Exceeding max Speed by 6-10 MPH

Maybe the road was clear with no traffic, the radio was on, and you were jamming and simply got carried away. You drove really fast and then it happened…police lights flashed in your rearview mirror. The cop was polite, but you drove away with a ticket for driving 6-10 MPH above the speed limit.

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 Traffic Ticket Lawyers, and we can help you minimize these issues, or even avoid them altogether. We have the most experienced and skilled Pittsburgh Criminal Lawyers.

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.

Exceeding the Speed Limit 6-10 MPH

A conviction for this charge results in 2 points being added to your driving record by PennDOT.

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 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, 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.