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Reckless driving is a serious traffic violation: Know your rights

There is never a good time to see police lights in your rearview mirror. If you're pulled to the side of the road for a traffic violation, it's imperative to know your legal rights and the steps you can take to protect them.

Reckless driving is among the most serious type of traffic violation. With this, you're pulled over for willful disregard for safety.

Will you lose your CDL after a DUI charge?

For most people with a commercial driver’s license (CDL), their license represents their livelihood. Losing a CDL means you can no longer do your job.

For commercial drivers, a DUI charge is a serious offense in Colorado. Here is what you need to know about the penalties for commercial drivers.

The many potential causes of holiday car accidents

It doesn't matter if you're taking a long road trip this holiday season or simply traveling across town to visit family, any time you get behind the wheel you're at risk of an accident.

There are many potential causes of holiday car accidents. Understanding these will go a long way in helping you remain safe.

  • Distracted driving. This can include drinking a cup of coffee, sending a text message or talking to children in the backseat.
  • Drowsy driving. It's easy to wear down during the holidays. Don't get behind the wheel if you're too tired to make safe and sound decisions at all times.
  • Road conditions. For example, heavy snow and ice could blanket the roads, making it more difficult to maintain control of your vehicle.
  • Nighttime driving. Decreased visibility during nighttime hours makes it more difficult to see the road ahead, as well as other vehicles.
  • Reckless driving. From speeding on the highway to illegal passing on a city road, there's never a good time to drive recklessly.

The most likely threat to your life might just be you

Do you ever feel you are your own worst enemy when it comes to putting yourself at risk for injury? Maybe you tried to put out a grease fire on your stove with water and inadvertently caused a larger blaze. How about taking an uncalculated risk while driving and almost lost control and crashed?   

How to drive safely when the snow begins to fall

It's that time of the year. The time when you never know when the snow will begin to fall. As exciting as it may be, especially if you enjoy the great outdoors, it can also pose a problem when you get behind the wheel.

It doesn't matter if you're driving on dry roads or in heavy snow, it's always your goal to reach your destination without incident. Here are five tips that will improve your chance of doing so:

  • Avoid fast accelerations and hard decelerations: Both of these things improve the likelihood of losing traction, thus causing an accident.
  • Slow down: Forget about the speed limit and drive at a pace you consider safe for the road conditions.
  • Add more following distance: Snow can make it more difficult to stop your vehicle. Keep a minimum of eight seconds of following distance between other vehicles.
  • Don't stop on slopes: Avoid stopping when driving up a snowy hill. If you lose momentum, it may be difficult to get going again.
  • Don't leave home: It may alter your plans, but if the snow is too heavy, you should stay at home until conditions improve.

Felony DUIs: answers to your questions

You probably already know that getting a DUI can seriously affect your life. But now Colorado has a new policy that can make the consequences of getting a DUI even more severe. In 2015, Colorado created the state’s first felony-level DUI policy.

However, this relatively new policy is confusing for some drivers. There have been approximately 1,000 of these arrests as of 2017 and the number will only increase. Here are answers to some common questions about this new law and what it means for drivers in Colorado today.

Knowing the causes of pedestrian accidents can keep you safe

As a pedestrian, you should do whatever it takes to avoid an accident with a motor vehicle. You can only imagine the pain and suffering that results from being part of this type of accident.

Understanding the most common causes of auto-pedestrian accidents can help keep you safe. Here are some things to remember:

  • Darting into traffic: If you need to cross the street, it's best to do so at a designated crosswalk.
  • Speeding: When a driver is speeding, they'll find it more difficult to see what's going on around them. The same holds true if they need to stop their vehicle in a hurry.
  • Failure to yield to pedestrians at crosswalks: Pedestrians have the right of way at crosswalks, but that doesn't mean all drivers will slow down and take extra caution.
  • Disregard for weather conditions: When the weather changes, such as snow or rain moving into the area, drivers must adjust their approach.
  • Distracted driving: For example, if a driver is talking on the phone while approaching a busy intersection, they may not see a pedestrian crossing the road.

What's the best way to drive safely in heavy traffic?

Just because you aren't moving at a high rate of speed doesn't mean you can't be part of a motor vehicle accident. You need to be on your toes at all times.

There are many steps you can take to drive safely in heavy traffic, including the following:

  • Don't weave from lane to lane: This doesn't allow you to make up nearly as much time as you think. Instead, it simply increases the chance of an accident.
  • Avoid aggressive driving: You may be in a hurry, but that doesn't mean you should partake in aggressive maneuvers that put you and others in danger.
  • Leave a safe following distance: There's never a good time to tailgate the vehicle in front of yours. Leave a minimum of three seconds stopping time.
  • Watch what's happening around you: For example, if you closely watch the traffic ahead, there's less chance of causing a rear-end collision.
  • Avoid distractions: When traffic slows, you may be tempted to pull out your cellphone or change the radio station. Don't look for things to keep you busy. Instead, focus on the road at all times.

Cell phone distractions in the car? Try these features.

At this point, practically every person in Colorado owns or at least uses a cell phone on a regular basis. The presence of cell phones in a person’s everyday life means these devices go with you almost everywhere, including in the car.

For drivers who struggle to resist the dangerous – and illegal – temptations of cell phone use in the car, it may be necessary to take steps to disable some of those tempting features while behind the wheel. Most smart phones now either come pre-loaded with a distraction-reducing feature or offer them in the form of a downloadable app.

Do you know the most common reasons for a traffic ticket?

As a driver, you must obey the rules of the road at all times. It's easier said than done, but any mistake can lead to trouble with the law.

There are many traffic violations that can result in a traffic ticket. Some of the most common infractions include:

  • Speeding: It doesn't matter if you're within city limits or on the interstate, you must follow the posted speed limit at all times.
  • Distracted driving: Police across the country are cracking down on distracted driving, as it greatly increases the risk of an accident.
  • Driving without a valid license: If you're pulled over for another offense, the officer may also find that you don't have a valid driver's license.
  • Reckless driving: This takes on many forms and comes into play any time you have willful disregard for the safety of those around you. An example of reckless driving is speeding through a construction zone or school zone.
  • Running a stop sign or red light: If you're trying to beat a deadline, you may speed through a stop sign or red light. Not only is this dangerous, but it's a violation of the law.
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