Ohio Court: Police estimates OK for issuing speeding tickets

@teamrose (1499)
United States
June 2, 2010 2:32pm CST
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio's highest court has ruled that a person may be convicted of speeding purely if it looked to a police officer that the motorist was going too fast. The Ohio Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that an officer's visual estimation of speed is enough to support a conviction if the officer is trained, certified by a training academy, and experienced in watching for speeders. The court's 5-1 decision says independent verification of a driver's speed is not necessary. The court upheld a lower court's ruling against a driver who challenged a speeding conviction that had been based on testimony from police officer in Copley, 25 miles south of Cleveland. The officer said it appeared to him that the man was driving too fast. http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/ohio-news/estimates-ok-for-speeding-tickets-court-rules-741192.html
2 responses
@hofferp (4739)
• United States
3 Jun 10
Well, to say the least, I disagree with that Supreme Court! That's giving too much "power" to police officers, trained or not. You better hope you never get on the bad side of a cop...
@sallyj (1228)
• United States
3 Jun 10
That makes you wonder why we spend all that money on gadgets for the car to detect actual speed. I can't believe it.