Getting pulled over is a stressful event, and getting a ticket on top of it is worse. And while being a careful and alert driver usually lessens the chance of your being pulled over, you can still get ticketed for parking violations or vehicle problems. Read on for 4 of the top reasons Colorado drivers get tickets and how to avoid being one of the statistics.
This one is a no-brainer. We’ve all been guilty at some point or another of speeding, even if it was a mere 5mph over. The problem with speeding and the reason it will get you pulled over and often ticketed is that it causes harm to others as well as yourself. The faster you go, the less reaction time you and others around you have for unforeseen circumstances. Speeding tickets can amount to thousands of dollars in fines as well as lots of points against your license, so keep within that limit; it’s there for a reason.
Like helmet laws, the seatbelt rule has always been a bit controversial. After all, if you chose not to wear a seatbelt, it only harms you, right? This isn’t true, as injuries and fatalities sustained by drivers not wearing seatbelts also affects first-responders, hospital workers, and the lives of your loved ones who may lose you should a fatal crash occur. So buckle up! It is safer.
3. Distracted Driving
You might instantly think of texting and driving as a primary example of this, but did you know even talking can get you a ticket for distracted driving? Law enforcement defines distracted driving as anything that creates an unsafe driving environment, and it could include talking to others in the car, eating or drinking, texting, listening to music too loudly, or not keeping your eyes on the road. Stay focused to prevent getting pulled over, or worse, in an accident.
4. Car Lights
Getting ticketed for a problem with your vehicle is always unfortunate because part of you feels like it isn’t your fault. Unfortunately, vehicle safety is your responsibility, so make sure all your lights work properly, your tires are full, your windows are not blocked, and your rearview mirrors are clear. Even the smallest thing like having a charm hanging from your rearview could get you a ticket.
Though this list is far from complete, these 4 things are among the most common reasons Colorado drivers are pulled over and ticketed. Don’t contribute to the statistics. Stay focused on the road, keep your vehicle in check, and obey speed limits at all times. From all of us here at Quick-Set Auto Glass, drive safely out there!