Turned onto a highway onramp yesterday (slow moving, fairly heavy traffic) and a motorcycle cop jumps out into the traffic and pulls over 3 of us who made the right turn. Tells us it was illegal and it's a $100 ticket. I look back down the road and the no right turn sign is a good 3 car lengths behind the signal stop line - no sign whatsoever across the street on the signal or anywhere else - no indication anywhere else that you shouldn't make the turn.
Obviously set up to be a trap as lots of people are making the turn and they have two moto cops just camped out pulling people over out of the slow traffic on foot.
Anyone contested one of these before? Any tips? (this is Hawaii btw)
Take a video of the way it is set up, if it doesn't make sense then tell them that in court, don't be an a-hole about it, but state what you think is wrong with the turn and lack of sign posting in the same area. Being polite in the courtroom and having evidence will go a long ways.
Stop at that intersection again at a "safe" stopping distance which means that you can SEE the wheel line when stopped and take a quick panoramic video showing there is no sign posted within view and do a detailed map with pics of where the signs are.
Not sure about the legalities of where they need to be placed, but you have the fact that they were working it as a trap in your favor.
SJ, I know. And with everything going on right now who knows if I'll have the motivation to get it done. But it ticks me off to see them taking advantage of people. 4 others got pulled over just in the time it took him to write my ticket - like fish in a barrel.
If you have the time to spare, postpone the court date as many times as possible and then show up on the day it is scheduled and watch it be dismissed. I've postponed all of my tickets (one of them over a year) and showed up in court to fight it. Every one of them so far has been dismissed - even if the cop shows up. The reason being that the docket is so full of real crimes that they don't have time for petty crap like moving violations.
I live in Houston so take that with a grain of salt - Hawaii might not have an overfull court system.