Driving the downhill stretch of the Grapevine on I-5 from the Los Angeles/Kern
County line safely while avoiding a traffic ticket is a challenge. Over
19,000 big rigs travel this route daily, and because it is one of the
most dangerous stretches of road in the state, California Highway Patrol
officers are everywhere. Verbal warnings, rather than citations, are few
and far between. One of the most frequent charges that we see brought
against Class A drivers on this stretch of I-5 is VC 22407.
The language of VC 22407 is simple:
Whenever the Department of Transportation or local authority determines
upon the basis of engineering studies and a traffic survey that the speed
of 55 miles per hour is more than is reasonable or safe for vehicles mentioned
in subdivision (a) of Section 22406, which have a manufacturer's gross
vehicle weight rating of 10,000 pounds or more, in descending a grade
upon any portion of a highway, the department or local authority, with
respect to highways under their respective jurisdiction, may determine
and declare a speed limit of 50, 45, 40, 35, 30, 25, or 20 miles per hour,
whichever is found most appropriate to facilitate the orderly movement
of traffic and is reasonable and safe, which declared speed limit shall
be effective for such vehicles when appropriate signs giving notice thereof
are erected upon the highway.
If you received a ticket on the Grapevine, there is a good chance that
you received a violation for going faster than 35 or 45mph somewhere near
the Ft. Tejon or Lebec area. You may have missed the first sign, failed
to downshift quickly enough, or just had a heavy load and was trying to
avoid burning up your brakes. The bottom line is that you are now looking
at 1.5 points on your license and a possible serious federal violation
if your speed was 15mph or more over the speed limit.
We can help. Your citation will be sent to either the Lamont or Santa Clarita
courthouses. We focus exclusively on traffic law and will know what to
do to in either court to maximize your chances of keeping your record
clean and your job secure. Contact us at (661) 859-1177 for a free phone
consultation regarding your best options for your ticket.