Thanks for helping me. This post has to do with me receiving a ticket for CV 21806 (a) Failure to Yield to Emergency Vehicle.
Here's the story:
I was in downtown LA the other day in the afternoon driving on Main St. where all the stores are, I had my windows up and I had some light music on. All my lights were green so I continued to drive at the speed limit. As I was entering an intersection I noticed that a firetruck was coming at me perpendicular to my street. It was probably 30-40 feet away from the intersection and I have no clue how I didn't hear it. I assume it's probably the downtown LA noise or tall buildings that might have caused it. In any case, once I saw the firetruck I braked, but then I noticed that since I was already entering the intersection, braking would cause me to stop in the intersection and block the firetruck. So I decided to let go of the brake and roll through the intersection letting the firetruck pass. This all happened very quickly and once I saw that the truck had passed I continued on the way.
I told the officer this, but he just kept saying I didn't stop. After I got through the intersection and proceeded to stop (I never fully came to a stop) the firetruck was already through the intersection, so I just continued on. Is this illegal? Because isn't stopping in an intersection illegal too? Is not hearing the sirens really cause for a ticket, my intentions were to stop as I braked once I saw it, but will this even hold up in a TBWD or in court?
Thanks in advance for all your help in this! I've been reading these forums like crazy the past couple of hours! Good stuff!