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Assume I was driving on the Florida Turnpike and saw someone tailgating me. I was driving in the left lane, 80 mph in a 70 mph speed limit.

Once the right lane became available I switched lanes and then the driver sped past me, his accomplice yelling out profanities - all caught on tape. No one expects to be recorded when they yell at a driver.

I recorded my speedometer at 82, but he was clearly going faster.

Can I snitch on him?

By the way, this is a hypothetical situation. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.

  • would our hypothetical tailgater force you to drive that fast due to the short distance he left to you? – Trish Mar 16 at 12:55
  • @Trish An attempt to switch to the right lane so the driver could pass was made, but the driver left no room. – Jossie Calderon Mar 16 at 13:03
  • just to get the picture right: you tried to keep the speed limit, then he comes up, leaving you no room. You tried to switch lane to evade but could not for he closed too much. You had to speed up to safely get to a position where you could change lanes, at which point he sped up even more to pass you. At that point you would have had 82 mph? the exact framing is important in this thought experiment. – Trish Mar 16 at 14:46
  • Why would you not report this person for dangerous driving anyway, and let the police deal with the speeding if they want to? – Nij Mar 16 at 18:56
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Law enforcement sometimes use "pacing" as a speed enforcement tool. The basic idea is that they consistently drive a certain speed - which is at or above the speed limit and notice that the "alleged speeder" is either keeping pace or exceeding the pace.

The details are complicated and a police officer would know them much better than me. But basically

  1. They have to calibrate their speedometer - because if their speedometer is broken pacing is obviously worthless. They need to bring the calibration results to court.

Not having those calibration records for your speedometer means that many police departments will be reluctant to issue a speeding ticket to the other motorists.

  1. They rely on the fact that most state laws allow law enforcement leeway to exceed the posted limit. Not being a lawyer or a police officer, I do not know the exact circumstances, but if they were not allowed to slightly exceed the limit for pacing then logically every pacing enforcement should result in 2 tickets - one being for the officer.

If you can swear that your speedometer is good then they can use that evidence to write you a speeding ticket, because whatever allowances the law allows law enforcement for pacing are not granted to you.

I am sure they can overcome the calibration issue with regard to a ticket issued to you by your certification that the speedometer is correct. If they issued a ticket to me based on your certification that your speedometer was correct, I would call bullshit.

Talking to the police can only hurt you.

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    @JossieCalderon police officers who issue speeding tickets based on pacing must show up to trial where they are subject to cross examination. Are you going to show up as a witness. Are you prepared to answer all the questions that the officer ordinarily would? Are you going to bring your speedometer calibration records? Were you trained in pacing at a police academy? – emory Mar 17 at 13:15
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    @JossieCalderon if the police issue me a speeding ticket based on your pacing then their case will immediately fall apart if you no-show at court. OTH if they issue you a ticket based on your narrative (you admitted speeding) and you no-show at court then they win by default. If you show up, then your only possibility to beat the ticket is to plead the 5th - which begs the question why even bring this to the police? – emory Mar 17 at 13:19
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Sure, you can "snitch" in him. The only thing you can do is take the tape (video or audio) to the law enforcement division who has jurisdiction over the turnpike. By turnpike, do you mean interstate or a private turnpike that charges tolls?

Law enforcement will decide if they can ticket anyone involved; you for speeding or the other driver for an offense under 322.0261: Driver improvement course; requirement to maintain driving privileges; failure to complete; department approval of course if they have a history of crashes and other behavior. There is no general "road rage" law in Florida. And it's law enforcement discretion to ticket anyone; the issue is that while you may have a tape, their argument will be that they were not on the scene to see the incident.

  • But cops and prosecutors are usually not on the scene when procuring evidence on security cameras. – Jossie Calderon Mar 17 at 12:37

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