My question involves a traffic ticket from the state of: Georgia.
Was travelling behind white car with florida plates about 3 or 4 car lengths in the middle lane at about 75 mph for several miles. was watching dark colored car pass me on my right as I crested a hill. Saw a dark shape and man in median parallel to divider, registered in mind as a distressed driver. man leaning against concrete median. car on right zoomed past and was gone by the time the white car and I reached bottom of hill. I had to brake heavily to compensate for white car's jake braking, then in peripheral vision caught glimpse of orange reflective tape of dark car in median. Cop pulled me over. said I was doing 83, told me not to argue about other cars as I was completely alone.
This was just after 8:30p following several storms and full cloud cover. By the time I was released at 8:50p, it was full dark.
Measured hill right at 7%. Photographed cop's location, crest of hill. Drove north bound and southbound for entire length of county. This stretch outside a populated area. Northbound has ZERO speed limit signs until almost a mile after merging into main interstate. Southbound is posted 65 mph through county seat, and not for a mile after loop begins. So, the 65 mph zone I was in only applies to one direction of road with no obvious reasons for the reduced limit.
Before reaching crest of hill, vehicles are laboring uphill. I drove this 4 times since ticket, and I still want to apply pressure to vehicle as I travel up hill. At crest, which is more like a summit or slight plateau, the car tends to speed up because my foot doesn't react quickly enough. Once I begin descending, I am actively adjusting my speed.
Also, the police car can measure speed before the driver can see him because of how he's hidden in the swell. Ticket says speed was measured at 691 feet.
What defenses can I present to judge? This is obviously a speed trap and at 83 mph will not be tracked for ticket revenue abuse purposes. Most of the interstate through this county are hills, the police car was just inside the county line, and I have a strong feeling this speed trap creates abundant revenue. Wouldn't judge know this too and not care much about about anything other than collecting the fine? Asked cop about stays, as I'm deploying in a couple days, he glanced at my orders and said I could pay in person, cashier's check, or with my credit card. and repeated the same thing when I said I wasn't going to pay for somebody else's speeding ticket. My car is red.