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|Sat, 06-21-2003 - 11:37pm|
So I pull over, as does the person in front of me. The cop pulls up behind me, and when he gets out he says, rather rudely, to the other guy "You have a problem??" He told me he pulled me over for failing to stop at a red light. I said "I'm sorry, sir, but I really thought it was yellow." I didn't make a stink or anything. I was ticked for being pulled over, but when he brought the $100 ticket back, I was near tears. I told him that I know the light was yellow. He says three cars got through in front of me on the yellow, and it was red when I went through. I *know* this isn't true.
I looked up the ordinance when I got home. The wording basically says that you have to stop before entering the nearest crosswalk on the red. Yellow means you can proceed through with caution. I am positive I was halfway through when it turned red, and I was definitely through the crosswalk, into the intersection.
I am seriously considering fighting the ticket. I am afraid of losing, though. It's my word against his, unless he had one of those cameras. The officer told me he had no doubt that I thought it was yellow, but it wasn't. It's not even really the money. I mean, $100 is a lot, and it sucks, but I have savings, and it won't kill me. It's the fact that I know it wasn't red!
Now, I'll admit that I could have gotten stopped. There's no question about that. The thing is, that light is SO short, I usually try to get through. I'd say it probably stays yellow longer than it stays green.
Has anyone ever fought a ticket before?? If I decide to, what should I expect? I read somewhere that the officers make notes, and I have a right to see any evidence against me first. Does that mean I can ask to see a tape if there was a camera?
I'm STILL ticked!
OH, and another thing I don't understand. I've been pulled over exactly THREE times in my ten years of driving. All three times, I've gotten a ticket. I have friends who have been pulled over numerous times and almost always get warnings.