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Old 07-30-2013, 11:17 AM   #18
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Just keep in mind that if you go to court (and the officer shows up) he will certainly say that he clocked you at 61 but he only wrote you up for 5 over because he was giving you a break. Not that you still couldn't beat it, but it puts you on the spot. That is a common tactic here. The cops just want to raise revenue. They only write you up for 5 over or sometimes even for a non-moving violation like impeding traffic. Those lesser offenses won't affect your insurance so most people don't fight it.

I think it varies by state, so I would check if 5 mph results in points on your license or not. If not, your insurance will most likely not be affected. If you go to court I would expect the officer to be there. This 'construction' area sounds like a speed trap to me, and there will probably be a whole line of people in court. There sure was both times I fought speeding tickets. It was amazing how fast they settled each case. It became very clear that it was a well oiled money making machine.
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Old 07-30-2013, 11:21 AM   #19
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Just keep in mind that if you go to court (and the officer shows up) he will certainly say that he clocked you at 61 but he only wrote you up for 5 over because he was giving you a break. Not that you still couldn't beat it, but it puts you on the spot. That is a common tactic here. The cops just want to raise revenue. They only write you up for 5 over or sometimes even for a non-moving violation like impeding traffic. Those lesser offenses won't affect your insurance so most people don't fight it.

I think it varies by state, so I would check if 5 mph results in points on your license or not. If not, your insurance will most likely not be affected. If you go to court I would expect the officer to be there. This 'construction' area sounds like a speed trap to me, and there will probably be a whole line of people in court. There sure was both times I fought speeding tickets. It was amazing how fast they settled each case. It became very clear that it was a well oiled money making machine.
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Old 07-30-2013, 11:23 AM   #20
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If you go to court and are found innocent would you still have to pay the court costs? I thought you would get out of that too?
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Old 07-30-2013, 12:12 PM   #21
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I got a ticket earlier this year on Houston Levee doing 60 in a 45 by two moto Cops using Lidar. They were riding opposite direction and talking up a storm when I went past. They took a second to turn around. No traffic around me or them either. I tried to get it dropped in court, but Shelby County Sheriff's rarely drop tickets for me. City police do all the time for me.
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Old 07-30-2013, 12:14 PM   #22
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Also, I never do 45mph on that stretch of 240 and blow by cops all the time.
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Old 07-30-2013, 12:15 PM   #23
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I've actually heard from family and friends who are cops/police chiefs that they won't pull you over unless your doing 10 because it is a waste of time and money for the courts and it isn't worth it to them
I've heard same.
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Old 07-30-2013, 12:16 PM   #24
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Hmmm, the LEO, According to the OP, said you were doing 61 in a 45 mph construction zone. I would pay the fine and move along in life.

Sorry guys, but the LEO was pretty generous in issuing a ticket for only 5 mph over. That ain't chicken sh*t, that's being pretty generous.

Trust me, my family has had their share of interesting contretemps with the Police. Some of which were pretty darn silly. But, that's not something for discussion here.
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Old 07-30-2013, 12:24 PM   #26
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To why we need to traffic officers - please remember they are not the bad guy, they are doing their job and if you're polite they will most likely give you a break like he did. No matter how inconvenient slow speed limits are you still have to obey them. Especially while in a sporty car like a Camaro that is major prey for tickets.

A good portion of the highway north of me is under construction and has been in parts for years. Speed limit is at 60mph. Took the Camaro on a road trip and had to go through it, just got in the right lane and did exactly 60mph. Others were flying past me and got pulled over by hidden cops. Just not worth the money, time and aggravation to deal with a ticket.

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If you go to court and are found innocent would you still have to pay the court costs? I thought you would get out of that too?
Pretty sure court costs are court costs, I've never been to court but think that's the whole point of court costs lol
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Hmmm, the LEO, According to the OP, said you were doing 61 in a 45 mph construction zone. I would pay the fine and move along in life.

Sorry guys, but the LEO was pretty generous in issuing a ticket for only 5 mph over. That ain't chicken sh*t, that's being pretty generous.

Trust me, my family has had their share of interesting contretemps with the Police. Some of which were pretty darn silly. But, that's not something for discussion here.
I'm with you. First, wee if it will put points on your license, which in GA it would not. Two, See how much the fine is. Three, compare the fine to the time missed at work and the hassle. The last ticket I got for 5 over was only like $40 dollars. I just paid it and went on, and it cost me no points on my license. I have much bigger fish to fry!
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You are lucky that he didn't give you the complete ticket for 61 in a 45 MPH construction zone. They have those speed limits because so many highway workers are killed while just trying to do their job.
Those of you that say the blow through those zones without slowing down better think it over. Most construction zones also have a while workers are present stipulation for slowing down. So if they are working SLOW DOWN! They may have families at home.
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Old 07-30-2013, 12:37 PM   #29
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I'm with you. First, wee if it will put points on your license, which in GA it would not. Two, See how much the fine is. Three, compare the fine to the time missed at work and the hassle. The last ticket I got for 5 over was only like $40 dollars. I just paid it and went on, and it cost me no points on my license. I have much bigger fish to fry!
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If you go to court and are found innocent would you still have to pay the court costs? I thought you would get out of that too?
You can sometimes get a ticket reduced to a lesser charge.
I had a speeding ticket in N.Y State (90+ in a 65) reduced in court to a seat belt violation.
No points, no record kept, etc, but I still paid a fine- Was glad to pay it and move on.
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Regardless of how he acted, you were doing 11 over and got a ticket for 5 over so you came out pretty well.
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Old 07-30-2013, 01:19 PM   #33
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I was a speed demon in the 80's and traveled through AR,TN,MS almost weekly and got a ticket in every state,which I paid no problem.There was none of this point system or reporting you to your home state crap.I got a questionable ticket in MS one time and was not able to get back over to pay in person it was 35$ for 10 over,so I sent a check and thought I was OK,the check came back with a note that it was not an accepted form of payment(WHAT)well I said to bad now you don't get paid at all and from then on went around MS for the next 3 years
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Regardless of how he acted, you were doing 11 over and got a ticket for 5 over so you came out pretty well.
Really.

You admitted doing 56 in a 45 zone. Regardless of it being a money machine or not, you knew the limit, chose to break it anyway and now your defense is.... what, exactly?
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