I was driving down a long stretch of road on my way home. The car in front of me was going a little under what I had wanted and I was setting up to pass the car. I pulled up behind him and looked in my mirror. That is when I saw the lights. The officer told me I was following to closely and I needed to be at least 3 seconds back. I am an 18 year old kid who has never gotten a ticket before but this guy was giving me a hard time. I had not explained to him that I was getting ready to pass because it seemed as if he was power tripping me and I did not want to make things worse.
"getting ready to pass" is not a legal or reasonable reason to follow too closely on the vehicle in front.
"The car in front of me was going a little under what I had wanted". You do not drive other cars. You are driving only your own car. If you do not like how other drivers are driving, find a safe and legal spot, and safely and legally pass the other vehicle.
Perhaps it is time for you to slow down (on the road as well as in life). Unsafely rushing somewhere may mean you or someone else do not get there. If you have to get right up close behind a vehicle to pass it, the passing likely is not a good idea. A safe pass likely requires that there is no traffic on the other side of the road so that you have time to execute the pass.
If you want a chance to have the ticket dismissed against you, you likely need to find some procedural error done by the citing officer, the prosecutor, or the court. That is how most traffic ticket attorneys get most traffic tickets dismissed.
The rule for following too closely is to not follow another vehicle more closely than is reasonable and prudent, having due regard for the speed of such vehicles and the traffic upon and the condition of the highway.
You should retain an attorney if you can afford one to hopefully get this dismissed or reduced to a nonmoving violation so it doesn’t affect your driving record for insurance purposes. I imagine, at 18, your insurance is already high. You probably don’t want your insurance premiums to increase any more because if this.
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