Impatient Driver Flashing High Beams Behind You? It’s legal, and you are required to move over.

Written by Gregory Monte. I am not an attorney, but I spend quite a bit of my free time reading and interpreting motor vehicle codes for fun and entertainment.  Although this may sound a bit perverse, I do it because I am interested in learning about obscure laws that most people have no idea exist. … Continue reading Impatient Driver Flashing High Beams Behind You? It’s legal, and you are required to move over.

Passing in a No Passing Zone – The Primary Exception

Written by Gregory Monte. This post will be the third and final installment of my discussion of motor vehicle laws related to passing/overtaking.  The first one was about approaching another car on a narrow road, the second was about your obligation when overtaking/approaching a frightened animal on the roadway, and this one is about passing … Continue reading Passing in a No Passing Zone – The Primary Exception

“Frightened Animals” and the Motor Vehicle Code

Written by Gregory Monte. In doing research for yesterday’s blog post about “road hogs,” I discovered a section of Wisconsin’s motor vehicle code which struck me as odd – to say the least.  Chapter 346, Section 11 describes a driver’s obligation when passing or meeting a “frightened animal:” “Whenever a person riding, driving or leading … Continue reading “Frightened Animals” and the Motor Vehicle Code

The “Road Hog Statute” – A Motor Vehicle Law to Enforce Common Courtesy.

Written by Gregory Monte. While I didn’t do exhaustive research, a quick Google search revealed that many states have laws which direct how drivers should behave when “meeting” a vehicle coming in the opposite direction on a narrow road.  The language was the same in each of the examples I came across: “Drivers of vehicles … Continue reading The “Road Hog Statute” – A Motor Vehicle Law to Enforce Common Courtesy.

The Problem with Stop Signs

Written by Gregory Monte. “What Harm Can Arise From Unnecessary Stops?” City of Nacogdoches, Texas - Stop Sign Brochure Wait a minute … aren’t stop signs a good thing?  Aren’t they installed in order to protect motorists from other drivers?  Why on earth would this question even need be asked? The "Traffic Law Nazis" Every … Continue reading The Problem with Stop Signs

Ticket for a Nonconforming Traffic Sign/Signal?

Written by Gregory Monte. One of the best ways to beat a ticket is to show that the traffic-control device you were accused of violating was not installed/placed in conformance with the Federal Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD).  The MUTCD covers common violations like speeding and stop signs, but it also applies to … Continue reading Ticket for a Nonconforming Traffic Sign/Signal?

Protecting Drivers from Their Own Stupidity or Just Another Silly Motor Vehicle Law?

Written by Gregory Monte. “During this bitter blast, patrol officers have been out looking for vehicles left running with no one behind the wheel because it's a vehicle code violation and against state law.  We issue a ticket or a warning to let owners know that this is a crime ...” WFMZ-TV (69News.Com) I recently … Continue reading Protecting Drivers from Their Own Stupidity or Just Another Silly Motor Vehicle Law?

When Does a Red Traffic Signal Become a Stop Sign?

Written by Gregory Monte. Have you ever experienced the frustration of pulling up to one of those traffic lights that has a sensor to detect the presence of vehicles and the light just refuses to change?  If you are like most drivers, at first you just sit there patiently because you have no clue that … Continue reading When Does a Red Traffic Signal Become a Stop Sign?

PA Stop Signs Without White Borders – Still Enforceable.

Written by Gregory Monte. This is a quick clarification for Pennsylvania residents who may have read my previous blog post Are Stop Signs WITHOUT White Borders Enforceable? I have some bad news if you want to fight a ticket you received at a stop sign without white borders: PA Title 67, Chapter 212.101 Official Signs indicates … Continue reading PA Stop Signs Without White Borders – Still Enforceable.

Are Stop Signs WITHOUT White Borders Enforceable?

Written by Gregory Monte. I will keep this post short and to the point because detailed commentary is unnecessary.  The only reason I am even spending the time at all is because I didn’t find a web site that properly answered this question. I did find one related article entitled Are Stop Signs with White … Continue reading Are Stop Signs WITHOUT White Borders Enforceable?