Truckee is a city on route 80 just on the California side of Reno, Nevada, that holds two particular distinctions for truckers taking cargo to the port in Oakland. Those are the traffic court and the weigh station or “chicken coop.”
Two other interstate differentials cause truckers' problems, CA Vehicle Code (CVC) Section 22348(c) and CVC Section 22406, Speed Laws. The first is the section of CA traffic law that prohibits trucks and buses or any vehicle that falls under CVC 22406 from any but the first two lanes, and 22406 restricts commercial motor vehicles (CMV) or vehicles with three axles or more to a 55 mph statewide speed limit.
Those drivers coming across from Nevada who haven’t traveled to CA might be caught off-guard by the restriction and wind up with a speeding ticket, and some will get caught up with a roadside violation at the weigh station.
These roadside violations can get expensive if you only pay the fine rather than consult a traffic attorney and let them handle your roadside violation in Truckee Traffic Court. On this primary route through the Sierra mountains to the Bay Area, truckers can get nabbed for roadside violations and speeding very easily.
What You Should Do When Stopped
First, consider that most CHP and Law Enforcement Officers (LEO) everywhere are now wearing bodycams. Therefore, do not admit guilt and be polite. It is much easier to fight a traffic ticket in traffic court if your attorney can show that you cooperated with the LEO.
Plus, if you admit guilt, even by saying, “I may have been going a little over 55 mph, but I wasn’t aware of that law.” There’s a saying many judges are fond of telling the uninformed ticket holder, and that is, “Ignorance of the law is no excuse.” It’s better not to say anything when the LEO asks you that now infamous question no commercial driver wants to hear, “Do you know why I stopped you today?”
Then, “lawyer up” call Bigger & Harman and take advantage of our free initial consultation, and we will tell you in plain English or Spanish, if you prefer, what we can do for you.
Where to Get a Consultation with a Traffic Attorney for Truckee Traffic Court
We’ve been working with O-T-R truckers for more than ten years. We have gotten favorable results in most cases, sometimes a no-point conviction where the driver has to pay a fine, but there’s no moving violation, much like a parking ticket, or a straight-up dismissal.
We know when your ticket is called, and the LEO is not there to ask for dismissal because the Constitution says you have a right to face your accuser. This is rare, though, and most times, we need to present a case that shows “reasonable doubt.”
The 2019 CA Commercial Driver Handbook.pdf