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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-11-2005, 03:14 PM Thread Starter
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Got a ticket in a construction zone

This really sucks!! Nearly a perfect driving record and I get stopped by a Cook Country Sheriff for going over 30 mph in a 45 mph construction zone on 294 South (near Halsted St.).

First of all, I was driving my truck trying to go to Indiana. There is no way I was going 85 mph on a Sunday (10:30 a.m.) with all the traffic at that location and I just got off the ramp before Dixie Hwy. Merging with traffic and going through the Toll, theres no way I was going 85mph.

This guy would not even give me a chance to challenge him. "Need your license and insurance card...Did you see the construction workers?" I say, "no". Technically I should told him who cares since the law for speed limits in constuction zones applies regardless if there are people working or not (Scotts law). Well, he leaves and comes back with a ticket for driving 30+ over the speed limit.

I begin to question the ticket and ask for proof, but he says he clocked my speed. Looks at me, hands me the ticket and leaves. This dick definitely wanted to ticket someone before his shift was over. Now I have to go to court.

I circled around and follow a State Police car and took pictures of them going 65 to 70 mph through the same area I was stopped (pic of the police car in front of me with a copy of my speedometer). And of course traffic is following right behind him. WTF is that!!!

I want to fight the ticket. I know I was traveling at a safe speed with the flow of traffic. Probably doesn't matter how fast I was going, but pisses me off that I have to go to court now. I'm thinking I need a lawyer. Does anybody know a good traffic lawyer?

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-11-2005, 03:28 PM
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I circled around and follow a State Police car and took pictures of them going 65 to 70 mph through the same area I was stopped (pic of the police car in front of me with a copy of my speedometer). And of course traffic is following right behind him. WTF is that!!!

I agree that you need a lawyer. They changed the law a year ago, and this is a fairly serious offence. It'll be close to a $1000 fine. Also, I wouldn't show that picture in court. It proves that you were speeding, and does not prove that the cop was speeding, since you could technically be gaining on the Police Officer as you took the picture.

Hopefully your lawyer can plea-bargain you down to a lesser offence. Good luck!
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(30+) + 45 = 75+ Maybe you were doing 76 mph. Considering you had no idea how fast you were going, chances are the cop did in fact clock you going 75+. Haven't you been paying attention to all the media and signage about speeding in construction zones this year?

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well not trying to be a jackass, i am just trying to point out the voice of reasoning.

just cause someone else is breaking the law doesnt mean its ok for you to do it too.


following a cop threw there saying he's doing it why cant i?

is bullshit, if you want to be a cop then go do it and enforce the cops threw being a state professional regulations officer. "you can only understand the beast when you are in the beast shoes"

you dont know what speed you were going other then it was safe and withien the flow of traffic you say.

there again, your lack of attention to your speed is disregaurd for yourself in others in the more so important manner of speeding threw a construction zone, where have you been for the last 4 years of media and law dealings with comstruction zone deaths and hazzards.


so i am trying to make you see why and not deal with the why me.

hope you dont take this the wrong way.


shit happens, go get a lawyer to get it reduced as much as possible dude.



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+1 on the lawyer and get rid of that picture, the only thing that proves is that you were speeding. I PMed ya with some lawyer info, I'm sure he can really help ya out!!

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I can understand how you feel. When I see construction zones, I slow to at least 50, when I do, just about everyone around runs up on my ass and want me to go faster. I don't play in these zones because of the serious fines involved. I got a ticket in 99 for speeding in a work zone, and it cost me $150 back then, now, it is insane because of the new reguations. I know everyone else still goes 70 + in there, but you have to go against the grain to insure yourself a happy and ticketless day.

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Definitely going to get a lawyer!! I really was not going to use the picture of the cop also speeding. I was just ranting on how someone who is to enforce the law is breaking the law.

Driving already for hours, kids crying, and the wife all stressed out, I really wasn't paying attention to my speed at that moment. Besides, I was blocked with a semi on the right and a line of cars in front and to the left of my truck. I know it's still no excuse. I was just at the wrong place at the wrong time.

Also, I know the law in construction zones very well, since my uncle was killed working on a construction site. A drunk driver crossed the barrier and ran him over. My family was part of pushing Scotts Law in Illinois.

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then you know better then i about speeding in those zones..like i said it one of those shit happens times. get a lawyer and just pay your way out of it



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then you know better then i about speeding in those zones..like i said it one of those shit happens times. get a lawyer and just pay your way out of it
Yea, your right about shit just happens. It just sucks when it happens unexpectedly! I was going to use the money for a new bike. Now I'll just have to wait a few more months.

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I wouldnt show that picture of you following a cop through a construction zone at 70, theyll give you another ticket since you are providing them proof that you were doing it again.

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