My question involves a speeding ticket from the State of: Washington / Olympic National Park
I received a speeding ticket last weekend for doing 56 in a 35 on Highway 101 in the Olympic National Park (Washington State). I passed a Park Ranger traveling in the opposite direction that supposedly caught me on RADAR and radioed ahead to another Ranger traveling in the same direction as I, who pulled off to the side of the road and waited for me to pass. He then pulled onto the road behind me and pulled me over and subsequently issued me a speeding ticket. I never spoke with the Ranger who witnessed me on RADAR.
To the best of my memory, I recall passing the oncoming Ranger in the 45 mph zone coming down the hill and shortly after that I entered the 35 mph zone. When telling the Ranger that issued the ticket I passed the other Ranger in a 45 mph zone, he insisted I was in the 35 zone doing 56 mph. I asked what mile marker I was seen at and he told me mm 230 which he wrote on the ticket. I hesitated on whether to go back and look for myself but opted to move on as we were heading out to the coast and did not want to waste any more time the Rangers had already done.
I have looked on Google maps street viewer and noticed mile marker 230 sits at the apex of a curve that goes around a hill side with a lake on the other side. I know a thing or two about Radar, as I'm an electronic tech with an FCC license to work Radar equipment. So I know "IF" I was detected there it would of only been a very narrow window of time the Ranger would of got a good reading. My concern is, how long do they have to "track" me to have a legal reading?
I am planning on contesting the ticket on the defense that I was in the 45 mph zone when they claimed I was in the 35 mph area and that the Rangers were creating a speed trap at the entrance to the park by driving in opposite directions and radioing to each other in order to exploit drivers picking up speed coming down the hill.
And my secondary defense that they were unable to get a valid reading on me due to the blind curve and lack of time and distance to track me.
Anybody have any thoughts?