Speeding Tickets: Common Radar Gun Errors
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When you are pulled over for a speeding violation, you may think that the police officer made a mistake and the radar gun picked up the speed of the car next to you. In this case you may ask the police officer to show you the radar gun to confirm what speed they caught you at. However, the officer has refused your request and instead hands you a ticket. So what should you do? Let’s take a look at common speeding radar gun errors and how to fight a wrongful ticket.
Here are common errors that can occur with radar guns:
Lack of Maintenance – Radar devices need to be calibrated and cleaned in order to produce accurate results.
Not Enough Training – In order for accurate readings, an officer needs to be trained in how to properly use radar devices.
Wrong Target – The most common error with radar guns is reading of the wrong vehicle especially when there a lot of cars on the road. A radar cannot identify the specific vehicle responsible for speeding. As a result, an officer may accidentally clock the speed of the vehicle next to the target vehicle.
Inaccurate Aim – If radar is pointed at the wrong surface or officer moves, it can cause inaccurate readings.
Interference – Weather conditions and reflective surfaces such as road signs and large can cause false readings.
Poor Visibility – False readings can happen if the officer is at a bad vantage point, too far away or has an obscured view of the vehicle.
You can always refuse to sign a ticket. However, if you decline signing a traffic ticket, the officer will arrest you right there and then and present you in front of a judge. We recommend to avoid this confrontation. Refusing to sign may anger the cop and judge and cause them to make you pay the full fine and have a point on your record.
Keep in mind, signing does not mean admitting guilt. It only ensures your commitment of appearing in the court in due time of the appointed date. So even if you sign a traffic ticket after being pulled over, you can still fight it!
So what if I believe the police officer made an error or the radar gun reading is wrong? Well, the best thing to do is fight the traffic ticket through a trial by written declaration. A trial by written declaration is fighting your ticket in writing instead of going to court. According to CVC 40902, a California driver can fight their traffic ticket via mail instead of physically appearing in the court. If your ticket is dismissed, it means no points and no fine. It is also the easiest way as you don’t have to take time off of work to go to court or pay heavy fees hiring a traffic attorney.
At GetDismissed, we are a California traffic ticket dismissal service, and we’ve helped tens of thousands of drivers dismiss their traffic violations through the trial by written declaration process. We can help you fight traffic tickets from red light, speeding to cell phones. Fight your ticket today!
GetDismissed produces results in fighting all kinds of tickets. Unfortunately, this list does not include exhibition of speed citations. Your best bet in fighting one of these infractions, is to contact an attorney. An attorney can negotiate on your behalf to try and reduce fines, or even to reduce the charges to a lesser infraction which could possibly qualify for traffic school.
We do however, contest infractions revolving around speeding, red lights, red light cameras, cell phones, signs (primarily stop signs), carpool violations, U-turns, out of lane violations, and commercial violations. If you receive a citation and have questions, contact us today.