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Cost of a Traffic ticket (San Diego riders beware)(10 posts)

Cost of a Traffic ticket (San Diego riders beware)newhouse
Mar 23, 2003 4:10 PM
got a ticket today on my bike in the del mar area. the cop said they've had many complaints from the locals about cyclists (i guess that gives them the right to buzz me and my bud and honk the horn) and they have units out specifically looking to ticket riders. anyone know how much a ticket costs for blowing a red light (we made a rolling right on red)? i'm not complaining about the ticket by the way - even though i'm usually good about riding responsibly, i disobeyed the rules and got caught.
re: Cost of a Traffic ticket (San Diego riders beware)GregJ
Mar 23, 2003 4:32 PM
I recently got a ticket in Santa Barbara. Three of us rolled slowly through a stop sign in a quiet area with no traffic. It was 62 bucks each. The good news is that pedestrian and bicycle violations do not accrue points on your driving record in California.
Advice from No. Calteamsloppy
Mar 23, 2003 8:52 PM
From the SF bike coalition:
http://www.sfbike.org/biking_resources/got_a_ticket/
An excerpt:

Look at your ticket. Somewhere on the ticket, the cop should have indicated "bicycle." If not, you can fight the ticket on that technicality.

If it does say bicycle, then:

he SF bail schedule is less for bike violations, somewhere in the neighborhood of $115.

You do not get points on your license for bike violations. Moral: most cops are not experts on the vehicle code as it relates to bike violations.

If you're clueless enough to tell your insurance company you got a ticket on your bike, then you may get an insurance increase. Many insurance companies could care less about bike violations when figuring your rates.

I don't think you have the traffic school option for tickets on a bike, as they don't add points to your license anyway.

You should get a letter in the mail in 3 weeks indicating your fine. WAIT for this letter; it may never come. If you plan to appeal, don't waste your time taking your ticket down to the Hall of Donuts. Call the number in the tiny print on the bottom of your citation, and ask the clerk if your ticket has been entered into "THE COMPUTER." Nothing happens with tickets unless THE COMPUTER knows about it. Technically, you have 21 days to pay your ticket or show up to set an appeal date once the ticket has been entered into THE COMPUTER (even though the fine print on your ticket says you have 21 days to pay the fine or show up). It's possible that the ticket may never be entered: the cops ticket book may get lost, dropped in a cup of Krispy Kreme coffee, or mistakenly trashed in a Nash Bridges episode, for example. If the ticket is never entered into THE COMPUTER, then it doesn't exist as far as the city is concerned, and there's no record of it or fine to pay. If you bring your ticket in, it WILL be enetered into THE COMPUTER by the clerk. Call the clerk every 2 weeks; if the ticket isn't entered into THE COMPUTER within (something like) 180 days, it's a dead ticket, and you won't have to deal with it.

OBEY THE COMPUTER (and hope that it crashes).

Written by Biker-X
That's #$%^ing Bull$%&!!!DY
Mar 23, 2003 11:49 PM
I wouldn't go lightly on this one. I am a Del Mar resident (29 years). That infuriates me.......! This is a sensitive issue for me as I ride daily up the coast and often have to dodge a motorists doing something illegal or stupid. I see SO many motor vehicle violations, I can't believe that the Encinitas Sheriffs aren't embarrassed to even pull a bicycle over. Do you know how many mothers in their Expeditions or mini vans roll through stops signs and red lights? (In my car I've had to get in the habit of looking both ways very carefully when a light turns green because people here just don't think they have to stop when the light turns red). Not to mention that the speed limit is broken by basically everyone... Don't even get me started about the Harley riders each weekend who come through town with their illegal exhausts and other assorted illegal bike components.

Those go unpunished, but now the people out their doing something healthy for themselves and the planet are being singled out?

Don't the Sheriffs have something more productive to do with their time? How many bicycles killed motorists last year? If you want I'd be interested in writing a group letter to the Mayors of Del Mar, Solana Beach and Encinitas. They all obviously have no regard for cyclists which is stupid considering the numbers of elite athletes that use this area to train each year. Yes you did break the law....but does the penalty justify the punishment when considering the more serious offenses that go unpunished daily?
That's #$%^ing Bull$%&!!!zooog
Mar 24, 2003 2:48 AM
Desperate for easy revenue.That is ridiculous.
got a ticket one time in santa cruz.the bull
Mar 24, 2003 3:46 AM
I was on a bmx bike when I was 18 and I was going real slow on the side walk and in the oppisite direction of a oneway street.Fu(kers gave me a ticket for both.Im not 100% sure but I think it affected my driving record!
I sympathize with you dude -- it's effing ridiculous!velocity
Mar 24, 2003 7:34 AM
It annoys the sh*t out of me that in Manhattan I never see the speed limit enforced -- vehicles speed through the streets all the time -- and have virtually never seen vehicles pulled over for traffic infractions.

When I was riding to work in downtown Manhattan a couple of years ago I got pulled over by an NYPD cop for going through a red light. I deserved to be cited but was shocked that in NYC the fine for this traffic violation by a bicycle is the same as for a car: 100 bucks! I unsuccessfully fought the ticket in court, figuring that, just by showing up, my fine would at least be decreased, as had happened whenever I'd been ticketed for a motor vehicle violation. Well, the ticketing cop showed up, and the judge didn't give me the time of day. I protested in writing to Albany as well, but this didn't work either. I begrudgingly paid the $100.
re: Cost of a Traffic ticket (San Diego riders beware)jradford
Mar 24, 2003 8:03 AM
Ok you guys. For starters I can not believe that you are winning about getting a ticket. are you the same way when you get one in your car. You broke the law and got caught. i bet now you will think twice about rolling through a red light.

we have to face all sorts of dangers when we go riding and don't need motorists get pissed at us for getting away with breaking the law. People who run red lights so they don't get separated from the group or role through stop signs give us a bad name. Then there is cyclists that ride on sidewalks no helmet and at 5 mph they even give us a bad name because people in there cars now think we are supposed to be on the sidewalk and not on the road.

So well you got a ticket. buck up and take it like a man. pay the ticket and ride with more responsibility next time.
re: Cost of a Traffic ticket (San Diego riders beware)MootsRider
Mar 24, 2003 9:34 AM
What's a speeding ticket cost??? I was on my over to the coast on Saturday to meet my wife for a ride on 101 and got pulled over in Rancho Santa Fe. Yippee!!! I get to go to Traffic School! Hey, the ride was great anyway. Saturday was a great day to be on a bike!
Speeding?...HAL9010
Mar 24, 2003 10:43 AM
Are you saying you(MootsRider) got a SPEEDING ticket in RSF? If so tell us teh story, posted limit, your cited speed AND where exactly in RSF.