I received a ticket while making a right turn off an interstate exit ramp where there is a sign posted no right turns allowed, the ONLY reason I made the right turn was due to the fact that I had a tire going flat rapidly,
there is a truck stop at that turn and I was trying to get off of the exit ramp before the tire went completely flat and I would be stuck changing a tire on a narrow exit ramp where semi trucks are constantly coming up that ramp to go to the truck stop.
It would have caused a very dangerous situation to have gotten stuck on the exit ramp, and as the tire was going flat and there were no vehicles coming i went ahead and made the right turn in an attempt to get to the truck stop and a safe location.
I had jumped out of my car on the interstate when the car started making an odd noise, and the officer instead of putting on his lights and assisting me to a safe location, instead gave me a ticket for making a right turn where not allowed and a no seat belt citation.
I had been wearing my seat belt prior to the tire going flat, but when I got back in the car was in a bit of a panic to get off the interstate and forgot to put the seat belt on and I was trying to watch the tire as well which would have been impossible with the seat belt.
Should I try to contest this ticket, or would a flat tire possibly ad an additional ticket for mechanical failure?
Ths is a large pricey ticket close to $300 and I am currently unemployed and in the process of filing a disability claim after a severe injury requiring surgery, so this ticket would cause a very difficult financial bind for me to try and pay it. I would greatly appreciate any thoughts and comments!