Re: Violation of Right Turn Only Sign, VC 21461(A) Citation
The sign DOES exist in the California data base.
A list of the "current" collection of signs that are "currently" approved and used for "new" installation is NOT representative of ALL the signs that are still in use that may have been approved for use in previous versions of the CA supplement to the MUTCD.
To stand in court and declare that a sign does not exist when in fact it clearly does, or that is has been deleted and is "obsolete" when it clearly isn't, is most certainly NOT the position you want to find yourself in at a time when the court's "sympathy" is, or should be the ultimate goal here!
So while you might not see it as misconduct, you have to at least have a clue that it might be construed as an attempt to mislead the judge into a misunderstanding that will benefit you. Your intent is obvious, and the results might vary from court to court. But is it worth the risk?
Well, you've already stated that you "have no pride" so maybe to you, it is worth it!
And just like you can state that you didn't see the sign when you made that left turn, does not mean it is not there. As a result, you are put in a position where you have to defend your actions on that date.
Ignorance is bliss... Sometimes! But understand that it not likely to get you out of your citation. Anyone with extremely limited knowlege of the MUTCD would know that your mere reference to that sign by R41(CA) (its MUTCD reference number) might conclude some sort of connection. And a review of the current version would result in finding that an R41(CA) sign is on Table I-102(CA) Deleted California Signs - No Target Compliance Dates. The rest including the following short and brief yet clear and easy to understand statement from the CA MUTCD are self explanatory:
Quoting 2010 CA-MUTCD (Page I-9)
What you're proclaiming here is merely a "guilty with explanation" plea, which, if you choose to make it at the arraignment, it might earn you a fine reduction (the amount, if any, will depend on the judge) and the opportunity to take traffic school to avoid the violation point. Alternatively, you can try your luck at a TBD and/or a TBD & TDN in case the office will not appear or submit a declaration, but understand that the fine reduction and eligibility for traffic school may be diminished accordingly once those choices are made.
The choice is yours.
I am right 97% of the time... Who cares about the other 4%!