A speeding ticket on Highway 395 or Interstate 5 is bad enough, but a special
circumstances speeding ticket is even worse.
Schools and Senior Centers
VC 22352 and a few related laws, the prima facie speed limit near a school building
or senior adult center is 15mph if the normal speed is 30, or 25 if the
normal speed is above 30. Cities have some flexibility to make these speed
limits even lower.
Section (b)(2), the school zone law, only applies if children are present
or during school hours. So, if there is a band concert or basketball game
in the evening, the 15 or 25mph limit still applies. Section (b)(3), the
senior citizen law, is very broadly worded to include any facility “primarily
used by senior citizens.” The city must erect a warning sign for
the reduced speed limit to be in effect.
Safety Enhancement/Double Fine Zone
VC 42010, the state may designate certain state highway stretches as double fine
zones. To qualify, the roadway must have a collision rate at least 1.5
times higher than the state average. Not all fines are doubled; in fact,
only alcohol and speed-related infractions are enhanced.
VC 22362 gives the state the power to reduce the speed limit if construction employees
“are at work on the roadway or within the right-of-way so close
thereto as to be endangered by passing traffic.” Workers must be
present for the reduced speed limit to apply.
100+ MPH Citations
VC 22348(b) sets fines and penalty assessments of up to $900 for a first offense at
101mph, and the fines go up from there, based on both velocity and number
of prior citations. In addition to a maximum 30 days license suspension,
violators often see their auto insurance premiums skyrocket, which can
double or trip their rates for up to seven years.
Getting Legal Help
The aggressive lawyers at Bigger & Harman, APC, are committed to giving
individuals a voice when dealing with speeding and traffic tickets. Call
today at 661-859-1177 or email
firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the personal professional attention you deserve. En español,
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