Most people know that moving violations can cause a lot of trouble. But what about non-moving traffic violations? What are they and how can they affect your license? While non-moving violations are less severe, there can still be consequences. Here’s an overview of what non-moving violations are and how they can affect your license.
As the name implies, a non-moving traffic violation is one you get when you’re not moving. If you get a speeding ticket or a DUI, those violations are moving violations because the car was in motion when you were stopped. However, non-moving violations include things like parking tickets, improper equipment violations, parking in a handicap spot without a placard, overstaying a parking meter, and so on. Most of the time, non-moving violations are treated as far less serious than moving violations since nobody can really get hurt when you’re not moving. That being said, certain violations carry more weight than others, state laws differ, and in states where points systems are in use, you’ll still acquire points against your license.
If you overstayed your parking meter, that’s not going to be handled as a big deal. Parking in a handicap spot when you’re not handicap, though, can often be seen as a much more serious violation. Depriving someone who really needs that spot just to satisfy your own desire for convenience isn’t something most states take lightly. Similarly, parking in a spot reserved for emergency personnel or parking where a bus should go would both be non-moving violations, but they could cause some serious consequences in the right situation, so you may have to face more serious punishments as a result.
As with most traffic law issues, states have very different laws governing this type of thing. You might not have to face too many penalties, or you could live in a stricter state and face many. State laws should be the first thing you consult if you’re trying to figure out how a violation will affect you. The same violation in two states can lead to very different results.
If your state utilizes a points system, you’ll probably have to incur points against your license for non-moving violations. You’ll likely obtain fewer points for these violations, but they’ll still be there. If you’re close to a suspension, even a parking ticket can cause serious issues.
Accruing points can be surprisingly easy to do, and given that some states give you very little room for error it’s worth it to look at ways to remove the points — or keep them from getting there at all.
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