Speeding is a common motor vehicle violation, but do you know the actual law around speeding in Connecticut? Do you know the consequences you face if you are found guilty of speeding by a court? If you have been charged with speeding in Connecticut, here is what you need to know about the charge and potential consequences.
What is Speeding?
A driver may receive a speeding ticket when going above the posted speed limit on any given road. A driver may not go greater than 55 mph upon any public highway of the state or road, parking area, private road, or school property. They also cannot drive at a rate of speed that puts others in danger, or greater than 65 mph on a highway. A ticket for speeding in Connecticut is somewhere between a $100 and $150 fine.
Fighting a Ticket
Many drivers who receive speeding tickets often think that they were not speeding, or at least not at fast as the officer said they were going. They do not understand how the officer came up with the number on the ticket. Sometimes, this is because police officers are using faulty equipment or not using equipment correctly. Police officers are allowed to use radar units to detect the speed at which a vehicle is traveling. But, operation of police radar requires no technical knowledge of radars. It can be easy to misuse this equipment or not notice that it is not properly calibrated. Because of this, if you got a speeding ticket and an officer used a radar gun, you have the right to inspect the radar equipment in your defense. Our attorneys know how to determine if the equipment is working properly and if it was used properly. If not, this could be used in your favor. Speeding tickets also may be established with circumstantial evidence, where facts conflict with the witness’ estimates on speed. Where there was no evidence of the testing of the speedometer of the state trooper within a reasonable time before the clocking on the defendant’s car, evidence of the clocked speed was inadmissible.
One operating at an unreasonable rate of speed ticket can cost you in fines and insurance premiums, as well add points to your license and add a violation to your driving history. You face one point on your license for speeding in Connecticut.
If you have received a traffic ticket for operating at an unreasonable rate of speed, contact Mr. Speeding Ticket today. You can speak with someone who can help you and answer your questions. Mr. Speeding Ticket will also be able to give you the pros and cons of contesting a speeding ticket and helping you decide which course of action will be best for your situation.