If I received a speeding ticket, while on the clock and running errands for my boss, can he be held liable if I was under pressure to go fast?

My boss has pressured me to speed in order to finish tasks sooner. Other co-workers have also received speeding citations due to this pressure. Can my boss be held responsible for the violations or is it solely on us as employees?

Asked on November 6, 2014 under Employment Labor Law, California


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

It is solely on you as the speeding drivers. The law does not allow or recognize the "pressure" defense to a criminal act, offense, or even moving violation, speeding ticket, or parking ticket: people are required to obey the law even if they feel "pressure" to do otherwise.

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