California Vehicle Code 22107
You can’t drive anywhere without having to turn or change lanes at some point in the journey. Of course, there are laws that govern those actions. You’ve most likely seen hundreds of people violating some of these laws – changing lanes or making a turn without using a turn signal, or engaging their turn signal just before making a turn. Driving behind those motorists causes untold amounts of irritation among drivers not to mention that those acts can cause accidents, which is why such laws were enacted.
The California statute that covers signaling before turning or changing lanes is CVC 22107, which states:
No person shall turn a vehicle from a direct course or move right or left upon a roadway until such movement can be made with reasonable safety and then only after the giving of an appropriate signal in the manner provided in this chapter in the event any other vehicle may be affected by the movement.
On the surface, this appears to be short and sweet, and a law that gets right to the point. However there are some subtle nuances to this law that can easily go unnoticed by the average driver who receives a California traffic ticket for such a violation.
Turn Violations can be Costly
Additionally, a violation of CVC 22107 can be the gateway for an investigation into other violations. A simple traffic stop for not using your turn signal can turn into much more. When an officer stops a driver for this violation, it could possibly open up the door to receiving a citation for a seat belt violation or a distracted driving violation. It could even lead to an open container or suspected DUI investigation. Neglecting to perform the simple act of properly engaging a turn signal has the potential of opening up a whole can of ugly worms.
Even if the citation is only for a violation of CVC 22107, there will be consequences. These include a fine and fees which can add up to somewhere between $300 and $400, depending on what county the citation was written in. Because it’s a moving violation, you’ll also get a point added to your driver’s license. If you’re a commercial driver with a CDL, that counts as 1.5 points in negligent operator calculations and your employer is not going to be happy. So you first get hit with a sizable fine. For some people this isn’t a huge amount of money but for others it can mean not being able to pay rent. On top of that there could be a significant increase in your automobile insurance premiums for the next 3 years (or as long as the point remains on your driving record).
If you are the recipient of a California traffic ticket for a violation of CVC 22107, don’t panic, you have recourse and options. The first option is to pay the fine and fees and go about your life, paying higher insurance premiums for a few years. The second option is to pay the fine and fees, and then pay more money to go to traffic school, which will erase the point from your driving record. Another option is to take time off work or from your daily activities to appear in court, in front of a judge, dispute the ticket on your own and hope that your argument is a convincing one. There is a better option.
We are the Experts Here to Help
If you’d rather not hand all that money over to the state of California or try to convince a judge that you didn’t actually violate the law, you still have two choices (other than ignoring the ticket completely, which will only lead to more trouble in the long run). The first choice is to hire a traffic attorney to fight the ticket for you. Doing so can cost just as much, if not more than what you would spend to pay the ticket and the resulting insurance increase and there’s no guarantee you would come out a winner.
Your other option is to have the legal experts at Ticket Snipers fight your California traffic ticket for you. Founded in 2008, we have disputed more than 10,000 traffic tickets throughout the state of California with a higher success rate than any traffic ticket attorney you can find.
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