My question involves a traffic ticket from the state of: California
I was cited last night in the great city of Los Angeles for an unsafe left turn. The turn occurred at the intersection of La Cienega and Rosewood, which does not have any traffic lights nor pedestrian signal lights for the crosswalk.
The officers stated that my left turn was unsafe, causing them to brake hard o avoid a collision. Occurred at 9:50 PM.
I'm looking to contest this citation as I'm confident my turn was completely safe. I was involved in a similar accident from forgetting to yield four years ago, so I am always careful when yielding on an unprotected left. Here are some things I (as well as my passenger) noted.
1) The police car's headlights WERE NOT ON. I was unsure of this upon recollection, but when I asked my girlfriend she vividly remembered their lights being off, the only way we discerned it was a police car were the silhouettes of the roof lights before they flashed their reds and blues.
2) The officers both claimed that they had "slammed" on the brakes, that it was "a close one". The speed limit as stated on the citation was 55 mph, I would think that suddenly braking to a stop at that speed, I would hear the tires screeching, or honks from other cars in the opposing lanes, but heard neither.
3) There was a store throwing a sort of outdoor party in a lot right on the intersection of the street we were turning into. Their were a TON of pedestrians attempting to cross and j-walk at the time. I turned as some pedestrians were attempting to cross Rosewood, which allowed me a small pocket of time to make my left.
GoogleMap of intersection
Is there anything I can do to get this dropped? Any help is very much appreciated, thank you very much!