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Old 2009-08-20
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I had just turned off the highway onto an side street and I assumed the limit was 35. I was traveling west down hill when an officer who was out of her vehicle talking to a car she had stopped in the middle of the road (with another vehicle pulled over in the east lane) came running toward my car waving her hands and yelling which I would have hit had I not slammed on breaks.

I rolled the window down and asked what the problem was~what was going on? She paused and said I was going 42mph when I came over the hill and I responded by saying that I believed the speed limit was 35 and I was going well under 40.

She came back with a ticket for 42/25 by radar...how in the heck did she clock me on radar while out of her car? She did this again to another vehicle as I was waiting on my ticket.

Can anyone help me with a defense to this...how to word it etc. Note: I went back and found the 25mph sign that was right at the top of the road not far from the stop-light which I missed easily by paying attention to the traffic while turning off the highway. She also had her lights on while parked behind the vehicle she had towed...after complaining to her Cpt. he informed me that she did not have her video on.

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Old 2009-08-21
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I don't think this will help much, but it might give me some info on radar 'guns'.

Was the radar gun in her car? If so, is it not like a laser gun, where the officer has to target and then 'shoot' said vehicle? A silly one, but how do you know that 42 was your speed on the gun? (Maybe she was catching everyone at 42) I bring that up simply because I have seen an officer try and fine me when the power to the laser gun was disconnected and he couldn't show me my speed!

Here in RSA, I have hardly seen radar guns, they seemed to go out of fashion with Noah's ark. I have come across stand alone ones twice in recent years, but these worked with photo only.
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Old 2009-08-22
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That's it...she never went back to her car...hesitated when I asked what was going on and then told me I was going 42/25. I was so frustrated. The radar is mounted in the car I imagine?
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