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Traffic Law Myths That Could Earn You a Ticket

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Driving myths and misinformation do a lot of harm on the road, and we’re here to set the record straight. Don’t be fooled by these all-too-common misconceptions about traffic laws.

Red Cars Get the Most Tickets

Let’s start with an easy one. There’s a myth that red cars are the most likely to get pulled over. These vehicles are more eye-catching, and perhaps they just look fast. However, there’s no statistical evidence to back up this claim.

Matching the Flow of Traffic

If everyone around you is exceeding the speed limit, that’s not an excuse for you to speed, too. People drive too fast all the time, either because they’re not paying attention or because they think they can get away with it. However, speed limits are set for a good reason, and exceeding them significantly increases your risks on the road.

You’ll Win in Court if This Happens

If you do end up getting a traffic ticket, you have the option to fight it in court. A surprising number of people believe that if the citing officer fails to show up–likely because they are too busy to spend all their time in court–then the defendant automatically wins the case.

That’s not true in every state, and making the assumption could land you in trouble if you failed to prepare for your hearing. The judge could simply decide to reschedule the case or move forward despite the officer not being present.

It’s Okay to Go a Little Over

Have you heard the myth that police won’t stop you if you’re going no more than seven miles over the speed limit? Sorry, but that’s just not true. You can be pulled over for exceeding the speed limit by just 1 mph.

Barefoot Driving: Yes or No?

Kicking your shoes off to drive isn’t illegal–but there’s still a possibility that it could land you in hot water with the law. If you decide to drive barefoot, don’t leave your shoes near the pedals where they could become trapped. And in the event that you get into an accident, you could face charges of reckless driving if the officer chooses to cite you for it.

You Only Need to Stop for Pedestrians on Crosswalks

While pedestrians should ideally use crosswalks for their own safety, they have the right of way regardless. You should always stop for pedestrians crossing the road.

Texting at Stop Signs and Traffic Lights

By now, you know that texting while driving is bad. But if you’re stopped at an intersection, it’s not technically driving, right? Surely it’s okay to peek at your phone.

Sorry, but that’s just not true. Almost every state has laws on the books about texting while driving. If the engine is running and you’re on a roadway, then your phone should not be in your hand.

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