I was pulled over and I received a ticket for going 71 in a 55. It was obviously a speed trap with the officer sitting dangerously close to the road. It was also down hill and it was obviously a speed trap. After the officer gave me the ticket he said “I have to take care of my family” citing it as the reason for the ticket.
In all of that narrative, you do not state that you were not speeding. Speed traps are perfectly legal. You have not described anything illegal. I would not go to court with the defense you have put in your narrative. What is your question? It clearly sounds like the law enforcement officer was doing nothing but upholding the law. You failed to state that you were not speeding. I would assume he was "protecting his family" and every other motorist on the road by enforcing the speed limit. If you meant to state something else, I would articulate it better to the judge if you plan to fight the ticket.
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The reason why the highway was posted at 55 m.p.h. maximum speed limit is that is based on traffic safety engineering studies by the state Department of Transportation. If it was safe to drive at a higher speed, the DOT engineers would have posted it to a higher speed. There is an appreciable difference in how many feet a vehicle will travel at 70 m.p.h. as compared to 55 m.ph. Feet per second equals m.p.h. times 1.466. At 55 mph, a vehicle will travel 80 feet per second; at 71 mph, a vehicle will travel 104 feet per second. That difference of nearly 25 feet could be the difference in avoiding an unexpected collision or being involved in a collision, plus the fact that the higher speed will result in more substantial damage. [Energy equals mass times velocity squared]. A wreck at 71 mph will have substantially more damage to the vehicle and to the occupants than a wreck at 55 mph.
It does not appear that you have any valid defense to this traffic violation. Your best course of action is to appear in court and request 'traffic school' or deferred adjudication.
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