California Vehicle Code 21464 makes owning, selling and using any type of traffic-light changing device illegal. If you are caught with an infrared transmitter that is capable of altering a traffic signal, you will face serious penalties on both State and Federal levels. Visit Motor Vehicle Code 21464 to read more on the specific law in California.
If you are tempted to purchase an infrared transmitting device that can change lights from red to green (sometimes referred to as MIRTs), you may want to consider the possible consequences that come along with using and owning these devices. If you change the lights and someone is injured, you will not only go to jail and pay hefty fines, but you could also be liable in civil courts to the victims and their families. You could face negligence, wrongful death, and emotional distress lawsuits. It is possibly for your recklessness to be the proximate cause of someone else’ injuries even if your direct actions did not cause the injuries. A lawyer will be able to help you with this type of situation.
Imagine a scenario in which an ambulance is responding to a heart attack victim and needs to get there in a hurry. If you change the light in your favor, and it delays the response time of the ambulance, the victim could die or suffer serious long-term damage. If the delayed response time is due to your use of a light-changing device, then you have caused additional damages to the victim even though the original heart attack was not your fault. Having an extra few seconds subtracted from your drive time is not worth the pain and suffering that could result from your use of a MIRT device.
These infrared devices are easy to purchase online. There are even websites out there that show you how to build your own illegal device. This is why it is not only illegal to use them, but it is illegal to own or sell them as well. If you own a device, the temptation to use it is too great, and you will be fined for owning it. Under California Vehicle Code 21464, if you are caught with the device in your possession, you will face as much as $5000 in fines even if you have never taken the thing out of its original packaging.
If you have been injured in an accident because someone altered the traffic devices on your route, you have rights under the law. A good personal injury lawyer, such as those at Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys may be able to help you with your claims. You should contact an attorney as soon as possible. If you wait to file, you may run out of time. In many cases, your attorney can handle your case for you while you concentrate on healing from your injuries.
At Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys we want to keep everyone safe on the roads. Learn more about traffic laws for all California residents at California Motor Vehicle Codes.