I got a ticket for "blocking handicap ramp" next to my school, I violated:
22500 No person shall stop, park, or leave standing any vehicle whether attended or unattended, except when necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic or in compliance with the directions of a peace officer or official traffic control device, in any of the following places: (l) In front of or upon that portion of a curb that has been cut down, lowered, or constructed to provide wheelchair accessibility to the sidewalk.
The comment on the ticket said that I had parked within 6 feet beyond the grooves/cuts in the sidewalk. CVC 22500 doesn't state how close I can park to one. The problem is that since there was a long driveway connecting to the sidewalk it seemed like i parked next to any driveway but for some reason the city decided to put a ramp connecting to the driveway, when the ramp isn't even ment to be used to cross the street, because there is no crosswalk or ramp on the other side of the street. I looked furthur into the curb ramp and learned that the sidewalk does not follow ADA guidelines on what a proper ramp should be.
ADA guidelines state:
"R303.3.2 Detectable Warnings. Detectable warning surfaces complying with R304 shall be provided, where a curb ramp, landing, or blended transition connects to a street."
and R304 states:
"R304.1 General. Detectable warnings shall consist of a surface of truncated domes aligned in a square or radial grid pattern and shall comply with R304."
The jeep is my car and as you can see no markings on the "ramp" whatsoever.
This is what a real ramp should look like:
ALSO R303 STATES:
"R303.2.2 Parallel Curb Ramps. Parallel curb ramps shall comply with R303.2.2, and shall have a running slope that is in-line with the direction of sidewalk travel."
In this pircture the grooves are parrallel with the the direction of the sidewalk. Also if you look back up to the picture with the yellow warning bumps on the ramp you will notice the grooves are pointing out toward the street meaning that foot traffic is ment to go head towards the street.
In this picture you can see that the "ramp" is actually there to blend in with the super long driveway rather than to provide access to the street.
This is the conclusion I have come up with, do you think I have a good chance of fighting this ticket?
Do you think if I went to the city and have them write a letter that the curb ramp is not constructed properly so I can show to the parking enforcement office?
I would love to hear some insight from you guys. Thanks for reading!