Can I beat a traffic citation for passing a school bus?

@Calli550 (189)
United States
November 27, 2006 2:09pm CST
I received a ticket in Florida for passing a school bus. My view is that it was "entrapment" for lack of a better word. I was in heavy traffic in north bound lane of a 4-lane, 2-way street that is separated by a wide turning lane. From a distance, I spotted 3 sheriff's deputy cars parked at angles in the turning lane and I slowed to a crawl. I thought I was coming up on an accident and would soon see a deputy waving traffic out of the way. Not wanting to hit a cop, I kept my eye straight on the police cars. When I finally made it past them and saw through the traffic that there was not an accident, the police cars did U turns and pulled me and someone else over. I never even saw the bus that he said was stopped in the far opposite southbound lane. I know to stop for a school bus, but the deputies created a distraction in the center lane, and I never looked away from them. It was rush hour, 4pm; not the time schools let out here. I have no other tickets on my record, ever.
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@carmat (2850)
• Canada
28 Nov 06
Plead your case and hope for the best, I wouldn't expect that you will get away but in my opinion don't blame anyone else while your in court, take personal responsibility for what happened and ask for leniancy
• United States
27 Nov 06
You can try if you want... but I would just pay the ticket if I were you. Florida courts don't like to play nice.