What Are Traffic Ticket Violations?

Although states have varying laws regarding traffic tickets and traffic violations, traffic violations that often warrant a ticket include speeding, distracted driving, leaving the scene of an accident and reckless driving, according to FindLaw. Individuals who drive without a valid driver's license are also subject to traffic tickets.

Traffic violations also include running a red light or a stop sign, according to FindLaw. Speeding is one of the most common traffic violations, and many states issue speeding tickets based on laws that set specific maximum speeds in specific settings, such as school zones or residential streets. Traffic tickets are also issued to drivers required to operate at specific speeds under certain circumstances, such as maximum speeds on highways or in certain weather conditions deemed unsafe based on road conditions.

Individuals who neglect to pay a traffic violation ticket on time may be subject to additional fines or points on their driver's licenses, according to the Unger Kowitt Traffic Law firm. The options typically include paying the ticket and taking the points, paying the ticket and agreeing to attend traffic school, or fighting the ticket. Some counties may allow violators to contest the ticket up to 180 days after the date of the incident. Individuals may also choose to hire a traffic law attorney to fight the ticket to avoid fines, points or compulsory attendance at traffic school.