Re: Speeding Ticket by Camera in School Zone when Light is Flashing
I'm assuming you're talking about Neeley-O'Brien. The problem with your story is that there is a "warning" sign before you ever get to the school zone sign. Google Maps even shows it pretty clearly. The only difference between the Google Maps image and the real thing is that the actual sign now has the requisite "Photo Enforced" sign beneath it. Plus, as you can see, the actual school zone sign is in plain sight just down the road -- the trees do not obscure your view.
I assume you were cited under RCW 46.61.440. You might notice that paragraph (3) states (in part):
So, MOST jurisdictions won't even entertain a mitigation hearing -- the purpose of which is to get the fine reduced. However, you could ask the judge to consider that you were cited at 11 over the limit. Had the device detected you at 10 over the limit, the fine would have been $203 and ask if, given the possible error in the device, if he would consider changing the speed to 30, rather than 31. You just never know.
Quoting RCW 46.61.440 (3)
The good news is that this will not go on your record or affect you insurance rates.
Edit: Oh, be sure to check with RCW 46.63.170 (such as paragraph (e) which notes that the NOI must be sent within 14 days of the infraction) to be sure that all the T's are crossed and I's are dotted.
Where am I going? And why am I in this handbasket?