A new study suggests that motorists in Kings and San Bernardino Counties
aren’t bad drivers, but they are good at getting caught.
80 percent of respondents said their driving skills were “above average”
overall. Specifically, 60 percent said they often move over and allow
other drivers to pass and 33 percent said they never drive more than 10mph
above the speed limit on highways. The study also suggested that driving
habits of people over 55 differ greatly from Millennials, and did we really
need a study to tell us that?
Both groups often engage in the time-honored practice of brake-checking,
which according to the study, involves “slowing down to annoy or
educate people who want them to move over.”
Drivers’ License Suspension Defenses
Whether you’re a bad driver, had a momentary lapse, or just happened
to pass by a police officer at the wrong time, the points count the same,
and as few as four points can trigger Negligent Operator Treatment System
(NOTS) drivers’ license suspension. In most cases, points stay on
your license for
Before the state can suspend your license, there is a NOTS hearing. Some
common defenses and mitigation at this hearing include:
Time Gap: Many drivers accumulate four or five points in a cluster, have stellar
records for several months or years, and then get a speeding ticket that
puts them over the limit.
Then and Now: Some of us go through high-stress periods in our lives that see us temporarily
lose control. Furthermore, everybody likes a good comeback story, and
that includes NOTS hearing officers.
Miles driven: Oftentimes a driver facing suspension drives more miles than the average
driver in the year. The hearing officer can often be convinced to give
extra points to the driver before a suspension will be considered by the state.
Suspended Sentence: Instead of a suspension, the officer may suspend the sentence for a few
months, and if the driver has no further infractions, the matter is dismissed.
Commercial operators build up points at a 50 percent greater rate.
A then-and-now defense is also very effective in
medical suspension cases. Sometimes, drivers are not taking their medicine, weren’t prescribed
the right dosage, or maybe weren’t even diagnosed at all. If the
condition has been under control for more than about six months, most
of these cases are dismissed.
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
to receive the personal professional attention you deserve. En español,
llame al 661-349-9755.