As the saying goes, ‚ÄúWhere there‚Äôs a will there‚Äôs a way‚ÄĚ. It‚Äôs a perfect quote as far as driving is concerned. With so many Local, State and Federal laws about operating a vehicle, no wonder people get confused about the ordinances about driving. Then again, people love to try and take advantage of some of those laws. Most drivers realize they can get away with some things while driving, and most have enough common sense to not push things beyond a certain limit. And then there are those vehicle operators that just blow limits out of the water.
I‚Äôve read news reports about what drivers get up to, from people painting their nails, to passengers riding on top of a vehicle instead of inside them. Some stories are funny, and some just plain idiotic. But then I thought about the fact that a lot of drivers don‚Äôt get the fact that they might be doing something illegal and not knowing about it, like transporting a person for the purpose of doing something not considered legal, or someone trying to drive a bumper car down the street. Let‚Äôs take a look at some of those well-known and not so well-known laws that people constantly get away with.
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Some people treat the highway like it‚Äôs their own personal playground. They think they can drive all night to get to their destinations without taking proper rest breaks. Those are the types of drivers you want to be observing, because their erratic driving and swerving is a danger to themselves as well as others. States like New Jersey and Arkansas have laws about tired drivers, and other states are also implementing laws to stop this sort of abuse. USA Today and Opt Alert have interesting articles citing different driving-while-tired laws. The famous Maggie‚Äôs Law was created after a driver who had been up for over 30 hours, got behind the wheel, fell asleep and killed 20-year-old Maggie McDonnell. The driver only got a suspended jail sentence and a $200 fine. How would you feel if your loved one was treated this way?
People drink, then people drive. Most are extremely lucky and make it home safe. Some are not so lucky. It can lead to all sorts of problems, especially where driving is concerned.
It‚Äôs amazing that so many have the perception that having a few won‚Äôt affect them.
Anyway, it is a potentially life-threatening thing to do. It is outlawed in every state, except for one. Mississippi state law says you can have a few and drive, as long as you are under the required limit, according to justpark.com.
Contrary to popular belief, a lot of states will issue a traffic fine for driving to slow in the passing lane. I applaud this effort. Too many people get in the left lane, thinking they can‚Äôt be affected for driving at the speed limit. But they can be. Some just get over out of pure jealousy, forcing a nicer and much faster vehicle to slow down. These people think they are somehow performing a safety service by regulating the speed of another. Law enforcement sees it quite differently. It‚Äôs a near-universal fact that slow moving traffic stays on the right, while others who wish to pass stay on the left. Slow moving vehicles hogging the left lane can easily cause an accident because of their ‚Äúnon-need for speed‚ÄĚ.
‚ÄúDriving-while-jamming‚ÄĚ is a subject I shouldn‚Äôt even touch because I‚Äôd never heard of driving while using headphones before writing on the subject. It simply makes no sense as far as I‚Äôm concerned. If you want to hear a jam, or audiobook, then turn up the volume on your car stereo. Why anyone besides someone who needs hearing enhancements, or uses a blue-tooth hands-free device, would purposely use¬†ear buds while driving down the road, is beyond me.
Apparently, there are many who like to do this, so AAA has set up a page that addresses the varying state laws that govern the use of headphones.
Some states do prohibit this, but most don‚Äôt assuming as I would that most people would have enough common sense to not use them in the first place.
Some people like to get inebriated at the golf club and take one of the carts home, thinking they are bypassing local and state regulations about what a vehicle is. Those people are fools, who get ticketed for DWI/DUI and other offenses. Your cart is illegal on regular roads if it isn‚Äôt classified as a Low Speed Vehicle (LSV). If you want to use a golf cart as a low speed vehicle, it‚Äôs pretty easy to comply with local and state regulations. Making sure the vehicle has proper headlights, turn signals, etc., is a no-brainer. But remember to bring your license along, as it‚Äôs required in just about every state. Check out the Golf Cart Resource for more info.
No, you can‚Äôt watch a DVD movie while driving. Shocker. And yes, I‚Äôve read quite a few articles on people modifying their entertainment systems to bypass the ‚Äúvideo-while-driving‚ÄĚ safeguards on their vehicles.
Those drivers seem to use the same excuse of wanting to let their passengers watch a movie too.
Strange how none of the passengers are driving the cars that get into the accidents. Why any driver would be insane enough to think they can safely operate a vehicle while watching The Avengers: Infinity War is beyond me, but there you go, stupid is as stupid does.
I see more and more people driving their cars without a front bumper, either because they‚Äôve recently gotten into an automobile accident, or they are taking the vehicle to a garage or junkyard. But it‚Äôs still illegal to drive without at least a front bumper in most states. True, there are no federal laws about it, but in most states, you can still receive a fine for driving around one, says legalbeagle.com. It only makes sense since the bumper is there to protect you and others from low-impact accidents. Don‚Äôt think you can get by just throwing a temp bumper on your vehicle any way you want. AAA.com says that bumpers still have to meet strict height and length requirements.
Dogs who have their heads sticking out of a window with their tongues hanging out are just plain cute. But it can lead to some serious problems if your pet isn‚Äôt properly secured, especially if you are involved in an accident. Unrestrained pets lead to a lot of accidents because it distracts the driver. Pets like snakes, lizards and other animals can get into tiny spaces, under your seat or even wrap around you oblivious to the danger it might cause. There might be no federal law about harnessing pets, but there are plenty of state laws around about the subject, according to The Nest. Why wouldn‚Äôt any pet owner not want their pets to be as secure in a vehicle as they are?
When you see a law enforcement or emergency vehicle with another car pulled over to the side of the road, the safest thing you can do for yourself and all others involved is to move over one lane. In many states it‚Äôs illegal to try and pass them in the nearest lane.
Gawkers and distracted drivers can seriously injure other personnel trying to help others on the road.
These distracted drivers are so busy trying to see what‚Äôs going on or attempting to record something for their precious social media account, that they are unaware (or just don‚Äôt care) they are in an illegal area. 43 states have passed ‚ÄúMove Over‚ÄĚ laws to prevent additional accidents, according to moveoveramerica.com.
Yep, driving while operating a cellphone is illegal, according to the National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL), who handle legislation for the issue. Funny thing is, many people still do it, ignoring the glares they get from other people, even flipping off others when they get honked at because they are too distracted to properly drive. Most when asked, will simply reply that it‚Äôs legal‚Ä¶in their¬†state. It just might be true, but it doesn‚Äôt stand up when they are getting a ticket. With all of the hands-free options that are available to drivers, there‚Äôs really no ex