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Can you post the details of what happened. Start with what you were charged with and then upload your video to youtube and present your case as to what where why you think you should be let off. I'd like to know the details and what the judge was thinking.
It's the principle of the matter. The cop still thinks bikes belong on the sidewalk
I was originally cited for 21202. I sent the officer a copy of the law and he changed it to 22400a, minimum speed law. It reads
No person shall drive ... At such a slow speed as to impede or block ... Traffic ... Unless...in compliance with law.
And I argued that I was in compliance with 21202. It was really when I showed my handlebar cam video showing my commute that the judge raised her eyebrows. I was riding very reasonably. Then I pointed out that the dmv handbook recommends "any time you merge, you need a gap of four seconds" if I didnt have that video, im sure I would have lost.
Officer ward kept defending the flow of traffic, and I countered that the laws are primarily there to protect lives, not lateness.
I have to say I felt well-equipped between the video and the project 21202 handbook, but I wish I had a better understanding of the courts.
I'd really like to put a guide for cyclists fighting bullshit tickets. The courts need to get used to us.
I was eastbound on palms, right where it becomes national. I passed under the freeway and made eye contact with officer ward. I knew I was fucked at that moment. There was a jam at the intersection, so I was able to get ahead of all traffic. I continued on national in the right lane (right turn only, next to a shopping mall, so right turns were constantly permitted.)
400 ft before the intersection, I change lanes to the through lane.
200 ft before the intersection, the left turn lane for castle heights begins and I changed lanes immediately and pulled up to the red light. Thats when he put the sirens on.
so the cop was citing you for impeding traffic? I still don't have a clear picture of what was going on... but it sounds like he was giving you a ticket for going around the traffic jam? is the cop on the video too? ha that would be good evidence.
that's what I was getting at with my post. the guilty conviction will stay on his record, and in my opinion it could make him more likely to get tickets in the future. If I were in tortuga's position, I would almost rather take my chances on an appeal to be fully not guilty than to have a conviction that could cost more in the long run.
it's important to me because i have multiple tickets myself and i will have to fight hard to try to get them expunged, because it seems like enforcement is only getting more heavy-handed in this city.
also, how did you end up in front of a judge pro-tem instead of a judge and did you have a choice in the matter? I'd be interested in the legal proceedings that led up to this as well as the actual bicycle proceedings (heh)
Fuck an appeal, theres more important things to take a day off work for. What I'd like to do is put together a list of suggestions for other people who get bullshit citations like these. What's the best defense in a trial by declaration, the best defense for trial in person (ie videotape a reenactment, dont get a judge pro-tem.)