I was waiting at this turn signal to go to my workplace and I could see a ambulance coming towards me from the opposite way. he wasn't going more than 20mph and just had lights on. No sirens. My light turned green and the ambulance was still significantly far away from me. It was a short turn so I made it. I drive down the road a bit and turn into my work parking lot. As I was parking flashing lights appeared behind me. I was told I failed to yield for an emergency vehicle that was no where near me and received a citation. He told me "call the number on the back to get a price for this." Then he ranted on how I could have put my brothers in danger. I don't believe that this makes any sense to call some number to get a price for something I clearly didn't do. Should I fight this?
Turning in front of an emergency vehicle when it is in sight and has its lights on is a ticketable offense, no matter how reasonable you see your conduct. When you see an emergency vehicle you are supposed to move to the right and stop to the extent you are able to.
If you feel you have a reasonable defense, i.e. the ambulance was moving slowly or there was no siren, I invite you to fight your ticket. You can do this by pleading not guilty and requesting a trial. At the trial, the prosecutor will presnet evidence against you including the testimony of the officer. Many people rely on the officer not showing up to testify and I think this is a risky strategy because many courts will continue the case until the witness/officer has an opportunity to appear.
Additionally, many cities have you call the court for the fine amount because these amounts change and they don't want to print them on the tickets.
Of course all of this is just my opinion and you should consult an attorney in your area for specific advice.
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