What advice can you give me for a 59 mph in a 45 mph speeding ticket?

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What advice can you give me for a 59 mph in a 45 mph speeding ticket?

It was dusk outside, around 8 pm, although dark in my car. My cluster of bulbs that operates my dash including the light of my speedometer, were burned out. A valid, service center is replacing them today. I will soon have paperwork proving this was not totally my fault for speeding. Not to mention I didn’t even see the police officer sitting on the side of the road. Also, there was a car broke down in the median of the 4-lane highway with the passenger and driver getting out of that car and into another. This is probably my 5th ticket within 1 1/2 years. My court date is in 3 weeks.

Asked on September 6, 2011 under General Practice, North Carolina

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Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

If this is your fifth (5th) ticket or operating a motor vehicle in the past year and a half, I really do not have much advice for you to help your situation of driving fifty-nine (59) miles per hour in a forty-five (45) mile per hous speed zone. You exceeded the posted speed by fourteen (14) miles per hour.

If the citing officer had a radar gun you will have a difficult time defensing the citation against you unless you can demonstrate that the radar gun was not recently calibrated to establish a proper measure of speed.

You can try your defense that you did not have operating light bulbs on your dash so as to know the rate of speed you were going. However, when the judge is confronted with the fact that this is the fifth (5th) ticket you have received in a year and a half, I do not believe that you will make much headway with this line of defense.


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