Failure to Obey Traffic Signals Attorney Linden NJ
Serving Clients across Westfield, Elizabeth, Plainfield, Linden, and the greater Union County Area
In today’s world, people are busy running from place to place. They are stressed, pressed for time, and on the go. Often, when driving from place to place we get distracted. If a distraction causes you to run a stoplight or stop sign, or fail to obey an officer’s signal, you could be charged with failure to obey a traffic signal under N.J.S.A. 39:4-81.
At the Law Offices of Edward Cooper we handle cases involving motor vehicle violations supporting clients in Linden, Westfield, Elizabeth, Plainfield and across Union County, New Jersey.
Mr. Cooper will ensure that you have a complete understanding of the charges you are facing, as well as the appropriate next steps to successfully resolve your case. Give us a call today at our Linden, NJ office, or fill out a contact form to schedule a consultation and protect your rights.
Failure to Observe Road Signals
N.J.S.A. 39:4-81 (failure to observe road signals) makes it a motor vehicle violation to fail to obey traffic control devices. Specifically, every driver and pedestrian must abide by the instructions of any official traffic control device unless an officer directs the person otherwise. Additionally, if a stoplight or traffic signal is out because of power failure, the person must still abide by the intention of the signal and stop. Most people have come across a traffic light that is out due to a storm or work being done. You actually have an obligation to stop, just as though the light is working, for the stop is the safety of yourself and others on the road. You also have an obligation to follow an officer’s instructions if he tells you to stop or slow down.
Failure to Abide by Traffic Lights and Signs
In New Jersey, there are numerous traffic lights and signals. Some lights and instructions are different than others. If you are not paying attention and fail to abide by the signal, you could be found guilty of the motor vehicle offense. For example, in most places, you can turn right on red. However, at some intersections, there may be a sign that says “right turn signal” or “no turn on red”. In this situation, you can be given a ticket if you fail to abide by the signal.
Failure to Obey Pedestrian Signs
The law also applies to pedestrians as noted in 39:4-81. Crosswalks and the corresponding lights often have a lighted sign indicating when it is safe for pedestrians to walk. The sign shows a person walking when it is safe to walk and a hand when the pedestrian must stop. Failure to obey this signal can also result in a ticket.
Pay the Fine or Contest the Ticket in Court
If you have received a ticket for failure to obey a traffic signal, you can either plead guilty and pay the fine, or go to municipal court and fight the ticket or resolve the case with a less serious ticket. Persons charged with this offense who are unrepresented must go to court and often wait all day. If convicted, you will be assessed two points on your license.
Over time, a person who accumulates multiple points will be assessed a surcharge, and after 12 points, your license can be suspended. The court will also force you to pay a fee of $85, issue a penalty between $50-$200, and may sentence you to imprisonment for up to 15 days.
Call a Middlesex NJ Traffic Ticket Defense Lawyer for a Consultation
If you have been cited by an officer for a moving violation in NJ, it will likely result in points, penalties or fines. Do not just go to your municipal court without consulting an experienced traffic ticket defense lawyer, who knows the intricacies of the law, the elements of the offense you have been charged with committing, and what your potential options are to fight it.
To speak with Attorney Edward Cooper about your traffic violation in any municipal court in Union County, including Linden, Westfield, Elizabeth, Plainfield, and across Central and Northern New Jersey. Contact our Union County offices at 908-481-4625. Get the peace of mind you deserve, and allow us to protect your rights, your driving record, and your insurance charges.