How to reduce speed on a speeding ticket

My son got a speeding ticket on I-84 from a CT State trooper. The trooper came up
from behind and pulled him over. Gave him a ticket for doing 85 in a 65 zone. No
radar was used, the trooper based the speed by following him. My son pleaded not
guilty hoping to reduce the speed down. What is the best way to do that? Note- his
car was hit a few weeks prior to getting the ticket. Front passenger quarter panel is
pretty dented but ok to drive, however something that would prevent him from doing
excessive speeds. Is this a valid argument? Or should I argue that judging speed
by following a car is inaccurate?

Asked on October 11, 2017 under General Practice, Connecticut

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

1) Judging speed by following *is* considered accurate and is an accepted way to judge speed; you will not win on this argument.
2) To argue that the quarter panel damage would prevent excessive speed, you MUST have an expert (maybe a mechanic who works with race or high-performance cars) appear in court and testify as to why, based on his experience, training, etc. the damage would preclude high speeds. Your opinion, or your son's opinion, as lay persons will simply not be accepted by the court.


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