Attorney For Ran Stop Sign Tickets In Garland
Ran Stop Sign Tickets In Garland
Garland Ticket Attorney
Ran stop sign tickets are a pretty common violation that is issued by the Garland Police Department officers. This article is intended to outline the law that applies to ran stop sign tickets and how to evaluate whether or not there is a valid defense to the charge of running a stop sign in Garland. If you would like to discuss your ran stop sign ticket with an experienced Garland ticket attorney after reading this article, feel free to contact our office today.
Ran Stop Sign Law In Garland, Texas
The specific code provision in The Texas Transportation Code that refers to stop sign violations is listed below as follows:
- Sec. 544.010. STOP SIGNS AND YIELD SIGNS. (a) Unless directed to proceed by a police officer or traffic-control signal, the operator of a vehicle or streetcar approaching an intersection with a stop sign shall stop as provided by Subsection (c).(b) If safety requires, the operator of a vehicle approaching a yield sign shall stop as provided by Subsection (c).
(c) An operator required to stop by this section shall stop before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection. In the absence of a crosswalk, the operator shall stop at a clearly marked stop line. In the absence of a stop line, the operator shall stop at the place nearest the intersecting roadway where the operator has a view of approaching traffic on the intersecting roadway.
As one can see there are three separate violations contained in section “c” of 544.010. Those violations are listed as follows:
- Violations Where A Crosswalk is Present – On these violations, it is readily apparent that the driver must stop before the crosswalk.
- Violations Where A Stop Line is Present – On these violations, the legislature did not use the word “before.” They chose to use the word “at.” At is not before. This means that stopping before the line is not a requirement as some prosecutors will try to trick a defendant into believing. If the legislature wanted a driver to stop before the line, they could have used the word before. They obviously knew what it meant by using it in the sentence directly before discussing stop line/stop sign violations. Therefore any stop before, during or after the line can be argued that it was “at” the stop line as required by law.
- Violations Where No Stop Line Or Crosswalk is Present – These violations only need to be evaluated by the surroundings. Some areas have large bushes, or buildings in the way of the roadway. This requires a driver to stop way past the stop sign. If this is your situation, take pictures and show the prosecutor that you complied with the law as written.
If you have been issued a stop sign ticket in Garland and would like our experienced Garland ticket attorneys review your case, feel free to contact us today.