Nice Guys Finish Last – And Sometimes Get Tickets

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A little courtesy behind the wheel goes a long way. It’s nice to allow space for another car to merge or to leave room for a driver to enter the road from a parking lot, but there’s always that one person who takes it too far. Every driver knows the frustration of getting stuck behind the “nice guy” who holds up the flow of traffic by pausing at every intersection or yielding to cars that clearly don’t have the right of way.

There’s not much you can do to make the “nice guy” speed up. However, if it gives you any solace, know that there are times when being too nice can result in a ticket.

For example, if you stop too frequently to allow cars to enter the roadway, you could be hit with a ticket for impeding traffic. As the name of the violation implies, in order to get a citation for this you would have to be causing a jam-up in the flow of traffic, though what constitutes impeding traffic depends on the officer’s discretion. If the road behind you is mostly empty, or if there is a second lane that cars can easily move into when you stop, an officer is less likely to see your driving as a disruption. However, on a busy roadway, the frequent stops would not only slow traffic but would also present a risk of accidents, and you are therefore more likely to get ticketed.

You could also face a ticket if you slow down unnecessarily or stop at a green light to allow another driver to go. For example, if you are heading straight and the other car is making a left, you have the right of way. Should you surrender that right of way, your nice gesture could result in a ticket for failing to obey a traffic control device. Similar to impeding traffic, your chances of getting this ticket increase when traffic is heavier and the risk of an accident or disrupting the flow is higher. However, this is a much more cut-and-dry scenario than impeding traffic and is less dependent on an officer’s discretion.

A ticket for impeding traffic costs $150 plus up to $93 in court costs. It also carries three points on your license and the potential for up to 15 days in jail. Failure to obey a traffic control device is a two-point violation that carries a fine of $150, up to $93 in court fees, and a possible 15 days in jail. If you or someone you love has been ticketed for impeding traffic, failure to obey a traffic control device, or any other moving violation in New York, contact an attorney to protect your rights. The lawyers of the Rosenblum Law Firm are experienced traffic ticket attorneys with offices in New York and New Jersey. Email or call 888-203-2619 for a free consultation about your case.

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