California Highway Patrol officers said they are fed up with reckless driving on the Bay Area’s bridges, and a recent traffic stop involving the driver of a brand new Lamborghini got a taste of enhanced enforcement from the agency.
Officers with the CHP’s San Francisco Area office stated the driver of the Lamborghini was going nearly twice the posted speed limit on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge before an alert officer pulled him or her over.
“When you decide to go for a spin across the San Francisco/Oakland Bay Bridge, in your recently obtained Lamborghini, you should probably refrain from the following: Driving it at a speed almost double the posted Maximum Speed Limit (over 90 MPH in a 50 MPH zone),” the California Highway Patrol stated. “Having no license plates (either permanent or temporary plates are required) attached to the front or rear of the vehicle. While having no plates on the vehicle, driving through the Toll Plaza and not having a valid FasTrak device in the vehicle to pay the required bridge toll, and having modified the exhaust system to make the vehicle emit a louder sound than is allowable with the original OEM parts attached to the vehicle.”
The Highway Patrol posted photographs of traffic officers pulling the car over. They also posted the citation with the multitude of charges the driver faces.
“The driver was cited for all of these violations the other evening as noted on Officer Rodriguez’s citation,” the highway patrol said. “Our public highways are not a race track and we will not tolerate improper driving behaviors and/or obvious equipment violations. If you feel the ‘need for speed,’ please visit the nearest local race track, and ‘enjoy your ride.’”
Commenters were quick to state the driver will probably easily cover the cost of the citation and be back on the roadway.
“News flash,” one commenter responded. “If you can afford the car, the fines are not a concern!”
Reckless driving has become more common across the San Francisco Bay Bridge with cars speeding across the span in both directions. Many vehicles have been racing one another, making unsafe lane changes, and causing near collisions with other innocent motorists.