My question is pure speculation about going to traffic court vs just paying the fine. I was cited under Ohio’s “Move Over” law, which requires drivers to move over for workers and vehicles with flashing lights. I was driving westbound on I-70 west of Columbus, Ohio, and did not see the officer’s vehicle on the shoulder soon enough to move into the open lane. Instead, I slowed down and moved to the far edge of my lane then moved back into the center of my lane. The officer said he noted the lane next to me was clear, so I should have moved over, and gave me a $140 ticket.
The part that annoyed me is that I always slow down and move over for law enforcement/emergency vehicles, workers, bicycles, pedestrians, etc. Of course, the officer does not know my driving habits or history other than his computer tells him I am an old coot of 62 with no tickets for over 20 years. I considered making the court appearance, but it did not seem worth the 16-hour-round-trip drive. The $140 fine does not bother me as much as the citation on my driving record and admitting guilt when I feel I made a good faith effort to slow down and give the officer’s car extra space. I do not have a dashcam, so I guess it just would have come down to my word vs the officer’s word. My question is directed to those of you that have challenged a citation in court. What do you think my chances of having the ticket dismissed would have been?