Is it against the law in CA to pull over in a construction zone to allow other cars to pass? My husband who is a truck driver, received a ticket for not pulling over (5 or more cars behind him). No place to pull over and going slow because of the construction zone signs.
Hi I hope to help you with your question today. I have examined the California drivers manual which states that contruction zones are slow and careful areas. I find nothing about it being illegal to NOT pull over, in fact it is quite the opposite. I suggest going to the area where he was driving and ticketed and taking pictures as soon as possible so you can show the area and why he was driving in the safe manner he was driving. Call the prosecutor responsible and find a time to meet and discuss the citation and the photos. A little leg work may be required but is better than a very expensive ticket.
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You can sometimes contact the police officer that wrote the ticket but honestly you will get a much better response from the attorney handling the case
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What do you mean by "just the opposite"? Do you mean that my husband should have pulled over in the construction zone for other cars to pass? Can you cite the vehicle code so I can look it up?
I did take pictures of the area. It's a windy narrow mountainous road. Contacted Cal Trans for a printout of their work schedule for that day. My husband did not pull over because he was told to never pull over in a cone zone. He was going slow because of the construction zone.
VC 21656 Turning out-slow veh.
This is a commercial code.
We have a court trial date. You have been very helpful and now I know where to go get my info. The officer said there was no construction, but the signs were up and Cal Trans was doing roadside work at the time. My husband had no way of knowing if he was going to be stopped at any given moment, and he was fully loaded and needed to be cautious especially in a marked construction zone. The officer pulled him over in an unsafe area (down a windy hill) where my husband was literally out on the highway. He could have waited furthur down the road where there was a safe turnout, and to which my husband would have pulled over for other cars if necessary at that time. I believe there will only be a judge and the officer and my husband at trial.
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