Asked in Traffic Tickets and Car Accidents for California

Q: Is it proper procedure to be issued a ticket while sitting in the left turn lane in the middle of traffic?

I felt it was unsafe to be stopped in the middle of traffic. I could have made my turn and pulled over where it was safe. He unnecessarily impeded traffic and created a dangerous situation for all other motorists.

2 Lawyer Answers

Dale S. Gribow

  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Palm Desert, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: More info needed.

i would need to know the probable cause for his citing you and whether he pulled you over etc.

the officer probably just saw you impeding traffic.

if you explain what happened i think the judge would dismiss.

William John Light

  • Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Riverside, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: If you aren't hurt and are just complaining about police practices and the location where the ticket was issued, make a complaint with the Department. To answer your question, the policed can be liable if you are hurt if the police expose you to an unreasonable risk of danger by forcing you to stop in a dangerous location. Once the police make you stop, they have a special relationship with you and have a duty to protect you.

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