Re: Washington Speeding Ticket, 5 MPH Over Limit
As long as you're not from BC, the ticket -- most likely -- will not go on your Canadian record. However, BC and WA have a reciprocity agreement and report tickets to each other.
The "over 40" notation shows which fee schedule was used. Your ticket should be for $93. If the speed limit had been "under 40", at 5 over the fine would have been $113.
I really don't see how pictures of other cars is going to help you contest the ticket. "Keeping up with traffic" is not a defense, however, you might be able to use that in a "mitigation" hearing. Usually, that will result in cutting your fine in half.
There are no court fees in WA -- you pay the same fine if you just send in a check or contest the ticket and lose.
So, if it were me and I DIDN'T live in BC, I would contact the Clerk of the Court to see if they allow "mitigation" by mail. If so, I'd send a letter to the court explaining that I have a clean record and would like a reduced fine. It would reduce the payment, and, since it won't affect a non-BC license, would not result in higher insurance payments.
If I lived in BC, however, I would attempt to get a deferral. That would probably cost a little more, usually around $150, but -- assuming you don't get anymore traffic tickets in WA within the next year, this ticket will be dismissed and will NOT go on your record. Some jurisdictions also allow you to request a deferral by mail. Again, call the Clerk and ask.
Where am I going? And why am I in this handbasket?