Is it illegal to avoid a red light by turning into a parking lot? [Traffic Laws]

I was pulled over by a cop at 2am who told me that this was illegal. Somebody please explain to me how this could possibly be illegal? (see drawing below)



He walked up to me as I was taking off my helmet. I had my bluetooth headset on and I bumped the "play" button by accident as he approached me so I couldn't hear what he said. After I fumbled it off, he said "That little stunt you pulled, ducking behind that truck into the mexican store to avoid the light,"  "OK", I said, "Yeah, you can't do that. It's not safe. You come out turning on 62nd and you get splattered". Seriously dude? It's 2am! There are NO cars on the road.  I looked both ways. I made a safe turn onto a road. He took my license (I didn't have my registration with me), and came back with this:

He made me wait for a really, really long time. My guess is that he was trying to think of something to nail me with. He came back talking about the total charges coming to over $500 including the "red light violation" and how he was going to "cut me a break" by not charging me with the red light violation. The obnoxious part is, I didn't violate a red light! He never should've pulled me over. Once he had me pulled over, he got me for not having my registration (which I can get dropped when I go to the court house and show it to them. I'll have to pay a $10 administrative fee, of course) and for wearing a headset under my helmet (the non-moving violation). So, now I get to go to court and hope that the judge notices I've had my scooter for a total of 2 days and the cop shouldn't have come down so hard on someone who was genuinely doing nothing wrong. Don't they have donuts they should be eating or something?

Leave your comments below :)

Is it illegal to avoid a red light by turning into parking lot? [Traffic Laws]

I was pulled over by a cop at 2am who told me that this was illegal. Somebody please explain to me how this could possibly be illegal? (see drawing below)



He walked up to me as I was taking off my helmet. I had my bluetooth headset on and I bumped the "play" button by accident as he approached me so I couldn't hear what he said. After I fumbled it off, he said "That little stunt you pulled, ducking behind that truck into the mexican store to avoid the light,"  "OK", I said, "Yeah, you can't do that. It's not safe. You come out turning on 62nd and you get splattered". Seriously dude? It's 2am! There are NO cars on the road.  I looked both ways. I made a safe turn onto a road. He took my license (I didn't have my registration with me), and came back with this:



 

 

 

 

 

He made me wait for a really, really long time. My guess is that he was trying to think of something to nail me with. He came back talking about the total charges coming to over $500 including the "red light violation" and how he was going to "cut me a break" by not charging me with the red light violation. The obnoxious part is, I didn't violate a red light! He never should've pulled me over. Once he had me pulled over, he got me for not having my registration (which I can get dropped when I go to the court house and show it to them. I'll have to pay a $10 administrative fee, of course) and for wearing a headset under my helmet (the non-moving violation). So, now I get to go to court and hope that the judge notices I've had my scooter for a total of 2 days and the cop shouldn't have come down so hard on someone who was genuinely doing nothing wrong. Don't they have donuts they should be eating or something?

Leave your comments below :)

Is it illegal to avoid a red light by turning into parking lot? [Traffic Laws]

I was pulled over by a cop at 2am who told me that this was illegal. Somebody please explain to me how this could possibly be illegal? (see drawing below)



He walked up to me as I was taking off my helmet. I had my bluetooth headset on and I bumped the "play" button by accident as he approached me so I couldn't hear what he said. After I fumbled it off, he said "That little stunt you pulled, ducking behind that truck into the mexican store to avoid the light,"  "OK", I said, "Yeah, you can't do that. It's not safe. You come out turning on 62nd and you get splattered". Seriously dude? It's 2am! There are NO cars on the road.  I looked both ways. I made a safe turn onto a road. He took my license (I didn't have my registration with me), and came back with this:



 

 

 

 

 

He made me wait for a really, really long time. My guess is that he was trying to think of something to nail me with. He came back talking about the total charges coming to over $500 including the "red light violation" and how he was going to "cut me a break" by not charging me with the red light violation. The obnoxious part is, I didn't violate a red light! He never should've pulled me over. Once he had me pulled over, he got me for not having my registration (which I can get dropped when I go to the court house and show it to them. I'll have to pay a $10 administrative fee, of course) and for wearing a headset under my helmet (the non-moving violation). So, now I get to go to court and hope that the judge notices I've had my scooter for a total of 2 days and the cop shouldn't have come down so hard on someone who was genuinely doing nothing wrong. Don't they have donuts they should be eating or something?

Leave your comments below :)

Is it illegal to avoid a red light by turning into a parking lot? [Traffic Laws]

I was pulled over by a cop at 2am who told me that this was illegal. Somebody please explain to me how this could possibly be illegal? (see drawing below)



He walked up to me as I was taking off my helmet. I had my bluetooth headset on and I bumped the "play" button by accident as he approached me so I couldn't hear what he said. After I fumbled it off, he said "That little stunt you pulled, ducking behind that truck into the mexican store to avoid the light,"  "OK", I said, "Yeah, you can't do that. It's not safe. You come out turning on 62nd and you get splattered". Seriously dude? It's 2am! There are NO cars on the road.  I looked both ways. I made a safe turn onto a road. He took my license (I didn't have my registration with me), and came back with this:



 

 

 

 

 

He made me wait for a really, really long time. My guess is that he was trying to think of something to nail me with. He came back talking about the total charges coming to over $500 including the "red light violation" and how he was going to "cut me a break" by not charging me with the red light violation. The obnoxious part is, I didn't violate a red light! He never should've pulled me over. Once he had me pulled over, he got me for not having my registration (which I can get dropped when I go to the court house and show it to them. I'll have to pay a $10 administrative fee, of course) and for wearing a headset under my helmet (the non-moving violation). So, now I get to go to court and hope that the judge notices I've had my scooter for a total of 2 days and the cop shouldn't have come down so hard on someone who was genuinely doing nothing wrong. Don't they have donuts they should be eating or something?

Leave your comments below :)