My question involves a traffic ticket from the state of: California (Los Angeles)
Officer pulled me over for making an illegal left into a parking lot (100ft before an intersection) and disobeying no-left-turn sign and ignoring merging street cones due to construction at said intersection. As far as I know, it's not illegal to turn left into a private driveway, and the no-left-turn sign is for the left turn lane at the intersection. Merging cones started around at the entrance of the parking lot, so I did have to pass over those cones.
Some context, there is construction at an intersection of a four lane street (2 lanes each direction, with a left turn lane at the end of intersection). Half of the intersection is closed off due to construction, so there is a no-left-turn sign at the end of the left turn lane where intersection meets. There is also a merge to right sign and merging cones to force the left lane traffic to merge into a single right lane. I needed to make a left turn into a parking lot where I park for work which is about 100 feet away from the intersection and before the posted signs. I did have to cross merging cones in order to make that turn.
Any advice as to whether or not I have a case to dispute this via written declaration? Or should I simply just pay the fine and traffic school? Thanks for your help.