Traffic Violations

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  1. Stopper8293

    Stopper8293 Member

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    Can traffic violations such as illegal turns and not having the proper stickers on your vehicle (registrations stickers, Kylie's Law red stickers in NJ, etc.) affect a candidate in his or her admissions process?
     
  2. cmccollum4693

    cmccollum4693 USMA 2015 Appointee

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    I think if the fine is over 300(?) it will require a legal waiver. I had a Seat Belt ticket and I was fine.
     
  3. abeastlybeast

    abeastlybeast USMA Class of 2015

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    I think traffic violations are a case-to-case basis. Admissions is the best source of information concerning traffic violations.
     
  4. dhawbaker

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    Why risk it? Drive safely and legally, and always have your car 'stickered' correctly :thumb:
     
  5. Stopper8293

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    I received a ticket but pleaded innocent, and have not appeared in municipal court yet (ticket for not having the Kylie's law stickers on my license plates). Do I report the ticket on the Candidate Personal Records Form on the portal, or should I just send in the form without reporting the ticket, since I pleaded innocent and still haven't gone to municipal court?
     
  6. dhawbaker

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    I would call up your MALO/FFR or your RC and talk to them about it. They will give you pretty good direction on what you should do admissions wise.
     
  7. usafahopeful1

    usafahopeful1 Prospective Cadet 2017

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    Kylie's law sticker: what exactly is it? I have heard of Kylie's law, but not of a sticker associated with it. Good thing I don't live in NJ!
     
  8. LSSmith

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    Red stickers must be worn on front and back license plates of the car identifying the driver as holding a probationary license.
     
  9. usafahopeful1

    usafahopeful1 Prospective Cadet 2017

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    Thanks
     
  10. dunninla

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    The issue is broader than that...

    I have read on this board multiple times that when you commission as an Officer, you will most probably eventually need to get a Top Secret Security Clearance for many of the assignments you will want. Part of that process, which is painfully detailed, is to report every violation of law you have ever been involved in... and that includes traffic tickets and PARKING tickets. Plus they ask for every address you've lived at (I believe after the age of 10) so they can inteview your neighbors. One of the disqualifiers for a Top Secret Security Clearance is excessive, multiple violations of traffic or parking laws. It goes into the category of "Scofflaw", wherein it can be assumed that if you cannot comply with even the most basic forms of authority (traffic and parking laws), you may not comply with critical forms of authority within the military. Another disqualifier is multiple (or even a single -- it is a judgement call) traffic violations for excessive speed, or reckless driving. Driving with a suspended license is also a tough violation to get waivered.

    Forwarned is forarmed!

    Imagine trying to document every parking and traffic ticket that you ever received in order to get a Top Secret Security clearance! Much easier to just never violate laws or statutes!
     
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  11. DHinNH

    DHinNH USMA 1989

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    Funny, I don't remember that.

    I got a speeding ticket during every one of my three spring breaks as a cadet (when plebes didn't get spring break). While I certainly would not recommend following my example in that particular area of behavior, it did not prevent me from getting a top secret clearance.

    SF86 ( Questionnaire for National Security Positions - http://www.opm.gov/Forms/pdf_fill/sf86.pdf ) specifically mentions to "exclude any fines of less than $300 for traffic offenses that do not involve alcohol or drugs."
     

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