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What is the difference between moving and non-moving violations?

As an experienced driver in Virginia, you are probably reasonably well versed in the laws of the road and make a conscientious effort to follow them at all times. Therefore, you probably know that you can receive a traffic ticket for both non-moving and moving violations. However, you may not know what exactly each entails, particularly non-moving violations, which include more than what the name suggests on its own.

According to FindLaw, non-moving violations primarily pertain to matters related to parking. If you leave your car in a no-parking zone, next to a fire hydrant or in an emergency lane, your vehicle is in violation of traffic laws even though it is not in motion. If you park in a space reserved for handicapped individuals and do not have the proper permits, that is another example of a non-moving violation. Yet another non-moving violation for which you could receive a ticket is having your car parked in front of an expired meter, whether you left it too long or failed to pay the fee in the first place.

Interestingly, non-moving violations can also pertain to faulty equipment on the vehicle that you need to have repaired. An example of this would be an excessively noisy muffler. Though your car would have to be running to alert law enforcement to the problem, it would not necessarily have to be in motion. 

There is less ambiguity when it comes to moving violations. These pertain to violations of traffic law that take place while the vehicle is in motion. They can be willful attempts to flout the law, such as DUI or reckless driving, or violations that usually result from carelessness, such as running a red light or speeding. 

The information in this article is not intended as legal advice but provided for educational purposes only.

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