My question involves a traffic citation from the state of: Illinois.
I know that the technical answer to my question is that yes, I am guilty of violating the statute, I am really looking for feedback on whether I should fight this ticket. On Christmas evening I went to the local Walgreens to return videos to the Redbox machine outside the store. As I pulled up with ten minutes before the deadline before the autorenewal, I joined a number of cars in front of these machines. As the handicapped space was the closest one available, and also because the store was closed, I figured, no problem. As I turned to walk back to my car a cop pulled up and ticketed me for the violation. Again, realize that a machine reading of the statute indicates that I was in the wrong. However, the very reason for those spots being designated handicapped, namely easy access to the store, was essentially moot due to the fact that the business had been closed for nearly three hours. To point to the machines and argue that the spaces also apply to the machines seems like a stretch given the way the spaces in front of the machines are laid out. Anybody want to chime in and opine on whether a judge would toss this one given the facts and circumstances? thanks.