Q&A - Speeding Ticket on the Georgia Viaduct
I got a speeding ticket today at Georgia Viaduct and here is what happened: I was driving down Georgia St (middle lane) heading east. Knowing that Georgia Viaduct is a speed trap (I received a ticket at the same spot two years ago), I stayed behind a Grey Mazda 3 and made sure I was within the speed limit (around 50km/hr).
As we approach the fork (around 200 meters from the cop), the Mazda 3 (4 or 5 car lengths in front of me) all of a sudden slow down and I signaled and switched to the left lane to avoid rear ending him (in my mind I knew there was a cop there).
After switching to the left lane (around 200 meters from the cop), I saw the cop and the Mazda and I slowed down as we approached him.
To my suprise, the cop let the Mazda through and pulled me (the 2nd car) over and said I was driving 85km/hr and I clearly wasn't.
I have 2 problems with this ticket:
1. Where there any other vehicles present around my vehicle when the measurement was made?
- Clearly yes, as the Mazda 3 was clearing in front of my vehicle the whole time except the last few hundred meters when the cop is waving us in which he had his radar down already.
2. Was there a clear line of sight between the speed measuring device and my vehicle?
- No. As I said, I was behind the Mazda 3 the whole time as we head straight towards the cop except for the last 200 meters which by then the cop is already waiving us in.
I personally think the cop pulled me over instead since I was on the left lane and assumed I was going faster than the Mazda which he had the measurement.
Let me know if I have a case here.