Exceeding max Speed by 11-15 MPH

You overslept and were in danger of getting to work late, so you did everything you could to get to your job as quickly as possible. Now you have a speeding ticket for driving 11 to 15 MPH over the limit…and you were still late!

You are not alone. Speeding, especially in Pittsburgh, has become the most common traffic violation. Citations for speeding, especially multiple citations, can result in additional problems, such as points being added to your driving record, suspension of your license, expensive fines, and higher insurance premiums.

We at Sean Logue Law are here to help you. We will provide you with an expert Pittsburgh Criminal Lawyer, who will assist you in minimizing or avoiding these problems.

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.

11-15 MPH Exceeding the Speed Limit

A conviction for driving 11 to 15 MPH over the speed limit will result in 3 points being added to your driving record. If the offense occurred in a work zone, you will also face a possible 15-day license suspension.

Tools Used to 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 utilizing a manual tool much like a stopwatch for clocking your car over a distance that is pre-determined and pre-measured. Aircraft are often used for detecting the speed of cars on the ground, and a report radioed to the police officer in charge, who will then pull you over. This is often called a Manual Speed Trap.

The stopwatch-type device that is utilized in the 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, especially when used for distances shorter 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, as in all of Pennsylvania, only the state police are allowed to use radar guns to catch speeders.
  • Automatic speed traps are directed by technology, resulting in fewer human errors. Transmitters are set up on both sides of the road. 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 the cop or get angry
  • Turn off the ignition, but avoid getting out of the vehicle

If you are issued a speeding ticket, consult our Pittsburgh Criminal Lawyer, who will stand by you, refute any evidence, and work with you in determining your defense. Contact our best Pittsburgh Traffic Ticket Lawyer today.

For more information about Pennsylvania Traffic Violation Law, including descriptions and definitions of traffic violations, you will find it in the Pennsylvania Code under Title 75.