Legal MeFi, What exactly constitutes a crosswalk?
April 1, 2014 9:52 AM Subscribe
I am arguing with the city of Oakland about a parking ticket. The city thinks where I was parked constitutes a crosswalk. After going to an in-person hearing, it is clear that they are buffoons. The hearing officer had a complete misunderstanding of the law. So now I have to take them to small claims court.
posted by cman to Law & Government (12 answers total)
Thing is, there is still one argument I'm unsure about (and it's not what the hearing officer argued). Here's the definition of a crosswalk:
"Crosswalk" is either:
(a) That portion of a roadway included within the prolongation or connection of the boundary lines of sidewalks at intersection where the intersecting roadways meet at approximately right angles, except the prolongation of such lines from an alley across a street.
(b) Any portion of a roadway distinctly indicated for pedestrian crossing by lines or other markings on the surface.
As nothing is marked to indicate a crosswalk, only section (a) applies. The issue is with the emphasized portion. My claim is that the intersection is not an "approximate right angle". In fact it is a 60deg angle (or 120deg). To me this is obvious, but I want something a little more definitive to bring with me.
What can I show or say to prove my point that 60deg is not even approximately