VC 22350 - California’s Basic Speed Law- ever heard of it? Read closely - there’s a catch in this law you need to know about!
With so many different speeding laws that apply in California, we thought it might be a good idea to share the details of one of the more common speeding laws to help prevent you from getting a ticket, or to help you get out of one.
When talking about California Vehicle Code 22350, also known as California’s Basic Speed Law, it’s important to first know what the code says so you can understand not only how it might impact you while you’re driving, but also how you might be able to fight it if you’re ticketed for it. This particular code is referring to speeding on California’s highways.
What The Law Says
The California Legislative Information website states the following about the code:
“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.”
Subject To Interpretation?
While this code might seem pretty self explanatory to some, we want to provide some context not only around the reference to speed but also to the very last phrase-...”in no event at a speed which endangers the safety of persons or property.”
When referring to this law, in general, it essentially means that you’re not allowed to drive faster than is safe for current weather and road conditions, especially if it’s unsafe for other people and other’s property.
Part 2 of this law, which we previously mentioned refers to the last phrase of the definition, can and has been used to ticket drivers for other offenses. Note this story from NBC Los Angeles, “Officers ‘Super Vigilant’ During Distracted Driving Awareness Month” where an LA County Officer states the following:
“Most drivers who are pulled over for distracted driving violate code 22350, the basic speed law, which mandates motorists drive at a safe speed under safe conditions. When officers see a driver texting or applying makeup, the conditions are deemed unsafe and therefore the safe speed is zero.”
You May Have A Very Good Legitimate Defense
So, while you may be driving at an acceptable rate of speed or even over the speed limit because the weather and road conditions are safe, if what you’re doing while you’re driving might cause harm to others and their property, you can still be ticketed for speeding.
The best way to fight this type of ticket? You’d have to be able to prove that a) what you were doing while you were driving wasn’t harmful to others and their property and/or b) that the weather or road conditions were safe for the rate of speed at which you were traveling.
Ticket Snipers Can Help
If you’re unsure how to prove those things or if you don’t have the time to create your own defense, we can help. Ticket Snipers is incredibly skilled at fighting these types of tickets and we have a high success rate of winning. Our goal? To help keep you informed, stay safe, and when necessary, help you fight your traffic tickets.