In Nevada, traffic violations are some of the most common offenses and result in penalties ranging from fixed fines, extended driver education, or prison sentences, depending on the severity of one’s offenses. When serious, traffic violations may have long-term consequences for drivers. Violations may affect a driver’s vehicle insurance premium or eligibility to be insured, while extreme violations may have a lasting impact on one’s employment or a company’s desire to hire such drivers as employees.
If and when you or a loved one is charged with a traffic violation, it is important to understand the consequences and to seek advice when you need additional help contesting. Learn more about traffic violations, moving violations and commonly seen violations in Nevada and across the country!
Traffic Tickets in Nevada
In Nevada, minor traffic violations result in monetary penalties, but no jail time. Typically, more severe infractions are misdemeanors, resulting in additional fines and potentially jail time. In most cases, traffic violations are not seen as a criminal conviction nor will they affect the application for employment, professional licensing, or other educational opportunities. Here are the types if violations for the State:
- Non-moving violations
- Moving violations
- Parking violations
What are Moving Violations?
In Nevada, moving violations consist of any driver’s unlawful actions while operating their vehicle. These include such offenses and civil infractions as the following:
- (NRS 484B.650): Aggressive or unaware driving
- (NRS 484E.010 – NRS 484E.030): Hit & run accidents
- (NRS 484B.653): Reckless driving
- (NRS 484B.165): Texting and driving
- (NRS 484B.127): Tailgating another vehicle
- (NRS 484B.130): Speeding in a work zone
- (NRS 484.363): Speeding in a school zone
- (NRS 484B.623, NRS 484B.627 & NRS 484B.630; AB 334 (2017): Driving too slowly under the speed limit
- (NRS 484B.400): Improper turning
- (NRS 484B.203): Unsafe passing
- (NRS 484B.207): Right-hand passing
- (NRS 484B.307): Improper or unlawful right-hand turn at a red light
- (NRS 484B.413): Failing to signal
- (NRS 486.231): Failing to wear a motorcycle helmet when riding
- (NRS 484B.253): Failing to yield when turning left
- (NRS 484B.283): Failing to yield for a pedestrian or at a crosswalk(NRS 484B.280): Failing to exercise due care towards a pedestrian
- (NRS 484B.353): Failing to stop for a stopped school bus
- (NRS 484B.607): Failing to yield for emergency vehicles
- (NRS 484B.607): Failing to yield for tow trucks
- (NRS 484B.200): Driving on the wrong side of the road
- (NRS 484B.260): Unsafe driving and vehicle maneuvering from a private roadway
- (NRS 484B.310): Double penalties in work zones
- (NRS 484B.110): Driving through a safety zone
- (NRS 484B.327): Destroying or removing freeway barriers
- (NRS 484B.270): Failing to yield for a bicyclist
- (NRS 484B.350): Failure to stop at a crossing guard or school attendant’s direction
- (NRS 484B.403): Illegal U-turns
- (NRS 484B.300): Running a red light
- (NRS 484B.257): Running a stop sign
- (NRS 484B.100): Disrespecting or disobeying a police officer
- (NRS 484D.215): Improper use of high beams
- (NRS 484D.100): Failing to use headlights
- (NRS 484B.323): Violation of carpool guidelines
Most Common Moving Violations
According to the National Safety Council, here are some of the most common moving violations across the US:
- Speeding – Hundreds of thousands of drivers receive speeding tickets each day across the country. 1 of every 3 traffic accidents is caused by speeding.
- DID YOU KNOW? Nevada is actually one of the top 5 of states where drivers are likely to get a ticket for speeding!
- Seatbelts and Car Seats – In Nevada, every child older than six years old, or weighing 60 pounds or more, must wear a safety belt or harness any time the vehicle is moving. Also, all passengers under the age of six years old, or weighing less than 60 pounds, must use a car seat.
If you pay a fine, complete traffic school or pay a civil penalty, most moving violations may be dropped completely or reduced to minimal punishment. For misdemeanors, the maximum penalty is 6 months of jail time and up to a $1,000 fine, but this is very rarely seen. In Nevada, moving violations carry demerit point penalties through the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). If you turn to a trusted traffic ticket lawyer and they get the penalties reduced to a non-moving violation or dismissed entirely, there should also be no demerit point consequences or lasting impacts on record, employment opportunities, etc. Caught speeding? Text your ticket! When unexpected tickets and hardships come your way, our trusted traffic ticket lawyers are ready to help you! Put your moving violations in the hands of lawyers who will work to get the best resolution for you.