How to beat a CVC 22100 ticket:
CVC 22100 is a California vehicle code section that regulates turns made on California roads. The code section is broken up into sections dealing with right and left turns, and further broken up into rules that regulate right and left turns based on the number of lanes the roadway being turn from has and/or the number of lanes the road being turned onto has.
CVC 22100(a) right turns
CVC 22100 a says:
“Both the approach for a right-hand turn and a
right-hand turn shall be made as close as practicable to the
right-hand curb or edge of the roadway…”
This means a driver making a right turn at an intersection shouldn’t make a wide turn, but rather they should drive close to the curb (without hitting it of course) while making the turn.
The code goes on to list exceptions to this general rule.
The first exception deals with 3 lane roads that end at an intersection with a two-way street. In these circumstances, a driver in the middle lane can turn into any lane on the 2 way street without being “as close as practicable” to the side of the road.
The second exception deals with traffic on a one-way road turning onto another street. If a car driving on a one way street can turn from that one-way street into any lane they can “lawfully” enter on the intersecting road.
The last exception allow for a driver to turn from any lane “marked” by either signs, road markings, or both that designate it as a turn lane. A driver can legally turn from any such marked turn lane.
CVC 22100(b) left turns
For left turns, the rule is much simpler. A left turn must be made from the furthest left lane possible, and can be made onto any lane the car can “lawfully” enter on the intersecting road. Where a road has 3 lanes that end at an intersection, drivers in the middle lane are allowed to turn left onto the intersecting road.
Another limit CVC 22100 b has on all left turns is this: Left turns cannot start until the car is “in the intersection.” This means the driver cannot cross the yellow center line of the road as they are turning at the intersection.
What can a lawyer to to help you fight a CVC 22100 ticket:
As you can see from reading about these different sections of the vehicle code, the law regulating turns made at intersections in California is slightly convoluted and depends heavily on the particular facts of the intersection. A lawyer familiar with the rules can look at the intersection, look at what really happened during the turning incident, and what the police officer really saw, in building a case to beat a CVC 22100 ticket.