Re: School Zone Ticket Pierce County Washington, Ticket Discrepancy, 300 Feet
I'm not sure the 300 feet limit is going to help you, but I guess you can try that argument. The law is a little confusing, depending on whether it's a "crosswalk" or a "school" zone. RCW 46.61.440 states in part:
So, it looks like a "crosswalk" zone MUST be 300 feet, while a "school" zone MAY be 300 feet.
Quoting RCW 46.61.440
Still, I don't know if that's enough.
You actually may have an argument with the 4-seconds between flashes of the sign. In 4 seconds you will travel about 211 feet at 36 MPH. So, if it's not possible to see the "blink" (sunlight, perhaps) from 200 feet away, you will actually be past the sign the next time it blinks. You could photograph (on a sunny day) the sign from 200 feet both off and on, showing that from that distance, it's hard to see that it's on. Then time the flashes with a stopwatch -- or video them from closer in, better yet -- and bring the video and a stopwatch to court with you. If you take a video to court, be sure and call the Clerk to ask about equipment for viewing it.
Oh, and the officer saved you about $80 by reducing the speed by 1 MPH.
Where am I going? And why am I in this handbasket?