Exceeding Max Speed by 31 or More MPH
You were cruising along and didn’t realize how fast you were going. Or maybe you were urgently needed somewhere and were doing everything you could to make it in time. Then, it happened: you were pulled over by a police officer and given a ticket for exceeding the maximum speed by 31 or more mph.
Speeding is the most common type of traffic citation in Pittsburgh. Multiple speeding tickets can be a huge headache. You can find yourself with added points on your license, paying large fines, and being billed higher insurance premiums. You could even lose your driver’s license. This is where the attorneys at Logue Law Group can help you. We have highly effective Pittsburgh Speeding Ticket Lawyers, and we can assist you in minimizing these issues and possibly even avoid them altogether. Logue Law has the most experienced and skilled Criminal Lawyers in Pittsburgh or the surrounding communities.
Facts about speeding
You are not allowed to drive faster than the posted speed limit in the city of Pittsburgh. If you don’t see a speed limit sign on an expressway or street, you are expected to follow the below-mentioned guidelines:
- Expressways- 55 MPH
- Non-residential streets- 35 MPH
- Residential streets- 25 MPH
Different tools are used to measure speed. You must be driving at least 6 MPH above the speed limit to be cited for speeding, unless you are passing through a school zone. In that case, you can be ticketed for speeding for driving only 1 MPH over the posted speed.
Exceeding the Maximum Speed by 31 or More MPH
If you have received a ticket for driving 31 MPH over the speed limit, you are considered to have been excessively speeding. Once charged with this offense, you will have to go to a mandatory PennDOT hearing. If you fail to attend, your license will automatically be suspended for 60 days.
The PennDOT examiner will require you to either receive a 15-day license suspension or take a driving road test. In addition to the suspension, you will get five points added to your driving record. Having our attorney with you during the hearing will help you avoid the harshest punishment.
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 has to follow you for a minimum of 3/8 of a mile before he can stop you.
- By employing a human-powered tool comparable to a stopwatch for scrutinizing your car as it travels over a distance that has been determined and measured in advance. Many times airplanes are used for measuring the speed of cars on the ground, and a report radioed to the officers in charge, who will then stop you. This is often called a Manual Speed Trap
The stopwatch-like apparatus that is used in on-the-ground and in-the-air manual speed traps is often a VASCAR device. These machines have been proven to be unreliable, especially when used to track cars for distances of fewer than 500 feet. Cops cannot charge you for speeding in a zone with a posted speed limit 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. Only state troopers are permitted to use radar guns to catch speeding vehicles.
- Automatic speed traps are powered by technology, which means they produce fewer human errors. Transmitters are set up on both sides of the road. They automatically figure out the speed of vehicles as they pass, then send the readings to a computer in the cop’s patrol car.
Steps to take if the cops pull you over
- Be polite
- Do not argue with the cop or get angry
- Turn off the ignition, but avoid getting out of the vehicle