My question involves a traffic ticket from the state of: Wisconsin
The time was 2:37 am. I drove past a yellow light that turned red while I was inside the intersection.
I got pulled over by the officer who saw it and he came to my windows and said that I ran past a amber light, I gave him my drivers licence and he returned and explain to me that he has issued me a citation for this incidence, and gave a very subtle hint that he gave me the ticket because there was no notion of "stopping/slowing down".
The citation is of ordinance 82-1 with the description on the citation "VIOLATE RED TRAFFIC SIGNAL"
I ran past yellow......? The cop even said I ran past amber light when he came to my window Could this be dismissed somehow cause its accusing me of the wrong thing, or could red light and yellow light law be merged?
So here is the story of why I ran the yellow light.
The particular this happened on was as previously mentioned under construction and the road was literally FILLED with rubble that made the road unstable, normally this roads speed limits is 35 mph, but for some reason even in these conditions they had not lowered the speed limit to something more reasonable as 25 mph. I was driving about 35 mph like I do every morning on that road around 2:30-2:40 am. As every other night there is no car in sight anywhere, which of course made me more careless with my driving. A hair of my eye lids got caught in my eye and i put my finger in my eye to remove it and had my eyes closed for about 2 seconds approaching the intersection.
However I had gone far enough to make it hazardous for my vehicle to make a quick stop hence the high amount of rubble on the street, my car could easily lose grip and spin out of control. When I opened my eyes and saw a yellow light I was not sure how long it had been yellow but I was sure it couldn't have been long, so I proceeded to drive through the intersection, shortly after I had entered the intersection the light turned red.
I'm wondering how I can fight this.
Should I plead guilty and explain how it happened?
I got a court date of 28 JUL to plead.
The citation is 180 dollars and 3 points.
Should I get a lawyer?
Should I get the points reduced by going to traffic school instead?