My question involves traffic court in the State of: California
I am trying to fight a speeding ticket that was cited without radar and was hoping to seek help from the experts. I was merging from the i-405 south to the i-5 south in the carpool lane around 8 AM in the morning, and the regular lanes were quite congested. After merging onto the i-5 and traveling about more than half a mile down, I discovered that the carpool lane was shut down ahead of me due to lane repairs.
Because I saw this, I slowed down and tried to move over a lane. I was aware that my speed was at most 55 mph. After crossing into the regular lane, I was pulled over by a CHP officer and then moved my vehicle to the side. CHP Officer stated that I was speeding at "approximately" 80 mph back at the i-405/i-5 merger, and that I was "going so fast that he could not catch me."
How is this possible? I know FOR SURE I was not traveling at 80, especially with my Asian mom who checks my speedometer every 10 seconds and freaks if I am even 5 miles over the speed limit. To my knowledge, even if the CHP has all the proper train to pace, doesn't he need to pace you for a given distance before he can evaluate your speed? He clearly wasn't at a close distance from me because the regular, or unrestricted lanes, were going 10 miles at most. Also, he was nowhere behind me in the carpool lane.
What are your guys' thoughts? This is my first ticket ever.of: