Safety advocates want the CHP to answer for a lesser police presence on
Highway 17, but lackluster enforcement is definitely not a problem on
Highway 395 and some other California highways.
Until a few years ago, the CHP routinely assigned three officers to a stretch
of Highway 17 that’s notorious for speeders and speed-related accidents.
But now, there is only one officer, and the Safe on 17 Committee wants
speeding cameras to take up the slack. Advocates point out that some states already use
speeding cameras, and Caltrans may start using cameras in carpool lanes.
To them, speeding cameras are simply the next logical step.
Under current law, speeding cameras are illegal speed traps.
100+ MPH Tickets
Humans write plenty of
VC 22348(b) citations on both Highway 395 and along Highway 15 (especially in the
Mojave Desert area close to the Nevada border). These citations are among
the most drastic ones in the Vehicle Code, even though 100mph is no longer
the equivalent of the sound barrier. Fines and penalty assessments start
at $859 for a first infraction at 100mph, and the financial penalty increases
thereafter. VC 22348(b) convictions mean mandatory license suspension
and they count two points towards NOTS suspension; normally, drivers cannot
use traffic school to erase the points.
There are indirect costs as well, mostly in the form of increased auto
insurance rates. As a rule of thumb, the total cost of a California traffic
ticket is small compared to have your insurance rates go through the roof.
To keep cases moving through the system, some prosecutors are willing to
drop the charges to standard speeding if the drivers plead guilty. This
charge has a much lower fine, no mandatory license suspension, and half
as many points.
Getting Legal Help
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