Long time lurker, first time poster here.
Here's the situation.
Earlier today, I was driving down a 2 lane road that is usually 35 and has a school zone during an hour and the speed limit is 25.
I was driving down and shortly after the sign saw an officer come out into the street, stop the car in front of me, make a gesture to slow down and let him/her go. Then he got to me and told me to pull over. I rolled my window down, and he went to the Maserati behind me and told him to slow down and that it was his lucky day.
Next thing I know, I'm being given a ticket for going 37 in a 25. I asked the officer to give me a warning but he said that the other driver had his lucky day and it wasn't my lucky day.
I have a couple of questions and would like some help please.
- The ticket says the officer hit me on laser from about 540 feet away. I have driven past the school speed limit sign and to the point where the officer was, and while I don't have an accurate distance yet, based on what my car has told me (.12 miles or so) that the speed limit sign is about 650-700 feet from where the officer was stationary and pulled me over.
- Is there any sort of cushion zone or transition zone law in Georgia that would give me 50-100 feet to slow down?
- Next, the school zone started at 2:05pm. The citation says the ticket was written at 2:12pm, and I have phone records of after I received my ticket and was on my way that I made a phone call between 2:16 and 2:17pm. The ticket does not have a 'time of offense' on it. While I thought the school zone started at 1:45 or 2:00, it seems pretty fishy that the officer could've already been in place and talked to the guy behind me in the Maserati, run my license and registration, and written the ticket and had me on his way in 12 minutes. Is there any chance that I can contest based on time and stating a discrepancy with that?
- I read somewhere that there is a law that if the officer is operating a speed checking device from over 500 feet, he has to be visible. Due to a small bend/hill in the road and some tree cover, it is impossible to see the officer from over 500 feet (and he got me 500+ feet), but I am not sure if this applies to laser or not.
- Lastly, is it true that if you're going under 14 over the speed limit, it doesn't get reported to insurance and your premium doesn't go up? Does that apply even in school zones? I have a clean record for the past 4 or so years and had another speeding ticket, but it never affected anything.
How many points will this be and how much is the fine average (it hasn't posted yet - they say 5-10 days)
Is it worth fighting this and pleading Nolo??
Thanks in advance.