How to get out of a 21460 (A) V.C. double yellow line ticket in California.

Getting a traffic ticket can be frustrating, especially if believe that you didn't do anything wrong. California is famous for Double Yellow Line tickets (also known as 21460 a, 21460 b, or 21460 c tickets. This article will help you fight you double yellow line ticket and hopefully not pay a fine.

What is a 21460 (A) double yellow line ticket?

A 21460 (a) ticket is issued for crossing the double yellow lines that divide streets and highways. Most states use these lines as passing indication markings. The purpose the double yellow lines in California is also for passing indication, but California has been known to give out tickets for crossing yellow lines when turning.

What does the law 21460 say?

A simple Google search will bring up California Law 21460. The law states:

21460.

(a) When double parallel solid lines are in place, no person driving a vehicle shall drive to the left thereof, except as permitted in this section.

(b) When the double parallel lines, one of which is broken, are in place, no person driving a vehicle shall drive to the left thereof, except as follows:

(1) That the driver on that side of the roadway in which the broken line is in place may cross over the double line or drive to the left thereof when overtaking or passing other vehicles.

(2) As provided in Section 21460.5.

(c) Either of the markings as specified in subdivision (a) or (b) does not prohibit a driver from crossing the marking when

(1) turning to the left at any intersection or into or out of a driveway or private road, or

(2) making a U-turn under the rules governing that turn, and either of the markings shall be disregarded when authorized signs have been erected designating off center traffic lanes as permitted under Section 21657.

(d) Raised pavement markers may be used to simulate painted lines described in this section when the markers are placed in accordance with standards established by the Department of Transportation. But most citizens are not lawyers and these laws can be tough to understand. Thankfully, the California Department of Transportation puts out a publication known as the California Drivers Handbook.

What does the California Driver Handbook say?

The following is quoted from page 31 the 2011 California Drivers Handbook.

Two solid yellow lines indicate no passing. Never drive to the left of these lines unless you are:

• Turning left at an intersection.

• Turning into or out of a private road or driveway.

• In a carpool lane that has a designated entrance on the left.

• Instructed by construction or other signs to drive on the other side of the road because your side of the road is closed or blocked. Two sets of solid double yellow lines spaced two or more feet apart are considered a barrier. Do not drive on or over this barrier or make a left turn or a U-turn across it except at designated openings (see diagram).

So the rule 21460 states that you can turn across double yellow lines in certain cases. The most interesting is the first one, intersections. We can look up the California definition of intersection, but it is written by lawyers and very difficult to understand. Thankfully the DMV has a definition of intersections in the California Drivers Handbook

Intersections

An intersection is any place where one line of roadway meets another roadway. Intersections include cross streets, side streets, alleys, freeway entrances, and any other location where vehicles traveling on different highways or roads join each other.

Basically this tells you that any street, road, driveway, alley etc. is an intersection.  As we found out from the California Drivers Handbook, it is legal to cross double yellow lines to turn at an intersection and basically anywhere you can turn is defined as an intersection.  So yes, It is legal to turn left across yellow lines in California according to the California Drivers Handbook that is issued by the California DMV.

How to get out of a 21460 (A) double yellow line ticket?;

You are already on the right track. Research the law that you are being ticketed for. In this case 21460 a, b or c, making a left turn across double yellow lines is legal according to the California Drivers Handbook. Make copies of the specific pages in the handbook or get one from the local DMV. Take this information to court to show proof that turning left across yellow double lines is legal in California. If you live out of state you can file a Request for Trial by Written Declaration and send this information, along with a not guilty plea, in the mail.

Why does California issue 21460 double yellow line tickets?

As we all know the state of California is broke. They know that most people will simply pay the ticket and not try defending themselves in court. The rules have been poorly interpreted by some jurisdictions and prosecuted anyway. I live out of state and had never heard of this rule as in most states it is legal to make left turns across double yellow lines. I was issued a $230 ticket for a rule that I did’t even know I was breaking. And after my extensive research I found out that the rule is poorly written and I actually did not do anything wrong.

What about multiply double yellow lines?

No, you cannot turn left across multiple double yellow lines spaced 24 inches apart. Consider two sets of yellow lines to be like a wall. This is a guaranteed ticket and getting out of it will be hard to do. 

Disclaimer: This advice is for information purposes only and is the author’s interpretation of the law. Read the California Law and follow it. Seek advice from a lawyer or traffic school for proper interpretation of the law.

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+1 Guest
I did a trial by written declaration and got out of my ticket. The reason was the officer failed to submit his declaration. Now I am wondering if I would have got out of the ticket or not? Dont care much though I saved a lot of money. Stupid California Thank You
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-3 Lynn
I think you are not reading this correctly. law 21460 only gives these exceptions under scenario B (which is defined as one solid yellow line, and one broken yellow line), so this would not be a double SOLID yellow line. They did not do a good job of wording this law and it deserves to be questions and I am glad you did not have to pay the steep fine.....but in most cases the double SOLID yellow lines are in place because it is very dangerous to cross over, even into a drive way or parking lot....or because it holds up a traffic lane which should otherwise flow. There is usually a reason why there is NO turn lane in that spot. The best thing to do is turn around up ahead at a legal spot and then approach the drive way or lot from the other direction. It is open for interpretation due to their poor wording without a doubt, but my interpretation of the above road rules book excerpt and law 21460 are different than yours. In regard to the handbook I don't think they mean "intersection" to also include driveways or parking lots...but 21460 states the turn is legal if one line is broken...or in case C where they discuss subdivisions.
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+1 Guest
Quoting Lynn:
I think you are not reading this correctly. law 21460 only gives these exceptions under scenario B (which is defined as one solid yellow line, and one broken yellow line), so this would not be a double SOLID yellow line. They did not do a good job of wording this law and it deserves to be questions and I am glad you did not have to pay the steep fine.....but in most cases the double SOLID yellow lines are in place because it is very dangerous to cross over, even into a drive way or parking lot....or because it holds up a traffic lane which should otherwise flow. There is usually a reason why there is NO turn lane in that spot. The best thing to do is turn around up ahead at a legal spot and then approach the drive way or lot from the other direction. It is open for interpretation due to their poor wording without a doubt, but my interpretation of the above road rules book excerpt and law 21460 are different than yours. In regard to the handbook I don't think they mean "intersection" to also include driveways or parking lots...but 21460 states the turn is legal if one line is broken...or in case C where they discuss subdivisions.


But C says:
(c) Either of the markings as specified in subdivision (a) or (b) does not prohibit a driver from crossing the marking when

(1) turning to the left at any intersection or into or out of a driveway or private road, or

This basically says that you can disregard a and b if c is true.
I agree that you can turn across double yellow lines.
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0 Help
I get a ticket for 21460. I turned onto a street. They had 2 yellow lines not 2 sets of yellow lines. I did not think this was illegal. I really want to get out of paying the fine. it is $235. Can i still do the trial through the mail if i live in california? I cant take off work to go to court for this. That will end up costing me more money.
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Quoting Help:
I get a ticket for 21460. I turned onto a street. They had 2 yellow lines not 2 sets of yellow lines. I did not think this was illegal. I really want to get out of paying the fine. it is $235. Can i still do the trial through the mail if i live in california? I cant take off work to go to court for this. That will end up costing me more money.


Yes, you can do a trial by declaration even if you live in California. In fact, it is best to to a trial by declaration.

Officers get paid overtime to go to court. They don't get any extra money for submitting their declaration. So what happens is you submit your information and they dont get the cops side of the story. That means that you win your case.

I have got out of a speeding ticket in California by doing this. I was truly guilty but the officer didn't submit their statement. I dont think it even matters what you say if they dont submit their side.

Best of luck to you!
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0 Guest
Quoting Guest:
Quoting Lynn:
I think you are not reading this correctly. law 21460 only gives these exceptions under scenario B (which is defined as one solid yellow line, and one broken yellow line), so this would not be a double SOLID yellow line. They did not do a good job of wording this law and it deserves to be questions and I am glad you did not have to pay the steep fine.....but in most cases the double SOLID yellow lines are in place because it is very dangerous to cross over, even into a drive way or parking lot....or because it holds up a traffic lane which should otherwise flow. There is usually a reason why there is NO turn lane in that spot. The best thing to do is turn around up ahead at a legal spot and then approach the drive way or lot from the other direction. It is open for interpretation due to their poor wording without a doubt, but my interpretation of the above road rules book excerpt and law 21460 are different than yours. In regard to the handbook I don't think they mean "intersection" to also include driveways or parking lots...but 21460 states the turn is legal if one line is broken...or in case C where they discuss subdivisions.


But C says:
(c) Either of the markings as specified in subdivision (a) or (b) does not prohibit a driver from crossing the marking when

(1) turning to the left at any intersection or into or out of a driveway or private road, or

This basically says that you can disregard a and b if c is true.
I agree that you can turn across double yellow lines.



I think if you submitted all this as proof you should get out of the ticket

(1) turning to the left at any intersection or into or out of a driveway or private road

That states that you can turn as far as I can tell. If they can't write the laws better than that we shouldn't be required to follow them.
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+1 Ray
Hi, does anyone who has done a Trial By Written Declaration have a copy that they wouldn't mind emailing me? I am helping my neighbor get out of her's, and she's a 74 year old disabled lady who is broke. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Ray!
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0 Guest
You find any help with your trial by written deceleration ray?

I am going to do the same thing and I don't want to screw it up.
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+1 Vicky
Can anyone please send me a trial by written declaration ? I need to submit one too!
Thank you.

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0 Guest
Here is a link to the California Trial By Written Declaration form:

http://www.courts.ca.gov/documents/tr205.pdf

I think you can also check the box trial by written declaration on your ticket and they will send you the form.
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-1 Patricia
Is it possible someone to send me one example as well? Im broke :( thank uuu
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+1 Patricia
My email is
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+1 Laurel
I got a ticket for starting to pass a car on a dashed line, and then it became solid again before I completed my turn. It was not ideal, but i couldn't see the end of the dashed line before I started. Any idea if this is actually illegal? Is it likely that I can get out of it with a written declaration since it does not appear to be specified in the law?

Thanks
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+1 Guest
Quoting Laurel:
I got a ticket for starting to pass a car on a dashed line, and then it became solid again before I completed my turn. It was not ideal, but i couldn't see the end of the dashed line before I started. Any idea if this is actually illegal? Is it likely that I can get out of it with a written declaration since it does not appear to be specified in the law?

Thanks


I think a letter of declaration would be best in your case. Do not admit guilt, but state your case. Hopefully the officer will not submit their side or the judge will be good to you. Good luck!! Let us know what happens.
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0 Steven Tai
Can someone also send me a copy for crossing yellow line trial of declaration? I need to help my aunt fight for it as she dealing with cancer is enough. Please help us out. Thank you so much! My email
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0 errol dullas
Guys can you also sent me a copy of a written declaration for crossing double yellow line i got pull over today for that the cop that witness that is off duty he just call the on duty cops to pull me over is that even legal thanks guy :(
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0 errol dullas
My email is
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0 Justin
I got a 21460 (a) ticket for driving left of a single double yellow line before a left hand turn lane. (Traffic was backed up and I turned into the left lane a little too early). I was making a left turn At an intersection I just wasn't at the intersection when I crossed. Do you think I can get out of this with a written declaration? Is there a way to get out of this?
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0 Moe
Hi, I got ticket making your turn passing double yellow line, in down town huntington beach. I was parked on right side in meter parking so I make you turn to go other direction. My ticket code/section is vc21460(a). Please help how to dispute to get away from this ticket. how much is the ticket in Orange county, CA ? Your kind help will be much appreciated. my email is :)
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0 Moe
i meant U Turn
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0 arp
I was driving a rental car straight ahead within speed limit. I noticed a gas station, and suddenly realized that I may be low on gas - stooped a little ahead to check gas and lost focus on the road for a moment. So I braked a little too hard for a compact car on a sharp curve to regain control. The car skidded like 2 inches over double yellow solid lines. The officer was driving in the opposite lane. He came after me and gave me this tickets for 21460(a) - I was visiting Yosemite Park CA from NJ. I have NJ driving license & was visiting CA on a vacation. This was very incidental. How to get out of this mess without physically going to court & minimal damage.
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+1 laurel
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I think a letter of declaration would be best in your case. Do not admit guilt, but state your case. Hopefully the officer will not submit their side or the judge will be good to you. Good luck!! Let us know what happens.


It worked! It took a good 4 months, but we got reimbursed for the ticket by petitioning!
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0 help
Guys can you also sent me a copy of a written declaration for crossing double yellow line MY EMAI IS
thanks guys
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0 Bj pike
We got a crossing double line ticket in Orange County and the fine is $543!
Do we have any chance of fighting?
While driving in the car pool lane our Waze app indicated that a slow down was being caused by an accident. My husband exited the car pool lane because he had a fear that he might get rear ended.
5 years ago he was rear ended and sandwiched under a SUV so it was natural to escape out of this confining lane. Any advice?
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0 steve
IQuoting Justin:
I got a 21460 (a) ticket for driving left of a single double yellow line before a left hand turn lane. (Traffic was backed up and I turned into the left lane a little too early). I was making a left turn At an intersection I just wasn't at the intersection when I crossed. Do you think I can get out of this with a written declaration? Is there a way to get out of this?


Did you do a trial by declaration? If so, what happened?
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0 Linda
Hello,

At 7:40am on Thursday June 25th I recieved a ticket for a 21460 (a) vc
The officer wrote a description stating: "obs'd viol drive over DBL yellows to enter LT turn pocket."
And this took place on Wilshire and Western in La, Ca.

Plus during this time, my car was telling me that I have low tire so there were yellow warning signs displaying in my car on the dashboard and also on the built in screen. The officer saw it too because I told him and he did comment back.

From the previous comment i noticed the comments regarding C1 section and so wouldn't I be able to fight back this case? Would I be able to get out of this ticket without having any points added to my insurance?
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0 Linda
Also i have a picture to prove that i had low tire emergency lights showing in my car when i got the ticket. Just incase it helps.
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0 Jeff
Quoting Linda:
Hello,

At 7:40am on Thursday June 25th I recieved a ticket for a 21460 (a) vc
The officer wrote a description stating: "obs'd viol drive over DBL yellows to enter LT turn pocket."
And this took place on Wilshire and Western in La, Ca.

Plus during this time, my car was telling me that I have low tire so there were yellow warning signs displaying in my car on the dashboard and also on the built in screen. The officer saw it too because I told him and he did comment back.

From the previous comment i noticed the comments regarding C1 section and so wouldn't I be able to fight back this case? Would I be able to get out of this ticket without having any points added to my insurance?


Quoting Linda:
Also i have a picture to prove that i had low tire emergency lights showing in my car when i got the ticket. Just incase it helps.


Hi Linda,

Make sure you do a trial by written declaration. That way the officer probably won't submit his side and you will win. Include everything in your written declaration and if the officer does respond you will still have a chance. I have gotten out of 2 tickets because the officer didn't submit their response.
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0 Linda
Quoting Jeff:
Quoting Linda:
Hello,

At 7:40am on Thursday June 25th I recieved a ticket for a 21460 (a) vc
The officer wrote a description stating: "obs'd viol drive over DBL yellows to enter LT turn pocket."
And this took place on Wilshire and Western in La, Ca.

Plus during this time, my car was telling me that I have low tire so there were yellow warning signs displaying in my car on the dashboard and also on the built in screen. The officer saw it too because I told him and he did comment back.

From the previous comment i noticed the comments regarding C1 section and so wouldn't I be able to fight back this case? Would I be able to get out of this ticket without having any points added to my insurance?


Quoting Linda:
Also i have a picture to prove that i had low tire emergency lights showing in my car when i got the ticket. Just incase it helps.


Hi Linda,

Make sure you do a trial by written declaration. That way the officer probably won't submit his side and you will win. Include everything in your written declaration and if the officer does respond you will still have a chance. I have gotten out of 2 tickets because the officer didn't submit their response.


If i do happen to do a written declaration and lets just predict that i dont end up winning, what would happen next? Would there be an extra fee that i would have to pay?
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+1 Jeff
Quoting Linda:

If i do happen to do a written declaration and lets just predict that i dont end up winning, what would happen next? Would there be an extra fee that i would have to pay?


Here is from the State of California website

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If you are not satisfied with the court's decision, you can ask for a new trial (called a "trial de novo") in court
When you ask for a new trial, you and the other parties will have to personally go to court for that trial. You have 20 days after the court's decision was mailed to you to ask for a new trial. The court will start over completely in deciding your case based on the testimony and evidence presented at the court trial and is not limited by the sentence imposed in the trial by written declaration.
There shouldn't be any extra fee associated with a trial by written declaration, but you might want to read all the information on that first.
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0 JM
Can someone please email me a trial by declaration for this, please? Thank you!

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0 Sammy
Can someone please send me the Statement of Declaration sample for 21460 (b)

I would highly appreciate it.


Thanks
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0 Zach
December 14 , 2015 I have received a ticket for crossing a double yellow line. Can anyone send me an example on how to get out of this I am finacially in a rut being a single father with a daughter and can't afford to have this happen to me right now. Plz help me.
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0 Zach
plz help me!!
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0 Jennifer
I would appreciate any sample of someone's written declaration. I just got the ticket this morning.
Thanks
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0 Jennifer
My email is
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0 jenny
Quoting Justin:
I got a 21460 (a) ticket for driving left of a single double yellow line before a left hand turn lane. (Traffic was backed up and I turned into the left lane a little too early). I was making a left turn At an intersection I just wasn't at the intersection when I crossed. Do you think I can get out of this with a written declaration? Is there a way to get out of this?


Hey Justin,
Just got the same ticket. Did you have any luck with yours? Any advice?
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0 Dave
Hey. I crossed double yellow line just to ignore the bump and I got a ticket. Is there a way to get out? And does anyone know how much the ticket would be? Please contact me at
BTW in live in California and this is the first ticket I ever got. Thanks
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0 Sam
Guys can you also sent me a copy of a written declaration for crossing double yellow line my email.

Thanks
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0 elise
hi everyone, wow thanks for all the posts. I received ticket crossing the double yellow line on a split speed bump not 21460AVC
So i am completely oblivious of where and how to start my written declaration, can anyone help please?
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0 nick
I was cited for a violation of 21460 (a) ON A BIKE in Sausalito CA.

I would appreciate any sample of a written declaration.

thank you for working on this page.
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0 Jose R
I have an issue with this and my insurance company. I was turning left into a driveway over a double solid yellow line. The oncoming traffic had a red light the cars on lane 1 stopped to allow me to proceed and go into the driveway. As i proceed to make my turn i noticed car in lane 2 was not paying attention to the road and looking over to his right towards the sidewalk. I was already partially in lane 2, slammed on my brakes and blew my horn to get his attention. He didn't listen nor stop in time and slammed into my front end ripping my entire bumper and front end off. My insurance company is determining that its going to be 50/50 at fault because i wasn't suppose be making auch a turn. I need help/asvice on how i can convince my adjuster that i was not at fault.
Thanks in advance.
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0 Ang
Quoting laurel:
quote:
I think a letter of declaration would be best in your case. Do not admit guilt, but state your case. Hopefully the officer will not submit their side or the judge will be good to you. Good luck!! Let us know what happens.



It worked! It took a good 4 months, but we got reimbursed for the ticket by petitioning!



Do you have a sample letter you wrote that you can share with me?

Tks, Ang
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0 eric bewley
Trial scheduled tomorrow. got ticket for crossing double yellow line to avoid a speed hump but the yellow line did not go through the speed hump and the hump itself was @20 ft long. do I have an argument?
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0 Trina
Guys can you also sent me a copy of a written declaration for crossing double yellow line my email ? Thanks got 21640a near Yosemite gate where traffic was busy one way only officer wants me to be safe in California with a grin.. insane California . Honestly how much damage are we looking at ? I want to contest it.
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0 Danny
I was going to Yosemite and when I was along the river, I saw cop in front of me. I keep following him for about 4-5 miles and just before the one way bridge he pulled his SUV on side and the moment I passed through him he blinked his lights. I stopped and he told me that the reason he pulled is because I was touching yellow line and he saw in his back mirror. The traffic was very slow because of him and I was behind him so I really dont know how he determined. I feel I was victim. I received ticket now. Can anyone suggest if it is worth contesting via mail. In my case, office was wrong but court always listen to them. Any advice?
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0 JR
Quoting Danny:
I was going to Yosemite and when I was along the river, I saw cop in front of me. I keep following him for about 4-5 miles and just before the one way bridge he pulled his SUV on side and the moment I passed through him he blinked his lights. I stopped and he told me that the reason he pulled is because I was touching yellow line and he saw in his back mirror. The traffic was very slow because of him and I was behind him so I really dont know how he determined. I feel I was victim. I received ticket now. Can anyone suggest if it is worth contesting via mail. In my case, office was wrong but court always listen to them. Any advice?


Keep filing extensions to appear in court. Chances are by the time your extensions run out and finally have to appear in court, either the cop will now show or he'll forget, then the ticket will get dismissed.
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0 JR
Quoting JR:
Quoting Danny:
I was going to Yosemite and when I was along the river, I saw cop in front of me. I keep following him for about 4-5 miles and just before the one way bridge he pulled his SUV on side and the moment I passed through him he blinked his lights. I stopped and he told me that the reason he pulled is because I was touching yellow line and he saw in his back mirror. The traffic was very slow because of him and I was behind him so I really dont know how he determined. I feel I was victim. I received ticket now. Can anyone suggest if it is worth contesting via mail. In my case, office was wrong but court always listen to them. Any advice?


Keep filing extensions to appear in court. Chances are by the time your extensions run out and finally have to appear in court, either the cop will now show or he'll forget, then the ticket will get dismissed.


**NOT SHOW**
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0 JR
Quoting Danny:
Can I go for contest in written or hire some online services to do it. I can not go to Mariposa since it is about 3 hour drive from my home and it is not economical for me..


I don't know about your jurisdiction, but here in LA, there is a website (which is shown on the ticket) to go on line and either pay or file for an extension. Check your citation.
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