We all like to see ourselves as good citizens, and most of us consider ourselves good drivers, but there are a few laws we break very often while driving and at home. Breaking these laws could get you a ticket or even marks on your license, but many people knowingly and unknowingly violate these laws every day. Here is a list of laws you and I probably break daily.
CONNECTING TO UNSECURED WI-FI
This one is likely very, very common. Society is so dependent on the internet that most people will do whatever is necessary to connect to the internet. The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act is broad enough to cover many different ways someone violates these regulations. Connecting to unsecured WiFi networks or visiting pages that violate your company’s terms of service could potentially lead to a felony charge! So, next time you are thinking about liking a status or sharing a post, think twice about when, where, and most importantly, how you do it.
GAMBLING AT HOME
Most states prohibit people from holding poker games at home. Home poker games are legal through specific exceptions in unlawful gambling laws in Texas. Although gambling is illegal in Texas, Texas Hold’em never bothered anyone. Side note: Texas Hold’em originated in Robstown, Texas, at the Hotel Brendel!
While Limewire and Napster have been gone for many years, there are still many ways people are finding a way to get their favorite music. This particular law-breaking borderlines theft, and is considered unethical to some and acceptable to others.
Here is one I will not be breaking, but unfortunately, I cannot speak for everyone. Something as small as tossing a cigarette butt out the car window or spitting gum on the sidewalk is still littering and considered a big no-no in most of the United States of America. Littering is illegal and is punishable by serious fines, especially in Texas. Remember, don’t mess with Texas!
BREAKING CURFEW IN YOUR AREA
Breaking a driving curfew may not be something most people know they can do since, many times, people are not even aware of a curfew in their area. Unfortunately, that does not mean it is not violating a law. It is important when living in any area to familiarize yourself with the local laws in your area to avoid any fines or marks on your driver’s license.
NOT USING YOUR TURN SIGNAL
Some drivers think making a lane change or taking a turn without using a blinker is completely fine, especially if there’s no traffic or you are in your neighborhood. However, it is the law to use your turn signal, so be sure to use that blinker BEFORE turning or changing lanes.
TEXTING WHILE DRIVING
Even though we have all seen the numerous marketing campaigns that explain why texting and driving is dangerous, some people do not know it is illegal to text and drive. Put your phone away. The text message can wait. Get to your destination safely first.
DRIVING WITHOUT A SEATBELT
Click it or ticket may sound like a catchy campaign, but it is the law. Driving or sitting in a car without a seatbelt is against the law, so remember, click it or ticket!
BREAKING THE SPEED LIMIT
Sometimes, you will be driving for what seems like forever without seeing any speed limit signs. That is why it is essential to know the standard speed limits for the area; 70 mph for rural freeways, 65 mph for four-lane divided highways, and 55 mph for other highways. But whether you know the speed limit or not, it is illegal to go over the speed limit. Drive safe!