Speeding in a 40MPH zone
I was riding my motorcycle about 10 yards behind another motorcycle when a policeman stepped from behind a tree aimed the speed gun (I later found out it was a Truvelo which had been calibrated in January of this year) and then waved us to stop. He informed us that we would both be prosecuted for travelling at 54MPH in a 40MPH zone.
When he subsequently wrote out our tickets he stated on both that the speed recorded was 54MPH at a distance of 497 feet. Considering I was only 10 yards or approximately 0.35seconds at the alleged speed I believe it would be impossible to record both speeds of two bikes at once.
Do you believe the prosecution is a safe one and do you believe I have a credible defence? Many thanks,
The officer cannot use his gun to detect two bikes speed at the same time. He must have only zapped one of you therefore his assumption that you were both doing the speed alleged is unreliable. His methods are not in accordance with the codes of practice for the use of the device in question.
You have a potential defence but you have to be willing to take the matter to court and have a trial to be able to stand a chance of defending this matter. You won’t persuade the police to withdraw the allegation.
At court you will be at risk of higher fines and court costs.
Come back to me if I can assist further and if you want top challenge the case. Have you got any points already? If so, how many?