When driving in California, one-way roadways can sometimes feel like the bane of your existence. Sometimes roads are designated for one-way traffic only in specific sections, which may be only a block in distance, or they can be quite lengthy. Some areas are designated for one-way traffic only during certain hours of the day. There are instances when a section of road may be temporarily marked for one-way traffic due to road construction or work being conducted on municipal utilities – or any number of reasons – while other areas of roadway are always open to traffic moving in only one direction. Sometimes these indications are very clearly marked, and other times . . . not so much.
Whether or not a driver is familiar with a roadway, one-way designations can sometimes be confusing and drivers may find themselves traveling down a road in the wrong direction. Most times, this is done unknowingly, especially when the posted indicators are not clear and there is little or no other traffic.
However, when a driver is observed traveling the wrong way in one of these areas by a law enforcement officer, it’s a sure bet that the driver will find themselves receiving a traffic ticket for violating California Vehicle Code 21657.
CVC 21657 states:
The authorities in charge of any highway may designate any highway, roadway, part of a roadway, or specific lanes upon which vehicular traffic shall proceed in one direction at all or such times as shall be indicated by official traffic control devices. When a roadway has been so designated, a vehicle shall be driven only in the direction designated at all or such times as shall be indicated by traffic control devices.
Even though there are several reasons drivers could find themselves driving the wrong way on a one-way stretch of roadway, the chances of trying to successfully explain the situation to the ticketing officer and receiving a warning or being let go with no repercussions is pretty slim.
If you receive a citation for violating CVC 21657, you can simply pay the ticket fine and fees, which will cost you more than $200 up front. The total payment to the court would be $238 plus traffic school fees and increased insurance rates.
Driving on the Right Side of the road has Serious Consequences
Unfortunately, that’s not the end of the consequences you’ll experience. You’ll also receive a point on your driver’s license. To a lot of people, that doesn’t sound like a big deal either. But the fact of the matter is, one single point on your driving record can increase your automobile insurance premium a whopping 22%. If you are currently paying the average California automobile insurance monthly premium of $164, that rate hike can add up to nearly $1,300 over the 3 years the violation sits on your driving record. If you are paying more than the average monthly premium, due to the type of vehicle you drive or other violations on your driving record, that $1,300 will be even more.
Not all is lost. You could, instead, choose to fight the ticket rather than simply paying the fine and accepting the resulting aftermath. You have options. The first option is appearing in front of a judge and trying to make an argument acceptable enough that the judge will dismiss your ticket. Unfortunately, that rarely works any better than trying to argue your case when a ticket is issued.
You could opt to hire an attorney who claims to specialize in fighting traffic tickets. These lawyers can charge pretty high fees for their services and, while they say that they specialize in cases like yours, they also take on a lot of other types of cases, so they may not be as familiar with all the ins and outs of fighting traffic tickets as you think they are. You could pay out the nose with no guarantee of your ticket actually being dismissed.
Your best option for successfully fighting your traffic ticket is having Ticket Snipers do it for you. Ticket Snipers has been fighting California traffic tickets since 2008, with more than 10,000 cases under our belt. Our team of legal experts is specially trained in the most effective and efficient ways to legally fight traffic tickets issued in California. It’s the only thing we do, and we guarantee your traffic ticket will be dismissed or we issue a refund of your service fee. You do not need to appear in court, attend traffic school, or pay outrageous fees. For a low flat fee that’s less than the fine and fees of your ticket, we will handle all the paperwork and attend to all the details necessary to get your California traffic ticket dismissed and keep your driving record clean.
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