To make up for budgetary shortfalls, California is increasing enforcement and penalties of driving infractions. A red-light ticket which once cost a driver $371 can cost $470 at time of publication. The additional cost to drivers is coming in the form of added fees for court costs while the initial fine for the infraction remains the same.
16 to 25 MPH Over Speed Limit
If you are caught driving 16 to 25 miles per hour over the limit in California, your total fine including all court costs is likely to be up to $280. Fines increase and can double for speeding in construction zones, school zones or senior citizen zones. However, individual counties may add additional court costs to increase the cost.This infraction will add one point to your license.
Points on Your License
For each traffic infraction, California adds points to your license. When these points exceed four in a 12-month period, you can lose your license as a negligent operator. You may also be considered a negligent operator if you receive six points in 24 months or eight points in 36 months. One point infractions include a traffic conviction or an at-fault accident. Two point infractions include reckless driving, driving under the influence or driving on a suspended/revoked license. Commercial licenses incur 1.5 times the points for every infraction.
DUI for Drivers Under 21
Any minor caught with alcohol in her system will receive punishment. For a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .01 percent, the officer may issue a temporary license for 30 days, suspend the license for up to a year and then decide whether to release you, hand you to juvenile authorities, or contact your parents or guardian. A BAC of .05 percent or higher will result in an arrest and detention until a parent or guardian can come retrieve you from jail. Refusal to take an alcohol screening test automatically results in license suspension for one year.
Reckless driving is defined as driving in a manner that displays wanton disregard for other drivers. In order to be convicted, the prosecution must show that you acted with intentional or conscious disregard for the safety of others. Reckless driving is a two-point violation and carries a minimum fine of $145 and a maximum fine of $1,000, plus court fees and other charges. Fines double in safety-enhancement fine zones and construction zones.