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I received what think is a bogus ticket yesterday, on the morning ride to work. Yesterday it was raining all day, people around here seem to drive slower in rain. Iím on a country road with a speed limit between 45 to 55mph depending on the area. Iíve been following a car that is doing 35 mph, for the past 2 miles, about Ĺ mile back I pass a state troop waiting at stop sign from a side road, he pulls out behind me. About 1 mile up the road is a passing zone, speed limit on this part of the road is 55 mph, car is still going 35 mph. Itís a single yellow line and broken yellow line passing zone, as I get to the passing zone, I pull out and pass the car, not going over 55 mph. Just as I get pass the car, the LEO pulls out passes the car and pulls behind me, and puts his lights on. I pull off the road about ľ mile up. The Leo states I crossed the center line before the passing the zone stated and gave me a ticket for passing on a double yellow line. I really do thing this is a bogus ticket, I plan to fight this one.

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-07-2011, 08:43 PM
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Definitely fight that one. Ask to see the video? If no video then it's your word against his. That is kind of a dumb ticket anyway! I find it hard to believe he gave that ticket unless he was short on his quota? You should win!
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... about Ĺ mile back I pass a state troop waiting at stop sign from a side road, he pulls out behind me. ...
I would fight it but anytime itís just your word vs. a LEO itís a tough nut to crack because most judges will give the benefit of the doubt to the cop.

In court I would try to get the LEO to acknowledge that you passed him when he was at the at the stop sign (and be specific about which crossroad it was) and that he then pulled out behind you... That will establish that you knew he was behind you all along and as such would have had to be nuts to cross the double yellow...

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You might even mention that as a former Eagle pilot maintaining a high level of SA (Situational Awareness) is part of your DNA. `Of course I knew he was there. I make a point of always knowing where ALL the potential threats areí.
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as with any ticket, go to the court to fight it if there is any doubt in your mind. You have to pay for the court fees anyways in the ticket fee, so why not show up and let them at least reduce the fine.

I got out of a BS $700 move over law ticket in suwanenee georgia once.

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Depending on how your state deals with contested tickets you may be able to argue the case before the DA office with out going to court. I did this a few times in CT and got out of the tickets completely because I made my case. If your state doesn't offer this then I would still fight it...sounds like he just needed to fill a quota or didn't like bikers...

Had a Statey follow me for a while one day....I turned up an obscure road off the main road and he followed so I knew he was tailing me waiting for me to screw up. This road goes out to the middle of no where and he eventually gave up and turned around.. I figure he ran the plate found out there was no warrants and no other issues with my license so he gave up. I like taking LE on magical mystery tours
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Fight it, accept nothing but a decision in your favor.

I've had LOTS of traffic stops, but one sticks out. Years ago, I had a state boy stop me one evening and accuse me of riding under the influence. It was a little past 10pm. I had just come out of class at the university I was studying at and had a backpack full of books on my back. I asked him if he thought I took my books to parties and this inflamed him. It was probably the wrong thing to say at that moment. He gave me a breathalyzer test and it came up obviously negative. He then wrote me up with a written warning of all things. I gave him the what for and he said to get out of his car (he had demanded I sit in his car to take the breath test). He peeled out squalling tires and all and left. I geared back up and left, but noticed up the street he had ducked into a drive way. After I went past him, he pulled out behind and rode my rear wheel so close I might have been able to reach back and touch the hood of the trooper car. It scared me big time; I knew this guy was nuts and pulled into the nearest drive I could which was not close enough at that moment. How ya figure the story would have gone had he run me down...

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Fight it, accept nothing but a decision in your favor.

I've had LOTS of traffic stops, but one sticks out. Years ago, I had a state boy stop me one evening and accuse me of riding under the influence. It was a little past 10pm. I had just come out of class at the university I was studying at and had a backpack full of books on my back. I asked him if he thought I took my books to parties and this inflamed him. It was probably the wrong thing to say at that moment. He gave me a breathalyzer test and it came up obviously negative. He then wrote me up with a written warning of all things. I gave him the what for and he said to get out of his car (he had demanded I sit in his car to take the breath test). He peeled out squalling tires and all and left. I geared back up and left, but noticed up the street he had ducked into a drive way. After I went past him, he pulled out behind and rode my rear wheel so close I might have been able to reach back and touch the hood of the trooper car. It scared me big time; I knew this guy was nuts and pulled into the nearest drive I could which was not close enough at that moment. How ya figure the story would have gone had he run me down...

I guess there's loons in every profession.
I would have hit the brakes, saying you saw a small animal in the road and let him hit me. Rear ending even for an LEO is just as bad as for a regular person.

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interesting ticket... however i do know that posted speed limits are based on day time driving with perfect weather, no sun glare either. So for example if he had given you a speeding ticket for doing 55 in a 55 it would be justified because of bad weather. It would also be interesting if passing had similar rules, not allowed during bad weather. It would make since because visibility is down it would be much harder to see if a vehicle was coming the other direction.
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