A local police department recently wrote 50 speeding tickets in one day
at one intersection.
On March 13, Hanford police began a
stepped-up enforcement campaign in a construction zone on 10
th Avenue between Second Street and Hanford Armona Road. Due to the construction,
the posted speed limit dropped from the normal 40 mph to 25 mph. Officer
Jeff Davis said that he and his partner "could have written 100 [tickets],
but we have to take a breather sometime."
There was a similar situation in 2012, when police wrote hundreds of speeding
tickets in a Hanford construction zone. Construction on 10
th Avenue is scheduled to be complete sometime in June 2014.
VC Section 22350, the Basic Speeding Law that is in effect in Mojave, has remained essentially
unchanged since it was first enacted in 1963. The law prohibits "[un]reasonable
or [im]prudent" speeds, having due regard for conditions such as:
More to the point in construction zones, the Basic Speeding Law prohibits
speed "which endangers the safety of persons or property." On
its face, that edict would seem to only apply in a construction zone if
workers are present, but most construction zone speed limits have no such
restriction, probably because proving the presence of workers would be
an extra step in court.