Summer's here, with all its glory -- but if you're planning on being behind the wheel or in the car a lot this summer, you may not really enjoy those bright, sunny days as much as other people. Window tints are a great solution -- but they can also get you a hefty traffic ticket if you don't know the rules.
If you drive anywhere in Maryland, you'd better keep this in mind: There are cameras everywhere.
Have you ever been driving on the road only to be scared half out of your skin by a car that zooms past you like you are standing still? Or, have you ever been on the road and realize that you're about to run right over a car that's going so slowly you're sure the occupants could get to their destination faster by walking?
What happens when you get a traffic ticket in Maryland?
A common criminal defense tactic when it comes to traffic tickets is to simply change the hearing date. The reason that this can work is that when a police officer issues a lot of tickets and drivers decide to challenge those tickets, the officer typically schedules the hearings back-to-back during a specific block of time on a specific day of the week. If the accused driver reschedules the hearing date, it might not be possible for the officer to make it to trial and you may get your infraction dismissed.
Maryland drivers are prone to exceeding the speed limit just like drivers in other parts of the country. For this reason, local law enforcement are often on patrol looking for speed limit violators. If you have been pulled over, accused of this crime and issued a speeding ticket, however, it doesn't necessarily mean that you were guilty. Police and their speed measuring devices, after all, might not always be accurate.
A new report from The Washington Post has found that more than seven million people across the country have lost their driver's licenses due to unpaid tickets or other traffic debt. This debt includes unpaid administrative fees and unpaid court fees. Of the seven million, 10 percent are from the Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. areas.
The movie franchise "The Fast and the Furious" has been a smash at box offices around the globe, raking in millions of dollars. Is it possible that these and other similar movies are partially responsible for an increase in people getting traffic tickets?
When most Maryland residents receive a traffic ticket, they wrongly assume that they have to simply accept the fine -- and resulting consequences for their insurance premiums. However, drivers are often surprised to discover that they have the right to defend themselves against the charges in court. But what's the best way to defend against a traffic ticket?
Most Maryland residents want to imagine they could talk or charm our way out of a speeding ticket during a traffic stop. You might have heard some general advice to this end -- about what you should say to a police officer in order to get a "warning" instead of a ticket.