Gaithersburg Traffic Violations and Codes

These are traffic code violations logged by Gaithersburg Police.

Posted by Keith on January 14, 2022 6:21AM

Gaithersburg Police Traffic Violation Codes and Statistics

Police like to use codes for stuff, and unless you know the code, you won't know what's going on.

Here's an incomplete list of some of the more common Maryland Traffic Violation Codes. The data provided is only for traffic violations issued by Gaithersburg Police - 6th district.

21-801 Speeding

Drivers who think speed limits are for losers get this violation. This citation could be issued even if the driver isn't exceeding the posted speed limit. This means that despite the posted speed limit, if it is unsafe to drive even the speed limit because of certain conditions or circumstances, police can issue this traffic violation.

For instance, it could be raining and the road slippery, going the speed limit might be unsafe.

From January 2021 to January 2022, Gaithersburg Police issued 121 citations for code 21-801.

Adding this 121 citations with the below 21-801.1 citations, Gaithersburg Police from January 2021 to January 2022, issued a total of 583 speeding tickets. That means speeding tickets account for 26.2 percent of traffic citations issued. That's an average of less than 2 speeding tickets a day.

For how much traffic flows through Gaithersburg, and how many speeders are out there all day and night, that's a disconcerting statistic.

21-801.1 Speeding

Drivers who speed get this violation.

From January 2021 to January 2022, Gaithersburg Police issued 462 speeding tickets, according to the data reported. What's interesting about that statistic is that Gaithersburg police issued nearly the same number of citations for avoiding a traffic control device as they did speeding tickets.

Violations By Race

  • White drivers (31%)
  • Black drivers (31%)
  • Hispanic drivers (27%)

21-901.1(b) Reckless and negligent driving

Gaithersburg Police don't seem to like issuing reckless driving citations, which is surprising since how common reckless driving is witnessed in the city.

From January 2021 to January 2022, Gaithersburg Police issued just 61 reckless driving citations. That means that Gaithersburg Police detects just one driver on average a week driving recklessly in Gaithersburg.

Perhaps, tailgating, wildly weaving in and out traffic aren't considered reckless.

21-201(a1) Avoiding a Traffic Control Device

This traffic violation is for avoiding a traffic control device. So this must be there's a traffic light, and rather than sit through the light, the driver cuts through a gas station parking lot or drives over someone's front lawn.

This is actually a common violation issued by Gaithersburg Police. From January 2021 to January 2022, District 6 police issued 461 citations for avoiding a traffic control device.

Violations By Race

  • Hispanic drivers (38%)
  • White drivers (29%)
  • Black drivers (19%)

16-101(a1) Driving Without a License

Driving without a license is illegal and the traffic violation code for this citation is 16-101(a1).

In the period between January 2021 and January 2022, Gaithersburg Police issued 145 citations for driving without a license.

Violations By Race

  • Hispanic drivers (48%)
  • Black drivers (30%)
  • White drivers (16%)

16-112(c) Failure to Show Police Drivers License

16-303(c) Driving while privilege is canceled, suspended, refused, or revoked

21-902(a1i and b1i) Drunk Driving

From January 2021 to January 2022, Gaithersburg Police issued 117 drunk driving citations.


It's not clear what the (Other) traffic violations refer to. These citations represent 42 percent of all traffic violations.

Traffic Violations Issued by Gaithersburg Police From Jan. 1, 2021 to Jan. 12, 2021.

Traffic Violation Jan 2021 to Jan 2022

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