Re: Failure to Obey "Do Not Enter" Sign
No... What I'm saying is that for you to simply walk into court claiming that the signs face in different direction on different days without providing the court with some sort of validation for your claim is not likely to get you anywhere.
Furthermore, you have to understand that if the officer is able to support his contention that the sign was facing in the direction which it was intended to face, that he witnessed you violating the direction of the sign, then he has met the burden of proving that the violation did in fact occur.
Also, and while I am not arguing that a sign facing one direction on one day and another direction on another day is not confusing... What I am saying is that rather than being confused for over 3 months, I would have picked up my phone, called the city planning dept and not only reported the problem but more importantly, I would have inquired as to which direction the sign should face. But that's just me! For all we know, maybe the officer is wrong and you are right in assuming that those signs should indeed face north or south rather than west!!! And the only way to find out for sure would be to get a copy of the engineering report for that intersection.
You might even want to ask them whether they have any reports of those signs being vandalized/turned and if they made any service calls in the past 3 months... That would be a great way to support your claim that the signs were facing different direction on different occasions.
Now that I think about it, most, if not all, of the signs I see posted in my neck of the woods are posted on square peg type posts rather than round ones... I guess that would make it impossible for someone to turn a sign in a different direction...
Back to your original post for a minute...
Yes, that is confusing... I am curious to see the placement of the signs.. So if you can, please post a Google-Maps link to the intersection in question... The placement of the sign(s) (whether they are placed at the north and south corners of the intersection ( = prohibiting movement in easterly direction) versus being posted on the east and west corners ( = prohibiting movement in the north/south direction) may be indicative of the proper intended direction those signs are supposed to face!
I am right 97% of the time... Who cares about the other 4%!