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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    Ron Rezendes (profile), 9 Jun 2010 @ 10:50am

    Re: Not sure why this is noteworthy.

    They used to pace you for a quarter/half a mile to get your speed. Of course this allowed the attentive driver to slow down and avoid the ticket while making the roads safer all at once but that doesn't generate revenue. Enter the radar gun and the driver who gets clocked pays the fine - BINGO we have revenue! Drop the expense of radar training and the equipment, add one badge, a bad cup of coffee and a lawman who left the house pissed off that morning and we have all kinds of revenue that day! No evidence required and the driver has no recourse but to accept the penalty, un-effin-believable!! A couple hundred years ago we formed a country after similar treatment from the British Crown. Hopefully, someone comes to their senses soon but don't hold your breath!

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