I was cited for passing a school bus with no proof

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I was cited for passing a school bus with no proof

I was cited for passing a stopped
school bus. The citation has my
vechicle color wrong. There are no
cameras on the bus so there is no proof
from that. The police cannot tell me
when this was supposed to have happened
and I am fairly sure I was at work. The
lady who called the police to report
did not get a plate number when it
happened. She came to SCI Cambridge
Springs Prison where I work and wrote
down my plate number. She did this
hours later. So this is all hearsay. I
didn’t do this and I don’t understand
how someone can make a claim on a
vechicle they see in a parking lot
hours later. There’s no way to be sure
it’s the same vechicle.

Asked on March 27, 2017 under General Practice, Pennsylvania

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

There is proof: the testimony of the woman who saw you do this. There is no legal requirement for photographic evidence, and no requirement that you be ticketed "on the spot" or not at all: you can be ticketed later, if a violation is reported and deemed credible. It may be that you can successully challenge in court her testimony and show that it is weak or unreliable, due to the hours that passed, her failure to get your plate number at the time, etc.--basically, show that she was "guessing' it was you, for example. If you can do this, the charge would be dismissed. But the fact that her testimony may have issues you can exploit in court does not mean that you cannot be ticked based solely on her testimony--it just means that if you go to court and fight this, you might win.


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