Unlawful Traverse of a Specific Pattern

California Vehicle Code (CVC) § 2818

Officer issuing Unlawful Traverse of a Specific Pattern in California

A Unlawful Traverse of a Specific Pattern ticket will cost you $376 in fines plus $1,000+ in insurance hikes and penalties.

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Unlawful Traverse of a Pattern

The temporary rerouting of traffic can be the bane of existence for many drivers on California roadways. Not only are they inconvenient, but they can be downright confusing sometimes. Between barricades, flares, electronic beacons, and the ever popular orange traffic cones, sometimes it’s hard to even figure out where the people who put them there actually want you to go. Other times, they block the entrance of a parking lot you need to get into, or even your own driveway.

If you simply follow the cars in front of you, maneuvering around these obstacles is usually a piece of cake. However, if the drivers in front of you have no idea where they’re going, or if they misinterpret the meaning of the obstacles, or if you’re the lead driver and can’t figure it out, there could be an issue.

Now, you need to remember that there are actually reasons traffic is temporarily rerouted and it usually has to do with some type of roadway emergency or road construction project. It really doesn’t matter what the reason for the reroute is, the bottom line is that you are required to follow the new traffic flow design and if you don’t, you are in violation of the law.


You might ask just which law might that be. It is, in fact, California Vehicle Code 2818 and a ticket issued for a violation of that code will cost you a point on your driver’s license in addition to a hefty fine. The code is pretty simply stated as, “it is unlawful to traverse an electronic beacon pattern, a flare pattern, cone pattern, or combination of electric beacon, flare, or cone patterns, provided for the regulation of traffic, or provided in a situation where public safety personnel are engaged in traffic control or emergency scene management.”

You might find this surprising, but this also covers things like traffic rerouting for festivals and concerts, or any other kind of event where out of the ordinary traffic routing takes place. If you see any type of object, whether it be lights, signs, cones or barricades, no matter where they are, you need to follow the route which is indicated. If you don’t, you could easily find yourself handing over your license, registration and proof of insurance to someone driving a car with flashing lights on its roof.

If that does happen, the first thing you need to do is stay calm. The second thing you should do is contact Ticket Snipers so they can fight that ticket for you. Ticket Snipers has been fighting traffic tickets for California drivers since 2008 and they’ve gotten more than 10,000 tickets dismissed. All you have to do is hand over your ticket and a small fee (less than what the fine for the ticket will cost), and you’re on your way to keeping a clean driving record with no fines, no points on your license, and you don’t even have to go to court. Contesting traffic tickets is the only thing the legal experts at TicketSnipers do, they are the best at what they do, and they offer an iron-clad guarantee, so if they don’t prevail and your ticket isn’t dismissed, your service fee will be refunded.

With Ticket Snipers, you just can’t lose. So if you find yourself with a ticket for violating CVC 2818, keep calm and call the experts.