Traffic Laws

While Traffic laws throughout the United States may vary from state to state, there is certainly a commonality between them. As a driver it’s crucial that you understand what your own local and state traffic laws are. This will not only help keep you safe on the road, it will help you to avoid receiving traffic violations and summonses. 


Traffic laws are the foundation for safe driving and they go hand in hand with defensive driving practices. 


Let’s take a look at some of the most common traffic laws, rules and regulations throughout the United States. 


Driving Under The Influence (D.U.I.)

Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is illegal across the U.S.. Not only is driving under the influence incredibly dangerous, it can land you in a ton of legal and financial troubles. D.U.I. related accidents are the leading cause in over 13,000 deaths across America each year. If you don’t get into an accident while impaired, you are likely to get pulled over by law enforcement. The average cost of a D.U.I. conviction in the U.S. is $10,000. That’s due to legal fees, attorney fees, fines, insurance rate hikes and lost wages from work. It’s simply not smart to ever get behind the wheel of a vehicle while impaired. 


Speed Limits

Posted speed limits are on every roadway in America. These speed limits tell drivers what the top speed on that stretch of roadway is. Going over the speed limit can result in a traffic ticket. Going over the speed limit more than 30 miles per hour is often considered ‘criminal speeding’. Criminal speeding is cause for an arrest. Just like driving under the influence, speeding can be costly. Speeding ticket costs are quite high and insurance rates typically go up when a driver is caught for speeding. The more times you are caught for speeding, the more driver demerit points are added to your license. This means that you run the risk of losing your driver’s license. 


Road Markings

Markings on the road such as yellow lines, yield or stop markings are common throughout the U.S.. These markings may look different from state to state and town to town, so it is extremely important to understand what they mean and how to adhere to them. 


Traffic Signs and Signals

Much like road markings, traffic signs and signals can vary from state to state, but for the most part, the shape, color and symbols will mean the same. Understanding what road signs mean and what traffic signals mean will allow you to stay safe on the road and adhere to the traffic laws. Not only will you be safe when armed with this information, other drivers on the road will be safe too! 


Traffic laws, rules and regulations do change, so it’s important to stay up on the latest information. Taking a defensive driving course as a refresher is always a great option to get the latest, up-to-date local, state and federal traffic law information.