My question involves a traffic ticket from the state of: WA
I have a construction zone near my work for the past couple of months, and they have temporarily lowered the speed limit from 35 to 25 while this work is happening. Today I approached the zone going 38 (in the 35), and upon seeing the posted 25 limit sign, I began to slow.
An officer stepped from behind an SUV ~75-100 yards from the sign and flagged me to the shoulder holding a handheld radar unit.
He said I was going 38 in a 25 and a construction zone. I was polite, offered license, insurance, registration etc. He returned to my car and gave me a citation saying that he "removed the construction zone violation" thereby reducing my ticket by half.
I went back and took pictures, and while taking pictures, the cops (there were three plus a supervisor) pulled over 5 other motorists in the same fashion in about a 5 minute window. As I was returning to my office, the supervisor approached me and asked why I was taking pictures and that I shouldnt bother to complain as he was the person I would end up speaking with anyway. I told him they were to contest the ticket in court and he said that was OK.
My question is what is my defense here? I began braking as soon as I saw the sign, and was easily under 25 by the time I was close to the officer (there was a stop light immediately behind him and the lone had grown to about 2 car lengths passed where he pulled me over). The only way I can guess he read the 38 was before I was in the temporary zone. If that is the case, am I still going to get the ticket for going 3 over? Is the whole setup suspect? It certainly feels that way...