Got into this trouble while travelling to a small town yesterday.
I parked my car on the side of a road and saw the ticket stating the car's within 3m of a fire hydrant. I then took a picture with myself in it, spreading my arms out (about 1.75m), with one hand touch the hydrant. From the picture it's clear that there has to be more than 2 of my arm length between where my car was parked and the fire hydrant, meaning that they were at least 3.5 m apart. In this case, is it likely I could get the charge dropped if I go to court and appeal this? And any heads-ups you guys can think of in regard to this? And also, the officer cannot drop this charge and go for another one right in the court, can he?
Thanks a lot in advance!
The picture is no "smoking gun".
I suggest you read the bylaw you were charged with before trying to make any type of defense. Let's just assume they'd take your picture into account and take your word that the car hadn't been moved.buddy64 wrote:I then took a picture with myself in it, spreading my arms out (about 1.75m), with one hand touch the hydrant.
Majority of hydrant bylaws read as followed "...within three (3) metres of the point on the edge of the roadway nearest any fire hydrant". So measuring from the hydrant would already a mistake. Measuring this way would put the distance in your favor.