Re: Speeding Ticket in a Senior Center, VC 22350
Well, simply claiming that the road is a curve, therefore the speed measurement was made at an angle and therefore it is inaccurate is NOT going to get you a whole lotta beans. Here is a table published by the National Highway traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) showing the Actual Speed versus the measured speed.
If I may quote that, it says: "Loosely speaking, the angular effect is not significant as long as the angle itself remains small".
Looking at the table, you can see that (for example) the 50mph speed, does not become significantly off until after the angle gets larger than 15 degrees.
At 15 degrees the difference is 50mph - 48.30mph = 1.70mph which is really small margin of error!
But that is not all... what you are probably not realizing, is that *IF* the angle had affected the speed reading, it would have done so in your favor as opposed to the other way around. Meaning, if the officer actually got a reading of 44mph and the LIDAR beam was at 20 degrees, your actual REAL speed at the time was 47 mph... If the angle was 30 degrees, your REAL speed at the time was 50.8mph...
So it works to benefit YOU if the measurement occurred at an angle!
So he measured your speed at 44, the posted speed is 25, this was in front of a senior center which would not require that the prosecution justify the speed limit by an Engineering and traffic Survey, only show that it is in a senior zone...
The 25mph speed limit is not set by an Engineering And Traffic Survey, instead, the state legislature declared a senior zone speed limit to be 25mph. So even if there is a survey and even if it showed a critical speed of 38, or 43... The speed limit on the segment where the senior zone is will still be posted at 25mph!
How does that provide you with grounds for an appeal fro being convicted? I am not getting it!
I am right 97% of the time... Who cares about the other 4%!