My question involves a traffic ticket from the state of: Colorado
Google Map of the streets involed here:
Yesterday I was traveling east on Erie Parkway which has a speed limit of 35 mph from 119th to East County Line Road. There was a cop parked on the south side of Meller facing Erie Parkway. I thankfully was travelling at 35 mph due to the left lane being closed for landscaping of the median (There were no signs to indicate a reduced speed limit for construction) and noticing that there was a cop car in front of the mini van I was following (I was about 40 yards back of the mini van).
Now you may notice the top of a school zone sign with the solar top that is 15 trees to the East of Meller street, however the lights WHERE NOT ON (It's a sign that only says "When lights are flashing", no time or when children are present) so I continue at 35 mph. The car cop and mini van in front of me also had no reaction to the sign as I didn't gain any ground on the mini van. Ok back to the cop hanging out on Meller street, I pass him thinking nothing of the situation until he pulls me over. I'm quite baffled at this point as to what in the world he could pull me over for. Once he get to my window and ask the "Do you know why I pulled you over?" I answer in a very strange looked no. He going on to say the speed limit is 20 mph when the lights are on, which is true, but the lights where not on. Any ways he writes the ticket an brings it back. The ticket reports that I was going 34 mph in a school zone at 1:05 p.m. After the stop I a course flip a U turn to make sure I'm not crazy and the lights are not on going either east or west.
So looking around here yesterday I noticed others that had tickets in schools zones went to the Public Works dept. to find out info about the school lights. I emailed them about the first thing that popped into my head, which is: what is the schedule of the school lights there. I've actually always wondered this since there are no times posted on any of the school zone signs. The respond first thing this morning and what do I find, they are on from 11:20 am to NOON then 3:00pm to 4:15 pm.
I'm curious as to what my next steps maybe? I'm guessing step 1 is get discovery, however after that i'm at a loss as to what to do next. Also what should I do if on his notes he claims he show the lights on? This is pure crap, I don't have a picture yet but check out the street view:
Sorry for any bad english above, i'm a math person.