My question involves a traffic ticket from the state of: Texas.
Hello, first post on here.
Here's my story. I slowed from 45mph down to the posted speed of 35 since the lights were flashing on the zone sign,then entered the school zone at 35mph as is shown. About 2/3 the way down is a light, which as I approached turned yellow and I stopped for it. The officer pulled up next to me. We sat for the entire cycle of the light. When it turned Green again, I began to accelerate, ever so slightly more than the officer next to me, and went around a slight bend and saw that straight ahead was a sign marked for 45mph again, so I went back up to that speed, when I passed the sign, the officer had gotten behind me and had his lights on. He pulled me over and explained that I was still in the school zone, and should have continued at 35. I was very polite to him and everything, answered all his questions and whatnot. Didnt help... He pointed out that across the street (which is two lanes, a median, and two turn lanes, so about 5 1/2 lanes distance) was a flashing sign that ended the school zone.
In this same town, every school zone except this one has a sign which states "End School Zone", and most have either a painted white line across the road or a line of those little bump things, clearly indicating you're done with it.
What's more is, I got the ticket 5 minutes before the time would have ended, and there was no presence of any children, pedestrians or school buses.
So my basic argument would be that while there is a flashing sign, it is not easily visible from across that many lanes, and that the sign saying 45 is misleading as there is no other indication of the school zone having ended.
So ya'll are the experts, I'm interested to hear what you have to say. Should I try to fight it? Do I have a chance?