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    Question Failure to Stop vs. Failure to Yield - Any Difference?

    What is the name of your state?
    Virginia

    Ok, for some reason, in my mind, I can accept the failure to yield ticket the officer gave me. I had intended to prepay today, but when I got on to prepay, the website said I failed to stop while entering a highway.

    As I was attempting to make a left turn out of my apartment complex the construction barrels and heavy traffic somewhat limited my vision. The traffic was all stopped due to a red light on my right. Because all the traffic was stopped and the person in the right lane closest to me was waving me through I looked and then proceeded. Unfortunately a guy in the second lane came flying out of no ware and we hit pretty much head on.

    My question is, other than my personal concerns about the words "Stop" or "Yield", is there any difference? Will the fine or the insurance points change if I was to argue at court about this little wording difference? Or should I just pay the $93.50 and accept it?

    Your thoughts are greatly appreciated. If I am at fault, then I want to accept my responsibilities. I just want to make sure I am accepting no more than what is right.

    Thank you in advance!

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    Default Re: Failure to Stop/Yield any difference?

    Q: My question is, other than my personal concerns about the words "Stop" or "Yield", is there any difference?

    A: I would have to read the statutes to give you a complete answer, but they are pretty much the same thing (or can be in some jurisdictions).



    Q: Will the fine or the insurance points change if I was to argue at court about this little wording difference?

    A: You need to ask two different sets of folks: your insurance carrier and the bureaucrats who issued OPLs in your state.

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    Default Re: Failure to Stop/Yield any difference?

    SJ is right. You were most likely cited for 46.2-826, which requires you to both STOP and YIELD right-of-way.

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    Default Re: Failure to Stop vs. Failure to Yield - Any Difference?

    Thank you!

    So since 46.2-826 is what was cited, it is the same thing right? The wording is irrelivant because the charge is a violation of 46.2-826 correct?

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