What Acts Can Be Considered Traffic Violations?
10 Nov
Author: Colin Maher
Date: 2017-11-10
Categories: Traffic

What Acts Can Be Considered Traffic Violations?

Ohio recognizes more than 100 actions as traffic violations. A handful constitute criminal activities under state statutes, including reckless operation, street racing, hit-skip/fleeing the scene of an accident and operating a vehicle while impaired/Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

 

The Franklin County traffic violation attorneys with The Maher Law Firm have experience defending drivers accused of such serious offenses. Since the question posed in the title hints at ticketable offenses, however, we will list those here.

 

Note that, unless a commercial vehicle or commercial driver’s license is specified, every traffic violation named can be committed by a moped rider, motorcyclist, car driver, or truck or bus operator. The relevant statutes and local ordinances also apply to drivers of all ages, although extra legal obligations are sometimes placed on teens and elderly individuals.

 

Last, as indicated, convictions or guilty pleas for traffic violations often put points on a driver’s Bureau of Motor Vehicles record. That can be a much harsher penalty than fines, fees, and increased insurance premiums. Accumulating 12 points in a 24-month period results in a six-month license suspension.

 

 

Ticketable Traffic Violations in Ohio

Violation

Points on BMV Record

Providing False Information During a Traffic stop or at a Safety Checkpoint

0

Running a Stop Sign

2

Ignoring or Running Traffic Lights

2

Violating Rules for Stopping at a Railroad Crossing

2

Ignoring or Failing to Obey Traffic Control Devices or Road Signs

2

No Child Restraint

0

Speeding

·       4 for 25 mph over limit

·       2 for 2-24 over limit

·       0 for less than 5 mph over limit

Slow Speed

2

Driving Under Federal Railroad Administration Suspension

6

Following too Close

2

One-Way Traffic Violation

2

Driving Left of Center

2

Failing to Yield to a Pedestrian or Blind Person

2

Crossing a Yellow Line

2

Failing to Keep Right

2

Crossing the Median or Double Line on a Divided Highway

2

Traffic Lane, Center Lines, or Safety Zone Violation

2

Failing to Yield the Right of Way

2

Opposing Vehicular Traffic Violation (Driving the Wrong Way)

2

Improper Passing

2

Violation When Being Passed

2

Stopped School Bus Violation

2

Operating Without Due Regard for Private Property

2

Unsafe Operation on Private Property

2

Operating Without Due Regard

4

Unsafe Operation

4

Disobeying or Interfering With a Police Order

2

Failing to Maintain an Assured Clear Distance

2

Improper or Unsafe Starting or Backing

2

Driving on a Closed Highway

2

Dropping or Placing Material in the Roadway

2

Operating in Violation of a Restriction on the License or Vehicle

2

Operating Without a Driver’s License

2

Losing Physical Control of a Vehicle

2

Making Prohibited U-Turn

2

Making an Improper or Prohibited Turn

2

Not Using Turn Signals

2

Failing to Turn From a Turn-Only Lane

2

Loss of Control That Leads to an Auto Accident

2

Operating an Unsafe Vehicle

0

Violating an Equipment Regulation

0

Violating Restrictions Imposed With Slow-Moving Vehicle Signs

0

Misusing Equipment

0

Ignoring or Failing to Use a Disabled Vehicle Warning

0

Violating an Out of Service Order for Commercial Driving

vary

Driving While Under Suspension for Drunk or Drugged Driving

6

Operating in Violation of Restrictions on Driver’s License

0

Making Misrepresentation on a Driver’s License

0

Failing to File a Required Report

0

Violating the Seat Belt Law

0

Violating Brake Requirements

0

Impaired Alertness While Driving a Commercial Vehicle

2

Wrongful Entrustment (Allowing an Unlicensed or Impaired Person Drive Your Vehicle)

0

Endangering Children

0

Failing to Maintain Control or Weaving

2

Consuming Alcohol in a Motor Vehicle

0

Driving Without a Temporary Permit and/or With No Licensed Adult (Teen/New Driver)

2

Violating Curfew While Holding a Temporary Permit

2

Violating a curfew Imposed on Licensed Drivers

2

Failing to Ensure All Vehicle Occupants Are Secured

0

Failing to Yield to a Funeral Procession

2

Operating Unsafely Around an Emergency Vehicle

2

Failing to Reinstate Your Driver’s License

6

Driving While Under a 12-Point Suspension

2

Stealing Gasoline

0

Skipping a Weigh Station

2

Driving Without a Required Endorsement

2

Operating or Speeding in a Way That Is Unreasonable for Conditions

2

Driving a Commercial Vehicle While Disqualified

2

Driving a Commercial Vehicle Without Obtaining a CDL

2

Driving a Commercial Vehicle While Not Carrying Your CDL

2

Violating an Out-of-Service Order for Transporting Hazardous Materials

0

Registration Violation

0

Title Violation

0

Tag or Sticker Violation

0

Tampering With an Immobilization Device

0

Unsafe Operation With Passengers in the Vehicle

2

Driving With an Obstructed View

2

Driving While Wearing Headphones

2

Towing Violation

2

 

 

Valid defenses against each alleged ticketable offense exist. To find out if one or more can work for you, call us for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation with a Maher Law Firm Columbus traffic violation attorney by calling (614) 205-2208.  Consultations can also be requested by completing this online contact form.

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