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Traffic Violations in Fort Collins – D’s Top Five

I have been driving for nearly 30 years. In that time I’ve come to realize that its very easy to fall into bad habits on the road, could you pass a written drivers test today or are things a little blurry?

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D Dennison

My name isn’t Stan and I don’t run a driving school, but I did use our handy dandy internet to research some possibly forgotten roadway rules.

  1. Yellow Light/Red Light: (Oh come on the other guys light doesn’t turn green for up to three seconds after mine is red) This is the most common failed roadway ‘suggestion’ to date in Fort Collins. There is rarely a time when a vehicle if not four are still turning once the light has turned red. According to the way its written in Colorado, it is LEGAL to enter the intersection while the light is yellow, but if you do not clear the intersection by the time its red you have in essence run a red light. 4 points
  2. Failing to signal: 2 points and up to 300 dollar fine One should signal a lane change or anticipated turn 100 feet (200 feet on roads with speed limits over 40) before the action (not as you are in the process of doing it)
  3. Failure to Turn on Headlights: 2 points Colorado law requires you to turn on your headlights from sunset to sunrise and in bad weather when visibility is less than a thousand feet.
  4. Failing to Yield the Right of Way: 3 points this puppy is one of the most ambiguous laws as it covers a lot of roadway infractions. Including, but not limited to (I think I sound a bit like a lawmaker with the way I said that, but I am not) failure to yield the right of way when leaving a stop sign (my personal favorite), changing lanes when its unsafe and failing to drive in a single lane or weaving.
  5. Not Yielding to an Emergency Vehicle: 4 points a driver must pull to the right and stop until the emergency vehicle has passed. Don’t forget the “Move Over Law”, in Colorado you must merge to the left lane when there is a stationary emergency vehicle on the right side of the road.

Now let’s have some fun, take the Colorado drivers practice test and let me know how you do. Just click here. I just did and got an 80%. That means that I just passed the test, one more wrong and I would have failed. Don’t forget to let me know how you did. (and yes, I still believe I am a good driver) :P

There are so many more traffic infractions that got my head spinning when writing this, so many that affect me on the roadways everyday. What drives you nuts on the road? Have I mentioned any of them? And can you believe the points associated with these infractions? (I guess some are a bit low if they happen so frequently) Comment on the D Dennison or #K99 Facebook page or right here, I’d love to hear from you.

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