General Speed Law

California Vehicle Code (CVC) § 22357

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California Vehicle Code 22357

Pretty much everyone understands the need for speed limits. They keep drivers and passengers safe as well as pedestrians and bicyclists. Speed limit signs are posted everywhere on every type of roadway. Still adhering to the correct speed limit can sometimes be a tricky thing for drivers, especially in areas which have standard limits set for them – like residential neighborhoods, business districts, school zones and areas heavily populated by senior citizens.

California (and many other states) sets 25-miles-per-hour as the standard, or prima facie, speed limit for streets in this situation. However, there is a specific section of the California Vehicle Code that allows localities to increase that standard. An engineering and traffic survey can be conducted to determine the best speed limit for these areas, depending on the specific needs and circumstances.

This particular code is CVC 22357, which states:

Whenever a local authority determines upon the basis of an engineering and traffic survey that a speed greater than 25 miles per hour would facilitate the orderly movement of vehicular traffic and would be reasonable and safe upon any street other than a state highway otherwise subject to a prima facie limit of 25 miles per hour, the local authority may by ordinance determine and declare a prima facie speed limit of 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, or 60 miles per hour or a maximum speed limit of 65 miles per hour, whichever is found most appropriate to facilitate the orderly movement of traffic and is reasonable and safe.

The declared prima facie or maximum speed limit shall be effective when appropriate signs giving notice thereof are erected upon the street and shall not thereafter be revised except upon the basis of an engineering and traffic survey. This section does not apply to any 25-mile-per-hour prima facie limit which is applicable when passing a school building or the grounds thereof or when passing a senior center or other facility primarily used by senior citizens.

What this means is that any town or city can have various speed limits for similar types of areas within its borders. It also means that all those different speed limits must be indicated with proper signage. Furthermore a ton of drivers end up with speeding tickets – sometimes warranted, and sometimes not.

General Speed Laws can be Confusing

Many educated drivers tend to see speeding tickets as a fact of life. If they drive, they’re eventually going to get a speeding ticket. Drivers who receive a speeding ticket for a violation of CVC 22357 don’t have to just accept the consequences. It’s easy enough for some people to pay the fine/fees and go about their day. What they don’t take into consideration is the long-term effects of doing so.

The fine and fees for a California traffic ticket issued under CVC 22357 can vary greatly, depending on how fast the police officer states the offending vehicle was moving. In addition to the fines, a point will be added to the driver’s driving record – which will result in increased automobile insurance premiums for 3 to 5 years which can really add up over time.

It’s a common belief that it is nearly impossible to successfully fight a speeding ticket. That belief is incorrect. It is difficult for the average joe to go to court and successfully dispute a speeding ticket. Time to call in the experts – which can be done for less than what it would cost just to pay off the ticket, not to mention the increase in insurance premiums. Finding a California traffic ticket attorney in your area who can do the job for a reasonable price can be a challenge. That’s why we founded Ticket Snipers.

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If you’ve been issued a traffic ticket under CVC 22357 and you aren’t sure where to turn, we’ll answer all your question for free so you can make an informed decision. When you turn your ticket over to us to fight, we’ll charge you one low flat fee – no hidden charges, now or ever. You won’t have to go to court, attend traffic school, pay a high fine or increased insurance premiums. We are so sure of what we are doing, we even give you a refund of your service fee in the unlikely event the ticket is not dismissed.

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