Thanks in advance for everyone's input and advice on this situation:
I was ticketed for using a 3 passenger carpool lane onramp with only 2 pax in my car. The ONE & ONLY sign stating 3 + passengers was COMPLETELY hidden by overgrown trees, and not visible AT ALL to drivers.
I believe I am not guilty because the signs were not maintained properly, as stated in Section b of the code I was ticketed under:
The Department of Transportation and local authorities, with
respect to highways under their respective jurisdictions, shall place
and maintain, or cause to be placed and maintained, signs and other
official traffic control devices to designate the exclusive or
preferential lanes, to advise motorists of the applicable vehicle
occupancy levels, and, except where ramp metering and bypass lanes
are regulated with the activation of traffic signals, to advise
motorists of the hours of high-occupancy vehicle usage.
Thanks in advance!