California Vehicle Code 22517
Public roadways were designed for everyone to enjoy. Biking is a common form of transportation in California. Motorists and bicyclists share the road together and it is important that mutual respect is present with both parties. Motorists and bicyclists are one in the same when it comes to rights on the road and responsibilities while driving. Both are subject to the same rules and regulations.
Cautious and alert driving are important when looking out for other vehicles, pedestrians and bicyclists near or on the roads.
A conscious attempt to follow all speed and traffic laws provided can prevent citations and insurance increases. Blind spots are always present so drivers should exercise extra care when traveling on the roadways. Even if bike lanes are available, a bicyclist may travel on a city street which requires an extra level of care and alertness from drivers.
Being “doored” is a common concern among cyclists. A driver may not hear or see another vehicle or motorist, especially if one is traveling on a bicycle. However it is important for a driver to check any areas around them before opening a door. The California Driving Handbook provide tips on safety to prevent severe consequences from an open door violation.
Motorists can work together to avoid any open door violation by learning to share the road responsibly. A rider or driver that looks out for others on the road drives defensively. A defensive driver is aware and pays close attention to surrounding areas. A few things we should keep in mind while traveling on the roadways:
- Motorists should always examine and look closely for bicyclists before opening a door or turning next to moving traffic.
- Leave enough space between a car and the rider. Ample space will allow enough room as to not force a bicyclist into a parked vehicle or doors open in traffic.
- Safety is always first.
- When operating a bicycle a helmet should be worn at all times. A helmet can afford a bicyclist the greatest protection if hit by an open door.
- Drivers making a turn, merge toward the curb behind a bicyclist when it is safe to do so.
- Bicyclist exercise safe practice by entering a bike lane no more than 200 feet before a turn.
- Keep eyes wide open, ears in tune as bicycles are usually unheard and usually hidden from a vehicle’s blind spot.
- Bicyclists also need to keep in mind to move in a position and allow cars to pass.
- Practice a careful approach when passing a bicyclist on two-lane roadway.
- To create less hazards, a bicyclist should stay visible; obey all traffic signs and traffic signal lights.
What does the California Code say about CVC 22517?
CVC Section 22517 states that
No person shall open the door of a vehicle on the side available to moving traffic unless it is reasonably safe to do so and can be done without interfering with the movement of such traffic, nor shall any person leave a door open on the side of a vehicle available to moving traffic for a period of time longer than necessary to load or unload passengers.
Essentially, when you must stop and open a door or doors on your vehicle, ensure you take into account the tips listed above to make sure you are not endangering others on the road. If passengers are entering or exiting your vehicle, they need to do so quickly and efficiently to avoid obstructing traffic.
What is the punishment for a California Traffic Ticket for CVC 22517?
The fine for a California traffic ticket for disobeying CVC 22517 starts at $237 for a first offense.
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