On my way to work this week, I stopped at a gas station to buy a diet coke. After I exited my car (I was standing but had not yet closed my car door), an officer pulled in off the street and turned on his lights. I thought to my self, "Looks like someone is getting a ticket." As I was moving to close my door, the officer was already out of his car and pointed at ME and begin to speak. I looked around, thinking he was speaking to someone behind me. It WAS in fact me he was talking to. He told me I ran a red light. Dumbfounded, I asked where. He told me the location, and I was shocked. I had made a right hand turn at a stop light in the location he mentioned, but to me running a red light was blasting straight through. He said I did not come to a complete stop when I turned.
I will not argue that I may have not come to a "complete" stop, but I definately did not "blast" through a red traffic signal. I know I definately slowed down, probably almost to a complete stop (at least to 1-2 mph) before turning right. It was 4am on a Tuesday morning. There was little traffic on the road.
The citation code on my ticket is 40.60.20, which cites the law when cameras are used as evidence for traffic signal moving violations
. There is no traffic camera installed at the intersection where he says I "ran a light". Other violations in regard to traffic signals are discussed in section 40.60.21.
The officers jurisdiction is in the city of Smyrna, GA. The gas station in which he turned on his lights after he pulled in I believe is outside of city limits.
He also gave me a warning for having a license plate bracket installed on my car, which he says is illegal in Georgia. None of the bracket covers any information on my license plate. I asked him why about 75% of Georgia drivers also have license plate brackets on their cars if it is illegal. His reply was "They haven't talked to ME, yet".
I remained calm (and nice), signed the ticket, then I shook his hand and thanked him for making me aware of the license plate bracket law. However, I am still quite angry about the ticket itsself.
Am I wrong to doubt the reason for him pulling me over and attempt to go to court and explain the situation, or should I just pay the ticket? Thank you.