Pop quiz: You’re driving along Interstate 77 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Hornets game tips off in 10 minutes, and you’re 15 miles away. What do you do?
You put the hammer down, put the pedal to the metal…you go faster, that’s what you do!
And then you see it. As you whiz by that little pass through in the medium, you see the patrol car.
Charlotte’s finest, window down, radar gun pointed directly at you. And you know it’s too late.
20 minutes later, you are sitting on the side of the road and not only did you miss the start of the game, but you also have a menacing speeding ticket in your hand. Thoughts of hiked up insurance rates, boring defensive driving classes, and the inevitable “I told you so.” from your significant other run through your mind. What should have been a fun day having a few beers with the boys at the game has turned into a pretty bad day instead.
Radar guns are “things,” and police officers are “people” and both are known to be less than perfect.
Radar guns are not foolproof and require frequent calibration to operate correctly. Police officers must also calibrate the radar guns following specific procedures on a particular schedule. These factors leave room for error, negligence, and other issues that, with the help of a knowledgeable traffic attorney, could help you get you get out of those speeding charges.
A seasoned traffic lawyer knows a lot about speeding, traffic laws, and radar guns. These attorneys know, for example, that radar gun calibration records are maintained by the DMV. Records that could show that calibrations weren’t performed as often as they should be or that an officer didn’t exactly follow the correct protocol when calibrating. Attorneys at the Jason Reece Law Firm know all about radar guns and how to challenge their readings to your advantage. You may have missed the game, but there’s still a chance to challenge the call.