My question involves a traffic ticket from the state of: California.
I was in a lane that was two vehicles wide (I was in the area where people would park if parking was allowed, which it was not). Directly ahead of me was a new, separate lane leading to the entrance ramp to the freeway, where I was headed. Just before this new lane began there was an opening for a side street to the right. The vehicle on my left was going straight into their own separate lane ahead, but we were still in the area where there was no separate lane marking for me. I slowed to a stop when I saw a CHP officer who was turning left in front of me into the side street. He saw me and pulled me and someone behind me over for "passing on the right".
My question: Although the infraction is for "unsafe passing on the right", it seems to me that this was a safe situation as there was no one ahead of me and the car on my left was going straight. The lane was wide because one or two carlengths ahead was the turning lane for the onramp. As soon as I saw the officer in front of me I stopped safely, and was surprised to find that he was motioning me off onto a side street to write me this ticket. What are my chances for contesting this citation?
I was particularly unlucky because the officer was turning left in front of me into the side street to address a car and tow truck that had pulled over into that side street (perhaps an earlier accident?). So he had me and the car behind me pull over in front of the tow truck and wait about 30 minutes while he talked to them. Very trying!