Long time lurker, first time poster.
Ok here is the situation:
While I was traveling on I-75(in Michigan) heading north, I saw that there was an accident in the south bound lane. 2 hours later, I was listening to WWJ(talk radio that has traffic every 8 minutes) to see if the accident was cleared. The only issue that they reported was that the I-94 exits were closed because of another accident, but that would be beyond where I needed to exit the freeway so I was not concerned. As I approached the exit for I-696, where I needed to get to, there were suddenly construction barrels closing the right two lanes. I thought to my self “Oh great my exit is closed”. I get closer to the actual exit and noticed that there was about 50 feet between the last barrel and the grassy area on the gore(which I found out later is another name for a triangular strip of land). Two cars in front of me took the exit and I followed. I thought to myself that the lanes were closed and the exit was open because I had not seen a sign stating that the exit itself was closed. So I got on to the exit and there was a state police car sitting with it’s lights going where the exit spits for west bound 696 and east bound 696.
As soon as there were a few more cars queued, a police officer got out and gathered everyone’s license, proof of insurance, and registration. After about 30 minutes, he came back with his partner to hand out tickets to the people that were stopped. I had counted at least 10 cars in the group I was in. When he gave me the ticket, he pointed out the phone number for the court and told me to call within 20 days. He told me to talk to the judge and I might get lucky. We were then made to turn around and get back onto I-75. I noted that there was a four lane bridge over the gore and the width of the bridge was smaller than the distance of the last barrel and the start of the grass on the gore. Whew… that was alot of typing
Ok so here it is, my wife i telling me not to fight the ticket for improper lane use, take the points on my license, and the increase in insurance. My defense is that if they were thinking that people would take the exit, there should have been a sign posted that the exit was closed and the barrels should have extended up to the grassy part of the gore. But if they were not expecting people to take the exit, why was there a state police car there giving everyone tickets?
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