Ticket For Improper Backing
Did you receive a ticket for Improper Backing? In Pennsylvania, a person is issued an improper backing citation if they back a motor vehicle without taking certain safety precautions. The statute specifically states:
Limitations on Backing
(a) General Rule. - No driver shall back a vehicle unless the movement can be made with safety and without interfering with other traffic and then only after yielding the right-of-way to moving traffic and pedestrians.
(b) Limited access highways. - No driver shall back a vehicle upon any shoulder or roadway of any limited access highway.
The general rule on these cases are, if you put your car in reverse, and other cars have to react to you, you can be issued a citation. These citations are usually issued when an accident occurs. For example, a person can back their car into a pole, or other car in a parking lot, and be issued a citation for improper backing. You can also be cited if you hit a pedestrian while backing up. In some limited cases, a police officer will charge you with this section if you try to back out of a driveway, and into a street.
Penalties for Improper Backing
If you plead guilty or are convicted of this citation, you will have three points assessed to your license. You will also have to pay all fines and costs associated with the ticket. Finally, any citation you receive can also have collateral consequences. These consequences can include higher insurance rates, a potential license suspension, and in the case of an accident, liability on your part for the accident.
Should I Hire an Attorney?
Anytime you get a citation that carries points, you should hire a lawyer to help you either beat the case or downgrade your case to a no point violation. An Attorney can help you figure out if there are any collateral consequences to your ticket and advise you of any potential defenses. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. have decades of experience handling these types of cases. Contact us today for a free consultation.
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