Q&A - Ticketed for Crossing Double Solid Line to Avoid a Collision
I have been ticketed for crossing a double yellow line just before the end of the right hand lane in a passing zone. The reason for this manoeuvre was I had been in the right lane and catching up to another vehicle, I switched to the left lane to overtake the slower moving vehicle, I estimate the speed variation to be around 30 KPH.
When I was just off the other drivers left taillight he suddenly spots the 200m sign and abruptly switches to the left lane. I don't believe he signalled but I was probably too close to have noticed. Rather than rear ending the other vehicle I did cross the solid lines as there was no oncoming traffic and I felt this was the safest move.
The other driver when noticing that I was there immediately jerked his vehicle back into the right hand lane, so my evasive action was correct. At this point the 200m merge area was getting close to the end and as the double line immediately went to a dotted line indicating it was safe to pass, and there was still no traffic approaching, I completed my pass pulling back into the proper lane after the dotted line had started.
Now my problem is that a traffic officer which I had spotted even prior to starting to pass originally, (it is a common area for them to set up their laser equipment) pulled me over and ticketed me for crossing the double solid.
I am bothered by this as I feel I took the appropriate action to prevent an accident. Hard braking and swerving to the other lane prevent me rear ending this vehicle. If I had gone to the right and he moved back over I would have been in the wrong for passing on the right.
I think I am bothered more by the fact the other driver didn't even get pulled over even though his actions could have caused an accident. If there had been approaching traffic I know for a fact I would have clipped his back end as I tried to move to the right, it was only because I did not have to move the full width of his car to the left that we missed each other.
Do you have any suggestions on how I can avoid this ticket?