My question involves traffic court in the State of: Washington
I received a parking ticket in Skagit County, WA. The ticket cites RCW 46.61.570(a)(x), which refers to stopping, standing, or parking a vehicle "At any place where official signs prohibit stopping." However, the description written to the right of the statue by the officer says: Parking "No Parking" w/ Signs
Since RCW 46.61.570(a)(x) refers to a signed "no stopping" zone and the area in which I was parked was actually signed as a "no parking" zone (and acknowledged as such on the ticket), do I have sufficient grounds to contest the ticket? I would assume that the correct RCW for parking in a signed "no parking" zone would be RCW 46.61.570(c)(ii), which refers to parking a vehicle "At any place where official signs prohibit parking."
For what it's worth, this was along a rural stretch along the tulip fields during the tulip festival, and I was parked in the middle of a large gap (hundreds of feet) between "NO PARKING ANY TIME" signs (with no arrows). Most of the signs along this stretch were spaced much closer together, so I believed that this large gap between signs indicated that parking was permitted on this stretch, especially since I had parked on the same stretch of road for hours during the previous year's tulip festival, and it was signed similarly. While I do believe that an argument could be made for the sign not being legible from the distance where I was parked, I'm not sure this would help, nor do I have any evidence to back up my exact location in relation to the signs.
It's only a $20 ticket, but if I have a chance of keeping it off my driving record ("traffic" is checked), then I would like to try. However, due to my distance from Skagit County (about 125 miles), I would most likely take the "hearing by mail" option. I understand that there is no appeal and an additional $10 will be due if I lose, but if $30 is the worst case scenario, I think it may be worth a shot. Then again, I may be missing something here, and maybe I'd be better off just paying the $20, letting it go on my record for 5 years (I currently have a clean driving record), and being done with it? Any thoughts?
Thanks in advance for any replies.