What is the name of your state? California
I was cited for code 22349(a) speeding(doing 86mph) on the highway over the posted 65 MPH speed limit. Traffic was medium, sunny day, 4 lane highway.
I was merging onto the highway and was following the proper procedures by meeting the speed of oncoming traffic and merging onto the highway. As soon as I entered the highway I continued to merge over 2 more lanes by staying with the flow of traffic (using the proper lane change procedures). At this point I saw the officer in the fast lane, next to, and behind me and he turned on his lights and pulled me over. All this within about 2/10ths of a mile.
Note: There is a truck weigh station on the shoulder less the a mile from where i entered and is not safe to be in the far right lane from semi trucks getting backed up on the highway at a stop waiting to enter. This is my daily commute and have seen many rear end collisions there from people not paying attention, that is why I merge over quickly.
The officer stated he was doing 75mph in the fast lane and had me on radar going 86.
I explained to him that I was merging onto the highway and was merging over and was not sure of my speed for I was busy looking in my mirror and over my shoulder.
Note: I was not passing cars when I entered the highway and doing my lane changes. There was a gap from the cars in front and the line off cars beside and behind the officer.
Do I have a chance of fighting this ticket?
- I believe the flow of traffic was what the officer stated he was doing. 75mph
- I do not belive I was going 86mph or I would have been passing, or leaving cars behind in my rear view mirror.
I know about filling out a "trail by written declaration", but would like to know if I have chance to win this? Any advice is welcome.
I can not afford a ticket on my record, for my work will not allow this, and I have attended traffic school 1 year ago.