Massachusetts motor vehicle laws are long and complex.
Most of these laws pertain to the proper operation of your motor vehicle.
Moving violations are the most common reasons a vehicle is stopped. Some
examples include: speeding, failure to stop at red light or stop sign, or
failure to drive within marked lanes.
Registration, inspection sticker or equipment violations
are other reasons a vehicle may be stopped by an officer. It is not
uncommon for a driver to be in violation without knowing it. Depending upon
the circumstances, officer may issue a citation or a warning for the
Criminal investigations often involve stopping a motor
vehicle in association with a crime. In todayís movable society, criminals
use cars to facilitate crimes. Your motor vehicle may match the
description of a suspectís vehicle.
An officer may also stop you for safety concerns. You
may have a headlight, taillight or a license plate light out, the tires on
you vehicle appear to be worn or your windshield wipers may be
malfunctioning. Again, depending upon the circumstances, officers may issue
you a citation or a warning for these types of violations.