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What to know about stop signs and red lights

Most New York residents understand what it means when they see a stop sign or a red light. However, there are times in which a motorist may not come to a complete stop or deliberately disobey the rule. Drivers may be cited if they perform a rolling stop or do not adhere to right-of-way laws in the jurisdiction where the infraction takes place.

In some cases, a traffic light will have a red arrow in place of or addition to a red light. Drivers may not make a turn at a red arrow. If a driver violates the law, they could be pulled over by a police or have their picture taken by a traffic camera. All 50 states have laws regarding drivers who fail to obey a traffic light or stop sign.

Although running a red light or not stopping at a stop sign are generally considered to be minor offenses, there could still be significant penalties. Some violators must pay a fine plus a surcharge. It's also possible for points to be added to a driver's license. Those who are interested in disputing a traffic citation may do so with the help of an attorney.

Depending on the specifics of a case, a lawyer might assert that a traffic camera violates a person's right to due process. An attorney may also argue that a driver did come to a stop or that a light had not yet turned red when the alleged offender entered an intersection. If a citation is dropped or reduced, an individual could avoid some or all penalties associated with a traffic violation.

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