In response to the numerous crashes since the new S-curve was installed over labor day the California Highway Patrol stepped up its speed limit enforcement on the Bay Bridge this week. Authorities indicate that there have been at least 43 crashes on the S-curve, the temporary bypass to be used on the Bay Bridge until the new Eastern span is completed in 2013, which was put in place over the labor day weekend.
The worst crash happened last Monday when a 56 year old truck driver was killed when his big-rig went off the side of the bridge, landing on Treasure Island. The investigation into Monday’s crash indicates that it, like all the other on the S-curve crashes, was related to speeding.
In an attempt to prevent any further accidents the CHP began cracking down on speeding on Wednesday, November 12, 2009. From 11:00 p.m. on Wednesday to 4:00 a.m. on Thursday, officers issued 34 speeding tickets and arrested one driver on suspicion of driving under the influence. The speed limit on the Bay Bridge is 50 mph but drops to 40 mph on the S-curve portion.
If you are ticketed for speeding on the Bay Bridge you may be cited for one of several Vehicle Code sections related to speeding, including: section 22405 which specifically relates to speeding on bridges and structures; section 22350, the basic speed law which requires drivers to drive at reasonable and prudent speeds; or section 23336, a common ticket given out by the CHP, which makes it unlawful to violate any rule or regulation posted by a sign on a vehicular crossing.
Whether you get a speeding ticket on the San Francisco/Oakland Bay Bridge, the Golden Gate Bridge or on a surface street in San Pablo or Petaluma, call an experienced aggressive traffic ticket attorney for help.
For more information about traffic and speeding ticket defense in Marin County and throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, or for a free consultation, call Marin County traffic attorney John Stanko at 415-755-8899, or toll free at 1-877-204-8900.