Traffic Violation:

Mechanical Violations

All states require that motor vehicles have certain equipment and that the equipment be correctly installed and fully functional. Generally, this includes:

  • Brakes
  • All lights (headlights, taillights, brake lights, license plate lights, and turning signals)
  • Horn
  • Mufflers
  • Mirrors (side and rearview)
  • Windshield wipers
  • Reflectors
  • Restraining devices (safety belts)
  • Speed indicator
  • Tires
  • Windows (windshields)

If this equipment is not installed or is malfunctioning, the driver of the vehicle can receive a traffic ticket for a mechanical violation.

Some states have “fix-it” laws for this type of correctable violation. If the officer notes that the violation is correctable, the driver has a short period of time in which he/she can provide proof of repair rather than going to court. Acceptable proof of repair results in a dismissal of the charge. Failure to fix the violation within the specified time frame results in a fine and a ticket that will be on the driver’s record.

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