The Federal government is pushing states to crack down on speeders on our
nation’s highways. Statistics show that speeding now kills more
people in auto accidents than drunk drivers. The problem is there are
just too many speeders and too few law enforcement officers (LEO) to ticket
them all. Could speeding cameras, much like the red-light cameras many
municipalities and counties here in CA have tried using, reduce the number
of speeders? Or, will citizens resist the attempt as another money grab?
One of the easiest things to do while driving is exceeding a posted speed
limit. Police extend a little leeway for most drivers because there just
aren’t enough patrol officers to stop every speeder, but those who
speed dangerously are inviting harsh fines and penalties.
Federal studies have determined that speeding is the cause of nearly as
many highway deaths as drunk driving. This is a sobering fact considering
most drivers choose to speed every day. Everyone, including police officers,
understand that no driver can perfectly observe speed limits 100 percent
of the time. Sometimes, a person needs to increase speed to pass. At times,
it is common to exceed the speed limit to safely merge onto a dangerous
freeway, without impeding traffic.
The problem with going over the speed limit is that many people choose
to make it a habit. Therefore, their so used to doing 80 mph in a 70-mph
zone when they speed up to pass someone, they are getting close to 100
mph and try to use the excuse, “I was just keeping up with traffic.”
It’s not going to wash with a traffic court judge. There is an assumption
that a few miles per hour over the limit is acceptable maintain the flow
of traffic. To the dismay of many people, it is not. Speed limits are
determined by scientific measures and engineering surveys that are used
to compare highway lane loads and anticipated vehicle volumes. This means
that when a person habitually chooses to use excessive speed, they put
themselves and others at risk.
Speeding over 100 mph in CA
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. Habitual high
speeds, however, can quickly turn into behavior that 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.
According to CVC
22348 b, speeding over 100 mph on California freeways recklessly endanger other
drivers and their passengers. Drivers who are cited and convicted of driving
at these extreme speeds will be levied very harsh fines. Speeds over 100
mph in California gain an automatic 2-point penalty on a driver's
license. A first offense will likely cost you $900-2600 in fines and penalties,
and you will almost certainly lose your license for 30 days. The penalties
increase dramatically with other offenses that have occurred within the
previous five years. In addition, you auto insurance premiums will skyrocket!
Speeding Cameras on CA Freeways: Will it Work?
Excessive speeds have proven to be as dangerous as any DUI. California
has joined 13 other states in concert with the federal government in the
use of speeding cameras on major highways. These cameras track license
plates and relay information to traffic officers. The trouble with the
use of speeding cameras is that they are sometimes inaccurate, and they
are extraordinarily expensive to taxpayers.
The traffic camera pilot program is only being used in San Jose and San
Francisco, but the five-year test program has resulted in a public and
legislative backlash. Inaccurate camera recordings can result in fines
that may be unwarranted in certain cases because it only records the license
plate, so the owner is ultimately responsible no matter who was driving.
For this reason, California residents have complained to the state that
cameras are nothing more than a revenue-gaining experiment that many voting
taxpayers are not ready now, if ever. It is also estimated that each camera
costs nearly $80,000 to install. This is a steep price for taxpayers to
absorb. Police servicing camera recordings are also delayed because it
takes time away from their normal jobs, patrolling and keeping CA residents safe.
Speed cameras, as an idea, are a good tool for helping to control the dangers
of excessive speeds on California freeways. However, they can never replace
a dedicated police force, or people choosing to drive using good habits.
Most drivers cited for excessive speeding infractions on California freeways
will have to pay a hefty fine. If there is a special case where a driver
was justified in their speed choice, the only way to prove this to a traffic
court is with the help of an experienced and knowledgeable traffic ticket attorney.
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