The "Car Horn" Ticket Revisited

Written by Gregory Monte. This post follows up on yesterday’s discussion about when motorists are not allowed to use their car horns: Unreasonable Use of Your Car Horn? I closed that post as follows: “In summary, good luck trying to fight a “horn ticket” unless you used it in an emergency type situation where there was some … Continue reading The "Car Horn" Ticket Revisited

Unreasonable Use of Your Car Horn?

Written by Gregory Monte. NOTE: This post specifically references the New York Motor Vehicle Code, but all states have some form of the "scar horn" statute. The Frustration ... Have you ever been annoyed when someone behind you impatiently blows his horn to get you to move at an intersection when the light turns green? Or … Continue reading Unreasonable Use of Your Car Horn?

The Police and Free Speech

Written by Gregory Monte. A couple of weeks ago I wrote a blog post about a motorist’s First Amendment right to “disrespect” a cop: Can a Cop Pull You Over for Cursing? My research revealed that the following three actions are protected: Giving the middle finger to a copCursing at a cop directlyCursing in your car in … Continue reading The Police and Free Speech

Very Sneaky: Cops Dressed as Construction Workers.

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.

Obstructed Windshield Ticket? Police Have the Burden of Proof.

Written by Gregory Monte. This post is a follow up to last week’s discussion about whether a motorist can get a ticket for hanging an air freshener from his rear-view mirror – A Traffic Ticket for Hanging an Air-Freshener Off Your Rear-View Mirror? After reviewing many court decisions, it appears that there is really only one possible … Continue reading Obstructed Windshield Ticket? Police Have the Burden of Proof.

Cops Can Get It Wrong – More Incorrect Traffic Advice from The Internet

Written by Gregory Monte. If you happen to get a traffic ticket, don’t just assume that you are guilty.  There is a possibility that the officer who wrote that ticket actually doesn’t totally understand the law which he is using to charge you.  You are only guilty if you actually break a law – not because … Continue reading Cops Can Get It Wrong – More Incorrect Traffic Advice from The Internet

How long do you have to signal before you can change lanes on a highway?

Written by Gregory Monte. Signaling Before Turning Most motor vehicle codes require drivers to signal before changing lanes on a highway – that much is clear.  These codes also clearly specify how far in advance the turn signal must be initiated.  For example, New York and New Jersey require 100 feet while in Pennsylvania it depends … Continue reading How long do you have to signal before you can change lanes on a highway?