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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    The Devil's Coachman (profile), 9 Jun 2010 @ 3:25pm

    Let's see - this is Ohio, home of Cleveland, Cincinnati, and other hellholes

    Here's a clue. Stay the hell out of Ohio, where the Kent State murders were simply papered over and forgotten by the authorities. If you think there is any possibility of justice in that wretched crap-hole of a state, you're hopelessly deluded. It has a good probability of being the crappiest state in the USA, and I will take great pains to ensure that I never, ever set foot on its filthy ground. Ohio is a pony-fellating state, which has an average IQ slightly above room temperature, which when you consider winters there, is pretty dismal. Should it simply sink into the earth, nobody would notice or care. Except the fools who still live there. The only state in the union that I can remember a river actually catching fire. It almost makes Mexico look like a legitimate state, but not quite. Yet.

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