The last thing any driver wants is to deal with a traffic stop. But traffic stops are quite common. According to one study, police officers stop over 32 million Americans for traffic violations each year. Plus, North Carolina is one of the top ten states with the highest traffic stop rate, with a 10 percent chance of being pulled over.
Below are five common reasons some drivers get pulled over on the road.
Cell phone use
Laws regarding cell phone use while driving vary from state to state. Drivers in North Carolina can use handheld cell phones as long as they’re 18 or older. However, minors aren’t allowed to use cell phones behind the wheel, and drivers of all ages are prohibited from texting while driving.
Many drivers go too fast on the road despite established speed limits. Some do it out of desperation because they’re hurrying to get somewhere. Others speed to test their limits, especially if they’re adventurous teen drivers.
Weaving between lanes
Drivers should stay in one lane and only change lanes when necessary. Weaving constantly between lanes increases the risk of crashing into other drivers. People who usually do this are incompetent drivers or drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Ignoring traffic signals/signs
Traffic signals and signs like stop signs, one way and stop/go lights keep drivers safe. That said, some drivers ignore them unintentionally due to distractions or want to see what they can get away with.
Driving on a suspended license
People with suspended licenses should find other modes of transportation until they earn them back. Nevertheless, some drive anyway, even when they know they’re not supposed to.
Drivers violating traffic laws should face the consequences of their actions. But there are also cases where law enforcement unjustly tickets someone. If you recently received a traffic ticket and need legal guidance, reach out to explore your options.