Written by Gregory Monte. When it comes to traffic regulation, all states have adopted either the Federal Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) or a similar state version of the same. This means that a state must follow the very strict guidelines specified in that manual if it hopes to enforce any traffic restriction … Continue reading Street Signs on Stop Sign Poles – Legal and Enforceable?
Written by Gregory Monte. While most would agree that speed is a factor in fatal car crashes, the issuance of speeding tickets by the police doesn’t seem to help alleviate this tragic situation much at all. Let me state up front that I am not an academic researcher and that I did not do an … Continue reading Issuing More Speeding Tickets Doesn’t Necessarily Lead to Safer Roads.
Written by Gregory Monte. I am pretty sure that everyone has at some point passed a car to the left on a four-lane road (two lanes in each direction with dotted white lines in between). But once you do this, how long are you allowed to stay in that left lane before you are required … Continue reading A Traffic Ticket for Traveling in the Left Lane?
Written by Gregory Monte. Coasting Down a Hill in Your Vehicle is Illegal? My last two blog posts focused on the surprising (to me, at least) fact that coasting a vehicle down a hill is illegal in most states. Here is the break-down in case you missed those posts: States Where Coasting is Legal for … Continue reading Truck Crashes and Coasting – No Clear Correlation.
Written by Gregory Monte. This blog post is a follow-up to Friday’s where I discussed the interesting fact that coasting a vehicle down a hill is illegal in most states. Now that I have completed the research, I can provide a comprehensive list of the states that actually allow this driving behavior. Just so you … Continue reading Coasting Down a Hill is Illegal in Most States (Part Two)
Written by Gregory Monte. I have to apologize to my readers from Virginia. I wrote a blog post last week where I ridiculed two Virginia laws: Dumb and Dumber – These two Virginia driving laws are as silly as it gets. Well, it turns out that most other states also have one of those “silly” Virginia … Continue reading Coasting Down a Hill is Illegal in Most States.
Written by Gregory Monte. When looking for topics to write about on this blog, I sometimes just randomly pick a state and glance through its Motor Vehicle Code. Today I happened upon a section of Alabama’s code which stood out as particularly interesting: Title 35, Section 5A-173 - When local authorities may and shall alter … Continue reading Speed Traps – Alabama vs. Pennsylvania
Written by Gregory Monte. I wrote a post back in April called Police Officer’s Opinion About Your Speed – Not Enough to Convict. As the title suggests, I discussed why a Pennsylvania driver could not be convicted of a speeding violation just based on a police officer’s opinion about how fast he was travelling. Today I … Continue reading NY vs. PA – Police Officer’s Testimony About Speed
Written by Gregory Monte. Using Your Judgement When Driving Unlike the “Traffic Law Nazis” who I have described in previous blog posts, I don’t have a problem when people speed - as long as they are doing so in a prudent manner. Issuing tickets just because drivers are travelling above the official limit is just … Continue reading Automated Speed Enforcement – It still sucks, but at least it is not arbitrary.
Written by Gregory Monte. Several Websites Get This Wrong Yes, you can ... in some states. If you don't believe me, I suggest that you read the rest of this blog post, because I provide the proof to back up my assertion. I rarely cite websites or other blogs when I write my posts. Instead … Continue reading Can You Cross a Double Yellow Line to Pass a Slow-Moving Vehicle?