FINE. here were the details of my ticket:
DATE/TIME: APRIL 25 2015 / 14:13 (24HR TIME)
Driving along hwy 91 in left lane heading southbound from the queensborough bridge.
In the left lane, i was forced to do 60 in a 80 due to a slow moving van... this van was driving erratically - constantly braking and swerving into the other lane.
SEE PIX BELOW.
I decided to pass this van on the right and accelerated sharply from 60 to 80 to get up to highway speed. the unmarked police SUV was in front of me and turned on the lights to pull me over. here is the official transcript as recorded by my dashcam:
Officer: Hi, can I have your drivers license?
ME: here you go
Officer:Whats your name?
Officer: and your last name?
Officer: whats your date of birth?
ME: Oct 10 xxxx
Officer: October what?
ME: 10, xxx
Officer: whats your address?
Officer: and your postal code?
Officer: can I see the insurance papers for the vehicle?
Officer: ah, youíve been, I believe ah, Iím just seeing your identification but the officer thatís giving you the ticket witnesses some driving behavior that Iím not aware of I think ah. Were you speeding?
ME:ah, not that Iím aware of
Officer: yah you were speeding like um, she was saying Ďholy look at this guy coming upí but I couldnít
turn.. she measured it so I donít know.. youíre most likely getting a ticket so just wait here.
[ 10 minutes later ]
Officer: ok , I want you to turn your left turn signal on
ME: left turn signal?
Officer: yah, start your engine or put it in accessory mode and I want to see your left turn signal
Officer: left turn signalÖ is it on?
ME: Yes sir
Officer: right turn signal
ME: should be on
Officer: just wait there for a second
[ officer proceeds to walk to rear and front of vehicle to confirm signal operation ]
Officer: alright, all of your turn signals are functional but you werenít using them. She witnessed you
made the lane change without using your signal.
ME: I did sir, I always change lanes with my signal
Officer: well youÖ
ME: I always do
Officer: she watched and you didnít. you were speeding but she didnít give you that ticket anyways but
she saw it. But she certainly saw you speeding and clocked you so youíre gettingÖ
ME: I need to know what speed I was going sir
Officer: well, um youíll have to bring it to court. Youíre getting a ticket for the lowest speed charge. All
we have to do is prove is 1km/hr over the speed limit. So 81km/hr is ahÖ
ME: but I didnít pass you, I was behind you.
Officer: youiíll have to bring it to court.. I .. I didnít even witness it, she did. Iím serving you the ticket
thatís all Iím doing. Um it dangerous for her to get out of the vehicle with traffic rushing past her thatís
why Iím issuing the ticket.
ME: I understand
Officer: but she witnessed you speeding so she has an idea of what speed you were going. Youíre going
well over 80 according to her so youíll have to bring it to court. I cant talk about it but that I didnít see it
alright? She has to prove that you were going 81Ö1km/hour over. So hereís the ticket and if you want
to dispute it contact this address within 30 days okay and if you want to um, pay the fine you get $25 off
if you pay within 30 days.
ME: Iím sorry Officer but I cant accept this ticket and will contest it
Officer: ok just dispute it then. Alright.
MY Wife: that other car was going so slow , the van and he had to pass him
ME: you guys should have pulled him over, he was going 60km/hr on the highway
Officer: bring that to court then.
1. Officer was in front of my vehicle and most likely made a judgement error as I increased my
acceleration from 60km/hr to 80km/hr to get to hwy speed. I had NOT passed this officers
vehicle which was also going 80km/hr. The officers vehicle turned on its lights when I was still
behind them at 80km/hr. The officer mentioned that his partner clocked me but upon me
asking for proof of speed, he was unable to provide that proof at time of issuing ticket. In fact,
there was no radar or measured clock speed with an instrument. The officer insinuates that in a
matter of a few seconds, my vehicle jumped from 60km/hr to ďwell over 80Ē which is just not
possible with 4 persons in the car. It is not a high performance vehicle. (LOL..its a TL Type S 6MT hahahaha)
Also, the officers vehicle
had very dark tint on rear glass close to limo tint of 5%...coupled with my observation that she
was wearing sunglasses. That combination of tint and sunglasses is proven to reduce visibility.
Not to mention, she would be driving facing the road ahead and not constantly viewing her rear
2. The slow moving vehicle in the left lane was driving erratically at 60km/hr. braking as well as
swerving into the right lane. The van almost side swiped the officers vehicle and when I passed ,
it also swerved into my lane. I was doing my due diligence to avoid a possible accident and
accelerated to the posted speed limit of 80km/hr whilst watching this van drift into my lane.
pix of slow moving van: (note the speed on dashcam footage)
NOTE the unmarked police SUV passing me and the van. look how the van swerves into the lane of the police SUV.
so i began my pass on the right and had to speed up from 60 to 80.
you can see the police SUV way up in front of me... once i hit about 80, they put on the lights and let me pass to pull me over.
Dashcam was great at recording the entire event!!! i was ready to go to trial but knew the cop had NO case!! sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet!