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Traffic tickets


Parking tickets or citations may be issued to the owner of a motor vehicle when the vehicle is parked illegally. For example, a parking ticket may be issued to the owner of a vehicle parked:

• in front of a fire hydrant

• in front of an expired parking meter

• in a no parking zone

• in a place that blocks a sidewalk

• too close to the curb

Parking tickets are nonmoving violations that usually have less serious fines and penalties than moving violations. For example, in many states a parking ticket may not cause penalty points to be added to your driver’s license or record.

In Texas, parking tickets or citations are typically issued by city or municipal law enforcement when a vehicle is found to be parked in violation of local parking regulations. Common violations include parking in front of a fire hydrant, at an expired parking meter, in a no parking zone, on a sidewalk, or too close to the curb. These are considered nonmoving violations and generally carry less severe fines and penalties compared to moving violations. In Texas, parking tickets do not result in points being added to a driver's license. However, unpaid parking tickets can lead to additional fines, the vehicle being booted or towed, and in some cases, may affect the renewal of the vehicle's registration. It's important for vehicle owners to address parking citations promptly to avoid escalating penalties.

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