Top 5 Most Common Traffic Violations in California
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Millions of traffic tickets are given out each year. In fact, 125,000 traffic tickets are issued per day in the U.S. Therefore, it is likely you will have to deal with a traffic violation at some point especially if you live in California. California is one of the strictest states when it comes to enforcing traffic tickets and ensuring drivers are following the rules on the road. Additionally, California traffic ticket fines are some of the most expensive in the nation. So it is crucial to know the most common traffic violations in California, how they can impact your life and what to do if you get one.
Traffic violations impact you financially. Here is why:
Keep in mind, California also uses this point system to keep track of drivers in order to determine if they need to suspend your license. This can take a major toll on your finances if you are unable to get to work.
Speeding is one of the best-known traffic laws, but it is also the most common traffic violation. The California Vehicle Code outlines that drivers should always drive at a reasonable speed depending on road conditions like weather, traffic, the width of the road, and surface material of the road. Since this can be a rather subjective regulation, speed limits are determined and placed along roads to ensure everyone has the same understanding of a safe speed to travel on each road.
According to the traffic laws in California, it is illegal for anyone to use a handheld electronic device such as a cell phone while they are driving. Hands-free options are still legal for some drivers, but there are restrictions placed on people under 18 and school bus drivers. Cell phone use takes focus away from the road and is a common cause of accidents.
California drivers have to come to a full stop at a stop sign before proceeding. It is common for some people to merely slow down. This is typically referred to as the “California roll.”
Tailgating refers to following another vehicle too closely and is deemed illegal under California law. Each driver must consider the speed of the vehicle, the traffic on the road, and the condition of the road when deciding a safe distance to drive behind another vehicle. Tailgating is a common traffic violation, especially on highways.
Red light tickets are one of the most frustrating ones especially if you didn’t realize until you receive a notice in the mail. Avoid these tickets by always stopping before the white line, not speeding up to try to get into the intersections before it turns red and keeping your eyes out for any signs warning you there are red light cameras.
There are a few options to choose from when you receive a traffic violation:
As mentioned above, a trial by written declaration is the easiest way to get a traffic ticket dismissed. One of the biggest reasons is police officers are not incentivized to fill out the paperwork required for a trial by written declaration cases. So if the police officer does not complete their documents then your traffic ticket will be thrown out. Next, the judge reviews a written defense in the privacy of their chambers instead of a busy courtroom. This means they are likely in a better mood when reviewing your case. Lastly, even if you have a defense prepared when going to court, the judge may not let you present it entirely. As with a trial by written declaration, you can mail your complete defense to the court.
GetDismissed has helped tens of thousands of drivers get their traffic tickets dismissed through a trial by written declaration process. We streamline the entire process to make it as simple and efficient for you as possible for you to get the defense documents you need.
The best part of the trial by written declaration system is that if the ticket is dismissed, there will be no points on your driving record, no fine and no court. Get started today!
GetDismissed produces results in fighting all kinds of tickets. Unfortunately, this list does not include exhibition of speed citations. Your best bet in fighting one of these infractions, is to contact an attorney. An attorney can negotiate on your behalf to try and reduce fines, or even to reduce the charges to a lesser infraction which could possibly qualify for traffic school.
We do however, contest infractions revolving around speeding, red lights, red light cameras, cell phones, signs (primarily stop signs), carpool violations, U-turns, out of lane violations, and commercial violations. If you receive a citation and have questions, contact us today.