A Ticket for “Inconsiderate” Driving?

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?

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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.

Flirt with a Cop to Get Out of a Ticket? It Could Backfire.

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.

Crossing a Solid White Line on a Highway – Is it Legal?

Written by Gregory Monte. The short answer is that it depends on the state you are driving in – but that is not really why I decided to write this blog post.  Instead, I wanted to make a point (yet again) about how useless much traffic ticket advice on the internet actually is … presently company … Continue reading Crossing a Solid White Line on a Highway – Is it Legal?

The Police as “Community Caretakers”

“The most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help.” Ronald Reagan Written by Gregory Monte. I first encountered the idea of a community caretaker when reading about an individual who was pulled over by the police for stopping too long at a stop sign.  I found this … Continue reading The Police as “Community Caretakers”

The Motor Vehicle Statute That Trumps Them All.

Written by Gregory Monte. If you want to learn about an interesting way to beat a speeding ticket – even if you actually were speeding – keep reading.  This particular strategy will almost always work, but it does depend on one aspect of the circumstances surrounding your ticket.  For the strategy to be effective, there must … Continue reading The Motor Vehicle Statute That Trumps Them All.

When Does the Length of a Traffic Stop Become Excessive?

Written by Gregory Monte. Don’t Ever Do This Would you voluntarily agree to sit in a police officer’s car if he stopped you for speeding? If this sounds like a crazy question, you may not be familiar with the procedure of the Utah Highway Patrol.  In State v. Miller, 2019 UT App 18 - Utah: Court … Continue reading When Does the Length of a Traffic Stop Become Excessive?