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Too many at-fault car accidents may leave you without a license

Perhaps you were driving over the speed limit, lost control of your vehicle and were involved in a car accident. An officer determined your actions caused the majority of the damage, and you were subsequently ticketed. A few months later, you failed to make a complete stop at a stop sign, and you crashed into another vehicle. Again, an officer found your actions at-fault, and you received another ticket.

California driving laws assign serious penalties for those that engage in actions that lead to accidents on the roadway. Though you always try to drive safely and abide by all traffic laws, you have a serious case of bad luck and continue to receive point violations. Unfortunately, if you find yourself accused of multiple at-fault accidents in a 12-month time frame in California, you may lose your license. In any accident involving traffic convictions, you want to hire an experienced ticketing attorney to help you defend yourself against the accumulation of punishments.

Why you should put your empty bottles and cans in the trunk

You support recycling and environmental action, so you always take your empty cans and bottles back to turn them in. It's just one way that you do your part for the planet.

However, you know about open container laws in California. You cannot drive with open containers of alcohol in the car. If the police pull you over while you're taking some empties back, are they going to assume you have been drinking and driving?

How you can fight a speeding ticket in California

Being issued a speeding ticket is stressful. Not only are you facing a monetary fine, but also points on your license. If you don't fight the ticket, your license will take a hit and any future citations could lead to a suspension of your driving privileges if you accrue enough points. Let's take a look at how you can fight a speeding ticket in today's post.

A common way many people fight speeding tickets is by claiming that they were speeding due to an emergency. Now, it will be difficult to prove this defense, especially if you don't have any evidence of an emergency at the time you were caught speeding by the police. Valid emergencies include transporting a woman in labor to the hospital, trying to outrun a wildfire and speeding away from someone intending to harm you.

New study finds California drivers third worst in the country

A new study has found that California drivers are the third worst in the United States. The study, conducted by SmartAsset, was released earlier this month. The data compiled put California in a tie with Missouri for third place and just behind Mississippi and Tennessee for the worst drivers in America.

There were four important factors taken into consideration by SmartAsset as the study was compiled:

  • Average number of fatalities per miles driven
  • Percentage of drivers who have insurance
  • Number of times residents of each state search the internet using terms like "speeding ticket" and "traffic ticket"
  • The number of DUI convictions each driver has on their record

How do I get my driver's license reinstated?

The ability to drive is a privilege and not a right. This means that you can easily lose that privilege if you commit too many driving offenses or commit serious offenses such as driving under the influence or vehicular homicide. If you have your driver's license suspended, you likely want to know what it takes to have it reinstated in California.

A license suspension in California can last as little as 30 days for a misdemeanor traffic violation and for one year or more for a more serious crime, such as reckless driving. If you have been ordered not to drive due to an emotional or mental disorder and you do, you could have your license taken away permanently.

The California traffic violator school program

Being issued a speeding ticket is not the end of the world. The ticket, if one of many on your record, could affect the status of your driver's license. This is when you need to look into attending traffic school or a defensive driving class. Not only will attending these classes help your insurance rates, they will also help the status of your license.

If you have recently been ticketed for speeding or any other moving violation in California, you have the opportunity to have the ticket dismissed instead of it being placed on your record. You need to meet the following qualifications in order for this to happen:

  • Your license must be valid at the time of the ticket being issued
  • The violation for which you were ticketed must not have occurred in a commercial vehicle
  • The traffic violation must not have been a misdemeanor
  • The traffic violation must not have involved alcohol
  • You must not have completed any traffic school course within the last 18 months for the sole purpose of fighting a traffic ticket

Consequences of hit-and-runs in California

It’s a beautiful day in Los Angeles. People are out and about, traffic is crazy as usual, and overall there’s a lot happening. You might be late to a work meeting. The car in front of you stops abruptly, and you tap their back bumper. The person doesn’t pull over and you see no outside damages. With a wince, you continue on your hurried journey. Little did you know, you are a prime candidate for a hit-and-run charge, despite no bad intentions.

Why speeding is so dangerous in California

Speeding is one of the most common infractions on the roads of California, even with all of the congestion. This is a violation that results in thousands of traffic tickets being issued every month. Speeding is not a terribly serious crime but it can result in the most tragic of accidents. Let's take a look at why speeding is so dangerous in Encino.

What many drivers don't realize is that speeding is not just considered driving more than what the speed limit sign says. It also includes driving too fast for the road conditions, exceeding special posted speed limits, racing and speed greater than what is reasonably expected at the time.

What should I expect at a DUI checkpoint?

Driving on the roads of California can be very dangerous for even the most experienced drivers. A common problem across the country, even as law enforcement officials crack down, is driving under the influence. If you ever come across a DUI checkpoint in Encino you need to know what to expect so you can handle yourself appropriately.

For starters, you should always comply with police commands when in a DUI checkpoint. Listen to their instructions and do not talk back to them. If they ask for your license, insurance and registration make sure you provide the officer with every single document.

How to apply for license reinstatement in California

Having your driver's license suspended in Encino takes away a lot of your freedom. It can also negatively impact your education and your career. You will need to find alternative ways to get to school or work until you can have your license reinstated. You can apply to have your license reinstated in the state of California and we will discuss that in today's post.

To reinstate your license after a negligent operator charge, you must do the following:

  • Pay the reissue fee to the DMV
  • Pay court fees
  • Provide proof of auto insurance
  • Complete a probationary period where you have zero tickets or accidents
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