My question involves a speeding ticket from the State of: Washington.
I am trying to find out what the governmental regulations are regarding signs, camera's and flashing lights in a schoolzone.
In my case there is first a sign (school zone, 20mph when light at crosswalk is flashing), followed by a camera at 60ft , then a crosswalk, then the flashing light (at 240 ft from the sign). Yes, the light is past the crosswalk.
Somehow I thought that the light had to coincide with the sign and marked the beginning of the speedzone.
In my case I saw the sign, wondered for a few seconds what flashing light the sign is talking about and got my picture taken. Had the light been on top of the sign it would have drawn attention to it. It takes (at the 30 mph speed limit) 2 seconds from the moment you can read the sign until you pass the camera, then another 4+ seconds to pass the light. If there are larger vehicles around the light will be invisible from the moment you see the sign until well beyond the camera.
I went back there and watched from a parking lot how many people had problems there. 1 out of 10 is a conservative number.
This set-up here is a classic example of a speed trap and a cash cow for the city. And I wonder it's legality.