Q&A - Ticket Advice Request for Failing to Yield & Unsafe Lane Change
Q: I need advice to dispute two traffic tickets, Disobey Yield Sign - Section 173(2) MVA and Change Lane Unsafely - Section 151(a) MVA.
Here is what happened to me on Friday night:
There was heavy traffic waiting on Still Creek Avenue in Burnaby and I was waiting in it to turn onto Willingdon Avemue in a southbound direction. When it is my turn I (fully) stopped just about the pedestrian crossing line and then rolled forward a little bit to have a clear view. I saw there is one vehicle in the right lane just leaving the top of the bridge to my left. It was probably about 60 meters away (I measured it from Google Maps).
I quickly turned right, entering the curb lane. After I was on Willingdon, I changed one lane to my left as the curb lane is an HOV lane.
The lights were red at the Grandview Highway, so all the vehicles are waiting for it in the left lane and middle lane. I changed into the middle lane (not in a quick way) to avoid hitting the vehicle behind me on my left.
After I changed to the middle lane halfway (or even further, because I don’t think I blocked the HOV lane), the driver in the HOV lane vehicle honks at me.
I stopped at the middle lane to wait for the red light. About one second later the vehicle in the HOV lane vehicle passes me.
The vehicle stopped behind me turned out to be the police.
I was pulled over and given the two tickets, disobey yield sign and change lane unsafely.
The officer said because I cut into traffic and changed two lanes, I had made the lane change unsafely.
He also said because the driver honked at me, I had disobeyed the yield sign. I cannot see that I changed lanes unsafely, as the right lane is HOV. Once I entered the right lane, I changed to middle lane and there was no vehicle within a short distance behind me.
I don’t understand the ticket for disobey yield sign, as I did a fully stop at the stop sign. There is no yield sign at that intersection.
Thanks in advance!