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Drivers cited for violating the law for pedestrians in crackdown

On Behalf of | Oct 6, 2021 | Misdemeanors

In Visalia, throughout the Central Valley and across California, law enforcement is increasingly vigilant about road safety. This is due to the increasing dangers pedestrians are facing as they venture out. Pedestrian risk has spiked in the past two years and safety has become a growing priority. Drivers are distracted, speeding, driving under the influence and violating the law in other ways. Crackdowns are common across the state and with California Highway Patrol (CHP) playing close attention, people can face traffic violations and even have their vehicle impounded. Since this can cause personal, professional and financial problems, it is imperative to have legal assistance to address these situations.

Local county sees drivers facing consequences for alleged illegal activities

As an example of the steps CHP is taking to get drivers to adhere more strictly to traffic laws, Kern County saw 45 citations given and four vehicles were impounded. Eleven drivers were given warnings. The fundamental justification for the crackdown was pedestrian safety. That includes emphasizing the need for drivers to give them the right of way and to drive at a safe speed to avoid colliding with them.

Officers were located on streets in East Bakersfield and another in Oildale. This trend is ongoing. Counties across the state have been receiving grants from the California Office of Traffic Safety to make the roadways safer. Since October is National Pedestrian and Drive Safe Month, law enforcement is looking for drivers who are behaving in dangerous ways and taking various steps to try and improve the landscape for pedestrians. While this is necessary, it does not automatically mean every driver is guilty and citations are automatically justified.

Traffic citations can cause a litany of problems and should be fought

Although many might function under the impression that traffic violations are not a major issue, they are frequently misinformed as to the challenges they can face if they are cited. Infraction traffic tickets are for running a red light or stop sign. Misdemeanors can be driving without a license or committing a DUI. Any traffic offense can result in fines, lost driving privileges and worse. The driver might not have violated the law, there could have been a flaw with the investigation or there may be other avenues to lodge a defense. To avoid the worst consequences, it is important to understand the value of a strong defense. Having professional advice from the outset is a valuable first step.

 

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John Patrick Ryan has been practicing law for over 20 years. Experienced in criminal law. U.S. Navy Veteran.