My question involves a speeding ticket from the State of: Washington.
Received a ticket for 34 mph in 20 mph High School Zone for $271. The sign assembly included a uniform 20 MPH sign with the hours 7:30am - 3:30pm and blinking yellow light.
What annoyed me about this ticket is that for years, literally, this blinking light has not been synched with school days. It has been blinking on weekends and school holidays. In October of 2009, the Commissioners of Island County changed the law from "when blinking" to "when school in Session". The miinutes of this meeting included a request to synch the lights with school in session.
Now the light does not blink on weekends, but it still blinks on days the school is not in session which means it is incorrect about 20% of the time.
In reading the MUTCD code of 2003 with updates in 2005. The sign placement is with 300ft school crosswalk. Exceptions beyond 300 feet require traffic and engineering investigation and there must be school or playground activity in the area beyond 300 feet to justify the extended placement of sign. Do I understand this correctly?
I have checked with Publics works and they have no traffiic and engineering investigation reports on this area going back to 1990. The 20 mph signs are placed at 400 feet and 800 feet on the other side of the school crosswalk and there is no playground or school activity in the extended area.
I have contested the ticked and requested discovery. Can you give me some guidance on how to present this case in court. What laws should I cite etc?
Should I talk with the prosecuting attornety before the trial?
What I really want to happen is to have these signs placed correctly and the lights synched properly to avoid confusion.