My question involves a traffic ticket from the state of: California
I was cited for failing to yield to a pedestrian, as the title implies. One morning i was driving my wife to work. Since there is 2 schools in the vicinity of our house, morning traffic is extremely heavy, and backed up. I finally had approached the four way intersection, when the light turned red.So as the light turned green, i was the first car, and i happened to be turning left. The elementary school facilitates volunteers to walk the kids across the streets in the morning, so as they were crossing where i wanted to turn left, i patiently waited as they crossed the median. They (a group of several juveniles and traffic "guard") were nearing the end of the entire crosswalk. I slowly moved up in my attempt at a left turn. As several children had made it safely across the entirety of the crosswalk and were on the sidewalk, i started my turn. The remaining pedestrians were no more than 3 steps away from the sidewalk. All were well ahead of my vehicle (almost done crossing, as i said) before i had even started to turn. I live on a federal base so i am used to the police presence at these interesections in the morning. i was well aware, that as the first car at my light turning left, i was being watched. so i completed my turn and was pulled over, and cited. The officer who stopped me claimed that as long as a pedestrian is on the crosswalk, "they own the crosswalk and i cant touch it". As i said, i was well aware of the police watchiing me and had waited almost the entire light to turn. I was ignorant of what the officer had told me.
It is my understanding that the law states that i must YIELD to the pedestrians. I believe i satisfied this requirement. I have court tomorrow and would greatly appreciate any input or additional info.
thank you so much in advance for taking the time to read my post and help me.