My question involves a traffic ticket from the state of: California.
I was driving down a 2 lane street in the lane closest to the middle divider on a Monday morning. As I was driving I saw that I was approaching a crosswalk but didn't see anybody so I continued traveling down the street at speed limit (30mph). As I got close to the crosswalk I saw a pedestrian poke out from behind a parked car in the lane that I wasn't in. He didn't begin to cross, but instead stayed where he was waiting for me to pass. As that I was too close to have safely stopped I continued.
A few minutes later an officer pulled me over and asked if I knew why I had been pulled over. I said I didn't know. He asked me if I had seen the yield lights flashing at the crosswalk and I said that I did not. He continued to tell me that I had cut off a pedestrian and began the ticket writing process. I ended up getting ticketed for 21950(a)VL.
I also got ticketed for 16028(a)VL because I didn't have a valid copy of my car insurance. I had an expired copy so the officer told me that I could show proof of valid car insurance as a "fix-it" sort of thing. On the ticket, however he checked the box that said "No" for Correctable Violation.
Today I received my courtesy notice for which the bail amount is $952. Is there some sort of mistake or is that amount common? Also, is there anything that I can do to get the amount reduced or to get out of the ticket?
Thanks so much.