I've researched lane sharing (or splitting, as some erroneously call it), and all information mentions that it's legal to share a lane with a vehicle as long as you're completely within your lane, don't exceed the speed limit, and signal 100' before changing lanes.
What I haven't found is how to fight a ticket received while performing this legal behavior. Anybody have any tips?
The situation in question was back in October when I was coming back from the beach (gotta love CA weather). I was in the typical beach traffic going north on 17 in the straights between Santa Cruz and Scotts Valley, a wide two lane on a side divided highway. The posted speed limit is 65MPH, traffic was going 55MPH, and I was going between 60 and 65MPH. I was very careful to stay on one side of the line or other, only switch lanes after sufficient signaling, and to not exceed 65MPH. As I've mentioned, I've read on this and know exactly what the law is and was fully complying at the time.
I was pulled over by an officer who coincidentally had pulled me over before for lanesharing. His position is that lane sharing is only legal if traffic is stopped or moving very slowly. He is very wrong. This time, he wrote me a ticket for CVC 21658(a) and wrote "unsafe lane change" next to it. He never said I wasn't using my turn signal (because I was), only that it was illegal to split lanes. He said (and I quote) "Show me what law allows lane sharing."
This officer has an obvious misunderstanding of the law, but that hasn't prevented him from pulling me over twice. The first time he circumvented the issue by pacing me once the road was clear (at 60 in a 50). I lost that ticket. This time, however, I'm up against 21658 and could use some help.
Thanks in advance...