You might think that rushing through a red light just as it turns red, or not stopping at a stop sign if you think the road ahead is clear, are minor issues, but the state of Delaware thinks otherwise. You can be fined for either of these two offenses and even be jailed if you repeat the offense within two years. You will also have points added to your license and the combination of points and fines could be a major inconvenience.

Red Light Tickets

There are two different types of citations for running a red light in Delaware. If you go past a red light at a traffic light where an automatic camera has been installed, then you will get a ticket in the mail if your vehicle was photographed. These tickets get sent to the registered owner of the vehicle, rather than the driver, as the camera cannot recognize the driver’s face. If you get a ticket for a red light violation and someone else was driving your car at the time, you have the responsibility of doing something about it! These tickets are more like parking tickets and will not affect your license

Red light tickets can also be given out by a police officer who sees you going through a red light. This ticket will be given to you personally, whether you were the owner or not. You could face a fine of between $75 to $230 for a red light ticket and an automatic 3 points on your license. A second offense could put the fine up to as much as $575 or you could face a minimum of 10 days in jail instead.

Stop Sign Violations

It’s easy to do. All it takes is to cruise up to an intersection or pedestrian crossing where there is a stop sign and you take the risk and don’t stop. There’s nothing there – or so you think. Then you get landed with a stop sign violation ticket. These are like red light tickets and attract the same sort of penalties.

Points are Accumulative

While you won’t lose your license for a single red light ticket or stop sign violation directly, the points you get on your license could push you over the limit for Delaware. You should know how many points are on your license as the Division of Motor Vehicles should have sent you out a reminder notice when your points reached 8. All it takes is another 4 points and your license will be suspended. The length of suspension varies from 1 month to 2 years, depending on the number of points you have accumulated.

Should you Use an Attorney?

Losing your license could be a worse inconvenience than paying a fine, so you should think carefully before you send in a guilty plea and pay the money when you receive either of these two tickets. Although many people’s first thought is that it might be cheaper to pay a fine than pay an attorney’s fee, this might not be the case if you lose your license. It all depends on whether you need your vehicle for your job, or even to get to a job. Even if the violation has left you short of the 12 points needed for a license suspension it will put you close enough to get one next time you get a ticket.

The other point to think about is whether your ticket has any effect on your next insurance installment. You can find this out from your insurance company. When you add up the fine, the increased insurance premium and the possibility of a license suspension, it makes an attorney’s fee a lot more attractive proposition.

By pleading not guilty, it puts the pressure on the prosecution to find you guilty. With any luck, the police officer who issued you with the ticket might not come to the court appearance, or with the help of a  traffic violation attorney you can plea bargain your charge down to a lesser offense and not pick up points or pay a smaller fine.




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    The objectives of Delco’s Driver Improvement Problem Driver Program are manifold: (1) to identify driver’s problems; (2) to change the problematic driver’s behavior by giving information and opportunities for training; (3) if needed be, to impose continuous sanctions after more accumulation of convictions/points on driving record of the individual. Governed by Division Policy Regulation #45, the goal of the program is to prevent crash . There are steps in the program geared to the gravity of the driving record that maybe the cause of an advisory letter, a mandated suspension, and/or taking a driving course on modification of attitude and behavior. Added is a reinstatement fee of $25.00 to be paid at the Division of Motor Vehicles for reinstatement of license. The point system of Delco: speeding violation of 1-9 MPH over posted limit  = 2 points; speeding violation of 10-14 MPH = 4 points; speeding violation of 15 – 19 MPH = 5 points ; speeding 20 MPH = 5 points + other actions including suspension. Point system for: passing a school bus that stopped = 6 points; reckless driving = 6 points; aggressive driving = 6 points; disregarding red light or stop sign = 3 points and other moving violations = 2 points. For the first 12 months from the date of violation, calculated points are credited at full point value. After the initial expiration of initial 12 months, the calculated points will get a half-point value for the next 12 months. All rates are determined by the based upon entire calculated […]

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    Secane Pa. – A 2nd charge of DUI homicide is filed versus a woman from Delaware County who repeated acts of creating havoc while driving her vehicle. Authorities reported that this week, Nichole Labelle, age 24 and resident of Secane is facing her second DUI crash in less than two years. Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood of the Upper Darby reported that the woman was unsteady; her clothes were in disarray and wearing only one shoe when they apprehended her. Labelle in her latest crash hit a car and she told Chitwood that she was driving her vehicle when she hit another vehicle. The officer said just last year, Labelle was DUI when she slammed her car and killed her passenger identified as George Kaminski, age 21. During her last crash, Labelle was out on bail. It is in the news that a awaiting trial on charges of killing a young man while driving impaired in Philadelphia two years ago was again arrested in Upper Darby last Tuesday night for crashing her car while high on heroin and prescription pills. Labelle rammed her vehicle into a parked car that was unoccupied along Westbrook Dr. in the vicinity of Alverstone Rd. at about 8:45 o’clock Tuesday evening. When police reached the scene, they saw that had only one shoe on and was speaking in a slurred manner. She told Chitwood that she got distracted and crashed her car. When police questioned her further, she told officers she had shot up heroin and took doses of Adderall […]

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    Experts of traffic safety pronounced three classifications for distractions: it maybe manual, visual and cognitive. Manual distractions happen when you are moving your hands away from the wheel and the task of controlling the vehicle. For example: reaching for a falling personal object. Visual distractions take place when you turn your eyes away from the road. For example, when you are looking at a road map to ascertain where you are going. A cognitive distraction is the wandering away of your mind instead of paying attention to the road. For example, thinking of your date tonight. Some facts about distractive driving are quite alarming. Studies showed that drivers within the 20-24 year group caused crashes related to cell phone use; the 25-29 year olds follow and those 19 and under follow very closely. It appears that 55% are crashed committed by males while 45% are the females. Friday crashes due to distracted driving are higher compared with any other days. Delaware is among the states with the toughest imposition of laws on distracted driving for Delco wants to alleviate traffic safety. They are strongly enforcing cell phone bans as using a mobile while behind the wheel has been considered as top driving distraction. Just consider lots of car mishaps on roads across America due to use of mobiles while behind the wheel. Here is a list of prohibitions imposed by the state of Delaware to drivers especially more impositions to newbie and bus drivers. In the state of Delco, no […]

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    Delaware roads have claimed 139 lives and injured more than 9,657 over the past three years in crashes involving aggressive driving. In fact, about 42% of all fatal car accidents in Delaware for the year 2010 were caused by aggressive driving with more than 1/3 were due to the failure of driver to grant the right of way. It was in 1998 that Delaware passed an aggressive driving law that defines this type of driving as a combination of three or more specific illegal actions from one continuous incident. There are specific acts that can be considered under the charge of aggressive driving: (1) not following a traffic control device; (2) passing at the right; (3) not driving within the traffic lane; (4) tail driving; (5) failure to yield; (6) improper entrance to the roadway; (7) not using turn signals; (8) failure to stop or yield at a sign; (9) overtaking and passing a stopped school bus; and (10) speeding . Anyone given a citation for aggressive driving is subject to stiffer penalties. These is a fine from $100 to $300, an imprisonment for 10 to 30 days, or both fine and imprisonment even for a first offense. For another offense than occur within three years of the previous, the sanctions include a fine from $300-$1,000, imprisonment for 30 to 60 days, or both, plus 30-day suspension of driving privileges. There are no suspensions of sentences. Violators have more obligations to face; they must pass an approved course that addressed behavior modification or […]

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