Failure To Signal Overview
California Vehicle Code 22108 makes it illegal to change lanes or turn without signaling. All drivers must signal at least 100 feet before changing lanes or turning. A failure to signal citation is an infraction and will result in a point on a driver’s driving record and require paying abase fine of $238.
Defenses Against A Failure To Signal
There are three common legal defenses against a failure to signal citation:
- The officer made a mistake, and the driver did in fact signal
- An emergency prevented the driver from signaling
- There was not 100 feet of roadway for the driver to signal
Should you choose to contest your failure to signal citation, you should hire an attorney to gather witness statements, photographs, and or surveillance video to support your defense.
If you receive a failure to signal citation, you may also request to attend traffic school. Generally, if you complete traffic school, you will not receive a point on your D.M.V. driving record.