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Old 05-16-2010, 04:21 PM
 
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I was ticketed speeding at 50 mph at a 35 mph zone near Rolesville, NC. The cop was merging into a street and I was slowing down from a 45 mph zone to 35 mph zone while his car was pointed away from my car. I was less than 40 mph and slowing down while the cop stopped me. He indicated that I slowed down because I saw him and ticketed me. I don't think he had a radar gun (he was driving and facing away from me) and I think he has wrongly estimated the speed and ticketed me. I asked him if he can provide a printout from the Radar gun and he says "I'm an officer telling you that you were operating your vehicle at 50 mph"! Any suggestions how can I deal with this?
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Old 05-16-2010, 04:28 PM
 
Location: Yucaipa, California
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Its your word against a police officer. The court will believe the cop unless you can prove otherwise. Good-luck.
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Old 05-16-2010, 05:15 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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violent revolt.
or just go to court and tell them that...
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Old 05-16-2010, 05:19 PM
 
Location: Portland OR
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Go to court - unless he has an actual reading from his laser/radar gun and was not pacing you, you have a good chance of getting out of it. In NC though, a lawyer is a good idea even though 400$+ is not unrealistic for cost. With these circumstances a prayer for judgment is probably your best bet if you have a clean record. Just get ready for mailers from every lawyer in history since your ticket will be a matter of public record.

FYI - chances are you'll be vilified on here since speeding is worse than armed robbery according to many people on here.
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Old 05-16-2010, 05:32 PM
 
Location: NC
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Rolesville cops have always had a reputation for stopping people for speeding, even a couple of miles over. Locals know to take it easy driving thru there. Same for Knighdale - they are very creative about where they place their vehicle. Technically they can ticket you for going any over the limit. So many people say they'll give you 5 miles, that's a bit of a misnomer. it all depends on the cop or the depts guidelines they follow.

Sounds like he didn't use a gun and was not looking for speeders, but he came upon you and in his opinion you were speeding. Because it's your word against his, some judges will give you the benefit of the doubt, some will not.

It also sounds like you were in the 35 zone and still slowing down from the 45 zone..if so, then you were speeding. Lots of people are caught this way.

I guess you could ask the DA to reduce it, or take a PFJ or take your chances.
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Old 05-16-2010, 06:01 PM
 
Location: NC
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FYI - chances are you'll be vilified on here since speeding is worse than armed robbery according to many people on here.
You must be psychic, or too young to realize that speeding is selfish and immature. I get what you are saying, interesting analogy. However, being a mature adult and realizing that speeding is idiotic and can cause accidents or kill people, if someone speeds I have no sympathy for them if they get caught. In this case, the OP sounds like they were attempting to slow down to comply with the speed limits.

Why would you think speeding is ok, almost inocuous...? You seem indignant that anyone would dare compare it to other unacceptable behavior. In this area we have seen so many teenagers die because they were speeding. Their innocent passengers killed too -all because they rode with the wrong person. A former colleague of mine was killed in a head on wreck on I-40, 3 yrs ago. The work truck that hit him was going in the opposite direction, crossed lanes and the median when the driver lost control because of speeding. That driver is now in jail. My colleague was always nervous about driving on I-40 having seen the crazy speeders. So he bought a car with the most safety features he could find. A week later he was dead - killed on his way to work. As a single dad, he left behind a young child with no parents to raise him.

Speeders should be vilified. One almost hit my daughter last week as she was getting out of my car onto the school bus, the car missed her by maybe 3" as it squeezed between my car and the bus. If you live long enough, you will know somebody affected by a speeders selfish actions.
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Old 05-16-2010, 06:05 PM
 
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I was in a class years ago with a cop. He said that after years of sitting with a radar gun checking speeds of cars that he absolutely positively could identify the speed of any car about 100 percent of the time. Made sense to me.

Better get a lawyer.

Oh, BTW, Raleigh is the sixth most dangerous city in the country for pedestrian deaths. The others are in Florida, and I think one in TN. In Florida, it's probably the senior citizens. In TN, it's probably the hills. In Raleigh, it's the people who think speeding is no big deal.
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Old 05-16-2010, 06:34 PM
 
Location: Portland OR
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sometimes I feel like Nostradamus
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Old 05-16-2010, 06:45 PM
 
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NOooooo. Speeding isn't like armed robbery.

It can kill faster, and the killer never meant to do any harm.

Have you ever been at the scene of an accident where someone (such as a child) was run over by a speeding car? It stays with you. Forever.

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sometimes I feel like Nostradamus
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Old 05-16-2010, 06:45 PM
 
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FWIW if it's where I'm thinking the OP was that stretch used to continue as a 55 mph for another mile or two. If it's Louisburg (401) up to Rolesville it's a 55 until you hit a fairly new 35. You can't tell me that one day it was safe to go 55 and the next unsafe to go above 35.

Keep in mind there have been some studies that show that speeding actually is safer in some circumstances because it demands more attention from the driver. Same with windy twisty roads vs. long straight highways.

There's speeding which is going 68 in a 65 on the highway and there's careless and wreckless operation of a motor vehicle which would be like going 55 in a 25. Are they both technically speeding? Sure...
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