Two California assemblymembers want to change the rules for traffic school
in The Golden State. Does their proposal have any significance for drivers
passing through Independence and Bishop?
Santa Monica Democrat Richard Bloom and San Francisco Democrat David Chiu
Assembly Bill 902, which would make traffic school available to more bicycle riders. One
advocate, Robert Prinz, says the proposal would “turn these tickets
into valuable educational opportunities.” There are plans to expand
the program beyond just traffic school, and create a forum where all riders
can learn the rules of the road.
A few places on the coast, such as Huntington Beach and Marin County, offered
some limited services for bicyclists, but they shut down due to the prohibition
in the vehicle code.
It’s a pretty safe bet that Mr. Prinz hasn’t been to traffic
school recently, unless he equates clicking a mouse or dozing through
a live presentation with an “educational opportunity.” Although
there usually are a few gold nuggets in the stream that you can use on
the road, for the most part, traffic school is just something to endure.
There are some rules to follow, and
this order from San Diego is a pretty typical run-down. First and foremost, make
sure you enroll in a currently-approved class, and this list changes pretty
much monthly. Furthermore, there are some general eligibility requirements:
Speeding over 20 mph: There is sometimes a little wiggle-room in this requirement, especially
if the judge sees that you have a lawyer and are taking the violation
18 Months: The
law is a bit unclear whether the year and a half starts on the date you received
your previous citation or the date you completed traffic school, but in
most cases, it begins at the violation.
Commercial Drivers: Sometimes CDL holders can take traffic school to escape the fine, but
traffic school never erases their DMV records.
Be sure and follow through, because most judges don’t accept excuses
like “I didn’t have time” or “I didn’t have
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