My question involves a speeding ticket from the State of: FL (Broward County)
Around 6:30 am I was headed back home and noticed the school zone light was on and slowed down from 30 mph to 15 mph. I then approached a red traffic light and stopped, once the traffic light turned green I forgot about the school zone light (their where no children around, school buses or anything to remind me the light was on and classes for this school doesn't start until 8:10 am, breakfast begins at 7:40 am) and proceeded to drive at the normal posted speed limit. Once I passed by the school I remembered the school light was on and immediately began to slow down that's when a police officer pulled up behind me and pulled me over for violation of speeding in a school zone and no seat belt "driver seating on buckled seat belt".
Now after doing a little research I found out that under F.S. Section 316.1895(5) it states the school zone speed limit cannot be legally enforced more that 30 before the start of breakfast. The time written on the citation by the officer when it was issued was 7:00am. He also wrote that the school zone time for that area is 0640-715. I also took photos of the school signs posted at the light I was waiting at and it says 7:10 am.
I am requesting an affidavit of defense by mail pleading no contest and would like to know what my defense should be ? I believe from the information I've gathered that the school zone light was malfunctioning and the officer had the incorrect school zone time written on the citation. And if the traffic stop was unjustified will that dismiss the no seat belt "driver seating on buckled seat belt" citation also ?