My question involves a traffic ticket from the state of: California
I've been given a ticket for violating VC 21461 A by re-entering the freeway from an exit lane. I'm planning to start fighting it by filing a Trial by Written Declaration and use the following points for my defense:
1) The sign "Right Lane Must Exit" was located where the right lane's left line separating it from the other lanes was already continuous. Crossing it at that point would have been an infraction and potentially put other drivers at risk. See photo below:
2) While approaching the exit for Holly St. right past the bridge, there were no additional signs that cars must exit. Additionally, the lines indicate that it's possible to either take that exit or go straight to re-enter the freeway and do not suggest a possible infraction. See photos below:
I explained to the officer that while I usually take the Holly St. exit to go home and avoid some traffic, this time I remembered that I had to pick up my son from baseball at a location that would require me to take the next exit. So the intention was actually not to re-enter the freeway but take the next exit. I understand that this last part may not help my case, but I'm adding it here in case you have suggestions if I should include this or not in my declaration.
Do you feel that I have some chances to win? Is there a different strategy I should use?
Thanks so much in advance!!!