Not long ago I wrote an article about Ohio resident Mark Jenny. He was the gentleman who received a speeding ticket based solely on the guesstimate of a police officer and was sited for doing 79 mph in a 60 mph zone. The officer, one Christopher R Santimarino, said that based on his thirteen years as a traffic officer and a certification in speed estimation he was in the right by issuing the summons and could estimate a vehicles speed within 4 miles per hour. Jenny took this matter all the way up to the Ohio Supreme Court where they upheld the speeding ticket based solely on the testimony of officer Santimarino.
Now it seems that there is a bipartisan effort to overturn the ruling. In fact 12 of the state Sentate’s thirty-three members have given it their support. According to TheTruthAboutCars.com Senators Tim Grendell and Capri S. Cafaro jointly introduced legislation on Thursday that would forbid police from issuing speeding tickets based solely on the officer’s best guess. Gary Biller, Executive Director of the National Motorists Association stated, “The NMA has been flooded with email traffic expressing alarm and concern about the implications of courts giving judicial notice to what is, at best, a questionable method of determining how fast a vehicle is going”. Mr. Biller then went on to explain there is no scientific way for an officer, regardless of their training to estimate the speed of a moving vehicle.
I think that every driver in the United States would not only agree with Mr. Biller but applaud the efforts of Ohio Senators Grendell and Cafaro for trying to get this ridiculous ruling overturned.