My question involves a traffic ticket from the state of: California (Huntington Beach)
I received a traffic ticket for allegedly violated CVC 21461(a), failure to obey traffic control device, and the officer marked on the ticket NO LEFT TURN, next to the Vehicle Code.
I was exiting a private property driveway and on the private property there is posted a sign "RIGHT TURN ONLY". There are no NO LEFT TURN signs. I turned left into a center island marked by a single solid yellow line with a broken yellow line. This is the same island from which I entered the private property earlier.
I understand I could legally make a left turn into the center-island because it is painted with a single solid yellow line with a broken yellow line, but for the sign "RIGHT TURN ONLY". I have the following contentions:
(1) The sign is not an official sign because it is posted, I surmised, by the property owner on private property and not posted by the City on public roadway or public easements, such as on the sidewalks.
(2) The sign, assuming it is an official one, is ambiguous and misleading because if the City wants to prohibit left turns from the driveway, the sign should clearly state: "NO LEFT TURN", and if the City really intends to prohibit left turns, it should marked the center island with solid double yellow lines. I believe a penal law that renders an act illegal should clearly and directly describes the conduct sought to be held illegal; the illegal conduct should not be inferred by implication (RIGHT TURN ONLY, therefore NO LEFT TURN). Besides, one who exits a driveway does not always drive on the extreme right that is controlled by a RIGHT TURN ONLY sign; one who exits a driveway may drive on the middle of the exit (no markings) and, arguably, may not be controlled by RIGHT TURN ONLY sign.
(3) The officer wrote "NO LEFT TURN" and there is no such sign or marking, is the citation therefore defective?
Am I correct?
Thank you, and Airborne, All the way.