California traffic law prohibits a driver from following too closely behind the vehicle in front of it. California Vehicle Code Section 21703 states as follows:
"The driver of a motor vehicle shall not follow another vehicle more closely than is reasonable and prudent, having due regard for the speed of such vehicle and the traffic upon, and the condition of, the roadway."
This is a very subjective standard. The police officer's determination of "reasonable and prudent" may be different from yours and the traffic court judge's determination. Generally speaking, you should allow one car length between you and the vehicle in front of you for every 10 mph of speed. One average car length is approximately 15 feet. If you are following at a distance closer than this it will likely be determined that you were not driving in a "reasonable and prudent" manner.
Call our traffic law firm today at (877) 667-1205 or submit our CONTACT form if you received a traffic ticket for tailgating. A conviction for a violation of Vehicle Code Section 21703 counts as a point on your driving record. Let our Los Angeles traffic ticket lawyer go to work for you.