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Your Ride: 1995 325i
A Tisket, a Tasket, a Ticket
Does anyone have any suggestions as to how to contest a speeding ticket in Connecticut? I was ticketed on Rte. 95 for doing 80 mph. The thing is, a good portion of the other traffic around me was doing 75-80, and I was even being tailgated. I consider myself to be a careful driver (I don't dart in and out of lanes, I always leave sufficient room around me to allow for the inanities of the idiots out there, I seek to avoid potentially dangerous situations) which is evidenced by my having a clean driving record and being at the best rating in my state for insurance surcharges for as long as I can remember.
When the cop on the side of the road signalled me to pull over I did so immediately, I was courteous to him, promptly handed over the license and registration to him without any lip, hoping that he'd give me a break. I'm sure when the cop called in my information he found out my record was clean too. Instead he hands me a mail-in ticket (I'm from out of state) for $254 for doing 80 in a 55 zone (an anachronism and an irrelevancy so far as traffic safety is concerned, except when it comes time for the police and the judiciary system to get officious and make their contribution to the state treasury; indeed it was a cop several years ago who let me in on the notion of "cash register justice" practiced by police departments).
Any suggestions as to a strategy on appealing this would be appreciated. Obviously self-righteous indignation won't do, but neither is $254 justified, a fine which every car around me should have been subject to, including the one that was tailgating me.
I'd just pay the ticket - unless you have time & money to make multiple appearances back in Conn. Wisc, (neighbor state) is also notorious for grabbing the "out of state'r"
Lesson Learned: If you going to blast down the hwy have a partner, like the guy in FRONT of you.