Most drivers understand that stopping a vehicle on a highway is dangerous
for any reason other than an emergency. A non-emergency stop on freeway
I-5 or others can produce an eye-opening experience. It is common for
someone to be fined for a non-emergency stop on freeway system. It's
also true that many of these citations are unearned, and can be fought
with a traffic ticket attorney's help.
A Non-Emergency Stop on Freeway I-5 is Illegal?
Countless people have been surprised by being issued an expensive stopped
vehicle ticket on freeways like Interstate 5 (I-5). The feeling is very
unpleasant. A person can pull to the shoulder to take care of an issue,
and moments later a host of flashing police lights pull behind or surrounds
them. The scene is embarrassing and will likely be costly.
It seems perfectly reasonable to drivers to be able to pull over and turn
on their hazard lights to address anything. This ranges from making phone
calls to disciplining kids. The problem is that people are unaware of
the legally defined differences between emergency and non-emergency stops
on a freeway. On a busy highway, doing anything other than driving can
be considered an obstruction. It is very difficult for thousands of other
drivers to safely negotiate a roadway when another driver is impeding
progress for any reason.
If a driver is stopped on a California highway for any reason, emergency
and police personnel must assume that something is wrong. If it turns
out that no emergency is taking place, the consequences can be quite high.
According to California Vehicle Code (CVC)
21718, Additional Driving Rule “No person shall stop, park, or leave standing
any vehicle upon a freeway…” for any reason other than an
emergency. Emergencies can be classified in many ways. They encompass
issues of health to a driver and passengers, or severely improper functioning
of a vehicle that can cause potential harm to others and their property.
Emergencies can also be situational. This includes being stopped and directed
by road crews, police, and paramedics. Stopping is also justified when
reporting an accident as a witness to police, or lending assistance in
a dangerous situation.
Because there is the potential for interpretation of what an emergency
entails, it is possible to fight a fine in court. No two drivers are alike
and sometimes must make a moment's decision to stop a vehicle on a
freeway. In large part, however, people stop because they are unaware
of the law. If you know the law, choose to make a difficult decision in
traffic, and are still issued a ticket, it is your right to fight it.
The expensive way to take care of a citation for a non-emergency stop on
a freeway is to accept the fine and other penalties. However, there is
another solution. No matter what the circumstances or why you stopped
on the freeway, it is wise to seek legal counsel. A free phone consultation
from attorneys like Bigger & Harman in Bakersfield, CA will provide
you with options and likely scenarios if you choose to fight the violation in court.
Pay the Fine or Go to Court
The fine for a non-emergency stop on freeway I-5 or any CA freeway is currently
around $230-$240 depending on the county. If you are convicted, it can
also cost more than $1,000 in increased insurance premiums and levied
Don't decide until you speak to a traffic ticket attorney. Bigger &
Harman in Central Valley offers a FREE phone consultation, 661-349-9300.
When you require the services of a traffic ticket attorney or are considering
pleading not guilty and fighting your ticket in traffic court in Bakersfield,
Santa Clarita, Bridgeport, Mammoth, Shafter, Lamont, or other Central
Valley courts, as well as some in LA, San Bernardino, or Riverside, before
you just pay a ticket, call a knowledgeable traffic ticket lawyer. Call
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