potential for abuse.

Since we know traffic tickets have this dual nature, let’s go over some practical tips to help you avoid them:

  1. Obey Traffic Laws. The most effective way to avoid tickets is to follow traffic laws diligently. Observe speed limits, obey traffic signals and signs, and yield the right of way as required.
  2. Mind Your Speed: Speeding is a common cause of traffic tickets. Drive at or below the posted speed limit, especially in residential and school zones.
  3. Use Technology: GPS apps and navigation systems often include real-time traffic data and speed limit information. Use these tools to stay informed about road conditions.
  4. Maintain Your Vehicle. Ensure your vehicle is in good working condition. Broken taillights or malfunctioning signals can result in tickets.
  5. Parking Etiquette. Follow parking rules and regulations, including paying for parking when required and observing no-parking zones.

Call my office if you or a loved one has been harmed due to a driver violating traffic laws. As a Personal Injury Attorney, I’m here to help in every way I can. Call me at 301-949-1515 (Maryland) or 703-761-4343 (Virginia).

Until next time, please be safe, and NEVER text while driving!

Paul Samakow

Attorney Paul Samakow

703-761-4343 or 301-949-1515.

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