It was a K-turn, not a U-turn
February 13, 2013 4:01 PM Subscribe
I got my first traffic ticket (boo) and not sure whether to fight it or pay it. It's for an illegal U-turn in PA. I think it's BS (no, really), but not sure if it's worth fighting. I also don't want to get points on my license.
I made a U-turn to get into the entrance to my friend's storage unit. It was only the 2nd time I'd been there and I'm not familiar with the roads. There was literally no traffic in either direction, so I made a U-turn and pulled in. There was a posted "No U-turn" signs, BUT it was well before I got to the entrance to the place and I didn't see it, because I didn't realize I needed to make a U-turn until after I decided to make one. [Specifically, there was a slight median where the entrance was, so I had to get past the median. The U-turn sign was maybe 50-100 feet before the median ended.] It wasn't at an intersection, and it's been over 10 years since I got my license, so my memory of U-turn rules is you can do them unless there's a sign that says not to. I looked up the law and it says unless posted no U-turn or on a curve (it was just before a curve so the officer counted it as being on a curve as well).
So, I feel it was unfair because it wasn't posted at the place where people would actually be turning around -- it's just into the county border and it feels like a ticket-trap. It's a $112 ticket, and I hate the bother of going to court if I'm not going to win. But I'm also concerned about points (PA document says 3 points).
So here are my questions:
-Do they give out points automatically, or is it on a case-by-case basis?
-Do I really have a chance if I fight this?
-If I try to fight it, can they raise the violation or give me more points?
-Bonus question: how they hell do they get a $25 fine up to $112?