Q&A - Disputing Speeding in a Playground Zone Ticket
I received a Violation Ticket (Speed in Playground Zone) about a year ago and will be disputing it at some point... (I still have not received my court date)
I am disputing the ticket based on the fact that, from my point of view, I was not in a playground zone. The ICBC "Learn to Drive Smart" book states that, "When you reach the back of the school zone sign on the other side of the street, you'll know you have reached the end of the 30 km/h zone" (Pg. 84).
Driving along the street I was ticketed on went like this:
- I saw a 30 km/h sign on my right and slowed down.
- After ~30 m, I saw the back of a 30 km/h sign and increased my speed back to 50 km/h.
- The street turns around a corner, and it is about at this point that the officer registered my speed.
- The next 30 km/h sign on the right is ~100 m from this point.
This street is Beach Ave. in Vancouver. After speaking with the officer and walking up and down the street to determine where the signs are (I figured that I must have missed seeing one), it is clear that the entire street is intended to be a playground zone. However, there was no way for me to know this while I was driving down the street.
My question is: What would be the best way to present this information in court?
I currently have a screenshot of a Google Maps satellite image of the area, and have marked the locations of the 30 km/h signs. Would it be best to bring a copy of this and give it to the judge? Should I take pictures of the street and the signs as well?
Follow-up question: I was travelling 52 km/h when the officer registered my speed. If I am successful in disputing that I was not in a playground zone, can I still receive a regular speeding ticket?
Thanks very much in advance for reading my lengthy description!