All states have laws that require drivers to come to a complete stop when a stop sign is posted or when a traffic signal displays a red light or red arrow. However, running a red light is one of the most common violations of traffic laws.
When someone is arrested for a DUI, it begins two processes. The first is an administrative hearing that could result in the loss of a driver's license. The loss of a driver's license could cause difficulties for an individual who commutes to work or has family to drive around.
When a person is convicted of a traffic violation in Maryland, points are assessed to his or her driver's license. The number of points that is placed on a license is based on the charge that was levied during the traffic stop, and in cases where a person allegedly committed more than one violation, only the violation that results in the largest number of points will be noted on the individual's driver's license upon conviction.
In the state of Maryland, all drivers must carry insurance with certain coverage minimums. Failure to comply with these rules could lead to fines and other penalties, including the inability to register a vehicle.
Maryland drivers should be aware that in October 2013, the state passed a "move over" law. The purpose of the law is to protect public officials and police officers who are working on the side of the road. Motorists must change lanes if possible when officials or police are on the roadside. If a lane change is not possible, drivers must slow down. Recently, the state has begun seriously enforcing the law.
A Maryland man suspected of being involved in a fatal car accident in which two people lost their lives has been arrested. Maryland police believe that the man was speeding when he hit a van carrying six passengers. He has been charged with vehicular manslaughter as well as other traffic violations.
A Maryland man suspected of causing a fatal car accident while allegedly driving under the influence of drugs has recently been offered a plea deal in his criminal defense. Maryland police suspect that the man was speeding at speeds up to 115 mph before causing the fatal accident. He faces up to 21 years in prison if convicted on all of his charges.
An alleged illegal U-turn attempted by a Maryland police office on the second weekend of June has resulted in a series of charges being filed. In addition to reckless driving, the attempted U-turn's subsequent collision with another vehicle has resulted in the 28-year-old fourth-year police officer facing assault charges. The Howard County officer was on-duty when the collision occurred and has remained assigned to administrative work since then.
Unfortunately, criminal charges are a common occurrence all over the United States. When criminal charges accompany a car accident, the emotional reaction to the incident can be intense. However, when those criminal charges result from reckless driving that involves children who were injured as a result of a driver's negligence, legal repercussions can ensue. Some Maryland residents may relate to a recent, somewhat odd, car accident involving all of the above.
The weekend before Memorial Day is a perfect opportunity for Maryland families to kick off the summer. Because school is almost done for children and warmer weather has arrived, many families use the long weekend to take a road trip. At the same time, however, police will be out in full force looking to issue traffic citations.