“Left-lane loons” in Tulare and Kern Counties beware: CHP officers say they will
be issuing more reckless driving tickets in the New Year.
Aggressive driving is particularly bad in moderate-traffic areas, because
in perpetual bumper-to-bumper LA, drivers must be courteous by default.
Left-lane merges are particular trouble spots, because some drivers wait
until the last minute to move over while others stop and try to muscle
their way into stacked-up traffic. For the record, experts say traffic
flows better if everyone waits until the lane ends to merge.
In the coming months, CHP officers plan to increase patrols at known hot
spots during peak aggressive-driving times.
Although it is in the Vehicle Code,
VC 23103 is technically a criminal misdemeanor. The bad news is that convictions
can mean jail time; the good news is that, since reckless driving is not
an “infraction,” these convictions are a little bit harder
for prosecutors to obtain.
The statute is very broadly worded, and using the plain meaning of the
words, almost anything could constitute a “willful or wanton disregard
for the safety of persons or property.” Before issuing these citations,
most officers look at:
Vehicle Speed: If a driver is travelling more than 25mph over the limit on an undivided
highway or other road, the driver is probably not going fast enough for a
VC 23108(b) citation, but in the officer’s judgement, the driver may be going
too fast for a regular speeding ticket.
Dangerous Maneuvers: Tailgating and sudden lane changes often evidence a disregard for the
safety of others.
In addition, if drivers commit more than two or three violations at once
or more than two or three in a 24-hour period, most officers issue reckless
Getting Legal Help
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CHP troopers in Kern County are cracking down on reckless driving. If you
get pulled over, call Bigger & Harman today for aggressive representation.