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Common traffic violations

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There are hundreds of traffic laws in the state of Georgia and any one of them can land you a ticket. Sandy Springs Police tell Skyfox Traffic's Katie Beasley, they've found there are several common traffic violations that drivers are either easily forgetting...or just ignoring.

Everyone knows about violations like speeding, following too closely and texting while driving, but officers say there's a few others people could use a refresher on, like Illegal window tint.

"Tango-71, traffic stop," radios in Sandy springs Police Sgt. Scott Levy. He's on the hunt for traffic violators.

"Most folks know about some of the more serious ones, some of the ones that are the most commonly discussed and spoken about, but some of the less discussed ones, less serious moving violations-- not so much," adds Sgt. Levy.

And one of those violations, is illegal window tint.

"Your windows look awfully dark," Sgt. Levy informs a driver. In Georgia, cars are judged more strictly than trucks and SUVs.

"You can not have any windows darker than 32% and what they're talking about is the amount of light that's transmitting through the window," explains Sgt. Levy.

The front windows on trucks and SUVs must also meet the 32 percent requirement, but back windows on those vehicles can be darker.

"I stopped you because of the windows.They're very, very dark. 11 percent," Sgt. Levy says.

Brian Witham and his wife just inherited this vehicle. They were driving through Georgia and didn't know about the law, but did know sometimes it's difficult to see out.

"At nighttime I noticed it is kind of harder to see out and there have been a couple of times where we've had some close calls, close encounters with people pulling over, people trying to get over and not being able to see," recalls Brian.

"It's very unsafe for them, their visibility is greatly decreased, especially at night and it's very unsafe for us. We make a traffic stop on a vehicle, we can't see inside...it could be very dangerous," states Sgt. Levy.

Another common slip up? Your license plate must always be visible. Sgt. Levy sees a lot of bike racks and vanity plates covering up tags.

"Any device that covers a license plate that prevents it from being clearly visible for the police or folks behind, that's a violation," he adds.

Sgt. Levy says knowing the rules of the road is crucial, "The time to be learning about the rule that you violated is not when we're behind you with the blue lights, hopefully some more education and knowledge will help people from violating them."

Georgia vehicles are also not allowed to have any flashing light that resembles a patrol car, ambulance or emergency vehicle.

Sgt. Levy says there's also several types of lane violations. He wants to remind you that there's a 300-foot rule of how far before a light or a turn you can move into that center turn lane. He says on Roswell Road, he sees cars riding half a mile down the center turn lane when things are backed up and that's illegal.

It's also illegal to drive in the gore, which is the narrowing space between an entrance or exit ramp and the interstate. He says it's dangerous when vehicles cut onto the interstate early, in that gore where emergency vehicles or stalled cars could be parked.

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