This past Saturday night I was traveling on a very backed up road (took 2.5 hours to go 2 miles) - it's near a casino, so traffic is always bad there - but it has never been that bad. At a traffic intersection, a police officer was standing on the corner catching people who got caught in the middle when the light changed. I was was on the "lucky" folks - as everyone was cutting in front of each other to get ahead, and the only way you could ensure you'd proceed was to pull forward. Any traffic entering the intersection from the other side were folks who had used a parking lot to get around the horrible traffic.
Anyway, I received a citation (my first ticket in 12 years of driving - go me!). It's a moving violation that carries points. However, the ticket states I am in violation of state statute "316.2065" - I think he meant to write 316.2061 though. 2065 is a bicycle violation. The "5" could just be his messy handwriting though - but it has a hook to the right at the top.
Is the incorrect statute number enough to get this thrown out or should I just suck it up, go to traffic school or pay Ticket Clinic to fight it? Or is there some other defense I can present to the Judge regarding the behavior of other drivers, the heavy traffic circumstances, and the reactive ticketing rather than proactive traffic issue prevention on the behalf of the police (i.e., no one was directing and helping the flow of traffic, just ticketing). My dad's a Judge so he's told me that most judges won't even let me talk.
By the way, the humorous part of the story is that 50 feet down the road a man was asleep in his car and was causing part of the problem. I called the non-emergency line to report him. Had the cop bothered to stop ticketing us and investigate the traffic issues, he would have helped drivers instead of punishing us. Pretty stupid.