Exceeding Max Speed by 16-25 MPH
You were driving along, thinking about how you were going to resolve a sticky situation in your life, and not paying attention to the speedometer. The next thing you knew, you saw the lights of a police car in your mirror. You pulled over, to be issued a traffic ticket for exceeding the maximum speed by 16-25 mph.
Speeding is the most common reason for police to issue traffic tickets in Pittsburgh, and those tickets can add up to big headaches. They can trigger points being added to your license, require you to pay large fines, and make your insurance premiums rise. You could even lose your driver’s license. This is where our attorneys at Logue Law Group can help you. Logue Law has the most reliable Pittsburgh Speeding Ticket Lawyers, and we can aid you minimize these issues, or even avoid them altogether. We have the most experienced and skilled Criminal Defense Attorneys in the Pittsburgh area.
Facts About Speeding
In Pittsburgh, driving over the speed limit is illegal. If an expressway or street does not have a speed limit sign, you are expected to follow the below-mentioned guidelines:
- 55 MPH- Expressways
- 35 MPH- Non-residential streets
- 25 MPH- Residential streets
Different tools are used to measure speed. You must be driving at least 6 MPH above the speed limit to be charged with speeding, unless you are in a school zone or active work zone. In that case, you can receive a speeding ticket for going just 1 MPH over the posted speed limit.
Exceeding the Maximum Speed by 16-25 MPH
A conviction for going 16-25 MPH over the speed limit will result in 4 points being added to your driving record. If you were in a construction zone, you might also receive a 15-day license suspension.
Ways in Which the Police can Measure Your Speed
- By following your car and pacing the speed of your vehicle against the cop’s speedometer. He must follow you for at least 3/8 of a mile before he can pull you over.
- By taking advantage of a manual device comparable to a stopwatch for measuring your car over a certain distance that has been determined and measured ahead of time. Aircraft are often used for detecting the speed of cars on the ground, and a report radioed to the officer in charge, who will then pull you over. This is often called a Manual Speed Trap
The device that is used in all manual speed traps, both in the air and on the ground, is often a VASCAR device. The reliability of these devices has been questioned in Pittsburgh, most particularly when utilized for checking speed over distances of less than than 500 feet. You cannot be charged for speeding in a zone with a posted speed of 55 MPH or lower unless you were going 10 MPH or more over the posted limit when your speed was measured by a VASCAR device.
- Radar guns may be used to measure your speed. In Pittsburgh, only the state police can use radar guns to catch speeders.
- Automatic speed traps are powered by technology, meaning they come with fewer human mistakes. Transmitters are set up along both sides of the street. These transmitters calculate the speed automatically as vehicles pass, and send the readings to a PC in the officer’s patrol car.
Steps to Take if the Cops Pull You Over
- Be polite
- Do not argue with officers or become angry
- Turn off the car, but stay in it