I'm going to fight my speeding ticket.

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    I received my first ticket in almost 10 years this morning, and I believe I'm going to fight it.

    Can you spot the speed limit sign?

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    Good Luck!
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    If that picture is taken during the same time, weather and angle as you would encounter driving by, you may have a shot. Do you live in the area - common route? If not, there is also something to stand on - if you cannot read the sign how can they fine?
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    More power to you. I've had a few I wanted to fight but never have. Let us know how it turns out
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    Common route or not, if the speed limit isn't able to be seen, they shouldn't be able to ticket you... unless you were being excessive in your speed. For example, you weren't doing 90 I hope lol

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    My dad ran a stop sign many years ago. The sign was covered by overgrowth and impossible to see. He took pictures just as you have done. He lost. Good luck.

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    From my experience, I think its gonna be a tuff fight. If you weren't going over 5 MPH, then I would say you have a chance.

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    for all we know the sign could be 10 feet back behind you.

    In Florida, there are maximum speeds (you are assumed to know this) on each type of road. If there is no sign, you are not allowed to exceed that maximum, that again, you are supposed to know.

    If its a residential or business district, unless otherwise posted, its 30MPH.

    Interstate, unless otherwise posted, its 70MPH.

    All other Highways, its 55MPH, unless otherwise posted.

    So here, even if you are on say, US 1 (A1A) or US301, if there is no sign, you aren't allowed to go over 55mph. If a sign says 40, then its 40, not 55.

    As the cops will say, ignorance isn't an excuse. (not a slam on you, just a quote)

    Good luck though.
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    Well, here is the catch. After some research, there is no posted speed limit sign on the side of the street I entered. However, there is a suggested speed sign of 30 MPH. Therefore, we can safely assume that the speed limit is above 30 MPH on the street, but how much above? I could also see that street being 45 MPH as it's out in the country. That said, if one end of the road is stating the suggested speed is 30 MPH, and you can't see a speed limit sign for 25 MPH, how is one supposed to know what the actual posted speed should be?
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    Just see if you can take a safe driver's course. Might cost $35 and like 90 minutes online, and they often waive the ticket (since you haven't had one in awhile).

    Your picture proves nothing, as stated. Unless the cop fails to show for court, as they sometimes don't, it will be over in 30 seconds and you will lose.

    Maybe if you offer to submit a video along a path several miles in either direction of the spot of the ticket, the judge will just dismiss as opposed to sitting through the video. Have a friend shoot the video, and then they can submit they shot the video and there is no posted speed limit.

    I mean, think about your argument. If it could fly, nearly everyone that gets a ticket would be using that excuse to get out of it. Your word against the cop, you lose every time. And you'll be hit with additional court costs for contesting the ticket (if you lose).
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    I've had two speeding tickets and one "tailgating" ticket from an accident.

    I had 1 speeding ticket reduced to equipment violation ( equivalent to a broken brake light).

    The other 2 I had dismissed.

    This was all from just showing up. I didn't argue anything or plead anything

    Though the speeding ticket I had reduced I did have to explain what I was doing. Which was understandable 55 in a 35.

    Tl;dr: Always show up for tickets. Most of the time the DA representative will dismiss it or reduce it on the spot provided your record is not horrendous.
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    The video proves that the speed limit sign is barely visible.
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    Tell them you missed the sign because you were opening your beer. That one always works.
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    Opening your beer with the seat belt tab.
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    With your expired insurance card as a coaster :)

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    If my eyes are correct speed limit says 35 and if my law is correct if a speed limit sign isnt visible you abide by the last visible speed posted

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    I see 25 :p

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    Yep. After zooming in, I definitely see 25

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    I've gotten like 4 speeding tickets but I still have a spotless record because they were all dropped down to impeding traffic which is a small fine , no points, and doesn't show up on your record. Considering you haven't gotten a ticket on ten years, that's prolly gone due to the statute of limitations sooooo, your record is spotless and most likely the prosecutor will offer you a deal to drop it down to impeding traffic which is cool.

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    From a 1 minute search.... figure out what is that road classified as. Looks like a rural road to me, which states 35 MPH. Ignorance isn't an excuse.
    Code of Virginia


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    [TD]Maximum speed limit for school buses[/TD]
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    [TD="width: 13%"]46.2-872[/TD]
    [TD]Maximum speed limits for vehicles operating under special permits[/TD]
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    [TD="width: 13%"]46.2-873[/TD]
    [TD]Maximum speed limits at school crossings; penalty[/TD]
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    [TD="width: 13%"]46.2-873.1[/TD]
    [TD]Maximum speed limit on nonsurface treated highways for certain counties[/TD]
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    [TD="width: 13%"]46.2-873.2[/TD]
    [TD]Maximum speed limit on rural rustic roads[/TD]
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    [TD="width: 13%"]46.2-874[/TD]
    [TD]Maximum speed limit in business and residence districts[/TD]
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    [TD="width: 13%"]46.2-874.1[/TD]
    [TD]Exceptions to maximum speed limits in residence districts; penalty[/TD]
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    [TD="width: 13%"]46.2-875[/TD]
    [TD]Maximum speed limit on certain other highways in cities and towns[/TD]
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    [TD="width: 13%"]46.2-876[/TD]
    [TD]Maximum speed limit for passenger vehicles towing certain trailers[/TD]
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    [TD="width: 13%"]46.2-877[/TD]
    [TD]Minimum speed limits[/TD]
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    [TD="width: 13%"]46.2-878[/TD]
    [TD]Authority to change speed limits[/TD]
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    [TD]Maximum speed limits in highway work zones; penalty[/TD]
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