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Is it legal to exceed the speed limit to pass?

Seattle, WA |

I received a speeding ticket while passing in the passing lane on Highway 2 in Washington state. It is a two lane road and slow cars were going 45-50 in a 60 zone. Passing lane in same direction of traffic arrived and they speed up to 60-65 so I go 70 to get by them and get a speeding ticket for 70 in a 60. Suggestions?

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70 in a 60 zone is classic definition of speeding by 10 mph over the limit. You have no defense. That the other cars increased speed does not create a legal exception for you to exceed the zone limit.

It's not a great idea to represent yourself in traffic court. You do, however, have the constitutional right to do so. I would recommend spending an entire day in the traffic court to observe how judges handle self-represented defendants to get an idea of how irritated they get at amateur lawyering. If you really want to represent yourself, you should purchase an hour of a traffic attorney's time to have her or him coach you on how to handle things.

A better choice is simply to hire an attorney.

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