Re: Failure to Stop at a Stop Sign, Traffic Violation Code VC 22450(A), Fresno Califo
Here is the code section you were cited for:
22450. (a) The driver of any vehicle approaching a stop sign at the entrance to, or within, an intersection shall stop at a limit line, if marked, otherwise before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection.
If there is no limit line or crosswalk, the driver shall stop at the entrance to the intersecting roadway.
(b) The driver of a vehicle approaching a stop sign at a railroad grade crossing shall stop at a limit line, if marked, otherwise before crossing the first track or entrance to the railroad grade crossing.
(c) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a local authority may adopt rules and regulations by ordinance or resolution providing for the placement of a stop sign at any location on a highway under its jurisdiction where the stop sign would enhance traffic safety.
And here is the definition of the "limit line":
VC 377. A "limit line" is a solid white line not less than 12 nor more than 24 inches wide, extending across a roadway or any portion thereof to indicate the point at which traffic is required to stop in compliance with legal requirements.
There are 4 basic requirement that you MUST do at a stop sign: (1) you must cease forward movement, (2) you must do so BEFORE the front end of your vehicle crosses the plane of the limit line, (3) you check for and yield to any pedestrians and/or other traffic, and (4) you proceed accordingly. Based on what you posted, it sounds like your "stop" did not meet the requirement of completely "cease forward movement". based on what you posted, it sounds like you did 3 & 4 without doing 1 and 2... And there is no "stopped to the safest ability"... You either stop and you do so at the limit line, or it does not qualify as a "legal stop"!
The fine should be approximately $230 or so, and traffic school administrative fee to the court will run you approximately $49, so the total comes close to the $280 you mentioned (amounts may vary slightly depending on which county this was in). You will also have to pay the traffic school for the course but you should be able to find one for as little as $15 or so... (When you make that election in court, you will be given a list of approved traffic school providers).
And yes, if you opt for traffic school, pay the fine amount + the admin fee, complete the course and submit the completion certificate back to the court in a timely manner, then the citation is dismissed, and it will not appear on your driving record. So the entire incident is not likely to have any impact on your GF's parents' insurance premium.
I am right 97% of the time... Who cares about the other 4%!