My question involves a traffic ticket from the state of: WA
I was pulled over in Kitsap County, WA and issued a citation for: "FAIL TO STOP AT STOP SIGN." At this stop sign, I did slow considerably, but I admit to not stopping 100%. This stop sign is only for one direction of traffic on a main road, and it is in a location where traffic enters from a side street (on only the right side of the road). Due (I'm guessing) to limited sight distance at this location, there is a stop sign on the main road to allow side traffic to enter. On the main road, if you can see that nobody is coming from the side street, you can clearly see that there is no need to stop at this intersection. (I realize that doesn't give me the right to disobey the sign...just explaining the situation more fully in case it makes a difference. Few people stop 100% at this spot when there is nobody coming in from the side street.)
Anyway, I'm wondering if a mitigation hearing would be worth my time. Also, I'm wondering if there is any real likelihood of getting the charge dropped to a non-traffic infraction of some kind so my insurance rates don't go up due to this. In my opinion, the $124 fine and years of increased insurance premiums is pretty severe when a simple warning and "please stop completely next time" would have sufficed and taught me my lesson.
I realize my original post was already fairly long, but in case a bit more detail about my situation would help: I am ineligible for a deferral, because I used that option about 5 years ago when I got a speeding ticket.
I no longer speed around everywhere like I used to...having 3 kids between then and now changed my perspective a bit. However, I have had a very unfortunate past several weeks--this failure to stop ticket is the 2nd ticket since July. The first was for speeding in Idaho on the way back from vacation in Montana. It was on a state highway that had been zoned at 70mph most of the way, but apparently I missed seeing a sign when it changed to 60mph, and I got pulled over and issued a citation. For that one, I just sent payment and put it behind me. I am very nervous about what 2 tickets in a row like this will do to my insurance.