Here are some misc. tips I found on the net on beating speeding tickets
Secrets the Cops, the Courts, and the Insurance Companies Don’t Want You to Know Disclaimer: This page was originally found on the NMA Page , and all credit is given to them.
1.The purpose of insurance is to cover unusual risk. Since the act of exceeding an unreasonably low limit is hardly unusual or dangerous, the risk assumed by the insurance company is nearly non- existent. Therefore, any surcharges issued for speeding tickets are almost pure profit.
2.The profits that an insurance company generates from speeding ticket surcharges allow them to purchase more radar and laser guns to give away free to law enforcement agencies. This allows the police to ticket more people, which in turn ensures a constant flow of revenue to the insurance company. The units will perform their revenue-enhancement duties for 3-5 years, having paid for in less than one.
3.Thousands of speeding tickets are issued by traffic law enforcers who don’t know or care how to properly operate radar, VASCAR, or other speed-measurement devices. They are ignorant of proper operating procedures, performance characteristics, and common malfunctions or errors.
4.Traffic ticket fines are the cash cow of the court system. No other class of “crime” is as profitable for state and local governments as is that of traffic tickets. Traffic courts cannot be fair and unbiased when their financial welfare depends on traffic fines.
5.It is not true that writing more tickets will result in fewer accidents. A 1995 Memorial Day ticket-writing binge in Connecticut resulted in a 67% increase in accidents over the same time period in the previous year. The federal government paid $750,000 to the state for that.
6.Many speed limits are deliberately set well below the prevailing speed of safely-driven vehicles. Doing so does not slow traffic but it does make a greater number of motorists eligible for a speeding ticket they don’t deserve.
7.There is no connection between receiving an occasional traffic ticket and the likelihood of being in an accident. Therefore, there is no justification for charging a person more for auto insurance just because they were convicted for a traffic violation.
8.Trivial or concocted traffic law violations are frequently used as an excuse to stop, detain, and search persons for whom the police have no otherwise legitimate reason to do so. “Probable cause” or “reasonable suspicion”are inserted after the fact and only if the motorist lodges a formal complaint.
9.A large proportion of the stop signs erected by local governments are illegal and in violation of state traffic regulations. They know that people don’t stop for them since the intention is to use the signs as speed control devices. This proliferation of stop signs merely increases the number of motorists who can be cited for failing to stop when there is no reason to.
10.The best protection against the “good ole boy” system where the judge, district attorney, and the arresting officer are on a first-name basis is the jury trial. Jury trials are time-consuming, expensive, and diminish the profitability of the traffic ticket system. Therefore, state-by-state, the right to a jury trial is being incrementally denied to traffic ticket defendants, all under the guise of being more fair when actually it is less.
11.Only a small fraction (about 2%) of all traffic tickets are seriously contested. The vast majority of these contested tickets are dismissed or the defendant is given a significantly reduced penalty. If just 10% of the people who received citations fought their tickets, the entire system of government extortion would collapse within a matter of months.
Most people who actually fight their speeding tickets either get significantly reduced fines, fines but no point penalty, or a thrown out case altogether. I’m not necessarily saying you won’t get pulled over, but if you know the facts, you’ll get off easier almost every time. Many times, if you make it a point to the cop that you know the laws well, he will let you go right there because he doesn’t want to show up in court to look bad.
More little tips:
*Slow down where there are median crossovers (esp. the “NO U-TURN” ones)
*Slow down before going under bridges/overpasses.
*in moderate highway traffic, stay in the middle lanes. (bad radar accuracy)
*Anyone involved in pulling you over for speeding (the gunner and whoever
stopped you) are in most states required to show up at court should you plead
not guilty. ask for a continuance and likely they won’t all be there. you get off on technicality.
*etc etc I better shut up now before I convince someone to go 150mph to their grocery store…
Anyway listen to this, and think about it. In order for points to go on your record “ALL FINANCIAL ISSUES MUST BE RESOLVED “, so what you do is you write a check for the 200$ ticket for 205$. when they get it, it will be to much, so they will have to send you back a 5$ check (just say you wrote it for too much by accident, and you weren’t sure.. it happens) , and then when you get their check, rip it up and throw it away, their check never gets cashed, and it never goes down in there banking account. so “All Financial Issues” are NOT resolved, thus the points never go on your record. Im not sure about the money part tho, ew! good luck.
Date: Wed, 2 Jun 1999 16:10:53 EDT
Subject: Re: Speeding and the Law–from a cop!!!
I am a cop. Here is the deal on radar (this is Indiana law for sure, but I am guessing federal as well). 1: Radar is pro-ponderance(sp) of the evidence. In Indiana, if I see someone driving and I observe them at a high rate of speed I can write a speeding ticket. If I have radar, this just adds to the fact that I was right in my observation. Most traffic violations in Indiana are not crimes, they are infractions. That means there is no way you could ever loss any freedom based on that offense alone. If I just want to write someone a ticket I could just write it based on my observation and a judge could determine if the state has proved its case or if the person is not guilty. If I have radar, vascar, or any other speed measuring device, then the state has more evidence in its case.
2: Radar has many different forms. At my dept. we have a hand held unit that is like a gun. Just point and pull. You can pull the trigger and its on, then let it go and its off, just that fast. You can also lock it on if you want too. The MAJORITY(Not All) of these radar devices can ONLY BE USED WHILE PARKED/STOPPED. The built in radar units are the moving radar units.
They have a small controller that you push a button to turn the unit on/off.
As far as lazer, I know nothing about it.
3: MYTH (At least in Indiana): The cop has to show you the radar gun!!! Yea right.
4: MYTH (AT least in Indiana): The cop has to be parked on a pubic road and have lights on when using radar. Yea right!!!
PS: In Indiana the radar gun has to be evaluated for its accuracy once a year. Maybe you could get a cop in court to say “I dunno when the last time it was checked.” You could get off. Just a suggestion.