CHP enforces turnout laws

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California Highway Patrol Officer Mike Murawski cites a large truck on state highway 371 for violation of California’s turnout laws Monday, Aug. 19. Mike Murawski photo
California Highway Patrol officers were out in force in the Anza Valley Monday, Aug. 19. Besides enforcing speeding and reckless driving violations on state highway 371, commercial vehicles that failed to use paved turnouts were also addressed. Several commercial vehicles were cited for the violation of California Vehicle Code Section 21656, which states that vehicles must use marked turnouts when going slower than the safe flow of traffic and have at least five vehicles following. Passenger vehicles can also be cited, but no such violations were observed Monday. “One truck had 15 vehicles following, another had 29 and another I stopped counting at 50 – after passing marked, paved turnouts. All were on state Route 371, with speeds between 20-30 miles per hour,” CHP Officer
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