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While having a verifiable number from a radar or lidar (laser) gun is one way that a police officer can justify issuing a speeding ticket, it is not the only way. The opinion of a police officer that you were speeding, as long as he or she is properly qualified to make that determination, can be enough for a conviction.

It will be up to the court to decide how accurate it believes the officer's determination to be. The court may consider where the officer's car was located in relation to your car and how long he or she observed you for. If your speeding led to an accident, the officer can use any skid marks or other marks on the road to calculate your speed.

If the officer's car was driving on the road at the time you were allegedly speeding, he can pace your car to determine how fast you were going. This means that he would drive behind you and increase his speed until the space between the two cars held steady. This would indicate that you were both traveling at the same speed and the officer could base your speed off of his or her own sppedometer.

If you are issued a speeding ticket using any method, however, your conviction is not an automatic slam dunk. According to news website Raw Story, in 2014 there were over 41 million speeding tickets issued in the country and over 25 percent of these tickets were issued erroneously. Therefore, there are several defenses that may help you fight your speeding ticket. As stated above, an officer must be properly trained in order to be able to estimate your speed within one to two miles per hour. If you can prove that the officer was not certified, his calculation may not hold up in court. Plus, even if your speed was captured by radar or laser, such instruments must be properly maintained and calibrated regularly. The type of device used is often noted on the ticket or citation, so you may be able to challenge the accuracy of the radar gun. This information is for general purposes only and is not intended to serve as legal advice.

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