SAN JOSE -- Being mayor of America's 10th largest city doesn't necessarily earn you a break from the black-and-whites when you're motoring about town, as San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed found out Tuesday morning when a cop ticketed him for a traffic violation on his way to work.
Reed's office confirmed the mayor got a ticket at 7:35 a.m. for failing to use his turn signal at the intersection of North White and Mabury roads, 2.3 miles from his northeast San Jose home, while driving his Toyota Prius hybrid to City Hall.
Reed's spokeswoman said the mayor was in the right-turn lane heading south on North White Road when an officer in a standard marked San Jose Police sedan pulled him over and cited him for a violation of California Vehicle Code section 22108. The Department of Motor Vehicles says that code section requires that "any signal of intention to turn right or left shall be given continuously during the last 100 feet traveled by the vehicle before turning."
A DMV spokeswoman said Reed had no previous violations on his driving record.
"I am a cautious driver, and this was my first ticket in decades," Reed said in a statement through his office.
His spokeswoman said Reed hasn't decided whether to contest the citation, which she said carries a $35 fine, or to consider traffic school as an alternative to resolve the violation.
Reed's ballot measure to reduce city pensions whose costs have more than tripled in a decade drew
Reed's office said Tuesday he doesn't believe the pension controversy had anything to do with his being cited for a traffic violation.
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