Divided Highways Tickets – CVC 21651

Crossing a divided highway can lead to steep tickets and in severe cases, jail time. California vehicle code 21651 is a common offense that many have been ticketed for in the past. We’ve helped many happy customers beat their divided highway ticket without even appearing in court.

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What is a divided highway?

A divided highway is a roadway divided by a barrier in the middle of where traffic travels in opposite directions on both sides. In California, divided highways are separated by an unused space that is at least 2 feet wide. They can be separated by yellow lines, unpaved road, a median strip, and/or intermittent barriers.

How much does a divided highway ticket cost?

As of 2017, the estimated minimum fine for a divided highway ticket (VC 21651) is $238.00 in California. Depending on the circumstances of the offense, the fine amount for a divided highway ticket can vary.  If you are found guilty of 21651b or 21651c, the fines may be significantly higher and will likely increase your insurance premiums.

*All estimates include base fine, mandatory 20% California surcharge, and penalty fees and assessments.

Types of Divided Highway Tickets

21651a – Driving in or turning through a divided section

What:  Driving in a divided section, or making an illegal turn in-between a divided highway. This includes 1) driving a vehicle over, upon, or across a divided section and 2) making a left turn, semicircular, or U-turn on a divided section. The exception to this is when there is a designated opened barrier intended for vehicles to pass through.

Penalty: Moving Violation.

21651b – Driving on the wrong side of a divided highway

What: Driving a vehicle on the wrong side of an intermittent barrier or divided section which separates two or more opposing lanes of traffic.

Penalty: Misdemeanor unless provisioned under 21651c

21651c – Willfully driving on the wrong side of a divided highway

What: Willful violation of 21651b (driving on the wrong side of a divided highway) which results in injury to, or death of a person.

Penalty: Punishable by imprisonment pursuant to subdivision (h) of Section 1170 of the Penal Code or imprisonment in a county jail for up to 6 months.

Other Common Questions about Divided Highway Tickets

What is the punishment for violation of cvc 21651?

The punishment for a violation of CVC 21651 varies depending on the type of violation. Punishment for crossing the lines of a divided highway can be a simple moving violation, while driving on the wrong side of a divided highway is a misdemeanor. In severe cases, willfully driving on the wrong side of a highway with a resulting injury to or death of a person is punishable by imprisonment under subdivision (h) of Section 1170 of the Penal Code or up to 6 months in the county jail.

Is 21651 a moving violation or a misdemeanor?

Punishment for variations of cvc 21651 is as follows:

  • 21651a – moving violation
  • 21651b – misdemeanor
  • 21651c – “wobbler” misdemeanor/felony

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