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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    Nastybutler77 (profile), 9 Jun 2010 @ 4:20pm

    Re: Read the Case-- 82 mph in a 60 mph zone.

    Mr. Jenney would have a good argument that since it was "heavy trafic" the flow of trafic was well below the posted speed limit and thus, by going the speed limit himself, he was overtaking trafic. That is what I would counter with in any case.

    Of course if the officer was going with the flow of trafic as well and could see that trafic was close to the speed limit, that would shut that argument down. But if he was parked along the side of the highway then he's just assuming how fast the trafic was moving.

    He should have just cited him for reckless driving and been done with it. Much harder to argue against.

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