The following information is updated periodically. However, laws and regulations can change between updates. State statutes and local ordinances are the ultimate authorities for these issues.
Points of Interest
Rural Interstates: Cars 70, Trucks 55
Urban Interstates: Cars 65, Trucks 55
Other Limited Access Roads: Cars 70, Trucks 55
These speed limits apply unless a different limit is posted.
Absolute (Exceeding the speed limit is illegal per se--regardless of whether it was safe under the specific conditions): 65-70 State highway limit and 55 limit on 2-lane undivided highways
Presumed (Driving faster than the speed limit is only evidence of unreasonable speed--you can still argue that your speed was safe under the specific conditions): All other limits
Speed Limits Enforcement Techniques
Enforced through use of:
Automated Speed Enforcement: No, as of 5/10
Ticket Payment Methods
Consult your ticket or clerk of courts
Trial By Declaration Allowed
Yes. (Search California Vehicle Code, section 40902.)
Jury Trial Allowed
Member of Nonresident Compact
Member of Driver License Compact
When and Where to File Accident Reports
Accidents involving death or personal injury must be reported within 24 hours to the local authorities and if the accident results in death, personal injury, or property damage exceeding $750, the accident must be reported to the Department of Motor Vehicles within 10 days. You can use this link to complete an SR-1 form.
Resident Insurance Requirements
Liability insurance is required (although some states allow posting a cash bond or such as an alternative)
Minimum Coverage Required:
Injury to one person: $15,000
All injuries: $30,000
Property Damage: $5,000
Novice Drivers: All cell phone use prohibited, using secondary enforcement
School Bus Drivers: All cell phone use prohibited, using primary enforcement
All Drivers: Hand-held cell phone use and text-messaging prohibited, using primary enforcement
http://www.courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp/traffic/info.htm (CA Courts Self-Help Center)
Emergency Cellular Phone Number: 911
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This page was last updated: August 2010