First off, I was "in the wrong" on this, so I'm not looking for sympathy...
1) I've crossed this intersection hundreds of times.
2) Approaching intersection at a major highway crossing controlled by a traffic signal. Left turn lanes in my direction and opposing. The crossing highway has a RED light and is stopped. The opposing side goes first, with both its left and its straight drivers going simultaneously.
3) I reach the intersection on the edge of the right-hand "straight" direction lane, to cross. I roll to a stop, but remain upright (not unclipped), and do a semi trackstand waiting for our turn, which (by my experience) is about three seconds away.
4) The opposing side clears, meaning NO CARS in sight coming from the opposing direction. The crossing highway cars are stopped fully. Our green light is now about two seconds away.
You can see this coming...
5) I enter the intersection while our light is still red, and begin to cross. A motorcycle police officer swings out from the crossing shoulder (my left periphery) with his siren on as I get midway into the intersection. The light is now green in our direction (the delay might have been two seconds, but more likely 1 - 1 1/2 seconds before changing).
6) The officer, a sargeant, would not offer to warn me, but insisted that he wouldcsite me for "disregarding a traffic signal". Fair enough.
So, my only defense in court would be whether the officer acted "reasonably" in citing me. I don't mind the fine or the impact to my VA driver's license. I just have the feeling that he didn't need to go to this extreme to make his point.
Again, I'm in the wrong here. Flame away, and thanks in advance.