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Taping over a speed camera - UK

Yes, taping over a speed camera lens would be illegal. The UK common law offense of Perverting the Course of Justice would cover (pun intended) this conduct. Common law offenses are not defined by ...
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Has the defence of 'speed is relative' ever been used in court?

I do not know whether anyone has ever tried it, but it would not take much for a judge to conclude that the only reasonable interpretation of a speed limit sign is that the speed is to be measured ...
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If someone removes a speed limit sign, can one still be ticketed for driving over the limit?

Obviously the police isn't checking all the time that all the speed limit signs are still where they should be, so in practice you would get a speeding ticket, which the police officer would give you ...
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Cannot afford speeding ticket Netherlands

I looked for a link to the CJIB pages on paying fines in monthly bits. It is here: https://www.cjib.nl/betalen-delen-aanvragen-voor-een-verkeersboete. He will have to make a request for such an ...
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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?

The national standard, found in the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), indicates, in Section 2B.13 Speed Limit Sign: 03 Speed Limit signs, indicating speed limits for which posting ...
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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?

This clearly meets the first criterion: 1.) school days at times indicated on the school zone speed limit sign, provided, however, that such times shall be between the hours of seven o'clock A.M. and ...
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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?

united-states They would laugh at you and possibly send out someone to make a mental health welfare check.
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Are Fast Lanes Legal?

The US Department of Transportation does not "recognize" fast lanes, or have any limits on highway speed, which are determined by the states. Here is a resource on the various keep-right laws of the ...
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What actual speed limit applies if a temporary low speed sign is placed on only a high speed express lane?

If the speed limit is only on a express lane in a freeway, it means the cars in the express lane on the freeway must be slowed down to 30 miles per hour or slower, but the cars in the other lane (the ...
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Can I ask potential jurors in a prima facie state if speeding is legal?

It is the job of the judge to instruct the jury about the law. If Texas had pattern instructions I'd look up what the instruction is for this matter, but you don't, so I don't know what the judge ...
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Penalties for speeding on private roads

RCW 46.61.419 gives government police the right to enforce speeding violations as defined in RCW 46.61.400 in certain communities (condominiums and gated communities), per RCM 64.34, 64.32, or 64.38, ...
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speeding ticket while in bunch of other drivers/cars

If you were moving "with the flow of traffic" but over the limit, you were still breaking the law, and the cop can choose which car or cars to stop on any basis or none (except ones forbidden, such as ...
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Who's at fault for crashes while changing lanes if the driver who isn't changing lanes speeds-up beforehand?

The person who is changing lanes has the responsibility to make sure that they have space to move into. Suppose there was a person in front of you in the destination lane who hit the brakes suddenly - ...
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Can a judge consider recent events in an older case?

canada Evidence of offences other than the one for which the accused is being sentenced is admissable at a sentencing hearing, even evidence of untried offences. R. v. Edwards, 2001 CanLII 24105 (Ont. ...
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If someone removes a speed limit sign, can one still be ticketed for driving over the limit?

Most (maybe all) states have default speed limits that are set state-wide depending on the type of road (eg: highway) and the zone it is traversing (eg: a school). Those speed limits apply except when ...
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What are the fines / penalties for having two people in the front passenger seat?

UK seat belt law is here. What you were doing is illegal and carries a fine of £500. As to your specific questions: How illegal is this? It is not a criminal offence in any way. What is the ...
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Are "safe distance" citations handled on a case-by-case basis? (USA)

There are only two rules I am aware of that apply to rear-end collisions on a roadway (in which all vehicles are properly headed in the same direction): The first vehicle that hits another in the ...
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Minnesota Speeding Law

is it worth the money to have a lawyer and see if they could help me get this ticket off my record? No. It is not worth the money and, absent very unusual circumstances, a lawyer is unlikely to be ...
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Snitching on Speeders

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 ...
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Who's at fault for crashes while changing lanes if the driver who isn't changing lanes speeds-up beforehand?

Everyone has the duty to avoid accidents, at all times. When you change lanes, you have more than the normal duty: You have to check that the other lane is empty, that there is no slow traffic in ...
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Speeding unawares after turning from the terminating road of a T-junction

Bob has no defense Speeding in western-australia, as it is throughout australia, is a strict liability offense. That means that intention to or knowledge that you are breaking the law is not required. ...
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Could a child on a bike get a speeding ticket?

It depends on the laws of the jurisdiction. In Washington, speed limits are implemented via Chapter 46.61 RCW, the very first section of which states: The provisions of this chapter relating to the ...
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Do any speed limits apply to pedal cycles?

united-kingdom There are no national legal provisions for pedal cycle speed limits. The national law creating speed limits applies to "motor vehicles" (Speed limits, Part VI Road Traffic ...
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I got a speeding ticket. What can I expect in court?

According to the Illinois Legal Aid site you may be entitled to the services of a public defender. That site suggests that you: Tell the judge that you cannot afford to hire a lawyer. The judge may ...
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What is the legal basis of speed signs in Victoria, Australia?

Road Rules in Australia in each state and territory are based on the Model Road Rules 2012. Each state and territory has enacted these rules (with some modifications; mainly relating to ...
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Can a speeding ticket be legally amended by the court?

The officer is saying that he believes the information to be correct, but a clerical error or typo isn't a question of saying something that you don't believe to be correct, it is a question of ...
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Penalty for greatly exceeding the speed limit in Virginia

According to Virginia law, Every person convicted of reckless driving under the provisions of this article is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. That speed easily qualifies as reckless driving: ...
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