Fast cars and social pressure make some people eager to consider speed
contests to be a rite of passage. In places like Inyo County, CA they
can lead to hefty fines, jail time, a suspended or revoked license, and
your car may be towed and impounded. Of course, the worst penalty of all
might be death or living with the knowledge that your recklessness or
“need for speed” caused someone else’s death or paralysis.
Violation of a Speed Contest Laws
CA Vehicle Code (CVC)
23109, Exhibition of Speed states, “(c) A person shall not engage in a
motor vehicle exhibition of speed on a highway, and a person shall not
aid or abet in a motor vehicle exhibition of speed on any highway.”
A speed contest is also known as a drag race or street race, though there
are many slang or street names for these events. In Santa Clarita Valley,
on 30 June there was a
large arrest of 109 people where the organizers were calling it a “Sideshow.” Only seven
of those arrested were organizers or drivers, whose cars were towed and
impounded, the rest were just there to watch, but received a souvenir
citation to take home to their parents, as many were juveniles.
Some communities have designated areas where drag races can take place,
but they are very rare. These contests are exhibitions of vehicle speed
capabilities measured against other vehicles. They normally require large
lengths of roadway and are established without official consent. These
contests have disregard for the safety of other drivers, observers, vehicles,
and property. Speeding time contests often include the placement of illegal
road barriers and blockades. Participation in speed time contests or just
watching falls under California’s aiding and abetting legal statutes.
An unorganized speed contest is considered an “Exhibition of Speed.”
These displays are often spontaneous and can happen on any stretch of
roadway. Actions such as squealing tires or “burn outs,” drifting,
and wheelies on motorcycles can lead to a citation for an exhibition of
speed. They are likely due to aggressive driving behavior and sometimes
can qualify as a road rage event. When an exhibition of speed takes place,
it can create incredible dangers to other drivers and innocent bystanders
on the roadway.
Exhibition of Speed California Law
Speed exhibitions in California incur steep financial and physical penalties.
First-time offenders can be incarcerated from one to ninety days, and
receive a base fine of between $355 and $1,000. Second-time offenders
will have a jail sentence of 30 days to six months, with a fine of $500
to $1,000. Third-time offenders will face a vehicle impound and a license
suspension, along with jail time and fines at a traffic court judge's
discretion. Along with fines and license restrictions, all people who
are caught participating in, or aiding speed exhibitions, will receive
fines and/or ordered to perform supervised hours of community service,
depending on their age or ability to pay.
Speeding on Route 395 in Inyo County
This county is famous for having the highest and lowest points in the continental
United States. It covers an incredible land mass with many geographic
locations that draw people who want to engage in various types of vehicle
racing. Though this county is very prominent in California's tourist
attractions list, it has an extremely small number of traffic officers
and highway patrols considering the amount of territory they have to cover.
However, they do cover hwy 395 very efficiently. For this reason, police
in this county who encounter a speeding contest on Route 395, or an exhibition
of speed issue tickets, not warnings.
Hire an Inyo County Attorney
Many communities in California have decided that speeding contests and
exhibitions pose a threat to pedestrians, residents, and other drivers.
Anyone engaging in these types of activities is subject to harsh fines
even without prior violations. A speed contest conviction comes with very
steep fines and penalties, don’t go it alone, Call Bigger &
Harman in Inyo County, CA. Mark Bigger and Paul Harman make up the legal
team of Bigger & Harman, APC, who represent clients with traffic tickets
in traffic court in Independence and Mammoth.
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