Court Says Police In Ohio Can Just Guess How Fast You Were Going And Give You A Ticket

from the evidence,-please? dept

Forget faulty speed cameras. Don't worry about police just guessing when they can't quite make out your license plate on a red light photo. Fear not the police who misread driving through a green light as running the red. Over in Ohio, apparently a court has said that police don't need any real evidence at all to charge you with speeding. They just need to make a "visual estimate" in their own judgment as to whether or not you were speeding:
In a 5-to-1 ruling, the court said an officer's "unaided visual estimation of a vehicle's speed" is strong enough to support a ticket and conviction. A radar speed detector, commonly used by patrolmen, is not needed, the court concluded.

"Independent verification of the vehicle's speed is not necessary to support a conviction for speeding," assuming the officer has been trained and certified by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy or similar organization, Justice Maureen O'Connor wrote for the court's majority.
That won't be abused at all...

Filed Under: guessing, ohio, police, speeding

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    btr1701 (profile), 11 Jun 2010 @ 10:30am

    Re: Re: Challenge

    > but if enough people are outraged, and enough
    > people do fight them...

    The system doesn't like it when you fight tickets.

    When I lived in Houston, the city went on a speeding crusade and started issuing thousands of tickets a month, of which a lot were quite questionable. A grass-roots campaign sprung up which encouraged everyone who got got a ticket to not only challenge it, but exercise their right to a jury trial (as speeding in Texas was still a criminal offense at the time). Well, the courts buckled under the strain of having to hear thousands of cases and the costs of empaneling and paying tens of thousands of jurors, to the point where the city council changed the law and imposed extra penalties on you for challenging the ticket and/or requesting a jury trial, even though that's theoretically the right of all criminal defendants under the Constitution.

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