November 14, 2009, 10:55 p.m., I was pulled over on Moody Rd. in Houston County, Georgia by an officer from the Sheriff's Department. He gave me a speeding ticket for 70mph in a 50mph zone. On the ticket, he checked "PATROL VEHICLE" as the method by which he clocked me. (aka: pacing)
Elsewhere on the ticket "OFFENSE (Other than above)" he wrote this:
speeding in violation of code section 40-6-181 of state law
remarks- (my telephone number), 68-40
I turned onto the road where the limit is 40. He stopped me after it turned into a 50mph zone.
Before he gave me the ticket, he said something like this:
"I pulled you over for going 68 in a 50. I followed you at about the 67-70 area. I gave you a break. The road was 40 back there and it turns into 50."
He told me that he would put "68 in a 40" in his notes.
As far as the "giving me a break" goes, I am a bit skeptical about that. There was very little traffic and I don't recall seeing headlights behind me until moments before he turned on the blue lights, so I have doubts that he was following me in the 40 zone. But, alas that may be pointless. I just have a feeling that he will testify to this.
I will try to upload an image of the ticket tomorrow. My initial court date is the Jan. 13. I live in Pulaski county.
Any ideas as to what I should do?