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My vehicle was towed stored/impounded. How much will it cost me to get it back?

When can I get my vehicle back?

I got a "Fix-It" ticket, now what do I do?


What is the fine for my parking ticktet?

How much alcohol does it take to impair driving?


Is it safe to drive after drinking modest amounts of alcohol?


What is Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC)?


How can I tell if someone is driving under the unfluence?


How do I report a drunk driver?

How does the Colton P.D. Traffic Division address parking problems in the City of Colton?

What is an Administrative Citation?



COMMERCIAL VEHCLES

I need a fom the CHP requires me to use for my commercial vehicle. Where can I get the form?

My vehicle was towed stored/impounded. How much will it cost me to get it back?

The cost to retrieve your vehicle will vary depending on the circumstances under which it was towed and how long it was stored. Some fees are fixed and are listed in our Schedule of Fees. Click here for a Schedule of Fees.

When can I get my vehicle back?

Release dates vary depending on the circumstances under which the vehicle was towed. Fees can be paid and vehicles are available for release Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Please read the Schedule of Fees for certain restrictions that apply to vehicle releases.

I got a "Fix-It" ticket, now what do I do?

Most citations for mechanical violations can be handled by the person who was issued the citation simply by correcting the violation. Once corrected, the citation should be taken to the law enforcement agency that issued it, where it will be verified and signed off by an officer. Take the verified citation to the court window to show proof of correction. There may be a court administrative fee charged. In some instances, the verified citation can be mailed to the court, however, it is recommended that you keep a copy of the verification for your records should you choose to correspond via mail. Do not wait until the date on the citation to show proof of correction. This date is in the event you wish to contest it in a courtroom before a judge. Note: There may be a fee charged by the respective agency to complete the ticket sign-off.

What is the fine for my parking ticket?

Parking violation fines vary depending on the violation. The fine (bail) is listed on the citation. Fines can be paid either online at www.ticketwizard5000.com or call 1-800-989-2058 or mail your payment to: Citation Processing Center, P.O. Box 2730, Huntington Beach, CA 92647-2730 using the envelope provided for you. DO NOT SEND CASH. For a list of Common Parking Violations and fines, click here.

What is Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC)?

Blood Alcohol Concentration is a measure of the amount of alcohol in the blood stream expressed as a percentage.  A BAC level of .08 percent is illegal in California.

BLOOD ALCOHOL CONCENTRATION (BAC)

  • The average BAC level of a convicted DUI offender, as reported by law enforcement was .161% in 2003.
  • The illegal BAC limit for commercial drivers is .04 %
  • 34 states and the District of Columbia have a .08 BAC.  President Clinton signed legislation that will require each state to pass .08 BAC limit laws by October 2003 or lose a portion of their federal highway funds.
  • Even at blood alcohol concentration levels as low as .02 percent, alcohol affects driving ability and crash likelihood.  The probability of crash begins to increase significantly at .05 percent BAC and climbs rapidly after about .08 percent BAC.
  • 31% of all traffic fatalities occurred in crashes where the driver or non-occupant had a BAC of 0.10 or greater.
  • 22% of all drivers and 14% of drivers under 21 involved in fatal crashes had a BAC result of .15 or higher.
  • High BAC drivers (.15 or above) accounted for more than half of all the alcohol-related traffic fatalities.

How much alcohol does it take to impair driving?

This depends on several factors:

  • Your weight.  It takes less alcohol to become intoxicated if you weigh 120 pounds than if you weigh 180 pounds.
  • Whether you are drinking on a full or empty stomach.  It takes less time to get intoxicated if you drink on an empty stomach.
  • How many drinks you have consumed and their alcohol content.
  • How long you have been drinking.
  • Whether you are taking any medicines or drugs, which may combine with alcohol to increase the effect of alcohol.

Is it safe to drive after drinking modest amounts of alcohol?

Just a drink or two can make someone behind the wheel a threat to themselves and to others.  Drinking alcohol affects a driver’s coordination, reaction time, and vision (particularly at night).  Long before any outward signs of impairment are recognized, the driver’s judgment, emotions, and confidence are adversely affected.  Even at a BAC as low as .02 percent, alcohol affects driving ability.  The probability of a crash begins to increase at .05 percent BAC and climbs rapidly after about .08 percent BAC.


How can I tell if someone is driving under the influence?

  • Turning with a wide radius
  • Straddling the center of the road or lane marker
  • Almost striking an object or another vehicle
  • Weaving or zigzagging across the road
  • Driving on surfaces other than a designated roadway
  • Swerving or abruptly turning away from a generally straight course
  • Turning abruptly or illegally
  • Stopping without cause in a traffic lane
  • Erratic braking
  • Driving into opposing or crossing traffic
  • Signaling that is inconsistent with driving actions
  • Slow response to traffic signals, including sudden stops and delayed starts
  • Driving with headlights off

How do I report a drunk driver?

1.  Call 911 and tell the dispatcheryou wish to report a drunk driver.
2.  Give the exact location of the vehicle, including the name of the road or cross streets the vehicle is traveling.
3.  Give a complete description of the vehicle, such as make, model, color and license plate.
4.  Describe the manner in which the vehicle is being driven.

I need a fom the CHP requires me to use for my commercial vehicle. Where can I get the form?

How does the Colton P.D. Traffic Division address parking problems in the City of Colton?

Parking Enforcement

The Colton Police Traffic Division has two officers assigned to Parking Enforcement.  The officers perform the following duties;
 

  • Vehicle Checks
  • Enforcing Municipal Codes
  • Traffic control at accident scenes
  • Assisting at DUI checkpoints
  • Towing vehicles with expired registration
  • Towing mechanically inoperative vehicles
  • Abandoned vehicles
  • Recovering stolen vehicles

Parking Enforcement Officers can issue parking citations for:

  • Expired registration
  • Not displaying month and year tabs on license plates
  • Expired year tabs
  • Tabs not issued to the vehicle they are displayed on – stolen from one plate and placed on another
  • Parking too far from the curb
  • Parking in a fire lane
  • Parking in a posted No Parking Zone

Handicap Placard Violations:

  • No placard or designated plate
  • Illegal Parking in Handicapped zone
  • Vehicle blocking Handicap stalls
  • Allowing non-authorized person to use placard or plate
  • Use of expired placard or license plate

Municipal Code Violations

An Administrative Citation may be issued with an ascending fine schedule of $250.00, $500.00, and $1000.00 for each additional occurrence.  The city maintains a record of

  • Vehicle license plate number
  • Citation number issued upon in-person warning or fine
  • Date of occurrence
  • The disposition of the citation (verbal warning, written warning, or fine)
  • The previous cites disposition (on subsequent citations)

Administrative citation are also issued for parking commercial vehicles on the street or in public places, i.e., parking lots, vacant fields, property of others, residential driveways (private or self-owned), residential district areas, or commercial areas.

This includes truck tractors with or without trailers, tow trucks, dump trucks, buses, flatbed trailers, trailers over 25 feet long, any vehicle 90 inches wide or eight (8) feet tall, construction equipment, business equipment, supplies, material and machinery of manufacturing.


 
 
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