I'm asking about a speeding ticket in the state of Washington.
In early March, I received a speeding ticket. I was driving 32 in a school zone of 20 mph. The objections I have with this ticket are these:
1) I believe there was a city bus blocking the school zone sign. I drove past this location the next day and observed three regular speed limit signs all for 35 mph along this road (greenwood ave n., seattle). Then, about 200 feet after the third sign, I saw the school zone sign, which I did NOT see on the day in question. I observed two things: 1) the school zone sign is just after a bus stop, and if a bus were stopped at that location, I think it would be easy to miss the sign, which is a hazardous situation acually. 2) the school zone sign is only about 200 feet (I'm totally estimating this because I don't have a good sense of distances) after the previous sign of 35 mph. It doesn't seem fair to have speed limit signs posted so close together. Too easy to see one and not the other...but I don't know if there are any rules regarding this.
2) The other problem I have is the officer noted the approximate address of the citation as 13000 Greenwood Ave N. After driving along this route again, I noticed that the cross street, 130th, is outside the school zone. There is a clear sign marking the end of the school zone before 130th. Would I have a case for dismissal based on this fact?
I'm wondering if photos of these facts would be helpful and admissible at my contested hearing?
I'm also wondering if I should bother with a pre-trial conference. I don't really have the time to go down town twice. I don't want to waive my right to a deferral. This ticket falls in the jurisdiction of Municipal Court of Seattle. Do you know the rules regarding deferrals and pre-trial conferences in Seattle?
I received my notice for a pre-hearing conference already and I need to respond ASAP not to miss my 10 day window. I appreciate your swift reply!
By the way, the date of the pre-trial conference is set outside the 45 days required by IRLJ 2.6. Should I or can I move for dismissal based on this fact? Would I do that at the pre-trial conference? Or do I waive the conference and then move for dismissal at the real trial (which doesn't make sense).
Thanks for your suggestions!
By the way, I should add that when I returned my citation requesting a contested hearing, I also included a letter requesting the hearing on certain days and times of the week to accomodate my work schedule. It seems like the court granted my request by scheduling the pre-hearing conference at a convenient time for me. Would I be looking a gift horse in the mouth if I came back at them with a motion for a speedy trial if they were in fact trying to accomodate my request? Could this backfire on me? What does a motion for a speedy trial really do? Do I really want a speedier trial? I'm not sure because I'd prefer to have time to prepare, but if filing such a motion would insure my being able to get the case dismissed....