Traffic Violations That Seem Ridiculous And Why You Might Need A Lawyer
Some traffic violations are understandable: You know you're supposed to stop on red and go on green, so you keep the law to avoid a ticket. What happens, though, when you violate a traffic law you did not even know existed? What if it is a law that only exists in certain cities, and you just moved to one of those cities from a place that did not have such a law? While ignorance of the law is never an excuse, expecting people to know every single traffic law on the books in one place or another is not feasible or logical. The following examples of some of those more ridiculous laws reveal how you could end up with a ticket while you are just minding your own business and why you may need a traffic violation lawyer like Kevin T Conway Esq Pc to argue your case.
If you are a pedestrian using the road to walk, this is completely normal out in the country. When you move into a city, the whole book of rules changes. One of those laws is that you have to use the sidewalk when and where it exists, which makes sense.
If you are using the sidewalks, you can walk in either direction with or against the flow of traffic. If there are no sidewalks and you are walking along the side of the road, you have to walk against the flow of traffic. It does not matter that this law requires you to travel in a direction you do not intend to go; you still have to travel against traffic when walking on the side of the road. The reason most commonly given for this law or practice according to officers that give you a ticket for walking "the wrong way" is that, should a vehicle hit you, you can see the driver and vehicle and report it. Chances are pretty high that if you are hit by a car while walking, you are not going to see much of the car or driver before passing out.
Biking laws are also traffic laws because most cities have bike lanes. You are supposed to ride with the flow of traffic, which makes sense given that you are using a mode of transportation with wheels. What you are not allowed to do, in some cities, is ride your bike on the sidewalk when there is no bike lane.
Despite the fact that kids ride their bikes on sidewalks all the time, they are actually doing it illegally. The law that requires you to ride in the street sans bike lane applies to everyone, including kids. If your child comes home with a ticket and a fine for riding his or her bike on the sidewalk, you might want to fight that. If you get the ticket and there was clearly no safe place to ride on the street, you should fight that too.