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originally posted by: Lolliek
I've done a search on related threads, but none really answered my question. Google doesn't help much, either. I was pulled over for speeding the other day while taking my son to school, but there is no way I would have been driving as fast as the police officer said I was. I didn't argue with him because 1) my son was in the car, and 2) nothing good ever comes from arguing with a police officer (especially in Charleston, SC), and 3) I was in a fairly deep conversation with my son, so wasn't really paying attention to my speedometer, so couldn't say how much over I might have been going. He didn't tell me what the speed was until AFTER he handed me the ticket, and I was shocked.
This is what happened:
I was driving on a road that is posted 55. I had just turned onto it about a mile prior from my street. A car was coming toward me, and as it got closer I saw that there was a cop car behind it - actually right on the other car's tail. As I passed, that's when the cop did a u-turn and flipped on his blue lights. It took a couple of seconds to register that he was pulling me over. Like I said, I was talking to my son so didn't know exactly how fast I was going. We weren't late, and I drive that road every day. For ATS old-timers, you know that I was in a car accident years ago that has left me disabled, and have a handicap license plate. I DO tend to drive faster than the posted speed, but never (or rarely) more than 9 miles over unless I'm passing. I was flustered, so everything that I should have done or said just flew out of my brain! Anyway, when he came back to give me the ticket, he told me that I was driving 71 mph, the fine was $189, and it would be 3 points on my insurance.
Given the fact that I hadn't been on the road long, drive an '08 minivan, wasn't late (in fact we still made it to school on time), and the only time I'd go 71 is on a highway, is it possible that the radar gun was wrong??? If he even used one (I forgot to ask, and it's not on the ticket), can it register a speed of an oncoming car while tailing another car? I don't know what to do. Just pay the fine and chalk it up to "Stupid Tax", or go to traffic court? I did look up the cop - he's young and graduated Patrol school, or whatever it's called, in 2014.
This just doesn't feel right to me, but I'm not sure what to do. Any constructive advice would be appreciated.
Various types of radar equipment: Hand held, dashmounted, front and back facing as to catch you passing the other way, laser? All calibrated when? How long ago? How old is it? What was the posted and your registered speed? Were you the only vehicle in all lanes-to be positive it was your car?