Re: Speeding tickets on the trail
"p e t e f a g e r l i n" <pete1NOSPAM@petefagerlin.removethis.com> wrote in message news:<B4Ghc.firstname.lastname@example.org>...
> "Dave" <email@example.com> wrote in message
> > Just out of curiousity, do speeding tickets handed out by rangers on a
> > trail count as moving violations... meaning, does it go on your
> > driving record and impact your insurance premiums? Or is it more like
> > a citation you might get for having a dog off the leash? What do they
> > generally run in terms of a fine?
> > This obviously will vary by country and region (and maybe who
> > owns/administers the trail system). I'm particularly interested in
> > Bay Area, CA, USA tickets
> Just like tickets on the road, while riding a bike do not impact your
> insurance rates/driving record.
A moving violation, under the CVC, does impact your driving record and
insurance rates no matter what the vehicle.
For bicycles, the L.E. has a choice of how to write it up. It can be
written as a simple infraction (warning) or as a moving violation.
Moving violations on a bicycle can cost you a point.
When I was doing my undergraduate a SJSU, I worked as a messenger
during the off season. The SJPD had a policy of treating working
bicyclist tougher than commuters, so things that would generally be
overlooked or treated as an infraction were written as moving
violations for messengers. I took a three point ticket for a double
stop sign/wrong way down a one way street. It was pointed out to me at
the time that they could have written me up for evading and reckless.
That would have been the end of my license, instead I ended up with a
three pointer, traffic school, and two years as an assigned risk.
As for how MidPen, and other open spaces treat it. If you check their
"Regulations for Use" I believe you will find that a violation of an
ordinace can be either a misdemenor or an infaction at the descretion
of the L.E., the prosecutor, or the court.
And as for those who figure you can just give a false name and
address, if the LE has a radio he'll run your name and soc against
NCIC ... If you don't match you'll end up with the misdemenor.