Last July, I posted this thread about a traffic ticket I got while commuting through Renton. I was cited for not riding as closely to the right side of the road as possible, and for failing to signal my turn from Rainer Ave. S. into S.W. Sunset. Yesterday I had my court appearance.
I was all set. I'd taken pictures of the street so I could talk about road surface conditions. I has a copy of the Washington State Traffic Safety Commission pamphlet wherein it says not to take your hands off the bars if it was unsafe. I'd exercised my right to discovery and I'd subpoenaed the officer. I was ready and willing to make my case before the judge.
The officer didn't show up. Case dismissed.
I've got to admit I've got mixed feelings here. On the one hand, I'm happy that I don't have to pay a fine any my record continues clean. On the other hand, though, I was rather looking forward to getting a formal ruling on not removing my hands from the bars to signal the turn. The charge about not riding closely enough to the right side of the road was completely bogus and I didn't have any concerns about it at all, but it would have been nice to have a precedent that you, I, and anyone else could use in defense against a Failure To Signal charge. Maybe next time .
I'd like to thank Jim (sorry, I don't know your last name) for showing up. Jim and I often meet up during one part of the other of the commute, and it was nice to have someone there.