THREE TRAFFIC TICKETS MYTHS YOU PROBABLY BELIEVE
We all know how the situation pans out — your grandfather gives you some grandfatherly advice like “Never use your blinker in your car. It’s no one’s business where you’re going.” And then it turns into you being blinded by those flashing blue and red lights, pulled over by a cop who asks if you failed to graduate from the fifth grade and never learned what a turn signal is, and then it ends with a steep fine and a few points on your driving license. Thanks a lot, Grandpa.
In light of Grandpa’s “great advice,” for which you are now paying dearly, here are a few of the most common misconceptions about traffic violations and traffic laws:
Misconception #1: Yellow Means 'Speed Up.Okay, this law is pretty obvious, but it's broken more often than it's followed. The best way to make sure that you don't get caught with a bunch of red light camera tickets is to slow down when you see yellow, unless you're going fast enough to pass through before the light turns red. There's a whole science to it, which pretty much no one understands. But perhaps the best question to ask yourself isn't "If I speed up, can I make it?"
Misconception #2: Going the Same Speed As Everyone Else Means You Won't Get Ticketed.There's something to be said about people who drive really slowly (ahem, Grandpa), and that something is that slow drivers can be just as dangerous as Speed Demons. But technically, even if every single driver is going 65 MPH in a 55 MPH zone, and you follow suit, you can still be pulled over and ticketed. Unfortunately, the argument "But everyone else was doing it!" isn't the best way to beat a speeding ticket, ever.
Misconception #3: Following the Posted Speed Limit At All Times Means You Can't Get a Ticket.The issue at hand here is that posted limits only definitely apply when road conditions are perfect. If you're driving through bad weather or through construction zones, the law is more of a, "Drive at a safe speed." Cops have every right to issue traffic violations with reckless driving charges if they feel that a driver is going too fast -- even at the posted speed limit, or below it. Not to mention, of course, that you can receive tickets for offenses other than speeding.