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Oct 15, 2019 - 1:55:41 AM
4243 posts since 5/29/2004

Just a query....is driving on the wrong side of the road a crime in America ?

Oct 15, 2019 - 6:18:32 AM
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Helix

USA

11944 posts since 8/30/2006

One can drive in reverse if conditions dictate. Wrong side = risky business.

Oct 15, 2019 - 6:44:18 AM

Banjo Lefty

Canada

1694 posts since 6/19/2014

Don't know about the USA, but I suspect it differs from State to State. Here in Canada it's not a "crime" if we define crime as being a criminal code offence, and you won't have a criminal record after a conviction, unless you already had one for other things. It is, however, a violation of the various Highway Traffic Acts of each province, and a guilty driver can face some serious fines and/or other sanctions, such as demerit points.

Oct 15, 2019 - 6:58:21 AM

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Merely driving on the wrong side of the road would be a traffic offense with a relatively minor fine but could in some cases be upgraded to reckless driving. But if you kill or injure anyone as a result you could be charged with the crime of reckless endangerment or even vehicular homicide. And doing so as the result of intoxication adds a new layer of legal jeopardy. All of the above including the first also expose you to financial liability for any damage caused.

Oct 15, 2019 - 7:57:27 AM

chuckv97

Canada

44245 posts since 10/5/2013

 

I saw a driver backing out of an exit ramp,on an interstate,, madness, I'd say.  I guess he realized he'd taken the wrong exit.

Edited by - chuckv97 on 10/15/2019 07:58:44

Oct 15, 2019 - 8:21:45 AM
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odd question really since most countries outside of the UK drive on the wrong side anyway.

Oct 15, 2019 - 11:44:44 AM
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banjonz

New Zealand

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We here drive on the wrong side of the road all the time. wink

Oct 15, 2019 - 11:45:57 AM
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chuckv97

Canada

44245 posts since 10/5/2013

It’s an upside -down world

Oct 15, 2019 - 12:09:27 PM
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conic

UK

583 posts since 2/15/2014

yes unless you have diplomatic immunity

Oct 15, 2019 - 12:13:27 PM
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RonR

USA

1531 posts since 11/29/2012

I did it in Barbados a few times and everyone in the car started screaming.

Edited by - RonR on 10/15/2019 12:14:12

Oct 15, 2019 - 12:18:32 PM

52632 posts since 12/14/2005

Crime or not, it MAY immediately inflict the death penalty on the driver.

Oct 15, 2019 - 12:30:32 PM
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Helix

USA

11944 posts since 8/30/2006

Sorry about the immunity. Justice will be served.
Some here think she should provide for another what she denied this one person. It's a lifelong sentence of care and stewardship, just like one of her own.

Oct 15, 2019 - 5:28:25 PM

4243 posts since 5/29/2004

It turns out that the woman didn't have immunity....and obviously no morals...it also questions is the UK really one of America's greatest friends....

Oct 15, 2019 - 7:19:48 PM

52632 posts since 12/14/2005

Aha! So we're not talking generalities anymore, but a specific and fatal case.

Thanks for making that clear.

Oct 15, 2019 - 7:52:38 PM
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Chris Meakin

Australia

2473 posts since 5/15/2011

Of all the crazy differences on Earth, it has never ceased to amaze me that the "powers that be" couldn't decide on which side of the road we should all drive on. As I understand it, the difference is due in part on one nation in particular being obstinate. (No, not the US).

Navigation on sea waters and "universal" maritime laws certainly predate the motor car, so it's not like there wasn't a precedence. Sweden switched from right hand drive to left hand drive in 1967. I wonder if Commonwealth countries will swap over some time in the next few millenia?

Oct 15, 2019 - 10:02:56 PM
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Paul R

Canada

11751 posts since 1/28/2010

quote:
Originally posted by Chris Meakin

... I wonder if Commonwealth countries will swap over some time in the next few millenia?


Well, this Commonwealth country has driven on the right  side all along. Let the ones with accents join us when they may. cheeky

Oct 15, 2019 - 10:55:31 PM

4243 posts since 5/29/2004

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Originally posted by mike gregory

Aha! So we're not talking generalities anymore, but a specific and fatal case.

Thanks for making that clear.


I would have thought that was obvious, but if you think it should be just brushed under the carpet then there lies the problem...

Oct 15, 2019 - 11:00:17 PM

52632 posts since 12/14/2005

I was avoiding the specific of an event involving a POLITICIAN's wife, so as to avoid a POLITICAL Rule break, and bringing down a LOCK.

I have no useful opinion as to that specific event, and so, shall be my usual charming and/or annoying self elsewhere.
Carry on.

Oct 15, 2019 - 11:20:44 PM
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Chris Meakin

Australia

2473 posts since 5/15/2011

quote:
Originally posted by Paul R
quote:
Originally posted by Chris Meakin

... I wonder if Commonwealth countries will swap over some time in the next few millenia?


Well, this Commonwealth country has driven on the right  side all along. Let the ones with accents join us when they may. cheeky


That's true, and the good folk of the US Virgin Islands drive on the left side with US cars. Maybe with self-driving vehicles it may not matter all that much anyway. But ya' gotta admit, it sure is silly for the governments of the day not to have thought it through when motorised transport came into being.

Oct 17, 2019 - 10:59:11 AM

52632 posts since 12/14/2005

Mods: Please delete this IF it breaks the No Politics rule.

"What would her father's reaction be, if the wife of the British ambassador had injured or killed Ivanka, and fled the country, claiming diplomatic immunity?

Would it be very similar to his actions in the matter currently under discussion?"

Oct 17, 2019 - 12:53:57 PM
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It’s a crying shame when a technicality can be used to, and accepted to, allow someone to evade the consequences of their actions. Irrespective of whether immunity was in place, this person should do the right thing, and if they won’t do it themselves, they shouldn’t be permitted to hide. For crying out loud, if I did that, forget the head of state, my mum would have dragged me by the ear onto the next plane.

Oct 18, 2019 - 6:29:18 AM

tmercks

USA

706 posts since 3/7/2006

Only if someone else is using the road in the opposite direction, and is NOT driving on the wrong side of the road. I hear in the City of Alcoa TN, they will cite you just for crossing the yellow line regardless of the situation.

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