Bay Area police hand out carpool violation tickets like officers in Apple
Valley and Barstow issue tickets for seat belt violations.
Area peace officers issued a record number of citations in 2015, but the
problem persists. Unscientific estimates place the number of unauthorized
vehicles – ones that either have too few occupants or do not have
special permission to be in the carpool lane – as high as
40 percent during rush hours. Officers agree that the most common excuse they hear
is that the drivers used the carpool lane to get around a slow-moving vehicle.
Enforcement is not easy. Many solo drivers buckle the passenger-side seat
belt and pull down the visor or engage in similar shenanigans to avoid
detection. So far, efforts to employ camera enforcement have stalled.
Some nonpoint violations, like a no seat belt ticket or a cellphone ticket, can be
almost as expensive as a speeding ticket or other moving violation. Moreover, since insurance
companies in The Golden State must operate under such strict consumer
regulations, these nonpoint citations might cause your insurance premiums
to increase. Finally, traffic school and other pretrial diversion programs
are often not an option in nonpoint cases, so the only thing you can do
is pay the fine.
An attorney can identify all the defenses you have, and leverage them at
trial and during plea negotiations, to get the case thrown out or at least
get the penalties
reduced. This approach is about the only way to save money in these situations.
Getting Legal Help
The aggressive attorneys at Bigger & Harman, APC, are committed to
giving individuals a voice when dealing with speeding and traffic tickets.
Call today at 661-349-9300 or email
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