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.
What is CVC 2818?
The code for California Vehicle Code 2818 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.
What are the Consequences?
If you are cited for CVC 2818, you run the risk of a $238 fine and a point being added to your driving record.
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