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Speeding Tickets in San Francisco, CA

Did you get a Speeding Ticket in the San Francisco Bay Area? Crush It!

For many citizens, a speeding ticket will be their only real experience with police or the court system. But before you pay a speeding ticket or go to traffic court, call a speeding ticket lawyer at Ticket Crushers. Our attorneys have crushed more than 100,000 speeding tickets to date!

Even if you were speeding, Ticket Crushers might be able to find ways to get the ticket dismissed or the penalties reduced.

We fight the tickets so that our clients can avoid going to court. Our efforts may help prevent the accumulation of points on a person's driving record, prevent an increase in insurance, and avoid the requirement to attend driving school. Call us at 1 (866) 842-5384 to discuss your case.


The Fine Schedule for Speeding Tickets in San Francisco, CA

In many of these cases, the arresting officers will rely on radar technology to clock a suspect's speed and compare it to the posted speed limit for that street or highway.  Several different types of speeding tickets are issued in San Francisco, CA. 

The suggested fines and other penalties for speeding tickets are published in California's Uniform Bail and Penalty Schedules. In addition to the fine, the courts apply penalties to each fine assessed and the fines can double or triple the amount owed to the court. Those other charges can include the state penalty assessment (PA), the County Penalty Assessment (PA), DNA PA, Court Facility Construction PA, a 20 percent surcharge, and the EMS PA.

One type of speeding ticket issued in California can result in two points assessed on a person's driver's license.

All other speeding tickets issued in San Francisco, CA, result in one point assessed on the driving record and a fine with other fees that total between $238 (on the low end) to the most expensive speeding ticket issued in San Francisco under CVC 22406.5 for Driving Tank Vehicle at Excessive Speed, which has a fine and fees that total $2,130.

Under California law, speeding violations can include:

Violations of CVC 22349(a) 

  • CVC 22349(a) — Speeding 1-15 MPH over 65 MPH Limit — $238

  • CVC 22349(a) — Speeding 16-25 MPH over 65 MPH Limit — $367

  • CVC 22349(a) — Speeding 26 MPH or More over 65 MPH Limit — $490

Violations of CVC 22349(b)

  • CVC 22349(b) — Speeding 1-15 MPH over 55 MPH Limit — $238

  • CVC 22349(b) — Speeding 16-25 MPH over 55 MPH Limit — $367

  • CVC 22349(b) — Speeding 26 MPH or More over 55 MPH Limit — $490

Violations of CVC 22350 for Unsafe Speed

  • CVC 22350 — Unsafe Speed for Prevailing Conditions 1-15 MPH over Limit — $238

  • CVC 22350 — Unsafe Speed for Prevailing Conditions 16-25 MPH over Limit — $367

  • CVC 22350 — Unsafe Speed for Prevailing Conditions 26 MPH or More over Limit — $490

Violations of CVC 22351 (a) or (b) for Driving in Excess of Prima Facie Speed Limits

  • CVC 22351(a) and (b) — Driving in Excess of Prima Facie Speed Limits Established in VC 22352

Speeding Violations Based on Location of the Violation

  • CVC 22352(a)(1) — Operating Vehicle in Excess of 15 MPH at Railroad Crossing, at Freeway Intersection With No Clear Field of Vision, or in Alley

  • CVC 22352(a)(2) — Operation Vehicle in Excess of 25 MPH in Business District, by School, or by Senior Center

Speeding Violation DOT Limits on State Highways

  • CVC 22354 — Failure to Abide by Speed Limits Set by the State Department of Transportation (DOT) on State Highways

Exceeding Maximum Speed Limit of 70 MPH

  • CVC 22356(b) — Exceeding Maximum Speed Limit of 70 MPH, 1-15 MPH over Limit — $238

  • CVC 22356(b) — Exceeding Maximum Speed limit of 70 MPH, 16-25 MPH over Limit — $367

  • CVC 22356(b) — Exceeding 70 MPH Maximum Speed, 26 MPH or More over Limit — $490

Violations of Local Speed Limits

  • CVC 22357 — Violation of Prima Facie Local Speed Limit

  • CVC 22358 — Violation of Local Speed Limit

  • CVC 22358.3 — Violation of Local Speed Limit on Narrow Street

  • CVC 22358.4 — Violation of Prima Facie Local Speed Limit

  • CVC 22360 — Violation of Local Speed Limits Between Business and Residence Districts

Other Speed Limit Violations

  • CVC 22361 — Violation of Speed Limit on Multiple Lane

  • CVC 22362 — Violation of Speed Limit Surrounding Special Work Crews

  • CVC 22363 — Violation of DOT or Local Speed Limit Set for Snow or Ice

  • CVC 22364 — Violation of Speed Limit Set by DOT on State Highways

Violations of Minimum Speed Laws

  • CVC 22400(a) and (b) — Minimum Speed Law—Impeding Traffic Flow — $238

Speeding in Bridge, Tube, or Tunnel

  • CVC 22405(a) — Exceeding Maximum Posted Speeds on Bridge/Tube/Tunnel, 1-15 MPH over Limit — $238

  • CVC 22405(a) — Exceeding Maximum Posted Speeds on Bridge/Tube/Tunnel, 16-25 MPH over Limit — $367

  • CVC 22405(a) — Exceeding Maximum Posted Speeds on Bridge/Tube/Tunnel, 26 MPH or More over Limit — $490

Speeding by Trucks or Tractors

  • CVC 22406(a) — Truck or Tractor 1–9 MPH Over 55 MPH Limit — $285

  • CVC 22406(a)  Truck or Tractor 10 MPH or More over 55 MPH Limit — $490

Speeding Violations for Designated Vehicles

  • CVC 22406(b-f) — Exceeding Posted Speed for Designated Vehicles — $285

  • CVC 22406(b-f) — Exceeding Posted Speed for Designated Vehicles—In Excess of Speed Limit by 10 MPH or More — $490

  • CVC 22406.5 — Driving Tank Vehicle at Excessive Speed — $2,130

  • CVC 22407 — Exceeding Posted Speed for Designated Vehicles — $285

  • CVC 22407 — Posted Speed for Designated Vehicles—In Excess of Speed Limit by 10 MPH or More — $490

Speeding by Solid Tire Vehicles

  • CVC 22409 — Speed Limit for Solid Tire Vehicle 1-15 MPH over Limit — $238

  • CVC 22409 — Speed Limit for Solid Tire Vehicle 16-25 MPH over Limit — $367

  • CVC 22409 — Speed Limit for Solid Tire Vehicle 26 MPH or More over Limit — $490

Speeding by Metal Tire Vehicles

  • CVC 22410 — Exceeding Speed Limit for Metal Tire Vehicles — $238

Violations Set on Conditions

  • CVC 22413 — Violation of Speed Limit Set by Local Authority for Steep Grades

Speed Traps in the County of San Francisco, CA

The CVC prohibits the use of speed traps under Section 40801. Likewise, Section 40803 prohibits the use of any evidence obtained by use of a speed trap for the purpose of prosecution. Under CVC Section 40802, the term "speed trap" is defined as either:

  • A section of highway marked so that an officer can calculate speed based on the time it takes a vehicle to travel the marked distance, or

  • The use of radar or other electronic devices that measure the speed of a moving object on a section of highway that does not have a current E&TS (Engineering & Traffic Survey) as required under CVC

Provisions of California law pertaining to speed traps:

  • CVC Section 40801 — Speed Trap Prohibition

  • CVC Section 40802 — Speed Traps

  • CVC Section 40803 — Speed Trap Evidence

  • CVC Section 40804 — Testimony Based on Speed Trap

  • CVC Section 40805 — Admission of Speed Trap Evidence

  • CVC Section 40806 — Police Reports

  • CVC Section 40807 — Use of Evidence Regarding Departmental Action

  • CVC Section 40808 — Speed Trap Evidence

Common Speeding Tickets in California

The California State Legislature sets in place the regulations for California speed limits. The California's Vehicle Code (CVC) places these regulations into the language used primarily for enforcement purposes.

CVC Section 22349 sets a maximum speed limit for all California roadways, which is 55 mph on two-lane undivided roadways and 65 mph on all other roadways. Any deviation of speed limits upward or downward from these limits must be justified by an Engineering and Traffic Survey (E&TS).

California's Motor Vehicle Code, Section 22349, provides that except as provided in Section 22356, no person may drive a vehicle:

  •  Upon a highway at a speed greater than 65 mph

  • Upon a two-lane, undivided highway at a speed greater than 55 mph unless that highway, or portion thereof, has been posted for a higher speed by the Department of Transportation or appropriate local agency upon the basis of an engineering and traffic survey

For purposes of California's law regarding speeding offenses, the following apply:

  • A two-lane, undivided highway is a highway with not more than one through lane of travel in each direction

  • Passing lanes may not be considered when determining the number of through lanes

The statutory scheme for traffic tickets in California expresses the intent of the California Legislature that there be reasonable signage on affected two-lane, undivided highways in continuing the 55 mph speed limit, including placing signs at county boundaries to the extent possible and at other appropriate locations. The speed limit may also be set at 65 mph if deemed safe and appropriate.


A List of Speeding Tickets in California

CVC Section 22349(a) for Unsafe Speed (above 55 mph and 65 mph) on a Highway provides for the following fines:

  • 1 to 15 miles over the limit — $214

  • 16-25 miles over the limit — $328

CVC Section 22349(b) for Unsafe Speed (above 55 mph and 65 mph) on a Two-Lane Undivided Highway provides for the following fines:

  • 1 to 15 miles over the limit — $214

  • 16-25 miles over the limit — $328

CVC Section 22350 for Unsafe Speed (between posted speed limit and 65 mph) provides that no person shall drive a vehicle upon a highway at a speed greater than is reasonable or prudent having due regard for weather, visibility, the traffic on, and the surface and width of, the highway, and in no event at speed that endangers the safety of persons or property.

CVC Section 22356(b) provides for speeding (more than 70 mph) in that no person shall drive a vehicle upon that highway at a speed greater than 70 miles per hour, as posted.

CVC Section 22405(a) provides that no person shall drive a vehicle on any bridge, elevated structure, tube, or tunnel constituting a part of a highway, at a speed which is greater than the maximum speed that can be maintained with safety to such structure.

CVC Section 22406(a)  provides for speeding tickets for a commercial driver on the highway at 55 mph or greater, in that: A commercial driver you cannot attend driving school to keep the points off the driving record. A commercial driver receives 1.5 points for every 1-point violation.


CDL Drivers and Speeding Tickets in San Francisco, CA

The attorneys at Ticket Crushers represent CDL drivers. When a CDL driver gets a speeding ticket, it is accompanied by higher than normal fines. A CDL driver can also accrue 1.5 points on his or her driving record for a speeding ticket. 

Vehicle Code Section 42005 prohibits drivers of commercial vehicles accused of speeding from eligibility for traffic violator school. Drivers with a Class A, Class B, or commercial Class C driver's license may attend traffic violator school to avoid points for traffic violations in a vehicle that require only a Class M or non-commercial class C license. 

California is also part of a compact to share information with other states. So if you have an out-of-state driver's license, but receive a citation in California, a conviction can be reported to your home state.

CDL drivers contact us because they know the benefits of hiring an experienced traffic ticket attorney to fight the citation. Any conviction of a traffic offense can be career-ending for a CDL driver. We fight to help our clients who hold CDL licenses avoid a conviction.


Types of Speeding Tickets in San Francisco, CA

Our attorneys represent clients on different types of speeding tickets that are issued in San Francisco, CA, including: 

  • Speeding more than 15 mph over the speed limit

  • Speeding more than 26 MPH over the speed limit

  • Speeding more than 100 MPH

  • Unsafe speed for prevailing conditions

  • Speeding that results in a vehicle crash

  • Speeding in a school zone

  • Speeding near blind intersections

  • Speeding in inclement weather

  • Driving under the minimum speed

  • Commercial driving speeding violations

  • Unposted speed limits

  • Bus driver speeding tickets

Additional Resources

2014 Manual for Setting Speed Limits in California — Visit the website for the California Department of Transportation (DOT) to find the 2014 Manual for Setting Speed Limits in California. The manual provides clear, concise and applicable guidance on setting and posting the proper speed limits on California roadways. The guide is intended to improve the uniformity of speed limits throughout California and enhance the safety of all those who used the highways and roadways in California, including drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians. The manual explains the procedures for setting speed limits and the applicable sections of the California Vehicle Code.


Finding a San Francisco Speeding Ticket Attorneys

If you received a speeding ticket in San Francisco or anywhere in the San Francisco Bay Area, then contact the experienced traffic ticket attorneys in San Francisco, CA, at Ticket Crushers. We represent drivers throughout the San Francisco Bay Area as we fight for a dismissal of the speeding ticket. We also represent CDL drivers after they receive a speeding ticket in their personal or a commercial vehicle. If you are a commercial driver, then the stakes are even higher.

We are experienced in representing clients for a violation of either Sections 22349 or 22350 of the California Vehicle Code, which are the most common types of speeding tickets issued in the City of San Francisco. We also represent clients who receive a speeding ticket for driving more than 70 mph, or speeding on a bridge or driving too fast for conditions. 

Find out more about speeding tickets for holders of a commercial driver's license (CDL) in San Francisco, CA, and other types of traffic violations including railroad crossing violations.

Call us to find out more about your California speeding ticket and how to calculate the cost and points. Don't make that speeding ticket payment and avoid traffic school. At Ticket Crushers, we can help you crush that ticket. 

Let us put our experience to work for you. Our traffic ticket attorneys in the City of San Francisco fight speeding tickets. Don't go to Traffic Court in San Francisco alone. Call 1 (866) 842-5384 today to discuss your case.


This article was last updated on Friday, February 17, 2017. 

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