Written by Gregory Monte. I don’t usually write about traffic laws in other countries, but when I read that a driver in the UK got a ticket for splashing a pedestrian, I felt compelled to check out the section of the code which he had violated: UK Road Traffic Act, Part 1, Section 3: “If a … Continue reading A Ticket for “Inconsiderate” Driving?
Written by Gregory Monte. Eluding the Police As you might imagine, eluding/evading a police office is a crime in all 50 states. Below are two examples of how the law generally reads: Pennsylvania - Title 75, Section 3733(a): “Any driver of a motor vehicle who willfully fails or refuses to bring his vehicle to a stop, … Continue reading Unmarked Police Car? You may not be required to pull over.
Written by Gregory Monte. I was alerted to this situation after reading the National Motorist Association website today. An article was posted about New York State Troopers disguising themselves as construction workers in order to catch violations of the motor vehicle code. “During ‘Operation Hardhat,’ troopers dressed as highway workers, while stationed in active work zones, … Continue reading Very Sneaky: Cops Dressed as Construction Workers.
Written by Gregory Monte. Court of Justice? Would you be annoyed if an individual defending himself before you in court on a speeding ticket charge got a more lenient sentence than you for the exact same offense? Sounds unfair, right? Well, it turns out that judges have wide discretion when it comes to sentencing. Consider the … Continue reading A Judge’s Discretion in Traffic Court
Written by Gregory Monte. I know that this is a controversial topic – which is why I have avoided mentioning it on this blog. Until today, of course. I finally decided to bring it up after reading an article called Drunk-Driving And Fake-Science. I realize that it is hard to feel sorry for individuals arrested for … Continue reading DUI Arrests: Victimless Pre-crime?
Written by Gregory Monte. All’s well that ends well… While I grant that there is some truth to this well-known saying, the problem is that much pain can be inflicted before the actual ending arrives. More importantly, who is to say that the actual ending - "justice" - really serves to erase or diminish the pain … Continue reading Flirt with a Cop to Get Out of a Ticket? It Could Backfire.
Written by Gregory Monte. If you get a ticket, there are three steps to take to determine if it is worth contesting. Read/Understand the statute you allegedly violated - that's pretty straightforward. Interpret this statute to see if you really violated it. This means looking for possible technicalities in the way the law was written that … Continue reading Free PDF – Challenging a Citation Using the Traffic Ticket Defense Method