California Vehicle Code 22405
California residents and visitors are fortunate enough to enjoy the beauty of a diverse landscape and breathtaking waterways. The stunning geographical features of the state often require additional infrastructure to accommodate vehicles. To “bridge the gap” - if you’ll pardon a pun - between nature and technology, a literal bridge is often required.
Tourism and residential access benefits aside, bridges also help to streamline shipping processes as well. They help to cut down on the time and effort that it takes to move things from one location to another. The amount of money that it costs to carry items is lower with a bridge strategically located in a certain area.
Benefits aside, bridges often cultivate high-risk environments for traffic collisions. Even in light traffic conditions, bridges are often narrower than your average roadway, resulting in a much lower margin of error for drivers.
As a result, speed limits on bridges are often lower than their connecting roadways.
What does the California Code say about Speeding on a Bridge?
CVC Section 22405 states,
No person shall drive a vehicle on any bridge, elevated structure, tube, or tunnel constituting a part of a highway, at a speed which is greater than the maximum speed which can be maintained with safety to such structure
The speed will need to be clearly indicated by a sign, so ensure that you are keeping an eye out for a speed change when you enter onto a bridge structure and adjust your speed accordingly to the traffic conditions. Bridges can also be more heavily affected by weather conditions than other roadways, so ensure to exercise elevated precaution during inclement weather.
What is the punishment for a California Traffic Ticket for Speeding on a Bridge?
Like other speeding violations speeding on a bridge structured has a tiered fine based on the alleged speed.
- 1-15mph over the speed limit - $238 and up
- 16-25mph over the speed limit - $367 and up
- 26mph+ over the speed limit - $490 and up
Regardless of the alleged speed, the violation will add a point to your driving record if you are found guilty or plead guilty to the violation.
If you received a traffic violation for speeding on a bridge structure, reach out to our team today to learn more about your options or take advantage of our free ticket review.