Failure to drive in proper lane:
I frequently run out of gas, as was the case here.
I had stalled out while sitting in traffic on I84 west in waterbury ct
My suv 1998 mercury mountaineer for what ever reason after it stalls out if turned off and waited 5 min it will start back up and get another 1-2 miles down the road going under 15 miles per hour.
I have frequently stalled on the highway and have been able to make it to a gas station because of this.
I always sit in the shoulder then drive in the shoulder at 10-15 miles per hour staying out of traffic until i reach an exit.
on this occasion I stalled out in heavy dead stop traffic, I entered the shoulder waited and re started my car, drove as i do with flashers on to the next exit, but another car came behind me and followed off the exit, after which we were both pulled over for the above infraction.
I stated to the officer I was just trying to safely exit the high way before I ran out of gas completely. He stated "thats still failure to drive in the proper lane"
I searched online and found that numerous sites say if at all possible to safely exit the high way because the shoulder is not a safe place to be. they sited deaths on the shoulder every year etc.
What I would like to know is: Is there any defense to driving
safely off the highway using the shoulder if the car is partially disabled and unable to maintain the minimum speed of the highway. like in my case or if you have a partially flat tire etc.
I need something solid for a defense if there is one.