My question involves a traffic ticket from the state of: California.
I made a right turn on a red light without stopping. I understand that I needed to stop before making the turn. I'm not completely sure but I think my case falls under this code:
21453 (b) Except when a sign is in place prohibiting a turn, a driver, after stopping as required by subdivision (a), facing a steady circular red signal, may turn right, or turn left from a one-way street onto a one-way street. A driver making that turn shall yield the right-of-way to pedestrians lawfully within an adjacent crosswalk and to any vehicle that has approached or is approaching so closely as to constitute an immediate hazard to the driver, and shall continue to yield the right-of-way to that vehicle until the driver can proceed with reasonable safety.
The thing is that the code they have on my citation is 21453 (c) which is:
A driver facing a steady red arrow signal shall not enter the intersection to make the movement indicated by the arrow and, unless entering the intersection to make a movement permitted by another signal, shall stop at a clearly marked limit line, but if none, before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection, or if none, then before entering the intersection, and shall remain stopped until an indication permitting movement is shown.
There were no arrow signals. No right turn signals either.
My questions are: do they have me cited with the correct code? If not, can I plead not guilty and be found not guilty by the court? If I'm found not guilty of 21453(c), is there a chance they will just cite me anew with code 21453(b)?
Would greatly appreciate any help with this.