Re: Flow of Traffic vs Speed Limit
You were going faster than the maximum speed limit. No where does it say, MAX SPEED 65 UNLESS PASSING.
Quick search of the 2010 CA DMV handbook with "flow of traffic",
Choosing a Lane
Traffic lanes are often referred to
by number. The left or “fast” lane
is called the “Number 1 Lane.” The
lane to the right of the “Number
1 Lane” is called the “Number 2
Lane”, then the “Number 3 Lane”,
Example of numbered traffic lanes
Drive in the lane with the smoothest
flow of traffic. If you can choose
among three lanes, pick the middle
lane for the smoothest driving. To
drive faster, pass, or turn left, use
the left lane. When you choose to
drive slowly or enter or turn off the
road, use the right lane.
If there are only two lanes in your
direction, pick the right lane for the
Do not weave in and out of traffic.
Stay in one lane as much as possible.
Once you start through an intersection,
keep going. If you start to make
a turn, follow through. Last second
changes may cause collisions. If you
miss a turn, continue until you can
safely and legally turn back.
8. Collisions can happen more often when:
a. All vehicles are traveling about the same speed.
b. One lane of traffic is traveling faster than the other lanes.
c. One vehicle is traveling faster or slower than the flow of traffic.
Correct anwser is C
Trucks are designed to transport
products and they are not as maneuverable
as passenger vehicles.
Large trucks have longer stopping
and starting distances. They take
more space for turns and they weigh
more. On multilane highways and
freeways, large trucks usually stay
in the center portion of the lane to
help the flow of traffic. This also
increases the trucker’s options if he
or she must change lanes to avoid
Be sure you are at the proper speed
for leaving the traffic lane–not too
fast (so you remain in control)
and not too slow (so the flow of
traffic can still move freely).
Those are the only for things I found referring to the flow of traffic. Unless I missed something, I don't see where you can exceed the speed limit to pass. When it comes down to it, you are setting your own flow of traffic by passing everyone, which happened to be 18 MPH in excess of the speed limit (65). Good luck in court. Pray for the officer not to show.
In fact, a majority of the collisions which happed involving a slow moving vehicle are primarily caused by the vehicle approaching traveling at an unsafe speed for the conditions on the roadway ie, the slow vehicle (22350 VC - an unsafe speed section). So, in theory, your speeding is more dangerous than the people going slow in the right lane (who were in all honesty, probably right around 65).
I'm a cop. My opinion does not reflect the views or opinion of my agency. That being said, "Do not argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience."