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Common California Vehicle Code Violations Used In Negligent Operator Counts

Violation Point Assessment

Violation points are assigned to Vehicle Code sections and any other code section, or city or county ordinance, involving the safe operation of a motor vehicle. Any violation occurring as a pedestrian or a bicyclist has no point assigned. The department may suspend and place on probation, or revoke, the driving privilege of a negligent operator.

Per Vehicle Code section 12810.5a, a Class C negligent operator has

  • 4 or more points in 12 months,
  • 6 in 24 months, or
  • 8 in 36 months.

Although a Class A or B driver without a special certificate may be allowed 2 additional points, a violation received in a commercial vehicle carries 1 1/2 times the point count normally assessed (12810.5b VC). A minor, under 18 years of age, may receive a 30-day restriction for 2 points in 12 months, or be suspended for 3 points in 12 months (12814.6 VC).



One Point Count California Vehicle Code Violations
Section Violation
2800 Disobedience to traffic officer
2800.1 Evading peace officer
2801 Disobedience to fire official
2803, 2803a, 2803b, 2803c Unsafe vehicle load
2815 Disregarding non-student crossing guard
2816 Youth bus/children crossing highway
2817 Disregarding funeral escort officer
2818 Crossing safety flares/cones
14601.5 Driving, suspended/revoked for refusing test
14603 Violation of license restrictions
21100.3 Disregarding traffic officer's directions
21209, 21209a Driving in bicycle lane
21367, 21367a, 21367b, 21367c Disobedience to traffic signs/controller
21451, 21451a, 21451b Illegal movement/green light/arrow
21452, 21452a Illegal movement/yellow light/arrow
21453, 21453a, 21453b, 21453c Illegal movement/red/light/arrow
21454, 21454a - d, 21455 Traffic signals
21457, 21457a, 21457b Disobedience to flashing signals
21460a, 21460b Double lines/one broken line
21460.5c Use of two-way left turn lane
21461, 21461a, 21462 Disobedience to traffic control device
21650, 21650a - f Keep right
21651, 21651a Crossing divided highway
21652 Entering highway from service road
21654, 21654a, 21654b, 21655, 21655b Lane use/slow moving vehicle
21655.8 High-occupancy vehicle lane/entering/exiting
21656 - 21662, 21662a, 21662b Improper lane use
21663 Driving on sidewalk
21664 Freeway ramp/entering/exiting
21700 Load obstructing driver's view
21701 Interfering with driver's control of vehicle
21702, 21702a, 21702b Driving hours limitation
21703, 21704, 21704a, 21705, 21706 Following too closely
21707 Driving in fire area
21709 Driving in safety zone
21711 Towed vehicle swerving
21712, 21712a, 21712d, 21712f, 21715, 21715a, 21715b Unlawful riding/towing
21717 Turning across bicycle lane
21750 - 21757, 21758, 21759 Illegal passing
21800 - 21804, 21804a, 21804b Right-of-way
21805, 21805b Yielding right-of-way to horseback rider
21806, 21806a Yielding right-of-way to emergency vehicle
21807 Unsafe operation of emergency vehicle
21950, 21950a, 21951, 21952 Yielding right-of-way to pedestrian
21954, 21954b Due care for pedestrian on roadway
21960a Prohibited use of freeway
21963 Yielding right-of-way to blind pedestrian
22100 - 22105 Turning and U-turns
22106 Unsafe starting/backing of vehicle
22107 - 22111, 22111a, 22111b, 22111c Signaling turns and stops
22112, 22112a School bus signaling
22348, 22348a, 22348c Speed/use of designated lanes
22349, 22349.5 Maximum speed
22350, 22351, 22352, 22352a, 22352b Basic/prima facie speed limit
22354, 22355 Exceeding posted/freeway speed limit
22356, 22356b Maximum speed 70 mph
22357, 22358.4 Speed in excess of local limits
22359, 22360, 22361 Speed in excess of local limits
22362 Speed/construction zone
22363 Restricted speed/weather conditions
22364 Speed/traffic lanes
22400, 22400a, 22400b Driving too slow
22405, 22405a Speed/bridge/tunnel
22406, 22407 Maximum designated vehicle speed
22409, 22410 Speed/solid/metal tires
22413 Speed limit on grades
22450, 22451, 22452, 22452a, 22452b Stop required/railroad crossing
22454 Stop for school bus
23109, 23109b, 23109d Speed contest/aiding or abetting
23116, 23116a Transporting person in truck load space
23127 Driving on trails and paths
23220 Drinking while driving
23222, 23222a, 23222b Marijuana or open container/driving
23235 Ignition interlock verification
23244, 23244b Defeating ignition interlock device
23253 Disobedience to toll highway officer
23270, 23270a Unauthorized towing
23330, 23330c Width/load of vehicle at crossing
23336 Disobedience to sign/vehicle crossing
24002, 24002a, 24002b Unsafe/unlawfully equipped vehicle
24004 Operation after notice by officer
24250 Lighting equipment
24409, 24409a, 24409b Failure to dim lights
24604 Lamps/flag for extended load
25103, 25103a, 25103b Lamps on projecting load
26301, 26302, 26302a, 26302b, 26302c Brakes
26303, 26304, 26304a, 26304b Brakes/combination vehicles
26307 Forklift truck brakes
26311, 26311a, 26311b, 26311c All wheel service brakes
26456, 26457 Brakes/stopping distance
26458, 26458a, 26458.5 Braking system/towing vehicles
26502a Adjustment/use of air brakes
26503 - 26506, 26506a, 26507 Airbrake system
26508, 26508a - c, 26508e - k, 26508o Emergency stopping system
26520, 26521, 26522 Vacuum brakes
27360, 27360a - c, 27360.5, 27360a - c Child Passenger restraint
27363, 27363b Child seat belt
27800, 27801, 27801a, 27801b Motorcycle/passengers and equipment
29001, 29002 Fifth wheel connecting/locking device
29003a, 29003b, 29003c Hitch and coupling device
29004, 29004a - c, 29006, 29006a Towed vehicle coupling
29201 Pole dolly/load and length
31301, 31301a Caldecott tunnel restrictions
31303, 31303b, 31303c, 31303e Hazardous waste transportation
31402 Farm labor vehicle/unsafe operation
31540, 31504b Removable containers/regulations
31614, 31614a, 3164b, 31614d - f 31614h, 31614i Explosives transportation
32104, 32104a, 32104b, 32105, 32105a, 32105c-e Inhalation hazard transportation
32106, 32106a - d Inhalation hazard transportation
34102 Tank vehicle regulations
34501.2, 34501a, 34501c Driving hours limitations
34506, 34506a - g Driving hours, equipment, maintenance, operation
34506.3 Safety regulation violation
34509, 34509c, 34509d Vanpool vehicle maintenance inspection
35784, 35784a, 35784b Violation of special permit
35784.5, 35784a, 35784b Extralegal load/weight
36400 Lift-carrier/speed
36705 Bale wagon load width during darkness
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Two Point Count California Vehicle Code Violations
Section Violation
2800.2, 2800.3 Evading peace officer/reckless driving
14601, 14601a,14601 b, 14601.1- 14601.4 Driving while suspended/revoked
20001, 20001a 20002, 20002a, 20002b Hit and run/injury/property damage
21651b Driving wrong side/divided highway
22348b Speed over 100 MPH
23103, 23103a,23103 b Reckless driving
23104, 23104a Reckless driving/causing bodily injury
23109a, 23109c Speed contest /exhibition of speed
23140, 23140a, 23140b Minor driving with BAC of 0.05% or more
23152, 23152a-d DUI/alcoholic beverage or drugs
23153, 23153a-d DUI/causing bodily injury or death
31602, 31602a, 31602b, 31602c Explosives transportation
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Other Common California Code Violations Used In Negligent Operator Count
Section Code Violation Points
49307 or 12059 Education Disobedience to school safety patrol 1
191.5a, 192c1-192c4, 192.3c, 192.3d Penal Vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence 2
192c, 192.3, 192.3a, 192.3b Penal Vehicular manslaughter without gross negligence 1
27176 Streets and highways Speeding on Golden Gate Bridge 1
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One Point Count Out of State Violations
Section Violation Section Violation
01 Speed/too fast or over speed limit 34 Entering/exiting from thoroughfare
03 Speed/too slow or failure to turn out 40 Illegally modified vehicle
04 Passing/illegal, improper or unsafe 45 Explosives transportation
05 Following too close 51 Equipment/unsafe, illegal or defective
06 Failure to yield right-of-way 58 Driving while impaired
07 Illegal/unsafe use or change of lanes 61 Child passenger seat restraint
08 Tuirns/illegal or unsafe 67 Defective headlights
09 Signaling/improper or no signal 69 Following emergency vehicle unlawfully
10 Failure to obey traffic control device 70 Using vehicle for felony/aiding or abetting
11 Crossing double lines/markers/dividers 72 Erratic driving/suddenly changing speeds
12 Wrong way on one-way street 73 Fleeing scene or evading arrest by turning lights off when lights required
13 Brakes 74 Unsafe operation of a motor vehicle
14 Lights 75 Driving off road/on shoulder/on sidewalk
21 Violation of restricted license 77 No required equipment/using prohibited equipment
26 Negligent/careless/inattentive driving 86 Felony involving commercial vehicle
27 Starting or backing/illegal or unsafe 87 Felony controlled substance/commercial vehicle
28 Driving in a prohibited area 88 Speeding 15 mph plus/commercial vehicle
30 Disobedience of lawful order 91 Illegal lane change/commercial vehicle
31 Towing/improper, unsafe or illegal 92 Following too closely/commercial vehicle
32 Obstructing driver's view or interfering 93 Fatal accident violation/commercial vehicle
33 Unlawful riding on motor vehicle    
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Two Point Count Out of State Violations
Section Violation Section Violation
02 Speed contest/aiding or abetting 38 DUI/dangerous drugs not narcotics
15 Reckless driving 46 Manslaughter without gross negligence
16 Reckless driving/injury 47 Manslaughter with gross negligence
17 Drunk driving 81 DUI/BAC 0.04% aor more/commercial vehicle
18 Drunk driving/injury 82 DUI/commercial vehicle
19 Hit and run 84 DUI/controlled substance/commercial vehicle
20 Driving while suspended or revoked 85 Hit and run/commercial vehicle
37 DUI/narcotics 89-90 Reckless driving/commercial vehicle

Code of Federal Regulations Violations
Section Violation Points
36423 or 36FR46 DUI/alcoholic beverage or any drug 2