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...

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    btr1701 (profile), 11 Jun 2010 @ 10:45am

    Re: "your cynicical suggestion of a profit motive" hahahahaha

    > In Arlington County, Virginia, US, the driving
    > safety class instructors tell us to avoid
    > Arlington during our probation because the
    > police give tickets on a whim

    My experience driving in the DC area is that the entire population seems to drive ridiculously slow. Whatever the posted speed limit, the vast majority of traffic is moving between 15 and 20 mph below it. There have been times when I've been on 395 and I find myself weaving in and out of traffic like I'm at Daytona, passing people like they're standing still, and when I look at my speed, I'm barely at 60. It's like driving on a highway full of scared 80-year-olds.

    Cops trolling for speeders on the DC highways pretty much *have* to get creative to meet their quotas.

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