My question involves a traffic ticket from the state of: California on the intersection of Zanker Road & 237 East ramp, San Jose.
I received a ticket from an officer for the following reason:
I was travelling on Zanker road and was supposed to take 237 east. I missed the ramp to 237 east and decided to make a right on the upcoming traffic light and I joined to regular non-carpool lane. I was pulled over by the officer and told that I can make a right turn on the light only if it was car pool or if there were 2 people or more.
I went back to google maps and on the traffic light where I made a right, there is a sign board placed on the bottom which reads ( "Except Carpool 2 people or more"). I believe I may have made a mistake here, But there were no indications that the right turn was for carpool entrance only for 237E freeway. Also it does not specifically say No right turns except for carpools. there was no carpool sign marked on the road . It was a regular lane an dI made a right turn to regular lane.
The officer informed me that I should be glad that I didn't use carpool lane or else fine would have been $481 for carpool violation.
I wanted to get opinion from others as whether I have any defense here. Are there any provisions for sign boards (as to height that have to be posted). Or can I make a defense asking "Right only" was missing. Obviously the sign board was unclear to me.Do I really stand a chance?
Zoomed in image of sign board: