This morning I was running an errand before work, and I got pulled over.
OFFICIALLY, the $105 ticket is for a “no turn on red” violation–which I certainly did not do. Basically, I snuck through a really stale yellow in an attempt to clear an intersection after pulling away from a street-side parking space that left me hanging in the intersection in the first place. It happened to be a right-hand turn sneak through, and you can’t turn on red at that intersection. I guess I *could’ve* backed up, but I didn’t really want to and didn’t feel the need.
Yes, I was in a slight rush to get back to my house where O’s dad was watching O so I could run this errand. But recklessly run a red light or make a right-hand turn on red in the face of a sign telling me not to? That I did not do.
Should I fight it? I’m thinking I’m going to. It’s a judgement call, and the guy was sitting there waiting for someone to do something wrong. (I saw him way too late, but I still might’ve done what I did.) Plus, I have NO traffic offenses on my record–and the fine is $105!!! That stings! The only thing that’s (slightly) holding me back is that my court date is after the 7-day period in which I’m supposed to pay my $105 fine. So I’m wondering if I lose the case if I’ll have to pay the $165 or $105.
What would my WMAGs do?