Re: Charged with Reckless Driving Without Knowing It
then you broke the law.
but I know for sure I was at the limit when I passed him because I always make sure I'm going the speed limit around cops.
The cop had his lights on. You have the requirement to either move to a lane not adjacent to the officer or if that is not possible to do safely, you must slow down. If the speed limit was 70 and you did not move to another lane, you were guilty of the charge.
Most states have this exact same requirement. It would be a prudent action to presume all states have that, or a very similar, law on the books.
he didn't need to be in motion. Simply having his lights on triggers the law. It was put in place because so many officers get hit while performing traffic stops so if he were moving, there would be no need for the law. It is for when he is out of his car and vulnerable.
Had he been an ambulance, or in motion at the time, of course I know that it's protocol to move over.... But as it was I was going the correct speed, and the cop was parked, with his lights on
I am not an attorney and any advice is not to be construed as legal advice. You might even want to ignore my advice. Actually, there are plenty of real attorneys that you might want to ignore as well.