Q&A - Failing to Stop for Police
Hello.. I have a wee question that your experience might be able to offer some perspective for? I received a traffic citation for failing to obey an officer.
I approached 2 police vehicles in a meridian with a car parked between them. I could not see if it was Road block or MOA. I slowed my vehicle and moved to the right to allow passage of EMTs if necessary. The officer was standing at the side of the first vehicle, front wheel. He was difficult to see because the vehicle's lights shone into approaching traffic.
As I approached, he made a hand gesture at his side. I interpreted the gesture as "slow down". I slowed my vehicle even more. As I drove by a second officer stepped out into the lane and made the typical raised hand stop signal and motioned for me to pull over... which I did.
The first officer approached and asked if I saw him telling me to pull over. I apologised and told him I thought he was indicating for me to slow down. He asked if I had heard him call out and I replied no as I had the heater fan on high due to the cold temperature. He gave me a citation for failure to obey.
The court date is coming up and I am wondering if it is worth it to dispute it. If I don't dispute it I believe that 2 points will be applied to my license. It is frustrating when a person tries to be cooperative and conscientious and then are penalised. As a note, the officers on the opposite side of the stop were using the traditional lighted traffic batons to direct the traffic.
Any input or thoughts would be appreciated.