Q: I was recently stopped for speeding but I wasn’t speeding. The very instant I saw the officer I looked at my speedometer and I was going the speed limit. What do I do?
A: There are a couple of things you need to be aware. If you receive a citation and you feel that you are not guilty, you have the right to have a trial before either a judge or jury. The second thing you need to be aware of is most people do not know where the officer was when the officer determined they were speeding.
RADAR will work a great distance away from the officer’s patrol unit and officers often see people speeding over a quarter of a mile away. Once the officer estimates a speed and determines that a vehicle is speeding, the officer may then use their RADAR unit to confirm what they believe. Where the speeding person is located when the officer determines they are speeding can be a great distance away from where the person is when they finally observe the officer.
Also, sometimes the officer does not or cannot stop the vehicle as soon as they determine the vehicle is speeding. There are many reasons this can occur. The officer may want to check the registration status before making the stop and this can cause a delay because the officer has to radio the information to a dispatcher and then wait for the registration information to be called back to him. There a numerous reasons why an officer may delay aviating his overhead lights to stop a speeder.
All this to say, where the speeding violation occurred, when the offender first saw the officer, and where the officer stops the offender can be vastly different from what seems to have occurred in the offenders mind.