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If I called the police and told them I drove at 56 for a few seconds on a 55 mph road, what would happen?

Suppose I call the police and confess that, while driving on a road with a 55 MPH speed limit, I drove at 56 for a few seconds. They did nothing to prompt it; I just randomly decided to do it (but I ...
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Are downhill speed grade highway signs required in some jurisdictions?

I have received a speeding ticket on a downhill section of highway with a grade of 6%. There was no indication that a downhill was coming like that, and I'm wondering do any places require this? ...
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Can a court uphold a traffic ticket for speeding in school zone if the sign was blocked by a truck and not possible to be seen?

I was given a ticket for speeding in a school zone. I was unaware that there was a school zone because as I was traveling in the left lane there was a rolling road block of several trucks that were ...
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Which state's defensive driving test to take in case of out-of-state speeding ticket?

A friend, who is resident of IL and has an IL DL, got a speeding ticket in Oklahoma, which they refused to sign. They were charged to drive at 61 mph in a 40 mph zone with a ticket of $259. Can they ...
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What, if any, is the tolerance built into speed limits in India?

Jurisdiction: India Legislation: Central Motor Vehicles Act Sub-jurisdiction: Maharashtra Legislation: Mumbai Motor Vehicles Act Speed limits in India are according to the referenced article below. In ...
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Can someone working with a law enforcement agency "get away" with a speeding ticket if is required ASAP on a location?

On the episode Red Alert (S03E13) of the show The Mentalist, CBI (like the FBI, but only for CA) Consultant Patrick Jane gets stopped by a police officer on it's way to a crime scene because he was ...
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Has the defence of 'speed is relative' ever been used in court?

On the road we may often see signs on how fast we can go on that road, but there is an ambiguity in all signs, in what frame is the sign saying? Hence, in a way, all road signs could be argued to be ...
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If a person would confess a speeding event many years after it happened, what would be the consequences?

I'm writing a story and I wanted some accuracy on this matter, specifically for the consequences on the person to whom this would happen. Imagine a situation a public person (this will be important ...
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Interpretation of "When Children Are Present" specifically on California speed limit signs

The question What do, "X speed limit while children are present", street signs mean, specifically? has an upvoted answer indicating that the "When children are present" speed limit ...
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Speeding unawares after turning from the terminating road of a T-junction

This is a follow-up question for "Ambiguous speed limit after passing a T-junction" (59728). The original question asks what the speed limit is, in the 20 metres after the intersection and ...
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Ambiguous speed limit after passing a T-junction

Consider the intersection between Fitzgerald St and Angove St in North Perth, Western Australia (left-hand traffic). This is a T-junction, with Fitzgerald St being the continuing road and Angove St ...
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Am I liable for a school zone speeding ticket in New York State when blinking lights don't have a notice sign?

Long story short, I have received six citations for speeding in a school zone posted 15 MPH. I received my first citation in the mail two weeks after the event occurred, thus, I racked up six tickets ...
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Speeding ticket from NC Highway Patrol with Officer moving in the Opposite Direction with Medium-Heavy Traffic

I received a speeding ticket in a rental car in North Carolina on a highway that had two lanes of traffic in one direction and two lanes of traffic in the the. As I was rounding a corner a highway ...
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Helping a friend = Too many fines and not enough money

A insured a motor bike for B, who signed it over to A. Since then, A has gotten close to $1000 in photo radar tickets. After multiple attempts to stop B from speeding, A cancelled the insurance. After ...
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Taping over a speed camera - UK

Is it illegal to tape over the lens of a speed camera thus preventing it from working? One would assume that this is the case but if you apply the tape in such a way that it does no damage I can't ...
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Is there ANY legal speed on the freeway?

Suppose there is a stretch of freeway where the speed limit is 55 mph but traffic is traveling at about 65 mph (which sometimes happens in the area I’m thinking of). If you drive any speed over 55, ...
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Will my speeding ticket in Arizona be enforced abroad?

Good evening, as a tourist from outside the U.S., I got pulled over for speeding near Page, AZ (outside urbanized area) today. I went 80 instead of 65. My bad. The officer gave me a ticket and asked ...
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Is There a Legal Distance to Slow Down After Passing a Speed Limit Sign of a Lower Speed? [MA]

I recently moved to Western Massachusetts from New Hampshire, where speed limit changes of 10+ MPH are always marked with "reduced speed ahead" signs. According to the Massachusetts government website:...
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What is the speed limit in a school zone the moment it becomes active?

Let's say a vehicle enters an inactive school zone going exactly the speed limit of 30mph. Then the school zone (20mph) turns on while the vehicle is still inside. What is the current speed limit ...
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Increased speed limit and decreased speed limit signs located ~1/3 mile apart on opposite side of road. When is it legal to increase speed?

Sorry for the confusing title, this is kind of hard to describe. I just moved to western MA. In my new town, there is this road where on one side, the speed limit goes from 40 to 30, but on the other ...
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Who's at fault for crashes while changing lanes if the driver who isn't changing lanes speeds-up beforehand?

I live in Minnesota (USA). I have only had my Driver's License for about a year now, and I recently had a bad experience. I was moving into a turn lane, and someone revved their engine, sped up, and ...
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Cannot afford speeding ticket Netherlands

My friend lives in the Netherlands and was doing 62 km/h in a 30 km/h zone. He did this on a scooter that he illegally removed the 25 km/h cap on. From these two facts the fine will likely be around ...
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speeding ticket while in bunch of other drivers/cars

Is there any legal defenses if you are on the highway and a cop pulls you over and gives you a speeding ticket while going the same speed as surrounding traffic? It seems dangerous to goo too slow so ...
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Snitching on Speeders

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 ...
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Property involved in violation of the statute?

Phang, a partner at Arrastia, Capote & Phang, says any new technology [regarding Sunpass catching speeders] will come under major scrutiny. Defense attorney and former prosecutor Vincent Duffy ...
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Are Fast Lanes Legal?

I've seen plenty of signs that say things like "Slower Traffic Keep Right," in fact some of them even threaten a fine if you disobey. So I think it is fair to assert that the US Department of ...
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When did the speed limit on this road change?

Here is a diagram of a section of road I drive on to work (traveling top-to-bottom) The last sign on my way out of town (shown in the top left of the picture) says "SPEED LIMIT 45". A couple of ...
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I got a speeding ticket. What can I expect in court?

I live in Illinois and I was driving on a 4 lane highway when I got a ticket for driving 83 in a 40. At the time I had a permit but not my license yet, so I got a ticket for the speed, and for not ...
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Where does the money from speeding tickets go in Massachusetts?

I have noticed a significant drop in both local speed traps and predatory cruising by state police in Massachusetts. At a number of well-known speed trap locations I have not seen a car in many years. ...
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Minnesota Speeding Law [closed]

I currently am 21 years old and I had a great memorial weekend that ended with me getting the blue lights... I received a speeding ticket for I was going 71 in a 55mph zone.. I currently have been ...
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Speed fine in Wyoming (30mph over the limit) - What should I do now?

I am a Swiss citizen, 20 years old (yep I'm not an adult in the U.S - maybe that is important) and travelling through the U.S with a rental car. Driving through the yellowstone national park in ...
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What actual speed limit applies if a temporary low speed sign is placed on only a high speed express lane?

Suppose the express lane on a freeway has a 30 miles per hour work zone sign. After this sign, the entire freeway's speed limit is 85 miles per hour. What is the exact speed limit for the road if the ...
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What would be the default speed limit for a highway in Texas in this case?

A 2 lane road is enhanced, widened and expanded to 6 lanes. it goes through a small town. The previous speed limit on that road was 55 mph. After the new road is finished the speed limit signs are ...
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What happens if I don't pay a speeding ticket from New Mexico?

What happens if I don't pay a speeding ticket and am a foreigner? I recently found out, since it is not my native language, that it wasn't just a warning - it was actually a ticket.
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What is the speed limit with only one sign?

Ignore the side road I added (opps!) Basically if I am driving down the screen what is the speed limit? It is a workzone but the sign is only posed going up. The road goes back to 55 after the work ...
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Can a cop give a ticket if he's going the other direction?

Recently a high shool friend of mine got nailed with a $450 speeding ticket on a back country road. He'll also have to get pay for the class to get 3 (not sure, might be 4) which is 4 hours on two ...
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Penalty for greatly exceeding the speed limit in Virginia

This question is inspired by my GPS being overly literal-minded, and complaining about the fact that the airplane I was riding in was going somewhat faster than the speed limit for the road it was ...
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If someone removes a speed limit sign, can one still be ticketed for driving over the limit?

Say a truck driver were to plow into a speed limit sign, rendering it completely unreadable, and further completely unidentifiable as a speed limit sign. It just so happens that this same sign is the ...
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What are the fines / penalties for having two people in the front passenger seat?

There were two people in the front passenger seat of the car. To clarify, there were two ("adult") individuals in the same seat wearing the same seat-belt and both were U.K. citizens and I am also an "...
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Are "safe distance" citations handled on a case-by-case basis? (USA)

I've always been told that when you come to a red light or stop sign, to stop far enough behind the car in front of you so that you can see the bottom of their back tires. While a good general rule, I ...
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Do cities and counties in Texas have to set the speed limit to the 85th percentile?

When a city or county in Texas builds a new road or substantially changes an existing one, for instance changes a 2 lane road to a 4 or 6 lane road, does the state require them to do a speed study and ...
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Police jurisdiction outside of their agency's area

In Georgia can a municipal police officer, still in his official cruiser, but outside of the his municipality's limits, pull you over for speeding?
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How do I find the number of speeding citations issued per day by state?

I am having a difficult time finding the average number of speeding citations/tickets issued per day, per state. How would one go about obtaining this crime data? It seems like it would be very easy ...
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Can I ask potential jurors in a prima facia state if speeding is legal?

In some jurisdictions, e.g., Texas, driving faster than the posted speed limit is only the prima facie evidence of an unreasonable speed, where, if charged with a violation, one could still argue in ...
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Penalties for speeding on private roads

In Washington State, a private road is just that: a road on private property, as opposed to a road on a public right-of way. Sometimes these roads have speed-limit signs. Does ignoring one of these ...
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When, precisely, do speed limits change?

When do speed limits change? According to here it occurs at "the exact point of the sign", however this is not very precise. Is it when the front of the car passes the point or the rear of the car ...
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What is the legal basis of speed signs in Victoria, Australia?

When I went for my driver's licence test, they told me to follow the speed signs on the side of the road. What law requires me to obey these signs, and what law authorises whoever puts the signs ...
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Can a speeding ticket be legally amended by the court?

I recently received a speeding ticket (73 in a 55) in Texas. I didn't realize the speed had changed, but that is neither here nor there. The offense occurred on 2-27-2016; however, the officer listed ...
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Fined and suspended license for not appearing on court when driver did not knew about it

This was an actual situation I witnessed, but I am doing the question in a generic format to avoid identifying parties. Background: A driver was on a highway above the speed limit. The driver was ...
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Speed on speed sign not readable

Where I am, we had the first few centimeters of snow today. On the way to work, some speed limit signs were unreadable. Now, I knew what they said because I drive this way every day, but if I didn't, ...
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