Street Smarts talks traffic fines

Ever wonder what the fines are for various traffic violations? Below are some of the common tickets written, as posted on http://www.courtinfo.ca.gov/reference/documents/2009_jcbail.pdf. The first number after the citation listed is the base fine, while the second is the total fine, not counting a court security fee of $20 and a conviction assessment of $35. Also, an extra fee is tacked on for people who choose to attend traffic school to keep the violation off their driving record and protect them from getting points added to their driving history, as well as higher automobile interest rates. Note: each jurisdiction can set their own fines and the traffic judge can make adjustments to the final fine traffic offenders would pay, as well. Traffic violation fines
  • Driving 1-15 mph over the posted speed limit, $35, $146
  • Driving 16-25 mph over the posted speed limit $70, $266
  • Driving 26 mph and above over the posted speed limit, $100, $380
  • Driving over 100 mph, $200, $760
  • Engaging in or abetting exhibition of speed, $75, $298
  • Overtaking and passing unsafely passing without sufficient clearance, $35, $146
  • Passing a school bus with flashing signals, $150, $570
  • Throwing a lit substance on a highway, $100, $380
  • Jaywalking, violating “Walk” and “Don’t Walk” sign, $25, $108
  • Suddenly stopping without signaling, $35, $146
  • Unauthorized stopping on state highway, $35, $146
  • Violation of disabled parking provisions, $250, $950
  • Failure to yield to emergency vehicle, $100, $380
  • Following too closely, $35, $146
  • Following emergency vehicles too closely, $35, $146
  • Failure of slow-moving vehicles to turn out, $35, $146
  • Driving against one-way traffic, $35, $146
  • Load or passengers obstructing the driver's view, $35, $146
  • Bicycle not traveling in same direction as vehicles, $25, $108
  • Disobeying flashing red signal light, $100, $380
  • Driver failure to obey signs and traffic control signals, $35, $146
  • Pedestrian failure to obey signs and traffic control signals, $25, $108
  • Bicyclist traveling at less than normal speed failing to keep to right, $25, $108
  • Bicyclists carrying items that prevent them from keeping one hand on the handlebar, $25, $108
  • Bicycle parked so to impede pedestrian traffic, $25, $108
  • Vehicles impeding bicycle lanes, $35, $146
  • Opening vehicle door on traffic side when it’s unsafe, $35, $146
  • Parking near sidewalk access ramp for disabled, $250, $950
  • Vehicle abandonment, $100, $380
  • Blocking Intersection, $50, $190
  • Driving while using cell phone to talk or text, not hands-free, $20, $76
  • Drinking alcoholic beverage while driving, $70, $266
  • Drinking alcoholic beverage by driver, passenger, $70, $266
  • Possession of open container by driver, passenger, $70, $266
  • Storage of open container in passenger compartment, $70, $266
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