Red Light-Proceed before green HTA 144(18)
After a long day at work and while driving home, I came to a full and complete stop at a red traffic light in a four-way intersection.
I spaced it, and treated the red light as a four-way-stop and after looking in both directions and determining that there was no traffic, I proceeded through the intersection before the light turned green.
There was a police vehicle stopped several cars back, facing the opposite direction that I was travelling, and they made a 3-point turn and pulled me over and ticketed me for "Red Light-Proceed before green HTA 144(18 ) ".
I selected to go to trial, requested and received Disclosure which consists of the ticket and a single page of the Officer's notes, which state the facts as indicated above, noting that I was stopped, traffic at intersection was stopped both directions, and that I then proceeded straight through on a red light.
Of course, I'm hoping that the Officer doesn't show up.
And I'm expecting that otherwise, I'll probably be convicted and pay the fine & points.
So... do I have any defense?
The only defense I can come up with is that the Officer cannot testify that the traffic light I was facing was actually Red.
He can only testify that the traffic light *he* was facing, in the opposite direction, was red. He did not proceed through the intersection, and at no point did he observe the traffic light I was facing.
His notes do not indicate that he checked correct operation of the traffic lights at any point after he ticketed me.
comments or suggestions?