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How is a mechanical violation signed off?
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Bring the citation and the cited vehicle to the Pittsburg Police Department after the violation has been corrected. The cited vehicle will then be inspected and if the violation is corrected the citation will be signed off by a police officer.

Pittsburg resident Inspection Fee - $59.00
Non-Resident Inspection Fee - $59.00

Where is the courthouse located?
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The courthouse is located at 1000 Center Drive in Pittsburg. This information is also located at the bottom of the citation.
How much is this ticket?
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The courts set the bail schedule that determines the fine amount. Information on the bail amount can be found by contacting Delta Superior Court at (925) 427-8170.
Is this ticket going to affect my insurance?
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A moving violation may affect your insurance. Contacting Delta Superior Court at (925) 427-8170 can give you information on whether a violation will go on your driving record and/or affect your insurance.
How do I know if this violation is a point on my record?
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Contacting Delta Superior Court at (925) 427-8170 can give you information on whether a violation will go on your driving record.
How do I get my vehicle released if it is impounded on a 30-day hold?
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You must schedule an impound hearing with the Traffic Unit Sergeant at (925) 252-4980. The Traffic Unit Sergeant will determine if the vehicle can be released before the 30-day hold.
How long do I have to get the violation corrected?
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A mechanical violation has to be corrected immediately and signed off before the court date listed at the bottom portion of the citation. Continuing to drive the vehicle without correcting the violation may result in additional citations.
Can I wear my seatbelt under my arm?
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No, the lap/shoulder seatbelt is designed and safety tested to be worn across the shoulder. This is to prevent the upper body from moving forward during an impact. Improper wearing of your seat beat is the same violation as not wearing your seat belt at all.
How do we get speed humps or stop signs on our street?
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Contact the City Engineering Department for any roadway changes or sign request. Engineering personnel will do a study or traffic count to see if any changes are needed. You can reach the City Engineering Department at (925) 252-4930.
What can I do about speeding vehicles on my street?
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Contact the Traffic Unit at (925) 252-4980 to report any traffic problems. Traffic Officers will be assigned to monitor and enforce any violations. A speed trailer may also be placed on the street to display vehicle speeds.
I drive a large truck for a living. Can I park my truck in front of my house overnight?
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No vehicle over 7500 lbs can be parked on city streets unless it is making a delivery. Commercial vehicles can be cited for being parked off a truck route. At this time there are no overnight parking areas for commercial vehicles in the city.
Can I be cited for parking in a handicapped parking space?
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To park in a handicap parking space, you must have a disabled placard to hang from your rear view mirror or a DMV issued disabled license plate. Relatives or family members cannot use the placard to park in the handicap space unless the person the placard or license plate was issued to is with them in the vehicle.
Are pocket bikes or go-carts allowed on the street?
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No vehicle or motorcycle may be operated on city streets unless it can be registered with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). The exceptions are electric or gas powered scooters, which have several requirements.
What are the rules for electric/gas powered scooters on the street?
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You must be 16 years old, possess a valid drivers license or driver’s permit and wear an approved bicycle helmet. You may not carry any items on the scooter while riding it. You may not ride the scooter on a street where the posted speed limit is greater that 25 MPH unless there is a designated bike lane on the roadway. You may not exceed 15 MPH. Scooters must be walked when crossing the street.
Can I get a ticket for riding my bicycle on the street?
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Bicycle riders must obey the same rules and regulations as motor vehicles. This includes riding in the same direction as traffic and obeying all traffic signs and signals.
Can I drive in a bike lane to make a right turn?
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You are allowed to merge into a bike lane up to the last 200’ to help you make your turn but only if traffic is moving. You cannot use the bike lane to pass stopped or backed-up traffic to make the right turn.
What do I do if I approach an intersection and all the traffic signals are out?
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If traffic signals are out due to a power outage or other malfunction, you must treat the intersection as a 4-way stop sign. You must stop at the limit line or crosswalk and proceed when safe to do so. You can be issued a citation for not stopping at an intersection with inoperative traffic signals.
What happens if I do not sign this ticket?
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Your signature on a citation simply means you are promising to appear in court. This allows the Officer to release you from the traffic stop. If you do not sign the citation you will be arrested under the authority of C.V.C. 40302(b) and not released until you sign a promise to appear, or are brought before a Magistrate.
Can I cross over a double yellow line?
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You can make a left turn across a double yellow line to enter a driveway or exiting a driveway onto the roadway. You are not allowed to pass other vehicles across a solid double yellow line.
Can I have window tint on my driver’s window?
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No. In California, tint is against the law on any window that is forward or to the immediate right or left of the driver. This means the windshield, the driver’s side window and the front passenger’s side window.