If the driver of any vehicle is approaching a stop sign at an intersection or the entrance, he or she is required to stop at a limit line. The other option is to stop before entering the crosswalk that is nearest to the intersection.

If the area has a stop sign with no crosswalk or limit line the driver shall stop where the intersecting roadway begins or at the railroad grade crossing.


Getting a Stop Sign Ticket

Violation of the stop sign rule will cause a traffic officer to issue the driver a failure to stop sign ticket after the driver pulls over.

  • The driver can get up to 15 days in jail and a failure to stop sign ticket that can be as much as $200.
  • If you have been issued a ticket for 22450 a, you may choose to contest by undertaking a process known as trial by written declaration.
  • Trial by written declaration can be done via mail thereby saving you much hassle money and time. This process does not demand the defendant to show up in court.

Failure to Obey Stop Sign Ticket

A failure to stop sign ticket has space where the driver should sign after being issued with one.

  • Signing the ticket shows that you agree that you made a traffic offense and you are to appear before a judge on a certain day.
  • If you fail to appear in court on the particular stated date, you are charged with a failure to obey sign ticket.
  • This failure to obey stop sign charge contains hefty charges.

Penalties and Fines

The first penalty is that the court may issue an outstanding warrant for your arrest. This means that if any police officer instructs you to pull over, they may put you under arrest and take you to jail immediately.

  • You can be charged a penalty of up to 300 dollars according to penal code 1214.1. These charges are added to any outstanding fines.
  • The traffic officer can place a DMV hold on your driving license leading to the suspension of your driving privileges.
  • The only excuse to uplift the failure to obey stop sign offense is providing proof that you were in hospital jail or military.

In Santa Monica, the areas you are likely to receive the failure to observe stop sign ticket are Pacific Coast Highway, Colorado Avenue, Lincoln St, Wilshire Blvd, Olympic Blvd and Santa Monica Blvd.

    • The courthouse that deals with traffic offenses in Santa Monica is located at 1725 Main Street Santa Monica, CA 90401.
    • The courthouse is opened at 8:00 a.m. and closes at 5:00 p.m. The clerk’s office operates from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    • The two buildings are open from Monday through Friday, except court holidays.
    • It is important to note that only two courtrooms deal with traffic offenses departments A and B.

Handling and Fighting Traffic Tickets

Getting a traffic ticket does not mean you deserve it. It can be tricky to fight for your ticket, but a little effort can go a little further. Below are some defenses that may pull you out of your case:

  • A Faded Limit Line – It is normal for limit lines and crosswalks to fade with time. If you get a ticket for stopping a little too far, you can defend yourself by showing the limit line is faded.
  • Recently Installed Stop Signs – A great defense option is stating that you were ticketed for passing through a stop sign that is newly installed. This option will only work if you can prove that you use that road frequently and that the stop sign was installed recently.
  • Your Stop was a Little Farther Back – It is a requirement to stop either at the entrance to the intersection limit line or crosswalk. This requires that you stop before reaching this line. Some drivers choose to stop a little farther back though. In this case, an officer may not be able to see clearly where the driver stopped.

One of the options that works for most people is to contact an experienced attorney to fight your ticket and represent your case in the court of law.

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