There are thousands of different laws regarding vehicles in California which can be found in the California Vehicle Code. You learn majority of these laws during the process of getting your drivers license as a teenager, but a lot of people then forget many of them. However, the most common traffic tickets in California are for things majority of people know are against the law and yet do it anyways.
Some of the most common traffic ticket violations that occur in California are discussed below.
Speeding is one of the most common traffic ticket violations and one of the most commonly known traffic laws. It is hard to argue that you aren’t aware of this law when there are speed limit signs placed down every highway and majority of roads. California Vehicle Code § 22350 titled Basic Speed Law states “No person shall drive a vehicle upon a highway at a speed greater than is reasonable or prudent having due regard for weather, visibility, the traffic on, and the surface and width of, the highway, and in no event at a speed which endangers the safety of persons or property”.
Cell Phone Use
It is against the law to use a handheld cellphone while driving in California. There are additional restrictions on drivers under age 18 and school bus drivers which prohibit cellphone use even if they are using it hands-free. Today it is not hard to believe that this is one of the most common traffic tickets since cell phone addiction is being explored more and more as time goes on.
Failing to stop at a red-light or stop sign
Under California Vehicle Code § 21453 titled Red or Stop outlines what a driver should and should not do at a red light. Many people violate the laws relating to red lights when they try to rush through a yellow light and instead run through a red light. Also, they fail to fully stop at a stop sign and commit a “California roll”.
Tailgating is a common practice in California and is illegal according to California Vehicle Code § 21703 titled Following too Closely. It states, “the driver of a motor vehicle shall not follow another vehicle more closely than is reasonable and prudent, having due regard for the speed of such vehicle and the traffic upon, and the condition of, the roadway”. Unfortunately, tailgating is a common occurrence and is frequently witnessed on our highways.
Reckless driving is defined in California Vehicle Code § 23103. It states, “a person who drives a vehicle upon a highway in willful or wanton disregard for safety of persons or property is guilty of reckless driving”. This traffic ticket violation tends to be a “catch all” and occurs when the police officer believes your driving constitutes a willful or wanton disregard for safety. This may be one of the most common traffic tickets in California because it is broad and a “catch all” rule.