California Vehicle Code 21802
Encountering stop signs require you to not only stop the vehicle, but also stop and think, “Is it my turn?”. It is especially important to consider carefully when it is your time to proceed when other vehicles on the road are not governed by the same signs.
When smaller roadways or ramps allow you to enter onto a highway, you will be entering from a full stop into traffic that is often traveling at a a high rate of speed. California Vehicle Code Section 21802 exists to ensure that drivers are exercising the utmost caution when they find themselves in a situation of this nature.
CVC Section 21802 requires that all drivers make a safe and intended decision to stop at the entrance of a stop sign stated by Section 22450. A driver must properly yield to other vehicles that are in the process of approaching the roadway from another direction or vehicles that are close enough to present a safety hazard. Once a driver determines that it safe to engage the intersection the driver may do so with caution.
When making the discretionary call as to when it is safe to proceed, keep in mind the speed limit on the roadway you are about to enter and remember that oncoming traffic may approach more quickly than you anticipate. Once you have adequately yielded, you have the right-of-way.
If an officer does not feel you exercised enough caution when entering onto the roadway, he or she may pull you over to issue a citation.
What is the punishment for a California Traffic Ticket for not Failure to Yield?
Failing to yield to the right-of-way as you enter onto the highway could result in a point on your driving record and a fine of at least $237.
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