Dallas, TX asked in Traffic Tickets for Texas

Q: Can plz tell me why they can arrest me for a blinker being out on the vehicle after searching and finding nothing else

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A: In Texas, being arrested solely for a malfunctioning blinker (such as a turn signal being out) is generally not common practice under traffic law. Typically, a non-functional blinker would result in a traffic citation or warning, not an arrest. However, there are scenarios where an initial stop for a traffic violation like a non-functional blinker could lead to an arrest. This might occur if, during the stop, the officer finds other legal violations or issues, such as outstanding warrants, evidence of a more serious crime, or if the driver is found to be driving without a valid license or under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Without finding anything incriminating during the search, an arrest for just the blinker being out seems unusual unless there were other contributing legal factors or violations discovered by the officer.

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