You might not be all that surprised by the items on this list, but it makes sense to think about it and how you might change some of your driving habits to make you less of a potential target for the random – or not so random – traffic stop.
Speeding: Are you just in a hurry to get to the next thing? Are you late to pick up the kids from school? Keep in mind the next time you are speeding that the reason you may be stopped is that the faster you go, the more time you need to react to the unexpected. In other words, speeding is dangerous. Commutes are longer than ever before, and unfortunately our patience with being in the car for those long commutes is shorter than ever. Awareness of speed limits and committing yourself to staying at or under the speed limit will help you avoid costly tickets and license points that increase your insurance rates.
Distracted Driving: Whether you are touching up your makeup on the way to work or texting instructions to the dog walker, distracted driving is a dangerous sport. In Ohio, if you are under 18, it is illegal to use any type of electronic wireless communication device while you are driving. For adults over 18 it is illegal to use a handheld electronic wireless communications device to write, send, or read a text while driving in Ohio.
Dangerous or Reckless Driving: This is anything from improper lane changes, failure to stop at a stop sign, and weaving at high rates of speed. Again, awareness will keep you from making mistakes and opening yourself to the potential traffic stop.
Equipment Violations: Is one of your taillights burned out? Are there cracks in the windshield? Expired tags? Are your windows tinted too dark? These are all the little details that can warrant a traffic stop.
More Dangerous Driving: Things like hanging out in the passing lane, weaving in and out of traffic, and driving slower than the rest of the traffic are also noticeable to police and may make you “stand out in the crowd.”
If you’ve been charged with a reckless driving offense in Central Ohio, get the trusted counsel you deserve. You need to actively pursue clearing your record to the greatest extent possible. You need the representation of a skilled attorney who can help you fight your charges. The Maher Law Firm can help make sure that your rights are protected. Call The Maher Law Firm today for a free consultation at 614-205-2208 or contact us online.