What is the name of your state? California
I received a ticket from a CHP officer on my way home from work (in family sedan), California vehicle code 21703 -Following to Closely (a $155 fine). I completely DISAGREE I did anything wrong and have intentions on fighting this ticket. I'm looking for help or ideas on how to fight this.
Some background information: It was a CHP "Zero Tolerance Day" for speeders. Time of ticket was 4:05PM - rush hour traffic. Traffic condition was moderate to heavy. Traffic speed was from a low of 45MPH to 65MPH on Interstate I-80, Placer County, California. Clear day; dry road, good visibility. Citation says _approximate speed_ was 65MPH. I feel I had at least a 3-4 second distance between the car in front of me at the time of the ticket.
Do not understand how in the heck a ticket like this could stick in rush hour, moderate to heavy traffic condition...Obviously it is my word against the officer_s word; what are my chances of winning? Do judges generally lean towards believing an officer over a private citizen? I appreciate any help or advice I can get in this matter. I have a clean driving record. If I loose, I can go to traffic school BUT I feel I am not guilty. It will be heard in Superior Court in Roseville, CA. Don't know if I should bring this up or not to the court...but I do drive in auto crosses and road race a Corvette on a track. The point I'm trying to make is I have taken numerous driving classes (defensive driving, pursuit and racing) and do consider myself to be a safe driver. I_m 52 years old.
Thank you all in advance!