In court, the prosecutor in Lamont or Shafter must prove that you were
speeding beyond a reasonable doubt. What evidence is the prosecutor most
likely to present?
The enforcement method must meet several criteria; for example, it must
be scientifically reliable, easily explainable, and easily used. Radar
and pacing are the most
common enforcement tools.
Down-The-Road radar is the most commonly used speeding enforcement method
in the United States. DTR radar simply beams out radio waves against oncoming
traffic, and the amount of time it takes for the radar beam to bounce
back determines the speed of the vehicle.
Radar guns are scientifically reliable and easy to use (radar guns are
also used in other fields, such as baseball); moreover, the science behind
a radar gun is easy to understand. The biggest weakness in a radar gun
is that it does not discern between vehicles: if there is heavy traffic,
it is the officer's judgment as to which vehicle was traveling at
what speed. Radar tends to be more effective on highways, such as Interstate
5, as opposed to in larger cities, such as Bakersfield.
If you are ticketed by an officer who was not on traffic patrol, chances
are the officer used pacing to determine your speed. Basically, the officer
accelerates behind you until the gap between your vehicle and the patrol
car s constant, thereby allowing the officer to testify that the speeds
Pacing is a good method on paper or in the laboratory, but out in the field
there are some serious deficiencies:
An attorney practicing in Tulare County can identify and exploit weak points
in the prosecutor's case to either have your ticket case thrown out
or at least get the fines and points reduced.