Traffic Fines in a Community (can an HOA ticket a homeowner?)

People seem to be in such a hurry nowadays, but at what cost to those around you? We repeatedly see unfortunate accidents on the news, but fail to change our driving habits thinking that it will not happen to us or a loved one. Speeding, as well as other traffic violations, is a frequent issue throughout many communities. Many communities will put speed limit signs in an attempt to quell this and while it may, to a certain extent, there are still those that will continue to violate the rules, whether they are posted or not.

What can the community do to stop this? Well, like many of the questions discussed in these blogs, it will come down to a couple factors primarily dealing with your governing documents (assuming your community streets are private, if they are public then you will want to stay on top of the local authorities regarding whichever issue it may be). Very few associations will have anything in them regarding traffic violations in any specificity; however this is where the nuisance clause (common in most associations governing documents) comes in as the “catch-all”. If people are speeding throughout the community and rolling through stop signs, this poses a threat to the people in the community. This could certainly be considered a nuisance to anyone on the outside looking in. The association can then go through their normal violation policy with the residents which can eventually lead to fines. This wouldn’t be a “ticket” in the truest sense, but the financial consequences may be enough to sway the homeowners into slowing down.

Since the primary offense tends to be speeding, please slow down. Put yourself in any parent’s shoes and think about how you would feel if someone were flying by your home while your kids are playing and could possibly go into the street. I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas a Happy New Year from all of us here at Cedar Management Group.

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