Unsafe vehicle operation laws in most states have specific statutes dealing with the regulation of towed vehicle laws and unsafe towing practices. However, towed vehicle laws are not always clear regarding unsafe vehicle operation in regards to towed vehicle laws for each state. Law enforcement, if making a stop for unsafe towing practice, has great discretion when going about ticketing towing hazards.
Normally, towed vehicle laws give licensed tow truck operators free range in dealing with towed vehicles, which may mean an operator riding in a towed vehicle. However, they are normally in the driver's seat controlling a towed vehicle's steering. Additionally, emergency situations may arise that necessitate carrying passengers in towed vehicles.
If a law enforcement officer is not understanding of these situations at the scene, traffic courts often will respond favorably with sufficient documentation explaining one's actions. As a driver that has been subject to ticketing for towing hazard, documentation of the scene, reason for towing, and statements from licensed towing companies will all prove useful to an attorney representing a driver in traffic courts.
An illegal towing citation attorney can be extremely helpful in presenting the case for a dismissal of an illegal towing citation involving passengers in a towed vehicle. Each instance will present specific conditions that may have led a passenger to be in a towed vehicle, whether legally or illegally. Having an attorney present these reasons to the courts may present an opportunity for the dismissal of a citation.