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Ohio says it is “ok” for speeding tickets to be issued based on a guess.

Posted in Newsworthy, Police, Politics by MrAngry | June 4th, 2010 | 6 Responses |

It’s all down hill from here ladies and gentlemen. The Truth About Cars has just reported that he Ohio Supreme Court has just upheld a ruling that will now make it almost impossible for people to speed. Motorist Mark Jenny was sited for doing 79 mph in a 60 mph zone based on nothing but the fact that that is what the Officer Christopher R Santimarino thought he was doing. Based on his thirteen years as a traffic officer and a certification in speed estimation (I didn’t even know there was such a thing) by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy, Santimarino felt he was qualified to make this estimation and thus issue the summons. Apparently the speed estimation certification qualifies an officer to guess a vehicles speed within 4 miles per hour. This is like some crazy Yoda Jedi stuff and I’m simply not buying it.

Obviously as a motorist I have a major problem with this. Speed equipment such as police radar and laser devices are there so that law enforcement can gain accurate readings on how fast potential offenders were going. If officers are now allowed to guess how fast a motorist is going the results for motorists can be very detrimental. In all honesty I have no real issues with officers pulling someone over based on the fact that they thought they were speeding, but issuing a ticket with an actual speed violation on it is simply unacceptable.

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6 Responses

  1. Dave says:

    So the officer just HAPPENED to estimate that he was going 1mph lower than what would be considered reckless driving? (At least what would be considered reckless driving in my state of Virginia.)


  2. matt says:

    this is nothing new, I hear it from cops all the time and it was actually more common before the age of radar guns and the like. Ohio and many other states rely on traffic tickets for revenue thus the quotas, how can the police make their absurdly high quotas if they actually have to CATCH people breaking the law? No its much easier to uphold trumped up charges with no factual basis.

  3. Sierra says:

    This ruling is pure lunacy. I wonder how many people will avoid travel to Ohio altogether as a result, and also, how long until the police use this precedent as an excuse to dispense with any sort of evidence for other crimes? It would sure make my job as an architect a lot easier if I could just replace facts with a guess anytime I wanted. At least for now the Ohio police won’t be bothered with the horribly trivial job of having to hold, aim, and push the a button of a radar gun in order to gather evidence, since that’s just way too much to expect of them.

  4. Will says:

    Probably wont be long until my state, North Carolina, adopts the same policy. As far as I know NC is the second most strict (Virginia might be first) with speeding violations.

  5. Dave says:

    “As far as I know NC is the second most strict (Virginia might be first) with speeding violations.”

    80MPH is the threshhold for Reckless Driving in VA. General guidelines for sentencing are from 80-89 $100 per mile per hour over 80 and 90mph or more is one day in jail per mph over 90. This is in addition to license forefiture/suspension etc. I just recently had to go to court for a General Reckless Driving offense. Maximum penalty possible was loss of license for 6 months, $2,500 fine, and 1 year in jail. Plus 6 points against my license when reinstated. Lawyer got me Improper Driving (3 points) and a $200 fine.

  6. Joe Priest says:

    This is not parliamentary procedure, and a violation of civil liberty.

    Please examine our corroborative perspective…

    For freedom.