It has gotten so bad on Australian roads that many innocent everyday drivers are getting massive fines and losing their license due to the state government’s insistence on blaming Speed as the single factor for the road toll.
However, the issue has gotten so out of control that drivers are being pulled over for speeding without any merit. For the majority of us, being pulled over by a police officer is a very distressing event, you are unlikely to argue with the officer and under the circumstances you will most probably agree that there is a possibility that you were speeding.
Firstly, when you are pulled over for speeding, your conversation with the police officer is recorded, many drivers are not aware of this, but its a fact.
When a member of our team was recently pulled over for a speeding offense he did not commit, he followed a very simple guide in dealing with the Police officer and the matter is now going to court with the help of Scott from Speeding Fine Consultants.
We will be using that case (successful or not) as our study case, but in the mean time, we are going to run a series of articles outlining the different processes involved in fighting unfair speeding tickets.
In this article we focus on the basics of what you should and shouldn’t say when pulled over for speeding.
Article 1 : Pulled Over for Speeding? Dealing with the Police
Firstly remember that when you are pulled over and booked for Speeding, the Speeding Incident is ALLEGED and not Proven!
You will be asked a number of questions by the police who will be tape recording your conversation as soon as the incident occurs.
The first question usually asked is “Why were you Speeding?”
This question alone is a leading question which implies that you were speeding even though the incident is not proven. If you admit to speeding you may find it difficult to defend yourself in court later on. Remember that you are not under arrest and your only obligation is to present your driving license and registration.
“Why were you Speeding?”
“I was not Speeding Officer, I was sitting exactly on the posted speed limit”
Even if the officer persists in repeating this question and saying the speed detection equipment has shown that you were speeding, do not feel pressured into admitting to the alleged offence. The fact that you are even asked why you were speeding with the implication that you were speeding is an infringement of your civil rights.
Instead simply reply,
“I was not Speeding Officer and if your equipment says that I was then I believe it may be faulty.”
Understandably you may feel quite distressed as most people feel uncomfortable when being booked for speeding and being in the presence of a police officer often feels intimidating. Don’t let any feelings of intimidation get to you. It’s important for you to understand that many thousands of speeding fines issued are unfair fines and can be beaten in court.
It’s also important to realise that under the National Safety Committee Guidelines fixed Speed Cameras are only supposed to be used and implanted and operated in areas which are known to them as a “Black Spot” or High Accident areas. You can ask the police officer
“Why are you operating this speed detection device in this area? Is it a known black spot or high accident risk area?”
If you follow these basic guidelines you will stand a good chance of beating an unfair speeding fine in court should you wish to defend the infringement. The Justice system in Australia is there for all of us, not just the police.
You should not assume that the speed detection device used was working correctly, or that the device has been operated under the police guidelines. Instead stay calm, present your documents as requested, drive safely to your destination and deal with the matter through the legal system.
In most cases the police will insist on assuring you that their equipment is tested and accurate. Don’t let this constant bombardment put you off, and remember, the officer is simply after a confession, after a while he or she will simply hand out the infringement notice and you will be on your way.
If you believe you are a victim of an unfair speeding ticket, you may feel as though you are being singled out, which usually leads to a feeling of helplessness. However the reality is very different, the state governments are using Speed as an excuse for more revenue, you CAN beat an unfair ticket.
Don’t be a victim of the state government’s revenue raising agenda, your fine may only be a few hundred dollars but demerit points stay around for a three year period and you may eventually find yourself in a situation desperate for more points.
Speeding Fine Consultants provide assistance and a support service to thousands of motorists every year who have been issued with unfair speeding fines. Demerit Points on Australian Licenses and the loss of Australian Licenses can and does cause severe hardship to many people nationwide.
This is not a terrifying ordeal as Speeding Fine Consultants provide you with ALL of the information that you need to represent yourself. With a fixed fee of $370, the myth that it costs thousands and thousands of dollars to fight infringement notices is not true. Speeding Fine Consultants provide a free case assessment in the first instance to advise you of your chances.
Each case is assessed on its individual merits, no two cases are ever the same and cases are usually won based on a number of varying factors. Speeding Fine Consultants are here to help you save your license and beat your unfair Speeding Fine.
Further information about Speeding Fine Consultants and Scott Cooper can be found online at www.speedingfineconsultants.com
Please note, Car Advice is in no way affiliated with Speeding Fine Consultants, we are simply here to give advice to motorists at the receiving end of unfair speeding tickets, and we feel Speeding Fine Consultants to be the best choice.
Stay tuned for more articles and reports on our progress beating an unfair speeding ticket in court.