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.