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An infraction is a violation of law not punishable by imprisonment. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, this is "[t]he action of breaking or infringing (a bond or obligation)-- [a] breach, violation, [or] infringement."[1] Minor traffic offenses generally are considered infractions.[2]


  1. "infraction, n." OED Online. Oxford University Press, March 2016. Web. 4 May 2016.
  2. The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition