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What are the most common traffic violations?

Did you get up late this morning? No matter how hard you tried, you couldn't make up the time while at home. If you are like most people, everything seemed to take twice as long as it usually does -- probably because you were in a hurry. So, you tried to make up the time while driving. Nearly everyone plays out this scenario on occasion, but that doesn't make it legal.

There are a lot of rules when it comes to driving. Obeying the traffic laws is something most Georgia drivers attempt to do but don't always succeed at doing. In fact, there are certain traffic laws that people commonly violate.

What traffic laws do most drivers break?

If you could find someone who has never broken the speed limit, that would be quite a feat. This is one of the most commonly broken traffic laws. People get in a hurry or become complacent since they drive the same routes all the time. At other times, your emotions could cause you to push down a bit harder on the gas pedal. Other traffic rules that people frequently break include those below:

  • Distracted driving: Anything you do behind the wheel that doesn't involve driving is a distraction. In recent years, cell phones, infotainment centers and GPS systems serve as the most common and dangerous distractions for drivers.
  • Reckless driving: This offense encompasses a number of driving behaviors such as distracted driving, weaving in and out of traffic, sudden braking, and more. 
  • Drunk driving: Even a couple of drinks with dinner could impair a driver's judgment and ability to drive safely. Many people do not even realize that, legally, they should not drive because they do not feel like their abilities are compromised.
  • Running a red light: You may be surprised how many people fail to stop at red lights. They probably reached the intersection when the light was yellow, but as they entered it, the light turned red. 

More than likely, you do not set out to violate any traffic laws, but things happen. No one is perfect, and everyone makes mistakes. However, if a police officer stops you for violating one of these traffic laws, you may get a ticket or even a trip to jail. If you are like other people, you may not take a traffic ticket seriously, but you may want to rethink that.

These infractions could add points to your license, and with enough points, you could lose your license for a time. If you drive for a living, any ticket could affect your ability to do your job. You have the right to challenge any traffic violation, and you may want to consider doing so in order to do what you can to keep your driving record as clean as possible.

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