Can an officer detect my speed accurately if I am 10 to 15 car lease in front of him.

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Can an officer detect my speed accurately if I am 10 to 15 car lease in front of him.

I was pulled over for being in the far
left lane on a busy highway what they
barricade separating traffic coming
from the other side remember I was in
the far left lane against the
barricade. I saw the lights flashing in
my rearview mirror about 10 to 15 car
lengths behind me and I was pulled over
when I ask the officer why I was pulled
over and he said I was speeding 75 in a
60 mile per hour Zone. When I asked for
proof to show me on redar he just told
me that I can see that in court. My
question is if I’m in front of him and
he was always behind me and I’m in the
far left lane and there’s traffic
coming in the opposite way is it
possible that he would have also caught
a vehicle speeding in the opposite
direction just want to make sure if
this is possible before I go to fight
this ticket

Asked on February 18, 2018 under General Practice, Texas

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

"Car lengths" has nothing to do with the ability to detect speed: with a clear line of sight, either radar or the now-more-common laser is perfectly accurate to well past or beyond that distance. Even detecting speed by pacing you (matching your speed) and checking the officer's car's speedometer would be accurate with a clear line of sight. You are unlike to prevail in court based on a argument about car lengths; more generally, I have never seen someone win a speeding case by claiming the officer is wrong. Once in awhile, they win if they officer does not show up for 2 or 3 possible trial dates in a row (or had retired, been transferred, etc. before trial), but the best bet is just trying to negotiate a favorable plea (e.g. few miles over the limit or a lesser offense), which you have a good chance of doing if you have an otherwise-good driving record.


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