The Trouble with Speeding California Freeways
Too many young drivers get their license in Fresno every year and have
the urge to go out cruising on 99 the second they get it. And yet, there
are several dangers associated with speeding these new drivers are not
aware of, yet.
These are the same roads the young James Dean met his end on SR-46 (then
466). Of course, James “Little Bastard” Dean was a racing
enthusiast. He raced at Santa Monica, Bakersfield, and his final race
was on Memorial Day 1953 in Santa Barbara, but he wouldn’t back
off from “street racing” challenge either.
That summer as Dean was filming
East of Eden, Warner Bros. had it written into his contract that he was not to participate
in racing. That fall, he bought a new Porche Spyder, which when he showed
it to Alec Guinness, the actor said, "If you get in that car, you
will be found dead in it by this time next week."
Seven days later, James Dean started his fateful day with coffee and donuts
in Hollywood before setting out for the raceway in Salinas, on US-99 through
the Grapevine, over to Bakersfield, and on to Salinas. Dean was ticketed
for 65 in 55 mph zone on the Grapevine, along with his friend, Bill Hickman,
who was trailing him in a station wagon pulling the car’s trailer.
He was also ticketed for 65 in a 45-mph zone because he was hauling the
race car’s trailer. It’s rumored the law enforcement (LE)
officer was being nice to the “big star” who was actually
going much faster.
Later, on his way to Salinas, Dean turned off on 166 to avoid the 25-mph
zone in Bakersfield and head to 466 instead. Dean would meet his fate
at the junction of 466 and 41 when another driver speeding along in a
Ford Tudor hit Dean almost head on, both were reportedly going over 80
mph and Dean’s car rolled over several times before coming to a
stop. Both the other driver and Dean’s passenger, a Porche mechanic,
Rolf Wütherich lived, but Dean was dead on arrival at the Paso Robles
Hospital at 6:20 pm exactly seven days after Mr. Guinness’s prediction.
The Trouble with Speeding on SR-99 in Fresno
Many drivers, experienced and inexperienced alike will tempt fate exceeding
the speed limit on Cali’s freeways, but if you get caught, it’s
anything but free. Your basic ticket, 1-15 mph over will cost you $234.00.
And, the faster you go the more it will cost you, both in fines and increased
That's the low-side of speeding, what about the high-side, speeding
over 100 mph, which can be a crippler for the young driver or even a middle-aged
wage earner. You’re looking at fines, fees, and surcharges that
will cost you a minimum of $800.00 and up to $2600.00. Not to mention
increased insurance premiums if you can get someone to insure you. Your
current carrier must continue to cover you until your policy expires,
but what about after that? There are laws requiring you to have insurance
in CA, but none requiring an insurance company to cover you.
The Real Trouble with over 100 MPH on SR-99
When you go to court in Fresno, it would be wise to hire a local traffic
lawyer to represent you. Traffic court goes really fast and things can
go dreadfully wrong in a hurry. This is not to scare you into hiring a
lawyer, this is a fact. Just go down to the courthouse at 2317 Tuolumne
Street, sit in the gallery, and you will see exactly how fast things go.
Another thing you will see is that those who are not represented by legal
counsel when ticketed for over 100 mph are often fined the maximum fine,
plus $100 for every mile an hour over 100. Then you’ll hear the
real problem when the judge asks the convicted driver if they have their
license with them. If the reply is yes, the judge will likely say, “Please
hand it to the bailiff, your license is hereby suspended for 30 days!”
Speeding is a danger everyone needs to be aware of, even when getting a
ticket seems painful and expensive, it just might be the caution every
driver needs. Drivers need to be very alert when driving through Fresno on SR-99.
Real Assistance, Bigger & Harman Traffic Ticket Attorneys
When you have been ticketed for speeding over 100 mph, an FTA, or any other
ticket in Fresno, San Bernardino, Riverside, Kern, Kings, or other South-Central
Valley Counties, you can call Bigger & Harman to receive a free legal
consult with no obligation. Call, 661-349-9300, or email the office,
Not all traffic tickets are worth fighting, but for those that are, we
are the legal team you can count on in Fresno.
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