Many people are confused about the difference between a traffic citation and traffic ticket and for good reason. There is virtually no difference between a citation and a ticket and the terms are used interchangeably.

A traffic citation or ticket is a document you are given charging you with a traffic violation or offense. A traffic violation is the breaking of any of the multiple traffic laws. Some of the more common traffic violations include:

• Speeding
• Running a red light or stop sign
• Making a illegal turn
• Going the wrong way on a one way street
• Driving with an expired licensed plate or driving license
• Failure to yield the right of way
• Driving under the influence

Avoiding a Traffic Citation

The best way to avoid getting a traffic citation is to obey all of the traffic laws. However, there are times when you may accidentally violate one of the many driving laws and be stopped by a policeman.

Keep in mind that in most cases you won’t be able to talk your way out of a traffic ticket, however, if you treat the officer who stops you with respect and remain friendly and cooperative and if the violation is minor the officer may choose to give you a warning rather than a ticket.