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What You Should Do if You Get a Traffic Ticket on Thanksgiving

An increase in officers on the road during Thanksgiving weekend can lead to an increase in traffic tickets. Understanding what officers are looking for, as well as how you can avoid a ticket, is important as we head into the holiday weekend.

Reasons For an Increase in Thanksgiving Tickets

Police tend to write more tickets during the Thanksgiving holiday than when compared to other weeks. These are a few of the reasons why:

  • Speeding: Whether you are running late to dinner, or you forgot something at the store, speeding is a common occurrence.
  • Car accident: More drivers are on the road, especially travelers who may not be familiar with the local roads, which can lead to an increase in car accidents. The officer will usually give a ticket to whomever they deem is at fault.
  • Failing to yield: Missing a stop sign, or failing to yield to pedestrians or vehicles, can also lead to a traffic ticket.
  • Drinking and driving: More people are out celebrating the holidays with family and friends, and these celebrations often include alcohol. This can lead to an increase in DUI charges.

Police officers are on the lookout for these common violations. In fact, many cities will increase the number of police officers on the road during the holiday season.

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How to Prevent a Traffic Ticket Over Thanksgiving

Here are a few tips that can help you prevent a traffic ticket over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend:

  • Avoid drinking and driving: If alcohol will be a part of your holiday celebrations, be sure to arrange for transportation ahead of time.
  • Maintain the speed limit: With more cops on the road, they are more likely to notice when you are speeding.
  • Be aware of traffic signs: If you are driving in a new area, or traveling, make sure you pay attention to the traffic signs that tell you speed limits, school zones, or any other important notices.
  • Avoid distractions: Distractions, such as using your phone or interacting with backseat passengers, can not only lead to a ticket, but can also be dangerous too.
  • Avoid fatigued driving: Fatigued driving can also result in a traffic ticket, while also putting you and your passengers at risk.

What to Do If You Get a Ticket This Holiday

If you find yourself with a ticket over Thanksgiving weekend, it can be helpful to reach out to a lawyer as soon as possible. While you can enjoy your weekend, keep in mind that you will need to soon deal with the ticket. Even if you do not agree with the charges, traffic violations do not go away on their own and require you to take action quickly.

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Contact a Camden County Traffic Lawyer to Discuss Your Traffic Violation in New Jersey

Did you receive a traffic violation that you do not agree with in New Jersey? Don’t let the fines pile up while you consider your options. Right now, you need a good traffic attorney on your side, fighting for your rights. The skilled attorneys at Attorneys Hartman, Chartered represent clients with speeding tickets in Burlington County, Camden County, Moorestown, Marlton, and throughout New Jersey. Call (856) 235-0220 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a consultation about your case. We have an office conveniently located at 68 East Main Street, Moorestown, NJ, 08057.

The articles on this blog are for informative purposes only and are no substitute for legal advice or an attorney-client relationship. If you are seeking legal advice, please contact our law firm directly.