What Is a Traffic Citation Warning?

By Kurt Larsen - Updated June 19, 2017
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Many people who drive on a regular basis worry about the potential possibility of getting pulled over. While receiving a traffic citation warning usually does not result in a fine, it should still be considered a serious warning.

Definition

A traffic citation warning is a verbal or written warning issued by a police officer in the event of a traffic violation. Citation warnings can be issued for a variety of offenses including speeding, illegal parking and reckless driving,

Misconceptions

Many people mistakenly believe that a traffic citation warning can lead to a fine or jail time. The fact of the matter is that traffic citation warnings are just that: warnings. A warning is different from a ticket in that it has no inherent consequences.

Aftermath

Some traffic citation warnings -- such as written warnings -- are documented by the police department. Repeat offenses can often lead to tickets that can include fines and other consequences.

About the Author

Based in Portland, Maine, Kurt Larsen began his writing career in 2008. As well as being proficient in constructing marketing and website content, he has been published in media outlets such as Buildipedia, an interactive community focusing on green and sustainable architecture. Larsen holds a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from the University of Vermont.

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