My question involves a traffic ticket from the state of: Washington
Officer issued me a notice of infraction for driving 29 in 20 mph zone (46.61.440 SPD SCH/PLGD ZN/XWLK). At the point of stop I told the officer that I was driving no more than 20 mph near the school crosswalk and asked the officer why the speed limit was 20 at the point where he stopped me. The officer indistinctly said something about a posted 20 MPH speed limit sign with flashing orange light.
0) Approximately 6 hours after that I drove to that location again to take photos of the road signs because there was no 20 MPH speed limit sign with flashing orange light there.
I filed a contest, then request for discovery and received my discovery materials as well (3 pages linked below: NOI, back side of NOI, affidavit of speed).
Affidavit states the recent radar unit calibration date, no more than six months from NOI, but I will still need to obtain the radar certification from the court and I will post it when I get it.
There are several facts that are incorrect in the affidavit though.
1) street wet / weather rain: the day was actually clear sunny and the streets were dry, in the photographs that I took 6 hours later the roads are dry and leaves and other garbage at the curbs are also dry without any moisture.
2) brake lamp: the officer didn't mention anything about my brake lamp and it is definitely functional, the car is also relatively new and hasn't had any electronics or lamps repairs.
3) proof of insurance: I provided proof of insurance to the officer and there were no problems with it; I definitely did not receive a citation for failing to provide proof of insurance.
4) children present: there were no children or other pedestrians present on the sidewalks at that time of early Monday morning
5) city block: the city block in NOI and mentioned in the affidavit is the "block 2", and it is located entirely at a distance of at least 300 ft from the school crosswalk according to my measurements using Google maps (image linked).
school property is located farther in the direction of the arrow, "block 1" is located within 300ft of the crosswalk; block 2 is the block on NOI and in the affidavit and is located beyond 300ft from the crosswalk; there's also word "SCHOOL" on the road for traffic driving in a different direction towards the crosswalk in block 1, word "SCHOOL" is within 300ft from the crosswalk which would indicate to me that the school crosswalk 300ft zone indeed ends between the blocks and my vehicle would not be located within 300ft from the crosswalk in the block specified in NOI/Affidavit.
What would be ways to build evidence helping with dismissal?
0) How shall I introduce into evidence pictures of the road in that area showing that there is no 20MPH sign and the only road sign before NOI-block would be marked crosswalk? Shall I just print the pictures I took or do I need to certify/notarize some accompanying paper too?
1) street condition / weather: Is it worth anything? Would personal pictures be sufficient? Is it possible to request certified timestamped images from say traffic cameras nearby or a certified weather report?
2) brake lamp: Is it worth anything? Shall I go to my official dealership and have an expert mechanic sign a paper that the brake lamp is operational and no work was required or performed on the brake lamp or electronics since the vehicle was purchased from them?
3) proof of insurance: Shall I get a paper confirming that no citation for lack of insurance was issued? Where would I get that? Shall I bring my insurance card to the hearing or do I need to call my insurance and have them issue some sort of statement with dates of coverage?
4) children present: I wish I took pictures right there... since the officer didn't mention children at the time of stop I didn't think about it. I don't know of any real evidence that can be produced, but I can declare at the hearing under penalty of perjury that there were no children or other pedestrians present within 300ft of a marked school crosswalk at the time when my vehicle was driving on the street. Is it worth doing so?
5) measuring 300ft from the crosswalk seems like the heaviest argument to me. To the best of my understanding the officer actually measured my speed towards the end of block2 which would be more like 500ft from the crosswalk, but it would be best to prove that the entire block would be past 300ft from the crosswalk if possible. What are block boundaries for the purpose of infractions and vehicle location in officer's report? Where should 300ft be measured from - middle of crosswalk painted on road / edge of painted crosswalk / yellow sign with the arrow pointing at crosswalk? How should the actual distance of 300ft be measured and presented at the hearing for evidence purposes?
Do you have any suggestions to use omissions from officers' affidavits. Are there any helpful omissions here? E.g.:
a) officer didn't state his location
b) officer didn't state how far he was from the vehicle when he observed or when he measured its speed with radar
c) officer didn't state that he tested radar immediately before/after stop
d) officer didn't state which radar antenna was used
e) officer states that he used his radar in "Stationary" mode, but then states that speedometer reading and "Patrol Speed" were consistent, not sure whether it contradicts the radar's stationary use requirements?
Thank you for your help!