Q: I was given a ticket for running a stop sign at a school crossing at 6:50 first day of school. The sign was just put up.
I was unaware the sign was even up (It wasn't up the morning before), til I noticed the officer setting there and I glanced out my window just in time to catch a glimpse of the stop sign as I passed it, it was 6:50a.m. and there was no persons present and as I passed the school there was only one car there. Shouldn't he of gave me a warning? Shouldn't the school have up some kind of signs saying there's a stop sign ahead? Maybe flashing lights? Shouldn't there be some time on when they can write a ticket for running it in a school zone? Something?
A: He is not obligated to give you a warning. The stop sign is an iconic symbol and designed in a fashion that it allows people to see the sign in plenty of time to stop. Street signs are typically not the responsibility of the school district to maintain, unless it is in their parking lot, however, based on your comments I assume that is not the case. Oklahoma statute does not require flashing lights on a stop sign. As far as running it in a school zone, if there is a time on the school zone sign then outside of that time would be a regular ticket for failure to stop, if it is within the time of the school zone hours, then the citation can be enhanced as inside a school zone. If you are still interested in fighting this citation then contact an attorney and let them assist you.
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