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Encyclopedia > Moving Violation

A moving violation is any violation of the law, committed by the driver of a vehicle, while it is in motion. The term "motion" distinguishes it from parking violations. While parking violations are charged against a vehicle (which will be towed if violations go unpaid or are frequent), moving violations are charged against the person driving. Moving violations are usually classified as infractions or misdemeanors, but serious violations can be considered felonies. The word violation, when used alone, has several possible meanings in the English language. ... Corruption Jurisprudence Philosophy of law Law (principle) List of legal abbreviations Legal code Intent Letter versus Spirit Natural Justice Natural law Religious law Witness intimidation Legal research External links Wikibooks Wikiversity has more about this subject: School of Law Look up law in Wiktionary, the free dictionary Law, Legal Definitions... Driving is the controlled operation of a vehicle, usually a motor vehicle such as a truck, bus, motorcycle, or car (for bicycles and mounted animals and—at least in the U.K. and U.S.—motorcycles, the corresponding activity is called riding). ... Vehicles are non-living means of transport. ... In physics, motion means a change in the position of a body with respect to time, as measured by a particular observer in a particular frame of reference. ... An infraction (minor offense, minor violation, petty offense) is a petty crime, considered to be less serious than a misdemeanor. ... Misdemeanors are lesser criminal acts which are generally punished less severely than felonies; but more so than infractions. ... A felony, in many common law legal systems, is the term for a very serious crime; misdemeanors are considered to be less serious. ...


In most places, moving violations involve fines which must be paid as well as punitive points assessed to the license of the driver. As a driver accumulates points, he or she may be required to attend defensive driving lessons, re-take his or her driving test, or even surrender his or her license.


While the original intention of the fines was punitive, sometimes tickets are used for fundraising. For example, a local government that is suffering a budget shortfall may ticket more aggressively within its jurisdiction to increase revenue. See: speed trap. The term speed trap has several meanings, related to detection of speed limit violations. ...


In the United States, citation fines are nominal dollar amounts which can vary widely between jurisdictions for the same behaviour, usually between $25 and $1000. In some countries, however, they are specific proportions of the violator's income, and fines in excess of $100,000 can be assessed to wealthy individuals. The United States dollar is the official currency of the United States. ...


Common moving violations include:

More serious violations include: A speed limit is the maximum speed allowed by law by vehicles on a road. ... A three-point seat belt. ... Stop sign used in English-speaking countries Former European stop sign consisting of red Give Way triangle inside a circle A stop sign is a traffic sign, usually erected at road junctions, that instructs drivers to make a brief and temporary, but complete, stop upon reaching it, and then to... Traffic lights can have several additional lights for filter turns or bus lanes. ... Yield may mean: In economics, yield is a measure of the amount of income an investment generates over time (related to return on investment). ... Right-of-way is a legal term which may have any of several meanings: the property along the sides of, and including, railroad tracks. ... The word lane has two meanings: A narrow road, usually lacking a shoulder or a median. ... A pedestrian at the intersection of Alinga Street and Northbourne Avenue, Canberra, Australia A pedestrian is a person travelling on foot, whether walking or running. ... This crossing in London was famously featured on the cover of The Beatles album Abbey Road. ... A gore or gore point is the (chiefly American) name for a triangular piece of land found where roads merge or split. ... The driver of a car transporter truck prepares to offload Skoda Octavia cars in Cardiff, Wales For further uses of the word truck, see Truck (disambiguation). ... A lorry is an expression for a truck an open railroad car with a tipping trough, often found in mines The word originally meant a sort of heavy horsedrawn wagon. ... Carpooling is shared use of a car, in particular for commuting to work, often by people who each have a car but travel together to save costs. ...

For sanctioned racing taking place on temporary circuits erected on city streets, see road racing. ... Road rage (also road violence) is the informal name for deliberately dangerous and/or violent behaviour under the influence of heightened, violent emotion such as anger and frustration, involving an automobile in use. ... Drunk driving (drink driving in the UK) or drinking and driving is the act of operating a motor vehicle after having consumed alcohol (i. ... Vehicular homicide is in most places a criminal act involving the killing of a life by hitting it with a vehicle. ...

 
 

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