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Understanding photo enforcement at intersections

If you live in Virginia, you may well have encountered some intersections at which red-light cameras have been installed. Perhaps you have even been the recipient of a ticket citing for you an alleged red-light violation caught by a photo enforcement camera system. Opening your mailbox to get this type of correspondence can certainly put a damper on your day. Understanding this technology can be important for you when determining how to proceed after receiving this type of ticket.

Yielding the right-of-way to pedestrians

When driving around Roanoke, you will inevitably come upon scenarios where pedestrians enter on to the roadway. The general assumption amongst many is that the road belongs to motorists and that pedestrians should keep to the sidewalks everywhere except those areas designated for them to cross. That assumption is largely correct, yet as is the case with many laws, there are exceptions. Many have come to members of our team here at Robert F. Rider, PLC. after having been cited for not yielding the right-of-way to pedestrians wondering how they might challenge such a supposed violation. The key to doing so is understanding when and where you have the right-of-way. 

Va drivers see increased law enforcement presence during holiday

People hitting the road during the holiday have seen a larger presence of law enforcement on Virginia streets and highways than usual, and that is entirely by design. Authorities in both Virginia and Maryland have augmented patrols in anticipation of projected increased traffic volumes over the three-day Memorial Day weekend.

VDOT looking at new ways to catch toll avoiders

Residents in Virginia who have ever driven in the carpool lane on Interstate 66, also called the high occupancy vehicle lane, know that there are places where drivers are supposed to pay a fee for using this lane. A recent report by ARLnow indicates that state officials believe that many drivers who should be paying the toll are not doing so. In addition, there is some question as to whether or not every vehicle in the HOV lane should really be there based on the number of people in the vehicle.

How to talk to your teen about driver safety

If you have a teen driver in Virginia, it is important to have a talk about driver safety prior to handing the car keys over. After all, it is a lot better to prevent accidents before they happen than to have to deal with them after the fact. We here at Robert F. Rider, PLC want you to know that there are specific things you should discuss with your teen driver to help her or him remain safe on the roadways. 

Push to stop requiring license suspensions makes progress

There are many valuable reasons why courts across Virginia will suspend a person's driver's license. Excessive traffic violations, reckless operating of a motor vehicle and even failure to pay child support are just some of the reasons why peoples driver's licenses are suspended nationwide. However, there are certain groups of people that may experience far more serious repercussions when their license is temporarily taken away. 

What are the three types of speed limits?

Speed limits may seem fairly straightforward: if you get caught driving over the posted limit, you receive a ticket. Indeed, this is the way that speed limit enforcement in Virginia usually works. According to FindLaw, the term for this type of speed limit is an absolute speed limit. However, it is only one of three different types of speed limits enforced within the United States. 

Why it does not pay to blow off your traffic court date

At Robert F. Rider, PLC, in Virginia, we realize that you can sometimes miss a court date through no fault of your own. We also realize, however, that when a lot of people get a traffic ticket, they fail to take it as seriously as they should. They seem to think that if they treat it with benign neglect, eventually it will simply disappear.

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