Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Ellicott City, MD
I am so damned pissed - ticket
I was heading in to work and I-70 ends in a park and ride. Speed limit goes from 65 to 55 then 40 and then 25 over the course of about 2 miles. I had my cruise control set to 65 the whole way in to work and then I knocked it down to about 60 once I hit the 55 zone. I had turned it off and was costing down before I hit the 40 zone, I was going at most 55 probably more like 50 when I hit it. State trooper pulls out and yanks me for speeding.
No not 50 in a 40, not 55 in a 40. 78 in a 40 zone!
There was no one, I mean NO ONE going more then 55mph anywhere near the guys radar.
I am so enraged, I mean I am friggen livid right now. I honestly feel like just taking off of work even though I just got here and going home.
I have zero tickets, zero warnings, hell zero pull overs in my history and I rarely ever go more then 5mph over the speed limit, sometimes I'll streach it to 7 or 10 over.
So anyone have any ideas how to fight it in court?
Oh yeah, the cop was also a royal jerk. He walked up license and registration, 78 in a 40. Walked away without even simply a good morning or please. Comes back with the ticket the "you have 15 days to pay the fine or else you'll get a court summons, signing is not an admision of guilt". I mention, VERY nicely that I am not sure how he got me doing 78 in a 40 since I had my cruise set to 60 and had turned it off and was slowing down before the 40mph speed limit sign. He suddenly gets and attitude "Well sir, I have you on radar and you were going 78 in a 40" I replied, NICELY again, "Oh, I am very sorry officer, you may want to check the calibration because I am sure I wasn't going that fast" and he replied "Well sir, maybe you should get your car calibrated because my radar is perfectly accurate, you are free to leave and I suggest you do that now".
I mean TOTAL ass. I was really being totally polite and calm even though he was busting out the attitude BIG time.
$290 ticket and possibly points on my license for something I DIDN'T DO!
I hope I get a mildly understanding judge, at least one who will actually listen to what I say. Character witnesses allowed? I am being semi-serious since every single one of my friends, family members and co-workers know I drive slow as balls, always.