Are local authorities deliberately not appearing in court after ticketing cyclists for non-existent violations?
I had yet another traffic case yesterday where the officer failed to show up. It was a case I most certainly planned to win, because the cyclist was ticketed for riding to the left of the fog line on the Mt. Lemmon Highway. This officer (Deputy Alvaro Arizpuru) apparently believes that cyclists must ride on the shoulder if one exists. Evidently, a number of these tickets have been issued, and I agreed to take on this case at an extremely reduced rate in order to help put a stop to further ticketing.
After being hired by the cyclist, preparing for trial, and showing up for trial, the case was dismissed because the officer failed to show.
Now, perhaps he was called to some terrible emergency en route to the courthouse. Or perhaps something tragic occurred that prevented him from appearing. I hope not. But it seems to have been happening a lot lately with these tickets, and I am starting to suspect that cyclists are getting ticketed for things the officers wish were illegal, but are not, and which the department then fails to prosecute should the cyclist challenge them.