Moving vs Non Moving Traffic Violations & What They Mean For Your License

Understanding Traffic Violations in Missouri: Moving vs. Non-Moving Violations

Traffic violations in the state of Missouri are a common occurrence, encompassing a wide range of infractions that can disrupt the flow of daily life. Whether it’s the rush of speeding or the inadvertent neglect of a parking meter, these transgressions can lead to consequences that extend beyond the initial incident. Navigating the legal complexities of these violations can be daunting, which is why having an experienced Missouri criminal defense attorney by your side is like having a guiding light in the labyrinth of traffic law.

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Understanding Traffic Violations

Missouri’s traffic law categorizes violations into two primary groups: moving and non-moving violations.

Moving Violations:

Moving violations are offenses that occur while a vehicle is in motion. They encompass a wide range of actions, including:

  • Speeding: Operating a vehicle at speeds exceeding the posted limits or too fast for current road conditions.
  • Improper Lane Changes: Making lane changes without proper signaling or without regard for other drivers’ safety.
  • Reckless Driving: Exhibiting a disregard for safety, often involving aggressive behaviors like tailgating and dangerous maneuvers.
  • Driving Under the Influence (DWI): Operating a vehicle while impaired by alcohol or drugs, a serious offense with severe legal consequences.
  • Running Red Lights: Disobeying traffic signals and proceeding through intersections when the light is red.
  • Failure to Yield the Right of Way: Not giving the right of way to other vehicles or pedestrians as required by traffic rules.
  • Failure to Maintain a Single Lane: Failing to stay within a designated lane, which can result from distracted or impaired driving.
  • Driving Without a License: Operating a motor vehicle without a valid driver’s license.
  • Operating a Vehicle Without the Required Insurance: Failing to have the mandatory vehicle insurance coverage.
  • Driving with a Suspended or Expired Driver’s License: Continuing to drive with a suspended or expired license.
  • Hit and Run Accidents: Leaving the scene of an accident without stopping to provide required information or assistance.

Non-moving Violations:

Non-moving violations involve infractions that occur when a vehicle is stationary, and they include:

  • Improper or Illegal Parking: Parking in restricted areas or in a manner that obstructs traffic flow.
  • Parking Near Fire Hydrants: Parking too close to fire hydrants, impeding firefighting efforts in case of an emergency.
  • Parking at Expired Meters: Allowing a parking meter to expire without refilling it.
  • Blocking Driveways: Parking in front of or blocking access to driveways, preventing residents from entering or exiting their property.
  • Broken Taillights or Headlights: Operating a vehicle with malfunctioning or missing taillights or headlights, which can pose safety hazards.
  • Missing or Damaged Mirrors: Driving a vehicle with damaged or missing side mirrors, compromising visibility and safety.
  • Parking in No-Parking Zones: Parking in areas where parking is explicitly prohibited.
  • Failure to Display Necessary Permits or Licenses: Neglecting to display required permits, such as disability placards.
  • Lack of License Plates: Operating a vehicle without properly displayed license plates.
  • Operating a Vehicle Without the Required Documentation: Failing to provide necessary documents, such as registration and insurance information.
  • Expired Motor Vehicle Plates: Driving a vehicle with expired license plates.

Each of these violations incurs specific point values that are added to your driver’s license and become part of your driving record, impacting your driving privileges and insurance rates. It’s vital to understand the distinction between moving and non-moving violations and the potential repercussions they may entail.

Unaddressed moving violations can have significant consequences for your driver’s license. In Missouri, each moving violation adds a specific number of demerit points to your driving record, and accumulating these points can lead to a range of penalties and ultimately jeopardize your driving privileges.

For instance, if you accumulate four points on your driving record within a period of 12 months, the Missouri Department of Revenue may issue a point accumulation advisory letter. This letter serves as a warning and signals the need for more responsible driving.

However, the consequences can escalate. If you accumulate at least eight points within 18 months, the Missouri Department of Revenue, Driver’s License Bureau, can suspend your driver’s license. The duration of the suspension varies, with a first suspension lasting 30 days, a second suspension extending to 60 days, and subsequent suspensions lasting 90 days each.

Furthermore, the stakes are raised when it comes to license revocation. Your driver’s license can be revoked for a year if you accumulate at least 12 points within 12 months, 18 points within 24 months, or 24 points within 36 months. This means you’ll be unable to legally drive for an extended period, which can be incredibly inconvenient and burdensome.

Additionally, accumulating demerit points on your driving record can result in steeper fines and penalties, impacting your financial well-being. To avoid these repercussions, it’s crucial to address moving violations promptly and effectively, seeking legal counsel if necessary. An experienced traffic attorney can guide you through the process, help you understand the Missouri point system, and devise a robust defense strategy to safeguard your driving privileges.

Don’t simply accept your traffic ticket – fight for your rights. Contact B Block Law LLC today to schedule a straightforward case assessment with an experienced traffic violations defense attorney. Our firm proudly serves clients across Chesterfield, Cottleville, Town and Country, and St. Louis County, as well as St. Louis, Missouri.

Disclaimer: The choice of an attorney is important and should not be solely based upon advertisements. Each DWI case is different and you should consult with an attorney on specific legal issues.

Unaddressed moving violations can have significant consequences for your driver’s license. In Missouri, each moving violation adds a specific number of demerit points to your driving record, and accumulating these points can lead to a range of penalties and ultimately jeopardize your driving privileges.


Brendan Block

Attorney at Law

Brendan practices law in St. Louis, Missouri and surrounding areas. He handles all criminal cases, but especially DWI, shoplifting, theft and possession cases. He is a former prosecutor who now defends his clients with the utmost care and attention. 

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