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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    jimmy tener, 28 May 2012 @ 5:52pm

    why? can't we see for ourselves?

    Just sayin ,,recently got a speeding ticket and asked the officer just so i can see for myself on his radar gun,,this particular superior officer,,said "No" i can not and i then said why not? his answer was i don't lie...I said then i don't think i was goin that fast and how would i know if you don't show me the radar,,you wont was this officer answer...Why? dont you have a RIGHT to see the radar ?? why? wouldn't the officer show me if he was not lying to me about going that fast...This is crazy they can acuse you of speeding without any evidence to show least a print out of license tag and speed like they have in certain marked poles when you run a red light,that camera takes a pick of light ,what time,and tag of your least your showed PROOF !!This it's a one sided only...The officer said he does not lie,,,think by giving me this ticket he just DID !! (( READ & BELIEVE !! ))

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