There are a number of traffic violations for which one may be issued a ticket here in Maryland. We’ve compiled a list of all of the citations that may be legally issued by a law enforcement officer here in Maryland, as well as a brief description of that violation:
DUI and DWI Violations
DUI and DWI citations may be imposed on people who have consumed alcohol or are under the influence of drugs while they are operating a vehicle. These violations are comparatively serious, and they are considered criminal charges.
Reckless Driving or Negligent Driving
Reckless driving and negligent driving citations may be issued for a number of reasons. For example, if a driver is weaving across lanes of traffic, he or she may be issued a reckless driving ticket.
Seat Belt Violation
Drivers and passengers are required by law to wear seatbelts while in a moving motor vehicle. You may be issued a seat belt violation ticket if an officer notices that you or a passenger is unbelted while the vehicle is moving.
Child Restraint Violation
Similar to a seat belt violation, a child restraint violation citation may be issued if your child is unrestrained or improperly restrained in a moving vehicle. Use proper child safety restraints in your vehicle to avoid a citation.
If an you’re caught speeding by a police officer, they may issue a speeding ticket. Speeding ticket penalties vary depending on the amount of one’s transit speed over the speed limit.
Maryland traffic law requires that a vehicle has standardized equipment for safety purposes. This equipment includes brakes, a horn, lights (including operating headlights, brake lights, turn signals, and license plate lights), a muffler, mirrors, seat belts, tires, and proper windows. Any vehicle missing any one or more of these pieces of equipment may result in a mechanical violation citation. Additionally, if the aforementioned equipment is broken or misused, a driver may also be cited for a mechanical violation.
Hit & Run or Leaving the Scene of an Accident
If a driver is part of an accident, and flees the scene of the accident, they may be issued with a hit & run or leaving the scene of an accident citation.
Drivers are required to be licensed, and they’re required to carry and reveal their driver’s license upon request by a police officer. Failure to do so may result in a driving without a license citation.
Similarly, drivers are required to have a license that is not suspended. Driver’s licenses may be suspended for various traffic violations, and driving with a suspended license is a further infraction of traffic law.
A person may not drive a motor vehicle on any highway or on any property specified in § 21-101.1 of this article while the person’s license or privilege to drive is revoked in this Maryland.
If you’ve been asked for a driver’s license during a suspected traffic violation, and you refused to give an officer your driver’s license, you may have been issued with a misdemeanor charge for your violation.
Drivers are required to be insured. If a driver isn’t covered by sufficient car insurance, they may be issued a driving without insurance or insufficient insurance citation.
Driving Without Vehicle Registration
Before a vehicle may be legally operated, it must be registered with the Maryland Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Failure to register a vehicle can result in a driving without vehicle registration citation.
Driving With an Expired Vehicle Registration
Likewise, if a vehicle is operated under an expired registration, it is a violation of traffic law and a ticket may be issued for the infraction.
Performing an Illegal U-Turn or Left Turn
According to state statute 21-402, a U-turn can only be legally performed so long as the driver yields the right-of-way to approaching vehicles. Failure to do so can result in a traffic violation citation.
Unlawful Vehicle Modification
If a vehicle is modified in an illegal manner, the driver may be issued a traffic violation citation. There are numerous infractions that are considered illegal vehicle modifications; for example, cutting off or modifying a vehicle’s muffler.