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 reason for the police to issue traffic tickets in Pittsburgh, and those tickets can add up to big headaches. They can cost you points on your license, hefty fines, and high insurance premiums. You could even lose your driver’s license. This is where we at Sean Logue Law can help you. We have the best Pittsburgh Speeding Ticket Lawyers, and we can help you minimize these issues, or even avoid them altogether. We have the most experienced and skilled Criminal Lawyers in Pittsburgh or the surrounding communities.

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:

  • 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 charged with speeding, unless you are in a school 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 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 be required to attend a PennDOT hearing. This hearing is mandatory. 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. The suspension comes with five points on 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 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 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 technology driven, 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 for exceeding the maximum speed by 31 or more mph, consult our Criminal Lawyer, who will stand by you, refute any evidence, and work with you in determining your defense. Contact our best Traffic Ticket Lawyer today.

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