Last Thanksgiving Day, a friend of mine was issued a traffic ticket for disregarding an “official traffic control device” on the access road alongside of a highway that was being repaired. The venue of the offense was Hill County, Texas—about 70 miles south of my friend’s home at Dallas. He was assessed $150 for the offense.
The fine wasn’t large, but he nevertheless wanted to fight the ticket asked if I could help.
I told him to send me a photo copy of the ticket he received and I’d see if I could devise some questions to pose to the person or entity that issued the ticket. It was my hope that the “ticket” (being a Notice) would create the recipient’s “right of inquiry” (right to ask questions about the Notice) and the sender’s correlative duty to answer his questions. It was my hope that if such questions were sufficiently insightful, they might slow or stop prosecution. (For more insight into the strategy of posing questions, see the articles posted under the category “Notice” on this blog.)
I told my friend that I believed it was important that such questions be drafted and mailed to the gov-co as soon as possible.