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"pull over" = drive to the side of the road and stop

"The police pulled him over and gave him at ticket for speeding."


"make waves" = cause problems

"Stop making waves and admit your ran the red light. It is useless to argue with the police officer."

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Traffic Ticket
1. Pre-Listening Exercises
2. Listening Exercises
3. Vocabulary
4. Post-Listening
5. Online Investigations

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mediumtransportationconversationtwo men01:27

I. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]

What are common traffic violations and how do they threaten public safety (for example, following cars too closely, or tailgating, can result in rear end collisions if the car in front of you stops suddenly)?

HELPFUL TIP: Be aware of the speed limits for different areas in your city and area even if the limits are not posted. Ignorance is no excuse when you are tying to fight a speeding ticket.

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II. Listening Exercises [Top]
Listen to the conversation by pressing the "Play Audio" button and answer the questions. Press the "Final Score" button to check your quiz.

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1. What law did the driver break in the school zone?
A. He didn't yield to children crossing the road.
B. He parked illegally near the school.
C. He exceeded the speed limit.

2. What happened at the intersection?
A. The driver didn't use his turn signals.
B. The driver didn't come to a complete stop.
C. The driver failed to yield to other drivers.

3. What does the police officer tell the man about his driver's license?
A. The license is no longer valid.
B. The driver is using someone else's license.
C. The license is only good for 6 more months.

4. What can be implied from the driver's conversation about the officer's name?
A. The driver plans to report the officer to his superiors.
B. The driver tells the officer that they have met before.
C. The driver hints that the officer could let him off.

5. What happens at the end of the conversation?
A. The driver gets a ticket.
B. The officer arrests the driver.
C. The driver is taken to court.


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III. Vocabulary Activities [Top]
Review the key vocabulary from the conversation: [ Why do these? ]

IV. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]

In your own words, give a summary of the traffic violations the driver in this conversation committed. What steps can law enforcement (police officers) take to protect the public and roads in such cases? Is it better to try to talk your way out of traffic ticket or just accept the consequences if you have broken a traffic law?

V. Online Investigations - [ What's This? ] [Top]
Getting a traffic ticket for different violations can happen if you aren't aware of the laws or code where you live or visit. Choose a country you want to visit and find out about three specific traffic laws and the penalties for violating those laws. How do these rules compare to those in your own area. Keep in mind that the traffic code can vary widely from area to area within the same country. Learning about the criminal justice system before you travel to a new place can help you avoid legal poblems.

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