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How do a non-moving and a moving violation differ?
When receiving a citation for a non-moving violation, you are probably the recipient of either a parking ticket or a fix-it ticket. Parking citations are quite possibly the most commonly incurred non-moving violations. The idea of leaving your car for just five minutes in front of a fire hydrant or in a fire lane is oftentimes followed up with a rather expensive ticket. The fix-it ticket is usually in response to a flaw observed on your running vehicle, such a missing headlight or a defective muffler that is emitting too much noise. On the other hand, when receiving a citation for a moving violation, the ticket you receive is in response to an action you performed while driving, such as speeding or failing to stop at a traffic light or stop sign.

The car ahead of me just passed me at much greater speed than I was going but the police officer stopped me and not the other driver. Why?
There is no hard and fast answer to this question. Some speculate that the officer may not have gotten a good lock with the radar gun on the speeder ahead of you and thus would not have been able to prove the citation in court. Others claim that the officer may have just looked elsewhere and honestly missed the speeder. Other possibilities include the officer being busy with another task, eating lunch, or having a host of other reasons for not pulling over the other car. There is no way to answer this question in general.

How can I speed and not suffer the consequences?
Before thinking that faster is better, consider that speed limits have a valid function in a society that strives to enjoy safe county roads, highways and also city streets. Rather than relying on the extra 10 to 20 miles per hour you could add to the speed limit, try to rearrange your schedule so that you will have enough time to get where you are going without speeding.

If you must speed, do not drive more than 10 or 15 mph over the posted limit to avoid a reckless driving citation. Do not speed if you do not have a clear view up ahead. Go with the flow of traffic and stay behind a speeder. Make shift changes work for you; generally speaking, officers change shifts at 7:00 AM, 3:00 PM, and 11:00 PM. 15 minutes before the end of the shift and 15 minutes after the start of a new shift are the only periods of time where you will be less likely to receive a ticket, but there are no guarantees.

Do the police have to follow the speed limits? Why do I see them speeding without their sirens and lights?
The short answer is “yes” – police officers are required to drive in accordance with the speed limits just like any other driver. The only exception is an active pursuit or if they are answering an emergency call. While common wisdom demands that any and all emergencies should be indicated by sirens and flashing lights, the fact of the matter shows that the implementation of these devices is closely regulated and only permitted in the direst of emergencies. Thus, it is possible that an officer is responding to an emergency and thus needs to drive faster than the posted limit, yet she or he is not permitted to run a siren and lights. While abuses may occur, err on the side of the officer. If you see a blatant violation, however, report it to the desk sergeant on duty.
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