My question involves a traffic ticket from the state of: Arkansas
A couple months ago I drove trough a busy intersection (entered when light was yellow and it may have turned red before I exited the intersection entirely).
Two motorcycle officers were on the opposite side of the intersection to my right and one pulled out to give me the ticket a few blocks down.
I received a "Red Light" ticket listed as Violation of 27-52-107 which in regards to a yellow light states (taken from page 685 of http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/bureau...tle%2027.pdf):
"(2) Steady yellow alone means:
(A) Vehicular traffic facing the signal is warned that the red or “STOP”
signal will be exhibited immediately thereafter, and vehicular traffic shall not enter the
intersection when the red or “STOP” signal is exhibited;"
I read this to mean that as long as I enter the intersection when the light is yellow, it is legal. I understand city laws can be stricter than state laws in some cases, but I have not been able to access anything on the city law.
My evidence for the light being yellow when I entered are my own testimony and from the notes I took immediately after the incident which include the following quotes from the officer:
1.) "That light you passed through was almost red back there"
2.) When he returned from writing the ticket I inquired on the legality of entering an intersection while the light is yellow to which he responded:
"The light could turn red quickly and you could be hit by traffic from the side"
Things that have happened since the ticket that may be relevant:
-I showed up and plead not guilty; they gave me a court date of mid-October
-I requested it be extended for work-related reasons and they extended it out to mid_November
-I dropped off a discovery request to the Police Station, the Traffic Court Clerk, and the City Attorney's Office and the only evidence they seem to have is the ticket itself
Do I have any chance of winning this? Any tips for strategies I can use?
I assume the officer won't remember much if anything about the incident and there is no video evidence.