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What to know about speeding tickets

Those who are pulled over in Ohio for speeding may be able to dispute a citation in court. However, before mounting a defense, it is important to know what type of speed limit was exceeded when an officer chose to issue a citation. The different types of speed limit are absolute, presumed and basic. An absolute speed limit is one posted on a road sign or similar object.

Fighting a traffic ticket in court

Many Ohio drivers will be issued a ticket at some point during their lives. Most drivers will choose to simply pay the ticket without contesting it. Others may wonder if it would be worth fighting the charge in court, especially if the ticket will affect their insurance premiums.

State representatives consider workaround to traffic cameras

In July 2017, the Ohio Supreme Court maintained for the third time that cities in the state could enforce traffic laws with cameras. In its latest ruling, it declared that a police officer did not have to be present to issue the ticket. However, state legislators are thinking of other ways to possible challenge the use of traffic cameras. One idea is to limit state funds to smaller cities that use traffic cameras as a means of generating revenue.

How to challenge radar gun evidence

If an Ohio motorist is charged with speeding based on a radar gun reading, that reading may be challenged in court. The law acknowledges that there may be limitations to how accurate a radar gun may be, but successfully challenging a reading may be difficult. In many cases, a radar or LIDAR gun is calibrated before each use to ensure that it is accurate when used.

Speeding ticket defense in Ohio

Ohio residents sometimes feel that fighting a speeding ticket may not be worth the effort, but drivers with points on their licenses usually pay higher auto insurance premiums. Moving violations can cost professional drivers their jobs or make it more difficult for them to find work, and their livelihoods can be affected even if they were cited for speeding while behind the wheel of a family car. Committing three or more moving violations during a 12-month period is a criminal offense in Ohio, and violators risk losing their driving privileges and could even be sent to jail.

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