My question involves a traffic ticket from the state of: Iowa
First car at stop at an intersection (2 lane N/S - 4 lane divided SE/NW) pulled up to the white stop line in the channelized right turn lane, Complete stop yelied to on comming traffic and when clear made right turn. An officer in patrol vehicle right behind me in turn lane, (he had been behind me for 3/4 of a mile prior, I knew he was there) followed me through the turn and turned on his lights. I pulled over and gathered appropriate paperwork.
Officers “know why I stopped you?"
Me "I have no idea sir."
Officer "that intersection is No Turn on Red"
Me "I'm sorry, I had no clue, can you tell me where the sign in posed,"
Officer “on the beam over the road, I'll be right back"
After a long wait aside the road, approx. 100 feet from the intersection, I sat as more than 15 or 20 cars made the same turn I just was pulled over for, Stop, Yield, proceed with right on red. (Apparently illegally)
The officer came back to the window with (please a warning, please a warning) NO a Ticket for $195.00. (Yah that's what I thought)
I went back a few days later to see where I had missed the No Turn Sign. To my surprise there was actually a sign on the large girder over the road of this large skewed "X" shaped intersection except to was in such a spot that is not even visible from the Channelized right turn lane. I took some pictures of the view from the drivers seat of my car ... Nope no sign visible..
I contacted the My states Department of Transportation State Traffic Engineer, to ask what the specs are on this type of signage and if this particular sign is posted in the correct spot, since you can't actually see it from the Right turn lane.
He called me and emailed me that the photo I had taken 7/2012 and the photo in the DOT database 7/2011 of that intersection do not match.... Apparently the electronic traffic signal had been moved approx. 10' to the right on the over the road gurder but the No Turn on Red sign remained in the original spot and now located 2 electronic signals from my signal.
1) What's your opinion?
2) Should I take the Email from the State Traffic Engineer to the city streets department and see if they will suggest to the police to drop the Ticket because the sign I was ticketed for is not in the correct position.
3) Do I just go to court and hope the judge will even look at or listen to anything I have to show him or say?