I'm working with a ticket here in Washington State and I've got a couple of questions that I hope someone can help me out with.
First, the officer's affidavit that the Court sent me isn't it signed. It's got his badge number, printed name, date signed, etc. but in the spot where it says "Officers Signature" it's blank. This seems like a pretty big deal to me, but I'm not 100% sure I can use this to my advantage, especially since he made note that he's entering his authorized user ID and password to authenticate the affidavit. At the end of his declaration it says (RCW 9A.72.085), so I looked up the law and here it is: http://apps.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=9A.72.085
I'm still not sure what to make of this even after having read the law. Any advice on this first part?
This second part is a little complicated. The officer claims in the affidavit that I was the only moving vehicle in the radar's beam (he was traveling in the opposite direction that I was on a two-lane road). My ticket is for going 46 MPH in a 30 MPH speed zone. Here's the problem: there were other cars in front of me traveling about the same speed as me. I'm assuming the cop was traveling somewhere around 30 MPH (the speed limit).
With this being said, if I was indeed going 46mph and he was traveling in the direction opposite of me at a slower speed, could he have had enough time to radar JUST ME before passing me? Because eventually he had to pull a U-turn in order to pull me over. If he was radar-ing in the opposite moving mode and I was traveling 46 MPH and he was traveling somewhere around 30 MPH, it doesn't seem like he'd be able to get a reading without getting either one of the cars in front of me or one of the cars behind me since I would have passed him (if I was going at 46mph). Does this make sense? I seriously have no idea how he could have had enough time to get me on radar unless he was emitting it from super far away -- in which case he would have had to have gotten someone else in the reading as well.
Hope this wasn't too chaotically written! Any advice on these two matters would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!