My question involves a traffic citation from the state of: Washington
I received two separate violations on my way to work this morning -
RCW 46.61.400 - speeding 10MPH over speed limit - $113.00
RCW 46.61.145 - following too close - $124.00
... Now in a nutshell, I wasn't going 70mph, and I don't feel I was following any vehicle 'too close.'
I was driving with traffic, at the posted speed, accelerated to change into the middle lane from the fast lane, then to the right lane using my signal both lane changes.
Once in the right lane I saw the police design headlights, maintained my speed as he came flying up on me, then proceeded to pull me over.
He stated that I had performed an illegal lane change, had been speeding, and was tailgating the vehicle in front of me - "I was borderline reckless driving"
.. once he returned to my car, he told me that he'd let the improper lane change 'fly for now' but he was citing me for the above charges... It was a digital printout with numerous mistakes on the ticket -
For one, my middle name was printed out wrong, and the vehicle type was wrong as well. I realize that this is just simple error, and that there were other ways of identifying that it was me...
But my questions is this -
- How do I check on the accuracy of the P.O.'s Speedometer accuracy checks (completed every 6 months I believe)?
- What if the car make/model mistakenly written down on my ticket was the car the police officer originally followed and pulled me over by mistake?
- What is the recommended distance between two vehicles going 60mph on dry pavement in fair weather conditions? I was approximately 2-3 vehicle lengths behind the car in front of me.
I feel violated by the ticket I received and see it as a 'last of the month' ticket to satisfy this Trooper's quota
- However, I cooperated completely with the trooper and will be filing a 'not guilty' plea.
any help is appreciated! - thanks!