In truck driving school, learning the rules of the road is an important part of your studies. However, it is important to note that in addition to national laws, each state has its own set of driving laws. As a driver, knowing both the national laws and the laws of the state in which you are traveling is essential in order to avoid tickets and accidents. Here are some of the laws that are likely to vary between states.
Speed limits are set on the state level. When you cross the border from one state to the next, be aware that there may be a very abrupt increase or decrease in the speed limit, even if you are traveling on an interstate. Often, where there is a decrease in the speed limit, police officers sit near the border to ensure drivers are slowing down. Check the speed limits for the road on which you are traveling regularly to ensure you haven’t missed any changes. Keep in mind that some states also have posted minimum speeds that drivers have to follow.
Every state has stiff DUI penalties, but the specific laws that they use to enforce them vary. The definition of intoxication—in other words, the BAC levels at which drivers are considered to be intoxicated—are different, as are the legal punishments. For truck drivers, in addition to state DUI penalties, federal DOT punishments for DUI charges are also applied.
Parking laws can change from state to state and even from town to town. For drivers who are new to an area, parking is one of the most common ticketed violations. As you look for a space to park your truck, never assume that a spot is legal unless there is clear signage.
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