The driving laws in California are strict. A speeding ticket is serious,
includes fines, and a possible license suspension. Speed limits should
be observed always even when going downhill. It is the driver of the vehicle’s
responsibility to maintain control of the vehicle, including its speed.
Although a vehicle will pick up speed when traveling on a downward slope,
speeding downhill is still speeding. When the posted limit or safe speed
is exceeded by 1 to 15 mph, the result is a base ticket fine of $35; however,
after state and county assessments, penalties, and fees are added the
fine is closer to $235 to $250 depending on the county. A conviction for
speeding between 16 and 25 mph over the limit will result in a base fine
of $70, once again with the assessments, it will come to around $380.
And, when a driver is ticketed for exceeding the speed limit by 26 or
more but less than 100 miles per hour, the base fine is $100, which after
penalties is almost $500.
Speeding Over 100 MPH
Speeding over 100 mph is a major infraction and if convicted the driver
will receive two Negligent Operator Treatment System (NOTS) points, which
will stay on their record for seven years. There are many circumstances
where the use of excessive speed may be justifiable, for instance, when
there is a bona fide health emergency or to avoid a dangerous situation
where you feel your life is threatened. However, an excuse like speeding
downhill because you couldn’t control your vehicle is never acceptable
in the eyes of the law.
Life is stressful. Drivers will sometimes take their aggressions out on
the road. Other drivers, will get behind the wheel when they are under
the influence of certain substances, illegal, prescription, and over-the-counter.
These conditions can result in a driver forgetting that they share the
road with thousands of other drivers. A self-centered approach to driving
causes bad choices like excessive speeds. This puts people's lives
at risk, and will always gain the attention of the CHP and other law enforcement
According to CVC
22348 b, speeding over 100 mph on California freeways recklessly endangers other
drivers and their passengers. Drivers who are cited and convicted of driving
at these extreme speeds will be levied very harsh fines. A first offense
will likely cost you $900-2600 in fines and penalties, and you could possibly
lose your license for 30 days. The penalties increase dramatically with
other offenses that have occurred within the previous five years. In addition,
your auto insurance premiums will skyrocket! Speeding more than 100 mph
is a major infraction that has a mandatory court appearance requires legal
assistance, and consulting an attorney is recommended. But, you don’t
need a law degree or to have passed the bar to know that speeding downhill
is not a viable excuse.
Hanford Courthouse in Kings County
The Hanford Courthouse in Kings County is open every Monday through Thursday
from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm, and Fridays from 8:00 am through 11:30 am.
When a fine is received for speeding downhill, it may be paid online through
the courthouse website. Any individual scheduled to appear in Hanford
Traffic Court will be notified of the time and date by courtesy notice,
but not receiving a courtesy notice is not an excuse for failure to resolve
your ticket before the court date or appear in court.
The driving laws in California were established for safety. The consequences
for breaking these laws can result in fines, jail time, and serious injuries.
Although, in Kings County you may be able to resolve your speeding downhill
ticket online, by phone, by mail, or in person, the best possible outcome
possibilities should be discussed with a traffic ticket attorney before
you decide to just pay the fine. In most cases, you will see that paying
the fine and increased insurance premiums or hiring a lawyer are about
the same, but the outcome could be worlds apart.
Hire a Central Valley Attorney to Represent you in Kings County Traffic Court
Call Bigger & Harman, 661-349-9300 to inquire about the specifics of
your ticket or email:
Whatever the reason for getting a ticket, speeding downhill, didn’t
see the 35-mph sign, school zone, or construction area we will look at
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