Ticket - No Headlights - Had only HID 35W fogs ON, can i fight it?
This night at 9:10pm i was driving to a soccer field having my 35W HID 6000K lights on, my headlights were OFF. On the corner of the intersection i saw a police car at the red light. I made a right turn and immidiatly turned my headlights on. Knowing that my car is lowered, has rims, very clean, and shiny, cops always try to find a reason to pull me over. In the rear view mirror i saw a cop making a u-turn and right after me. The cruiser followed me for a mile than pulled me over. I sort of knew why they did it, because here at UF cops are picky about alot of things and have no life what so ever. Both officers approached me from both sides. On the drivers side was a female officer who did not start a conversation, and on my passengers side was a male officer. He asked me why they pulled me over, i sad i didnt. He asked why werent my headlights on? i responded that i didnt notice they werent. He asked how many turns does it take to turn your fogs? I said 1, then he asked how many turns to turn the headlights? i said 2. Than he mentioned, "I noticed you turned them on right after you made that turn." Basically lady did not say a word, took my license and registration and left to the cruiser. A male officer went to the front of my car to look at it, than approached my side and told me that i probably put lots of money into it!! Is it stock white pearl or custom painted? I replied it was stock, the hole car pretty much stock, keeping it clean and shiny "washed it 1.5 hours ago". Than i asked what makes you think i have put lots of money into it? "I felt a little offended cause i put way more time than money", he sort of noticed that and replied "I am giving you a compliment, i am a car guy, i like nice cars". I thanked him, than he went back to the cruiser. 10 minutes after a lady comes back with the citation of me not having my headlights on!! I asked her, is there a possibility you can give me a warning? She was quiet for a minute than replied, "You didnt have your headlights on," I asked her if my fogs weren't bright enough for the motorists to see me? She replied, "Sign here!", I did sign, no need to go to jail. Than she added "It is unsafe not having your headlights on, they need to be on at all times, so motorists can see you!", I was a little surprised, was not sure if she was slow or if she was like every other cop harrasing me because of how my car looks?
Anyways, what i dont understand is this:
1. If my fogs are brighter than Halogen bulb headlights, is it still illegal to have only HID fogs on?
2. I know u get a ticket for having NO lights or only side markers on, but did not see anything on the internet about anyone getting a ticket for NO HEADLIGHTS with bright FOGS?
if you know of anyone who had a similar story, please post it here.
Now, i do understand that my best bet is to pay it and do a traffic school, but i already did it twice, one was 2 years ago, and the other 4 years ago for an accident at which police officer found me at fault since the other person in the accident was a 17 y.o. female who started crying, freaking out, making a big deal about it, i guess cop felt really sorry for her and figure it it would be wise to blame a 18 y.o. male.
I can only do 5 traffic schools in my whole life time, and i have a long life in front of me, so using one would be smart but not wise.
I was thinking of going to court to reason out with a judge. Everyone on the internet who has gotten the same ticket claimed its better to pay and do traffic school. Well, their case was that most of them had "NO LIGHTS AT ALL". Does it mean that by me getting a ticket of this time "FOGS ARE NOT CONSIDERED LIGHTS?", at my position, would it be better for a police office to give me a warning to have my Headlights on as well? Or does it make him/her ignorant that I HAD SOME LIGHTS ON, and giving me a citations for no headlights on.
So, please, someone let me know if i have a good chance fighting this ticket in court if a cop shows up?
I have another option, paying a lawyer to take care of it and on the court date to show up to at the court when the lawyer will be fighting it? Most lawyers dismiss the ticket for $70, but after the case if closed i used to get $200-250 of court fees.
Please, let me know your suggestions.
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