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Old 01-12-2011, 04:54 PM   #1
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New California Laws from LA Times

California changing car fines


http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/politics...-113160639.html

Welcome to California

THE LOS ANGELES TIMES HAS AN ARTICLE ON THE SUBJECT:

"FLOORING IT ON CAR FINES". PASS IT ON TO YOUR FRIENDS AND ACQUAINTANCES!

HUGE California Traffic Tickets Fines Effective 01/06/2011

Please be extremely careful in your driving and car registration & insurance matters. State of California is broke and they are trying hard to squeeze all of us hard to collect money.

Effective immediately, if you do not stop at the red light, be ready to pay $436 in fines or if you pass a school bus with flashing red signals, you will be charged $616. The state of California is going for blood, so be extra careful in driving, You cannot afford messing with them. I have been hearing that Highway Patrols are under pressure to issue a lot more tickets than last year with at least 30% increase in fines over 2009, so beware of radar guns, highway and traffic cameras installed everywhere and the tougher enforcement of parking rules.

Just for your info, the next time you park in the handicapped zone, even for a minute, you will be looking at almost $ 1000 in parking tickets , so it'd better be worth it.

California needs money, so pay close attention to the rules of the road!

Traffic Ticket Fines (Effective 01/06/2011)

VC 12814.6 $214 Failure to obey license provisions.

VC 14600(A) $214 Failure to notify DMV of address change within 10 days Note: The fine may be reduced with valid proof of correction.

VC 16028(A) $796 Failure to provide evidence of financial responsibility (insurance) Note: This fine may be reduced with proof of insurance on or after the violation date.

VC 21453(A) $436 Failure to stop at a red signal.

VC 22349 $214 Unsafe speed, 1 to 15 miles over the limit.

VC 22350 $328 Unsafe speed, 16 to 25 miles over the limit.

VC 22450 $214 Failure to stop at a stop sign.

VC 22454(A) $616 Passing a school bus with flashing red signals.

VC 23123(A) $148 Driving while using a wireless phone not hands free, someone who got this ended up paying $274

VC 23123( $256 Driving while using a wireless phone not hands free, each subsequent offense.

VC 23123.5 $148 Driving while using a wireless device to send, read or write text.

VC 23124 $148 Minor driving while using a wireless phone.

VC 22500 $976 Parking in a bus loading area.

VC 22507(A) $976 Violation of disabled parking provisions, first offense.

VC 22507( $1876 Violation of disabled parking provisions, second offense.

VC 26708 $178 Unlawful material on vehicle windows.

VC 27150 $178 Adequate muffler required.

VC 27315 $148 Mandatory use of seat belts.

VC 27360 $436 Mandatory use of passenger child restraints.
Note: This fine may be reduced by completing a court authorized child seat diversion program .

VC 27400 $178 Headsets or Earplugs covering both ears.

VC 27803 $178 Violation of motorcycle safety helmet requirements.

VC 34506 $616 Commercial Driver - Log book violation.

VC 4000 $256 No evidence of current registration.
Note: The fine may be reduced with valid proof of correction.

VC 4159 $178 Notify DMV of change of address within 10 days.
Note: The fine may be reduced with valid proof of correction.

VC 5200 $178 Proper display of license plates. Note: The fine may be reduced with valid proof of correction.

VC 9400 $178 Commercial weight fees due.
Note: The fine may be reduced with valid proof of correction.

Look out for the money grabbers in Sacramento but don‘t blame the cops. They don’t set the fines or collect them!




street sweepers will now be equipped with cameras to ticket cars illegally blocking the street
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Old 01-12-2011, 05:16 PM   #2
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I hate driving in California. They have that stupid 55 MPH law when towing. I try to stay close to it towing the toad but then you get all the jerks that are ticked that you are blocking traffic.
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Old 01-12-2011, 05:16 PM   #3
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Old 01-12-2011, 05:36 PM   #4
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I don't see anything wrong with high fines for breaking the laws. You have the option to obey the law and keep your money or break the law and pay the fine.

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California! Money is a strong motivation, perhaps the fine increases will have an effect on law breakers. One problem will be enforcement, increasing uniform officers presence is required to make the fine increases work successfully. Any law, without proper enforcement just creates contempt for the law.
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California! One problem will be enforcement, increasing uniform officers presence is required to make the fine increases work successfully.
One would think, but there CA wins again. Lots of cameras around and they're heavily used for fines many of which are rather obscure. We were given a $450 fine for not 'adequately' stopping at a red light for a right turn. We stopped but apparently not long enough (there is a specific time you need to stay stopped ... we stopped for several seconds but I believe the law says 10 secs or something like that). The camera was used and we tried disputing it...It was a long and painfull process since CA forces you to pay the fine up-front (!) and will only pay you back if you manage to prove yourself innocent. We didn't get the money back and I don't have a very positive view of CA road fines.
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I got on a airplane one time and it dropped me at the Marine recruit depot in California. This old country boy ain't riding no planes any more and I ain't going to California ether. durn airplanes anyway.
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We just by-pass CA on the way to TEXAS
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If I could bypass Cali I would but the other options are even more expensive plus the grandchildren need their mouse fix every spring.
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I see no reason why I will get a traffic ticket/summons in California as I do not violate any of the law/fine posted above.
Now if you are or get upset over what was posted above than then you must be one of the people who violate the law and put many other people in danger.
Now having said that, I do not think any of RVers park in handicap parking spaces-rigs just to big to fit-passing school buses when stopped-not wearing helmet while driving their RV-OK you see, if you read the violations very few are aimed at RVs.
If enough of us follow the speed limits the roads would be a lot less dangerous and every one would have to slow down.
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Just make sure you read all 800 pages of CA traffic code. I work to be a law abiding citizen but many of the rules are so obscure as to be ridiculous. Did you know you can get a ticket if you park with your wheel more than 18" from the curb? I certainly didn't, but I do now. This was on my own street in my own sleepy neighborhood in front of my own home and we were about 25" from the curb on a double-wide street. I guess there was nothing else to fine in the area that day? The pressure to get $$ from fines is way too high in CA. I'm all for safer roads and I don't blame the police but I do blame the pressure from the state.
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California Laws

Oh Well!!!!! While a lot of you are freezing your butts off. I'm here in good ole sunny southern California, having a nice cool glass of lemonade, relaxing in a lawn chair. Oh and by the way, I obey the laws. They are there for a reason.
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The core issue is not about whether folks obey traffic laws, nor about imposing dramatically elevated fines to achieve a safer driving public, it's about the PRC continuing to implement societal control measures in hopes of generating increased revenue on the backs of "The People" to pay for poorly managed, mostly politically motivated, over spending "programs" (for lack of a better term).

It's a small matter, but indicative of an array of issues needing to be corrected in our country, and...."We The People" can do it !!

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I got on a airplane one time and it dropped me at the Marine recruit depot in California. This old country boy ain't riding no planes any more and I ain't going to California ether. durn airplanes anyway.
Did you eventually get another airplane ride back home after the Marines ?
It would seem a bit unfair if after the Marines hiked you thru a few years of foriegn swamp or sand, that they would have then had you also hike home too

And similar to what TXiceman said earlier here, I personally have a hard time complaining about following laws that are largely intuitive and/or posted clearly.

The only surprise to me was reading in this thread that there is a minimum number of seconds that you must be stopped at a STOP sign here. I have never heard that before. I'll have to google that one.

I had read once that someone beat a 'Failure to come to a complete STOP' ticket received on a steep hill. The officer noted that the vehicle had merely slowed to the STOP sign, engaged the clutch and rolled backwards a few feet while the driver briefly looked both ways, and then drove thru the intersection without ever a complete stop.
The driver argued in court that any complete reversal of direction must include at least a minute STOP inbetween. He argued that the Laws of Physics govern even the Laws of Driving. The driver prevailed.
Maybe it wasn't a California court.
Newton didn't invent gravity here either with that darn apple. Here we would have ticketed him for littering. $640

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