I got a ticket for careless driving in Highland Park (NJ) today. I am not sure if I am really guilty or not and I would really appreciate if somebody can explain me why I am guilty and how should I defend myself.
This is what happened:
Please see the picture
The blue car on the picture is police car which stopped me later. The black car was standing and had a sign for the right turn. This car was not moving for some time.
The red line on the picture corresponds to my path. I slowly passed the stopped car because I was sure it was stopped to park on the street. There was just enough space for side parking.
The police officer saw me passing by and said the black car wanted to turn right and could not because somebody was walking across the street. I did not see any pedestrians.
My question is: Is it illegal to pass in this situation? There was no other car close by and no danger for anybody when I was passing. I was passing really slowly.
Can I try to make the case that I did not violate any law?
Any advise would be greatly appreciated.