My question involves traffic court in the State of: California. I was recently driving to a friend's house who lives at a "T" intersection with stop signs, along the T. As I approached his house (just to the right of the stop sign) there is a car in front of me. It stops at the limit line and as it does so, I signal and pull over to the right to park on the street in front of the house. As I do so I cross the bike lane into the area reserved for parking and park what equates to about the middle of the intersection. Next thing I know an officer is pulls up to my car and asks why I ran the stop sign. I answer back, "I didn't, I was merely pulling over to park and I didn't run the stop sign because the limit line does not extend beyond the bike lane." He takes me info, comes back and tells me how I could have caused an accident had that car chosen to pull off to the right at that instant (which was bogus because the car didn't signal and it pulled away before I even parked) and that I shouldn't pass to the right.
I am going to fight this ticket in court and I was wondering what my chances of winning are.
The Code states:
Pass on Right Safely
21755. (a) The driver of a ( )1 vehicle may overtake and pass another vehicle upon the right only under conditions permitting ( )2 that movement in safety. In no event shall ( )2 that movement be made by driving off the paved or maintraveled portion of the roadway.
(b) This section does not prohibit the use of a bicycle in a bicycle lane or on a shoulder.
Seeing how I was not overtaking and passing a car I believe this ticket is bogus and should be thrown out.
Thanks for the help!