New Jersey is home to a wide variety of traffic citations for reasons big and small. While most violations—speeding, DUI, reckless driving, and more are fairly self-explanatory—there are some traffic violations that are just unexpected. These traffic violations can cost a significant amount and go beyond a minor annoyance. Below are five surprising types of traffic violations:
Failing to Use a Turn Signal
Though it is not often enforced, New Jersey law requires drivers to utilize their turn signal within 100 feet of actually turning. The cost for this kind of violation can range anywhere from $50 to $200. Although this law is not enforced often, it still catches drivers off-guard.
Disregarding Yield Signs
Drivers in New Jersey are required to yield to drivers already on the road when entering highways or turnpikes. They must allow the cars already on this road the right of way before shuffling in front of them. Often disregarded, this law was put in place to lessen the chance of a crash.
Cell Phone Usage
This one often surprises people from out of state. With distracted driving at an all-time high, it’s not surprising that a law would be in place to help curb usage. Exceptions to the law are few, but reasonable. To avoid being cited, cellphone usage would have to be in response to a life-threatening situation or in response to witnessing a criminal act.
Though some people use a GPS system in the form of an application on their phone, New Jersey law makes it clear that a GPS unit cannot be mounted on a windshield.
Not Yielding to Pedestrians
Pedestrian accidents account for thousands of deaths and injuries in the United States every year. New Jersey law states that vehicles should yield to pedestrians. Alarmingly enough, this rule is common, but often overlooked.
Traffic violations can occur at any time. In many cases, some of the violations are so small and common that they’re easy to simply overlook. If you recently received a traffic citation, contact a defense attorney who can help. Contact John W. Tumelty today at 609.385.4010 to schedule a consultation.