Atlantic City Traffic Offenses

Posted on August 10, 2012 at 9:21am by

In New Jersey, a traffic offense conviction can not only result in a fine, but also points on your driving record. If you accrue 12 or more points on your current driving record, your license will be suspended. Your license can also be suspended if you fail to appear in court, fail to pay surcharges, drive with a suspended license, fail to provide proof of insurance, drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs, engage in reckless driving, abandon a vehicle on a public highway, or cause a fatal car accident. If you have received a traffic citation in Atlantic City, do not just pay the fine and get hit with license points. Let an experienced Atlantic City injury attorney fight the ticket in municipal court.

Examples of Traffic Offenses

Below are some of the traffic violations for which Atlantic City authorities can cite you, along with the license points you can incur if convicted:

  • Leaving the scene of an accident involving personal injury – 8 points
  • Reckless driving – 5 points
  • Tailgating – 5 points
  • Racing on a highway – 5 points
  • Illegally passing a school bus – 5 points
  • Improper passing– 4 points
  • Improper turn – 3 points
  • Speeding – 2 to 5 points, depending on excess speed
  • Running a red light – 2 points, except for red-light camera violations
  • Running a stop sign or failing to observe a yield sign – 2 points
  • Not stopping at a flashing red light – 2 points
  • Leaving the scene of an accident with no personal injury – 2 points
  • Lane violations – 2 points
  • Driving through a safety zone – 2 points
  • Unlawful use of a median – 2 points
  • Failing to signal – 2 points
  • Not yielding to pedestrians in a crosswalk or passing a vehicle that is yielding to pedestrians in a crosswalk – 2 points
  • Failing to keep right – 2 points
  • Operating a motor vehicle on a sidewalk – 2 points
  • Failing to obey an officer’s instructions, stop for a police whistle or yield to emergency vehicles – 2 points

Accruing points on your driving record not only puts you at risk for license suspension, it can also cause your car insurance rates to go up. License points can be especially disastrous for people with a commercial driver’s license, as they could lose their job if their license is suspended. If you currently have a traffic citation or other municipal court matter pending in Atlantic or Cape May counties, such as underage gambling, simple assault or disorderly conduct, contact a qualified Atlantic City injury lawyer today to start building your defense.

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