My question involves a speeding ticket from the State of: Washington
I received a ticket in Washington for going 25mph in a 20mph. When he pulled me over he actually said that I was going 30mph. He asked me if I knew if I was speeding. I said no. I had looked at my speedometer not long before getting pulled over, and I wasn't speeding. In fact just before he pulled me over, a car had slowed down to turn left, so I had slowed down even more. I had barely started going when I saw the lights. I truly don't think I could have gotten over 20 in that amount of time. I suppose there is a chance, but without staring at my speedometer constantly, I wouldn't know if I slipped over briefly. With that said, I was in a school zone. There were children present and I'm guessing the cops sit there waiting during these times. The ticket says that there he used a radar gun "smd." When he wrote me the ticket, he told me he was only going to write it for going 5 over - which he did.
I'm from out of state and I've never had a ticket in Washington. I travel to Washington often as 4-5 times a month. I also have a clean record myself. My question is, would it be worth contesting the ticket or would they be more strict because of the school zone? It would obviously come down to he said she said in a case like that and I realize I have no proof. I was alone in my car as well. $113 for a ticket for 5 mph over seems extreme to me. Especially since I'm 99% sure I wasn't going 5 over. Yes I have a percentage of doubt. 5 mph can happen in an instant and COULD have occurred just by having a lousy shift.
If I do contest it, will I have to pay more? It doesn't say on the ticket what the fines would be if I contest and lose.
As well, is there some sort of traffic school for this that will clear this? Currently I don't live in Washington, but it's a possibility in the future, and I'd like to maintain my driving record.
In addition, the ticket says nothing about a school zone unless it is some code on the ticket that I'm obviously not familiar with. I was cited on 46.61.400.
Any help/advice would be much appreciated!
Thanks in advance.