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My name is Steve Young and I am a retired California Highway Patrol Officer. I will also be your instructor in one of the online traffic courses with B Line Traffic Schools. No matter what course you sign up for, my goals are the same: Present you with the information that you need in a way that will not put you to sleep and then get you back to your life.  Throughout some of the courses I have included interesting situations, people and other random things I have come across in my 25+ years with the CHP to break things up a bit. Ok ok, enough about me. Close this window and start your course with B Line Traffic Schools today.

Top 10 Reasons for Getting a Traffic Ticket in CA

27 Jul Blog | Comments

Nobody enjoys getting pulled over by a police officer due to a traffic infraction. The simple truth is that it is a miserable experience that usually results in costing you money. Not only will you be held legally responsible for paying the fine that is issued along with the citation, but depending on the infraction your monthly insurance rates may go up as well. It is extremely important to remain cognizant and alert at all times while driving while keeping in mind the top 10 reasons for getting a traffic ticket in California.

1. Speeding Infraction

So you are running a little bit late and you made the decision to step on the gas and accelerate a few miles over the speed limit. The next thing you know, you look in your rear view mirror and you see flashing blue lights. We have all been there. Speeding is the most common traffic violation but also the easiest to avoid. Be sure to pay close attention to the posted speed limit and to adhere to it as closely as possible.

2. Expired tags

Although the ticket fee is minimal and you probably will not take a hit to your insurance, it would still behoove you stay on top of keeping your registration up to date and valid. Why even put yourself in the position to have to deal with even the slightest aggravation over something that is so petty?

3. Suspended license

While it may be somewhat of a seldom occurance, there has been times when people have had their license suspended without even knowing it. But more often than not the driver is well aware that their license is suspended. Yes, it is an extreme inconvenience to not be able to drive when or where you need to, but getting a citation for driving with a suspended license can be critically detrimental to your driving record. Just don’t do it.

4. Running a stop light

Technology has taken over many aspects of our life and in more recent years traffic lights are not exempt. It is common for traffic lights to have cameras built into them to automatically take a picture of your vehicle in the event you run a red light. This method of traffic enforcement has been somewhat controversial, but it is valid in the eyes of the law so be careful.

5. Failure to come to a complete stop

Commonly referred to as the “California Roll”, this traffic violation can be a source of extreme frustration for drivers. If you find that you cannot stop for the full two seconds, then be prepared to pay the fine because you will not talk your way out of this one.

6. Improper equipment

This goes down as a safety issue, and the fee can be hefty. Be sure to pay attention to detail in regards to keeping your car’s equipment up to date and safe.

7. Illegal U-turn

The sign is posted clearly for you to see: A U-turn with a big mark through it. For some reason drivers feel that this is a sign that is easily disregarded. While this is more of a minor offense and sometimes officers will let you off with a warning, this is still a matter of traffic safety.

8. Insurance violation

If you drive without insurance you are taking a massive risk. Getting pulled over and issued a citation for no insurance would be a relaxing day at the beach compared to if you get into an accident without insurance. Think about that before you decide to cancel your policy.

9. Driving without a license

Leaving your license at home because you are in a hurry or just because you simply forgot it can happen. That’s life. Police officers can run their computerized system to make sure you have a valid license, but this is a slight inconvenience for them and if they are not in generous mood then you can expect a citation.

10. Driving Under the Influence

This one is by far the most serious offense. Not only will this incur the heaviest fees and fines, but in essence a driver under the influence is putting a lot of lives at risk including their own.

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