Generally, handheld cellphone use, including text messaging, is banned for all California drivers. And for school bus drivers and motorists under the age of 18, all cellphone use (with certain exceptions) is prohibited, regardless of whether hands-free technology is used.
Though a traffic violation may seem minor at the time, if you accumulate enough of them there can be severe penalties including loss of license. There are some California traffic violations considered much more serious than others, and you will need to obtain legal advice in these situations.
California has three types of speeding laws: a “basic speeding law,” “presumed speed limits,” and “absolute speed limits.” This article explains the differences between the three and the consequences of a speeding violation.
If you get caught running a stop sign or red light in California, you’ll typically be looking at a fine and demerit points on your driving record. This article gives an overview of what the law prohibits and some specific consequences of a stop sign or red light violation.
If you live in California or plan to visit California, you should be aware of California Vehicle Code Section 22350 which is the Basic Speed Law. California traffic ticket fines for speeding can result in very high fines as well as have a serious impact on your insurance premiums.
A CDL speeding ticket can result in points on your driving record. If you are commercial driver, you know very well how important it is to your livelihood that you retain an impeccable driving record. Getting points on your record can result in job loss, license suspension and serious fines.
In the past, California’s distracted driving laws prohibited motorists from using a wireless device to “write, send, or read a text-based communication” while driving, except when used in voice-operated, hands-free mode. While the law clearly covered text messaging, it said nothing about other cellphone and tablet functions.
What is the law in California regarding passengers in your pickup cargo bed? California is one of a majority of states that has restrictions on passengers in the cargo bed of a pickup truck. For the most part, these laws are intended to protect younger passengers.