The saga of Fred’s Port Orange traffic citations has ended with a dismissal of the charges. Discussion of Fred’s troubles in Port Orange have appeared throughout the comments and on the forum, but here is the summary:
In February, Fred was pulled over in Port Orange for controlling a narrow lane on a multi-lane road. He was informed by 2 officers that he was required to ride on the far right edge of the lane. The officers were not interested in actually reading the WHOLE statute which gives Fred the right to use the full lane. Instead they told him they would ticket him if they saw him controlling the lane again. They made good on the promise. Twice. And basically promised to continue citing him if he continued “testing” them. And it wasn’t just cops in the field, the impetus for this harassment was coming straight from the chief of police.
Fred had no choice but to hire a lawyer to fight the tickets. Losing would essentially deny him the right to travel safely on the public roads in Port Orange. It’s expensive to have to fight for your civil rights. It was worth it, though. The citations were dismissed without Fred having to go to court.
Fred has graciously offered all of the documents related to his ordeal to all other cyclists. The PDF linked below includes all of the official documents: scans of the citations; letters to the court; supporting documentation included in those letters and his dismissal document. This is a terrific reference for anyone experiencing similar problems.
He will be laminating all of them and carrying them in his Velomobile. Hopefully that will end any further discussion with misinformed officers.
Many Thanks to Fred!