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The Wrong Place At The Wrong Time

One of the most complained about violations for truckers is a VC 22348(c), commonly referred to as an “out-of-lane” violation. Truckers oftentimes feel that in their particular situation the action they took to move into the lane was the safest thing they could have done at that time and that a citation is unreasonable.

	Here is the text of Vehicle Code 22348(c):

	A vehicle subject to Section 22406 shall be driven in a lane designated
	 pursuant to Section 21655, or if a lane has not been so designated, in
	 the right-hand lane for traffic or as close as practicable to the right-hand
	 edge or curb. When overtaking and passing another vehicle proceeding in
	 the same direction, the driver shall use either the designated lane, the
	 lane to the immediate left of the right-hand lane, or the right-hand lane
	 for traffic as permitted under this code. If, however, specific lane or
	 lanes have not been designated on a divided highway having four or more
	 clearly marked lanes for traffic in one direction, a vehicle may also
	 be driven in the lane to the immediate left of the right-hand lane, unless
	 otherwise prohibited under this code. This subdivision does not apply
	 to a driver who is preparing for a left- or right-hand turn or who is
	 in the process of entering into or exiting from a highway or to a driver
	 who is required necessarily to drive in a lane other than the right-hand
	 lane to continue on his or her intended route.

	A common scenario occurs on the Grapevine on I-5 near the Kern County and
	 Los Angeles line. There are four lanes of traffic with the two right hand
	 lanes legal for big rigs to use. Often, while traveling up the hill, a
	 truck going 30mph in the far right lane abruptly moves into the next lane
	 to overtake a fully loaded truck with its emergency flashers on, going
	 20mph. The third truck, our driver, is running empty at 55mph and is forced
	 to go into the third lane from the right in order to avoid a collision.
	 The California Highway Patrol writes him a ticket that is sent to the
	 Lamont courthouse for processing.

	Class A drivers are held to an incredibly high standard that often does
	 not seem reasonable. As a Class A driver, you need a traffic ticket lawyer
	 who knows what needs to be done to help you fight your ticket and keep
	 the 1.5 points off your record.

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