One hundred and twenty-five years ago in December, the first Mercedes was
In 1896, three German engineers made the world's first four-wheeled
vehicle that was powered by a four-stroke engine. Shortly thereafter,
Emil Jellinek appeared at the factory and asked for the best car the company
could make. The initial result was the Phoenix: an 8 hp car that could
reach the staggering speed of 25 mph. Mr. Jellinek was impressed, and
told the engineers that if they could make a better car, he would buy
36 of them. The first
Mercedes (named after Mr. Jellinek's daughter) was much faster, had advanced
features, and could convert from a racecar to a family car.
The company registered the name in 1902; in 1903, Mr. Jellinek legally
changed his name to Emil Jellinek-Mercedes.
The racing spirit lives on in motorists throughout Kern County, at least
as far as the CHP is concerned. If you are caught driving more than 100
mph, you may get a super speeder ticket. The penalty for a first-time
VC 22348(b) in Kern County, when considering the fine and penalty assessment, is
normally $859, but can go up for every 5 MPH over 100 MPH. The penalty
increases substantially for each subsequent violation.
Your license can also be suspended for 30 days upon a first-time conviction.
The suspension period goes up for each conviction thereafter, and it can
reach as high as six months in some cases. A 22348(b) violation also counts
two points against your license. An attorney regularly practicing in Mojave
may be able to get your charges reduced to simple speeding, dismissed,
or even traffic school sometimes, which saves you money and saves you
from a suspension.