Thomas Carroll Blauvelt

Common traffic violations drivers should avoid

The safety of everyone on the roadway depends on every driver operating their vehicle in accordance with applicable laws. Police officers monitor drivers on the road to try to address issues when they occur.

In some cases, people may receive a ticket for a traffic violation. Understanding the kinds of questionable actions that may lead to traffic tickets gives drivers a chance to avoid misconduct in informed ways.


Speeding is perhaps the most common traffic violation. It results from a driver’s urgency or disregard for posted speed limits, but it can also involve driving slower than the posted speed limit but faster than what’s safe for the current conditions. This behavior increases the risk of accidents and injuries because it reduces a driver’s ability to react to unexpected road conditions or actions of other drivers.

Texting while driving

Texting while driving is another serious concern because it diverts a driver’s attention from the road. New Jersey law strictly prohibits the use of handheld devices while driving. The ban includes all actions involving the phone, not just texting. This is meant to curb the distraction and potential harm it causes.

Aggressive driving

Aggressive driving, which includes behaviors such as tailgating, erratic lane changes and disregarding traffic signals, is another hazardous violation. It affects the aggressive driver and also others on the road. Drivers who are being aggressive are often immediately noticeable and police officers may initiate a traffic stop to curb the behavior.

Failure to yield

Failing to yield the right of way is a violation that often leads to collisions, especially at intersections, pedestrian crossings and when merging onto highways. This violation may stem from misunderstanding traffic signs, aggressive driving or inattention.

It’s always best for drivers to explore their options for addressing traffic tickets because they have the option of paying the ticket or fighting it in court. In other words, paying a ticket is not a foregone conclusion. Having a legal representative who can explain these options is beneficial because it allows an individual to consider the potential outcomes of various options. Sometimes, simply paying a ticket isn’t the best way forward.

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