Is it right for a officer to give you a ticket for going one mile over?

United States
September 20, 2009 11:23am CST
I don't feel it is morally right for a police officer to give you a ticket for going one mile over the legal limit. I think they would just be picking at you if they did this just to get you for something. I also think that maybe radar is not one hundred precent right all the time and can be off a mile or two. Digital radar is a machine and not all machines are not one hundred percent accurate.I would fight it in court if a cop gave a ticket for going a mile over. I don't know that I would win but it would be worth a try. If they gave me a ticket just to meet their quota I would be very mad. I would a cop would have better things to worry about than me going over one mile over the legal limit. There are worse things to give out tickets for. I would conciderate a desprate cop to give out such a ticket.
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@marguicha (94728)
• Chile
20 Sep 09
I think that giving you or not giving you a ticket is up to him. But he has the right to stick to the law. There has to be a limit for everything. So I don´t feel it´s a question of morals but of common sense. I wouldn´t have given you the ticket. But morally I had the right to give it. Thewre are lot´s of limits in society. You have to abide by them whether you like it or not because we are not alone in the world. I don´t accept in my house that the children take their food to the TV (in my room). They either eat (well seated at a table in the dining room( or they go hungry and watch the TV. It may sound harsh, but when you get a job later in life you have to follow rules. Or else. Happy posting!
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• Melbourne, Australia
21 Sep 09
Speeding is speeding, one mile over is still one mile faster than you should be going. So it should be zero tollerance in regards to speeding. One mile faster can hurt someone more when hit than at the normal speed. It only feels immoral to those who get caught speeding.
• Melbourne, Australia
21 Sep 09
So your saying that if you felt comfortable driving 20 miles faster than the LEGAL limit then that's better than making sure you are going to legal limit? Hope I never get in front of your car then.
• United States
21 Sep 09
I do because I got a ticket back in February and he did not even think twice of letting me get by, it was 55 in a 35 near downtown traffic so you know he wanted to give me a ticket, it was also due to the fact they needed their qouta here in Hampton, Virginia, and I tell you these cops are very strict and very stupid just like the city treasurer.
• United States
21 Sep 09
lol. I'm in Alexandria and I haven't had any trouble with them (knock on wood). However, I do believe they have a quota to meet. I'm not sure about the city treasurer though....lol
@ladym33 (11008)
• United States
21 Sep 09
They are not suppossed to pull you over for anything less than 5 miles over the speed limit, because the radar can be off by a couple of miles per hour. Plus most people do, do 5 miles over and it is not really dangerous to do so. If they pull you over for less than 5 over they had better have another reason like you are not wearing a seatbelt, or have a tail light out or something.
• United States
21 Sep 09
That's messed up! For one mile over?! He needed something to do.
@sanji66 (21)
• Philippines
21 Sep 09
Yes. It is right for "an" officer to give you a ticket for going one mile over because it is in the law. I know that they have radar and a camera so it must be the same as what the officer says. So, if you have been caught with the right evidence you shouldn't react about it because your safety of ypur life is what they want for your sake. Hope this response help you.
@rdadey (484)
• Canada
21 Sep 09
Depending on road conditions and amount of traffis, police here won`t stop you if you go about 5 to 8 mph over the limit on the highways. They themselves go over as well and I have seen that myself, especially around supper time. I have had a couple flash their lights at me which was a sign to slow down a little but I have never been pulled over for speeding. In towns and cities it is wise to stay within the speed limits, especially in school and hospital zones.
@artistry (4154)
• United States
21 Sep 09
....Hi tuckersheri, Now with the economy the way it is, the police will probably be giving out tickets if you look at them the wrong way. Long time ago, I was leaving for work, driving in a 15 miles an hour zone, came up beside a police car, he was trying to come out, didn't see me on his side, I sped up, to avoid him hitting me. He stopped me, I explained, he gave me a ticket for what really was an error on his part for not looking back. I don't remember if I fought it. Another one gave me a ticket years later for driving through a KFC without buying anything, my chicken was on the seat beside me, he had started the ticket, couldn't tear it up, fought it, won, but a waste of my time. So sometimes, it's not your day, fight the ticket if you get one, maybe you will win. Take care.
@stephcjh (32328)
• United States
21 Sep 09
I don't think it is right for them to give you a ticket for one mile over either. I do not know if this has ever happened. I would fight it in court if it happened to me. That is too forceful.
@happy6162 (3011)
• United States
21 Sep 09
The way I understand it is if you are speeding then the cop can give you a ticket no matter if it is only 1 mile over the speed limit. I have never hear of any cop given a speeding ticket for one mile over the speed limit and I do not think they would because most driver are usually going 1-4 miles over the speed limit and the cops would have to stop just about every driver. Now if you are in a school zone that is different they are very strict with the speed limit because of the children.
@spalladino (17925)
• United States
21 Sep 09
That's terrible! I believe the normal standard is to give you 5 miles leeway before giving you a ticket and that they give you a warning for anything under 10 miles over. I really think that a ticket for going one mile over the limit could be beat in court because there is no leeway given at all. Even if the radar equipment is working correctly, how can they guarantee that it's accurate within one mile per hour?
@Mac6999 (706)
• India
21 Sep 09
I dont think it is right to be fined for going 1 mile over the limit. Really they should let people off upto 3-4 miles. It all depends in which country your in, some places are strict, while others are a bit less strict. Your right, speed radars are not 100% accurate and drivers should be given the benefit of the doubt. I highly doubt that any cop would give you a fine for going 1 mile over the speed limit, even countries that have speed cameras are set a couple of ticks above the limit.
@trisha27 (3505)
• United States
20 Sep 09
Wow, I would be angry if I got a ticket for going 1 mile over the speed limit. Especially when there was other cars that may have gone faster then me. I've never gotten a ticket before ever since I've been driving though and I hope it never happens. I think here in texas we get to at least drive 5 miles over the limit and anything after that you get a ticket. But I believe that a cop can pull you over for any reason and it also depends on the cop on whether or not they will give you a ticket. There could have been some other reason though that person was pulled over. But I have never known anyone that had been pulled over for going 1 mile over the speed limit in the first place. I believe also here in texas most of the time not all the time the cop will let you go if you aren't going very fast like 5 miles or under and anything over then you may just get a ticket. I mean seriously what is the point of giving a ticket for 1 mile over the speed limit. I believe that its a waste of time and paper. Especially when there are other things that the cops could be doing. I think maybe if the cop pulled you over for going over 1 mile per hour and you give that cop a hard time because you didn't think its right that they pull you over. Then that cop may just give you a ticket. Sometimes its just best to be nice to a cop and they will just let you go. My brother did that and the cop decided to let him go because he was nice throughout the whole time the cop was checking to make sure he didn't have any tickets and stuff and my brother was only going 10 miles over the speed limit and plus the other factor was that he was in the military. But the main point was that he was polite throughout the whole time.
@Philbo (579)
• Canada
20 Sep 09
I have heard a case where this was done and I agree with you I think it is wrong. You don't have to question the accuracy of the radar. It is a fact that the speedometer on your car is not necessarily 100% accurate. Point is different tires can affect your speedometer reading. Another point is this. If you are spending all your time watching the stupid speedometer making sure you aren't speeding by one mile over the limit, you are not watching where you are going or paying attention to the world around you. The reason speeding is a danger and needs to be regulated is all about safety. To be safe I pay attention to the road I really don't think I should be paranoid about breaking the speed limit by a negligible amount.