Can you pay a traffic ticket too late?

Does that sound right: $ 485 ticket if I don't cross the street on my bike? [closed]

We were given a $ 485.00 ticket for not cycling across the street. Can i fight this? $ 485.00 is a bit much !! ??? This ticket was given in Glendale Ca Has this ever happened to anyone? Did you fight this ticket and win?
- Like me and a friend, we each received $ 485.00. It was a 4-way crosswalk. All cars are stopped in 4 ways. So we went on to the other side. Cop stopped us because we were driving across the street and not cycling across the street.

P.

Don't fight to win, get on your bike to dodge. Advice - better late than never!

Kibbee

Can you quote what you were actually punished for? Possibly with links to certain laws. Can you describe what you actually did, even if you cannot refer to specific laws?

Daniel R Hicks

You have to be honest about what you did. If you drove over at an intersection in a lane according to traffic rules, then you definitely have a case. If you've violated Signals, Jayrode, or ridden your bike on a pedestrian walkway, you may have a problem, depending on the details of state and local laws.

Johnny

She might be an idiot, but she was right - the "Walk" signal is for pedestrians only. If the traffic light was red and you have ridden your bike through the intersection, you have passed the red light and are subject to the fine for driving a red light. In terms of traffic law, bicycles are (generally) treated in the same way as cars. If you want to be treated as a pedestrian, you have to walk your bike.

Johnny

@ Kibbee: I don't think there is really any slippery slope that would open sidewalks for motorbikes. In California law, a distinction is already made between bicycles and motorized bicycles. A bicycle is: "231. A bicycle is a device that anyone can ride, that solely through human power is driven by a belt, chain or gear and has one or more wheels. "As well as a separate definition for motorized bicycle. And that (law) [dmv.ca.gov/pubs/vctop/d11/vc21207_5.htm] restricts already a place where motorized bicycles are allowed to ride.

user611910

I don't think you can get reliable legal advice on the internet. That said, here are some observations:

  • The fine is clearly utterly unreasonable.
  • Glendale seems to have some completely unreasonable laws in the book regarding bicycles: Apparently, you have to pay 50 cents a year to register your bike. I have no idea if this will be enforced. See http://www.ci.glendale.ca.us/gmc/10.60.aspx#10.60.040
  • The police officer who issued the ticket may have a thorough understanding of the law regarding bicycles.
  • You should probably decide now how far you are ready. For example, just pay the fine and go ahead and see if you are ready to make calls and try to drop them, if you are ready to go to court, and if you are ready to spend money on a lawyer. Personally, I would be willing to fight a little as the fine is steep and unfair, but the cost of hiring a lawyer is probably not worth it to me.

Kibbee

Depending on where you live, battling a traffic ticket is quite easy and you usually don't need a lawyer to do so. It may not be completely canceled, but most likely it will be reduced.

Carey Gregory

What @Kibbee said. I successfully negotiated a ticket. I was approved for 70 mph in a 55 zone. The state I was in imposed much higher fines for 15 or more than the limit, so I went to court. When asked how I confessed, I said, "Not guilty until 70, but I'll plead guilty by 65." The judge and the prosecutor looked at each other, the prosecutor shrugged, and the judge struck the gavel and accepted the deal. Didn't cost me a dime and saved me a few hundred dollars. I would do some homework, figuring out exactly what the violation is and what other minor violations could be imposed instead.