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What are moving and non-moving violations?

On Behalf of | Mar 21, 2020 | blog

Residents of Pennsylvania must abide by state laws when it comes to driving. The state laws govern what behaviors and actions officers will ticket. 

Today we will look at two types of traffic violations that may result in an officer ticketing you. These categories are broad. They are moving and non-moving violations. 

Moving violations 

First, we will differentiate the two violations. A moving violation occurs if the vehicle is in motion during the violation. Examples of moving violations include: 

  • Running a stop sign or red light 
  • Doing a rolling stop or not stopping properly at a sign or light 
  • Drunk driving or driving under the influence 
  • Distracted driving 
  • Speeding 

Officers often ticket these violations. Moving violations also have the largest penalties attached more often than not. This is because a car is more dangerous when in motion. Drivers have a higher chance of hurting themselves, others or other people’s property. 

Non-moving violations 

Non-moving violations occur when a vehicle is not in motion but the driver still breaks the law. Some examples include: 

  • Parking in a no-park or tow-away zone 
  • Parking in front of a fire hydrant 
  • Excessive muffler noise 
  • Parking in front of an expired meter 

Of non-moving violations, you will see the most of parking tickets. Many people pay these tickets without a second thought. You should keep in mind that paying a ticket is an admission of guilt. Parking tickets go on your record. But their impact is not big. 

Are you interested in learning more about traffic violations? Are you curious about different types of traffic violations and their penalties? If so, follow the link here. It takes you to our webpage on the same topic. 

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