Originally Posted by LodiHal
Picked up another stray...
Good for you and Janet for helping him out..
RTW traveler Bjorn Holland ( www.panomoto.com
) returned from San Francisco Sunday afternoon so he could change his chain and sprockets in the shop and visit for another evening so I could help him with another problem.
On 6/15 he was cited by a Yosemite Park Ranger for "passing over the double yellow".
He had done so when after following a lone car for many miles the driver slowed in a short straightaway as if inviting him around. There being no other vehicle behind or oncomming so he passed. 7 miles later after he had passed thru the exit/entrance booth leaving the north entrance he noticed a Ranger behind him which followed him for several minutes and then pulled him over. Noticing his UK license plate the officer made small talk then cited him for "Unsafer Operation" 36 CFR 4.22(b)(1) due to "zero tollerance" policy regarding infractions.
Bjorn explained the driver failed to use any of the available turnouts and then slowed to give him the oppertunity to pass and since he had a clear line of site he passed, never even exceeding the 35 mph speedlimit going around him and felt he had done nothing :Unsafe", infact he had been traveling the World for many years without an accident or ticket and had no interest in taking risks so far from home. Officer wrote him a $275.00 ticket and warned him to pay or there'd be a warrant issued for his arrested. Nice way to welcome a foreign visitor ???????
I advised him no harm in trying to get the ticket dismissed or reduced so lets make some calls.
Bjorn had previously tried to call the 800 number on the ticket at Central Violation Bureau in San Antonio, Tx but only got a recorded loop.
I went online and found the number for the Yosemite Chief of Ranges, called and he answered. He naturally defended his officer saying they did not profit from giving citations but did give me the number for the District Attorney who would be responsible for the case. Bjorn called yesterday and got an assistant DA and explained the facts, that he felt he had done nothing "Unsafe", that the ticket was unjust and on his $1000 per month budget this was an extreem hardship. Bjorn explained how in Europe and most other countries "common sence" is the "Law" of the road and he was used to looking out for himself and felt he was a very safe rider.
The Assistant DA seemed sympathetic and will review the matter with the "Boss" and call him today.
Bjorn has a 10 year USA visa and wants to return so he will pay if that is the only resolution as doing the court thing is not an option.
Bjorn advises he has never seen a country with so many 4-way stops and excess signage.
He left yesterday at 10:00am headed for Crater Lake then on to Seattle for a few days before heading for Deadhorse/Prudhoe Bay.
It was fun to meet him and get the scoop on traveling the world.
He had no issues in South America, Central America or Mexico durring his 1 1/2 years it took to get thru them. Suggested I take it in stages leaving the bike and returning later to continue. He liked the DR650 I built (he took it for a spin) as he is considering one for Africa since his BMW f650 will have 80K when done with North America.
His advise is to "JUST GO" !!!!!!