Speeding Through the Desert
Did you know that nearly one-third of California is desert? Many CA drivers
drive through the desert daily. Although survivalist will tell you to
take one gallon per person per day when driving through the desert, most
lawyers (in this case financial survivalists) would say watch your speedometer.
Although many portions of I-15 and Highway 58 around the Mojave Desert
are 70-mph speed zones, it is very easy to get a speeding ticket.
Why would it be easier to get a speeding ticket in a faster speed limit
area? When you get used to driving 70, you soon start driving 75 mph due
to the myth that law enforcement won’t stop for doing a few miles
per hour over the limit. Then, you speed up to pass a car doing 70 or
75, and before you realize it you get a speeding ticket for 85 or 90 mph,
and in some cases, over 100 mph.
Top Ten Tips for Desert Driving, Besides Not Speeding
Here are a few other pointers for desert driving that many don’t
consider before the trip:
1. Make sure your mobile phone is charged or keep a 12-volt charger with
you. Or, better yet, rent a satellite phone for your trip.
2. Make sure your tires (including the spare) are good and check the air pressure.
3. Keep a can of instant tire repair; it might be enough to get you to
a truck stop or garage.
4. Know where the jack is and how to use it.
5. Check the air conditioner.
6. Take additional coolant for the radiator.
7. If you’re using a rental, check for a spare tire and essential tools.
8. In case of a break-down, stay with your car unless you are going to
a clearly marked emergency call box. CHP usually patrol every highway
and even some back roads, once or twice a day.
9. Take blankets and warm clothes, the desert gets very cold at night.
10. Take a hand-held GPS, so you can tell rescuers your location if the
power dies in your car.
Many of these may not be necessary if you’re just traveling on major
highways, but why chance it? You might want to explore an old miner’s
ghost town or adventure off the freeway for some picture taking.
Speeding and Traffic Court in Barstow or Mojave
Could this be your story?
Well, it happened. Despite your attempts to watch your speed, you got a
speeding ticket on Highway 58, sometimes called the Barstow-Mojave Highway.
It was a bright sunny day, and you were admiring the scenery. California
deserts aren’t like the deserts you see on TV with nothing but sand
and dunes. There are lots of things to see, high mountains, old mining
camps, and Joshua trees.
You weren’t paying much attention to the speedometer, just listening
to the radio, headed to Edwards AFB to see your brother, who just came
back from Korea. It was a perfect day, that is until you saw the flashing
lights and heard the siren. You quickly glanced down at the speedometer,
as most drivers are apt to do when they see the lights, it read about
95 mph, so you pulled over.
The law enforcement officer (LEO) said you were doing 102 mph and wrote
a ticket for the same. Although you knew you were doing 95, saying so
would be admitting guilt, so you held your tongue. LEO said you would
need to appear in Kern County Court at Mojave because there was a mandatory
court appearance and no traffic school.
Wow, that sure brought you out of your reverie quick enough. You remember
saying that was your first speeding ticket, to which he replied, “You’re
lucky then, it will only cost you about $900 and a day off from work,
not counting your increased insurance.”
Although you showed up at the court at 9 am on the day of your arraignment,
you spent most of the day there. You had made up my mind to just plead
guilty and pay my fine, but as you sat there listening to the other cases,
it came to you that most of those with attorneys got their charges dismissed
and you figured you could find a lawyer for less than $900. So, when it
came to your turn, you changed your plea to not guilty and asked the bailiff
the name of the attorney who was representing many of those who got their
speeding ticket cases dropped. He gave you a number for Bigger & Harman
Later that afternoon you called and spoke with Mr. Harman. He was very
upfront. He said he couldn’t promise he could get the case dismissed
like the guy who gave you their number. But, he did say they would do
everything possible for you, and you wouldn’t have to go back to
court. You could just let them handle it.
Getting the call from Mr. Harman regarding your case’s dismissal
made your day. Considering you were facing a substantial fine, two Negligent
Operator Treatment System points that would stay on your record for seven
years, and doubled or even tripled insurance premiums, not to mention
a possible 30-day driver’s license suspension, you’re sure
you did very well by calling Bigger & Harman.
While this story is fiction, the locations and legal solutions are all
too real. Contact us for advice on your real-life traffic ticket story.
Confer with a Kern County Ticket Defense Lawyer
Getting your first traffic ticket doesn’t have to mean large fines,
a license suspension, and increased insurance rates. However, that is
what could happen if you just plead guilty to speeding over 100 mph and
pay the fine. When you get a traffic ticket, you should confer with a
traffic ticket defense team such as Bigger & Harman. Call (661) 349-9300,
or send an email:
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