Cruising Ordinance Laws
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What Is a Cruising Ordinance?
Cruising, which is different from street racing, is defined as traveling within a specified zone and time with no destination or purpose other than socializing. This includes any socialization that is due to an illegal sideshow. Cruising ordinances are structured around a vehicle unnecessarily passing certain points more than twice within a specified time period.
Legally Protected Cruising Ordinances
State and local authorities have a legally protected interest in preventing traffic congestion and nuisance in their city, thus cruising ordinances are frequently upheld. Not all ordinances are legal, but courts have upheld local anti-cruising ordinances if they stay within certain measures:
- Specific traffic control points such as designated intersections
- Reasonable restricted area such as business districts and other high traffic congestion areas
- Reasonable time of enforcement, usually at night
- Related to a city’s interest such as reduction in traffic or noise pollution
Defenses against a Cruising Violation
If you have been cited as violating a cruising ordinance, you might have a defense if:
- The travel was necessary and purposeful such as traveling to a residence or place of business within the restricted zone
- No intent of socializing while operating the vehicle
- The ordinance is overbroad and unreasonable by placing too strict conditions on the zone, time or manner or enforcement
Possible Penalties for Cruising
- Typically, citations for moving violations involve monetary fines
- Vehicle insurance rates may be adjusted for violations
- Possible citation for other violations, such as not wearing a seatbelt or expired registration
Hire a Lawyer to Help You Contest a Speeding or Moving Violation
If you were cited for a cruising violation, you should speak to a lawyer immediately to learn more about your rights, your defenses and the complicated legal system.
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Last Modified: 07-14-2017 11:59 AM PDT
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