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Most Common Traffic Violations in Texas

Operating a motor vehicle is a privilege that comes with a lot of responsibility. Motor vehicles are large machines that have the potential to cause serious damage when they are unsafely operated, and the state is aggressive about finding drivers committing traffic violations that endanger public safety. At the Law Offices of Tad Nelson & Associates, our experienced Houston traffic violations attorney can help you if you’re facing traffic charges. Here’s an overview of some of the most common traffic violations in Texas—


Speeding is by and far one of the most common traffic offenses in Texas—an offense that most drivers can say they’ve been guilty of. While going a few miles per hour over the speed limit probably won’t get you pulled over, excessive speeding can result in a serious fine. Indeed, speeding could result in a ticket of well over $100. When combined with court costs and an increased insurance rate, you could be looking at just under $1,000.  

Reckless Driving

A person commits an offense of reckless driving when they operate their vehicle with willful and wanton disregard for the safety of others. A reckless driving offense is a misdemeanor that is punishable by a fine of up to $200 (for a first offense), confinement in jail for up to 30 days, or both. 

Driving While Intoxicated

One of the most serious—and, unfortunately, one of the more common—traffic offenses in Texas is driving while intoxicated (DWI). A driving while intoxicated offense is a misdemeanor that can result in a large fine, jail time, or both. Of course, being convicted of a DWI can also result in a driver’s license suspension of up to one year, the installation of an interlock ignition device, mandatory alcohol education courses, and higher insurance rates. 

Using a Cellphone While Driving

Using a cellphone while behind the wheel is not only dangerous, but it’s also against the law. Using a cellphone while driving is a primary offense in the state, which means that drivers can be stopped and ticketed for using a cellphone without committing another type of traffic offense first. If you’re unclear about cellphone laws, reference the Texas Department of Transportation’s page on distracted driving, which outlines the rules. In short, you cannot send or receive text messages while driving, cannot use your handheld device at all in a school zone, and cannot use a handheld device while driving at any time if you are under age 18. 

Learn More About Common Traffic Offenses and Your Rights in Texas

If you are facing a traffic violation ticket, our Houston misdemeanor crimes attorney at the office of Tad Nelson can help. Getting a traffic ticket can be a big deal, especially if you’re facing a ticket for a more serious traffic offense, such as reckless driving or a DWI offense. When you call our criminal defense attorney, you’ll be guided through your legal rights and options. Attorney Tad Nelson serves clients in Houston, Galveston, League City, and the surrounding areas of Texas. Call today to get the information you need about your rights and the law.