Intersections can be dangerous when someone blows through a stop sign; however, most stop sign violations we see result in someone either stopping at the wrong place or failing to come to a full stop. Where you have to stop when facing a stop sign depends on how the intersection is marked. If there is a crosswalk, you must stop before entering the crosswalk. In the absence of a crosswalk, you must stop at a stop line (a solid white line). If there is not a crosswalk or a stop line, you must stop nearest the intersecting roadway where the operator has a view of approaching traffic on the intersecting roadway. The law requires that you come to a full stop at a stop sign; however, there is no required period that you must remain stopped. After stopping, you must yield to any vehicle already in the intersection or a vehicle approaching the intersection that does not have a stop sign before proceeding.

If an officer believes you failed to stop at the appropriate place, failed to come to a complete stop or failed to yield the right of way, the officer will issue a stop sign violation. Penalties for a stop sign ticket are discussed below.


Red light tickets are not always as easy to decipher as a stop sign violation. When you approach a green light at an intersection, you may go straight through the intersection or turn left or right unless a turn is prohibited by a sign. If making a left turn on a standard green, you must yield to any vehicles approaching from the opposite direction; this is not required if you have a green arrow.

If the light is red and there is a crosswalk, you must you must stop before entering the crosswalk. In the absence of a crosswalk, you must stop at a stop line (a solid white line). After coming to a full stop you can make a right turn unless the turn is prohibitd by a sign by yielding to any traffic in the intersection. You can also make a left turn if both the road you are on and the road you turning onto are one-way-roads unless prohibited by a sign. Again, you must come to a full stop and yield to any traffic in the intersection.  In all cases, you have to yield to any pedestrians that are lawfully in a crosswalk.

If an officer believes you entered the intersection when the light was red, failed to yield when making a left turn, failed to stop when facing a solid red prior to making a right turn or failed to yield to pedestrians lawfully in an adjacent crosswalk, the officer will issue a stop sign violation. Penalties for a red light ticket are discussed below.


Stop sign and red light citation are fine only offenses, meaning you cannot be sentenced to jail as a part of your punishment. The fine for a stop sign ticket can go as high as $200.  

Stop sign and Red light tickets are considered moving violations, which will result in two points on your driving record with a conviction. If the violation was issued because of an accident, an additional point will be issued. An accumulation of too many points may lead to surcharges and a suspension of your Texas drivers license.

Convictions can also be used by your insurance company to increase your premiums, which can be as high as $586 per year. Finally, if you have a commercial driver's license (CDL) or you drive for a living, a stop sign or red light ticket may put your job in jeopardy. These "hidden costs" of a stop sign and red light tickets can cost you thousands of dollars and affect you for years. As you can see, a single speeding citation can cost you thousands. If you just pay your ticket, you may face higher insurance premiums, points, surcharges, a license suspension and may even put your job in jeopardy!  


As you can see from the penalties, red light and stop sign violations can become VERY expensive. The experienced traffic ticket attorneys at Hawkins & Walker, PC have handled hundreds of these types of tickets and we have solutions to either get a red light or stop sign ticket dismissed outright or reduce or eliminate the penalties above.

In some cases, we can get the ticket dismissed outright. If we cannot get the violation dismissed outright, our traffic ticket attorneys can usually get a stop sign or red light ticket dismissed through a probation offer, often with a reduced fine. Completion of the probation offer will result in dismissal and avoid points. In most cases, our traffic ticket attorneys can handle your stop sign or red light citation without  you having to come to our office or appear in court.

When you consider the value of your time and the potential savings in both a fine reduction and avoiding the "hidden costs" of an FMFR ticket, the traffic ticket attorneys at Hawkins & Walker typically pay for themselves many times over. 


If you received a red light ticket in the mail from a camera, these tickets are civil in nature and issued to the registered owner of the vehicle, who may or may not have been the driver. If you were not the owner of the vehicle and received a red light camera ticket in the mail, you need to notify the issuing city that you were not the registered owner when the violation occurred.

You will not get any points from these types of tickets. Failure to pay within 30 days will result in a $25 penalty (tacked onto the initial $75 fee) and possible hold on your registration.


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