Should I challenge a traffic ticket I got because there was conflicting signage?

Asked about 1 year ago - San Francisco, CA

I was in the left of 2 lanes in San Francisco, CA and saw "Left Turn" written in my lane, so I turned left and got a ticket. Road work had erased the "No" from the "No Left Turn" painted on the asphalt. There are also two signs in the intersection that have the left turn arrow with a red line through it. Also, both the lanes have a straight arrow painted on them.

Is it worth it to fight this ticket? (violation 22101(d) turn sign). If I lose will I give up the traffic school option? Is it up to the judge's discretion if I can take traffic school after losing?

Mostly, I want to know if there are there any specific laws about conflicting traffic signage that I can look up. If so, where can I read the actual law, and would it apply to this case?

Thank you!

Additional information

Here are photos of the intersection:
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  1. Michael Moshe Levin

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    Answered . I would fight it. The scene is ambiguous and confusing. The question is whether you were put on legal notice of the restriction, which IS required by the vehicle code. If not, then you should be found not guilty.

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  2. Greg Thomas Hill

    Contributor Level 20

    Answered . You should. There is no vehicle code section that addresses inconsistent or conflicting signs. Fight the ticket.

  3. Andrew Stephen Roberts

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    Answered . You can certainly fight this ticket. Obviously the signs are going to be an issue. Get an attorney to deal with this ticket.

    Andrew Roberts (818) 597-0633/ (805) 496-7777

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