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The United States is the third most populous country in the world. America has millions of automobiles on its roads each day. Americans have one of the highest numbers of motor vehicles per 1,000 people in the world. In order to make its traffic run smoothly, all the 50 states have enacted their own traffic laws, rules and regulations. There is no one central traffic rules conducting authority in the country. States and their traffic laws may or may not be similar to each other but they are enacted with a primary purpose of safe, efficient and smooth flow of traffic from point A to point B.


Driving in the state of Texas

The state of Texas has millions of vehicle. All of these vehicles may not be on the roads at one time, but the state’s roads and especially highways are not new to serious and fatal accidents and traffic congestions. Therefore it is imperative that such a large volume of traffic is properly controlled through traffic rules. These rules not only ensure an orderly, safe and smooth functioning of traffic but also reflect a people’s mindset. A civilized people are also known for their orderly flow of traffic and obedience to traffic rules.

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Traffic Rules

Generally speaking the violations of traffic rules which may result in issuance of a traffic ticket are as under:

  • Speeding. Generally speaking highways have speed zones that have to be strictly followed.
  • Driving without a seat belt. Driving when either the driver or the passengers do not have their seat belts on is a violation that may lead to a traffic ticket.
  • Driving without child protection. Children under a certain age have to be put in a car seat and driving without a car seat may also lead to a violation of traffic rules.
  • Driving without tail lights or headlights in proper functioning order.
  • Driving without a license or a proper registration and in some states insurance information.

Drunk driving is another violation of traffic rules which may lead to license suspension and other restrictions. Driving under influence is a very serious issue.

Traffic tickets

Car drivers often get stopped by police officers for various reasons. A driver gets a traffic ticket when he/she is cited for a traffic law violation. Once a ticket is issued, depending upon the state’s traffic laws, a driver may be asked to sign a promise to appear in a traffic court. In the court, the driver has three options; to plead guilty or not guilty or forfeit and pay the fine. Paying the fine means that the driver has pleaded guilty or accepted his/her guilt.

Some drivers despite signing promise may not appear before a traffic court. This is called failure to appear (FTA) and it gets reported on the driver’s record. A driver may also fail to pay a fine (FTP). In that case, the court will notify the DMV and it goes on the driver’s record. FTA and/or FTP are serious offences since even one FTA or FTP can result in the driver’s license suspension. In that case, the driver will have to have his/her driver license reissued after paying a fee.

Each traffic conviction is reported by a traffic court to the DMV which in turn places it on the driver’s record. Traffic convictions once placed on the driver’s record do not go away easily or quickly. Each reported traffic violation stays on record for months if not years. Serious traffic violations may stay on the record for much longer periods of time.

Is driving without a headlight a violation?

The traffic laws in each state vary. However, driving without a headlight is a violation in every state. In most cases, driving without a headlight falls under the category of correctable violations. You will most probably receive a ticket for this type of a violation. If you want to know more about tickets and violations, take a look at our page.

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