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    Speeding ticket in the rain

    so i'm driving to work this morning, going west on king edward in vancouver. A guy jumps out into my lane from a side street and says i was doing 75 and shows me the reading on the radar. comes back 5 mins later with a $138 ticket for speeding in a municipality. now my problem is that it was raining really hard this morning. I was in the right lane, with a school bus next to me in the left lane. I was going the same speed as the bus... i really dont know exactly how fast i was going, but it was not 75 thats for sure. maybe 55. now i seem to remember that radars are not very effective in the rain. i'm not sure if it was a laser gun that he was using or a regular radar gun.... maybe its the lasers that dont work very well in the rain. anyways, i also read that radars need a reflective surface for the beam to come back to them, and the police usually use a license plate on the front of a vehicle. now my car does not have a front plate. the cop didnt give me a ticket for it. would the radar still be effective if using the headlights or something for a reflective surface? anyways, i feel that i should dispute this ticket, since the conditions were less than perfect for a radar speed trap, and i dont think i was going 75km/h... should i bring up all my points in court like the poor weather conditions at the time, not having a front plate and all that? or would it make my case even worse? the judge would say that i was speeding in the rain therefore making it more dangerous and irresponsible? i really dont care about the fine. It's the points that i cant have....

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    well, it's illegal to drive without a front license plate so you can scratch that idea out...

    it would be on you to prove you weren't doing 75, or find out what reading device he used or prove that heavy rain, as in this morning can affect the readings of either device..

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    how would i find out what device was used?

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    i think rain may only affect the effective distance they can use the radar / laser gun but it's still accurate i think...

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    Quote Originally Posted by xpl0sive View Post
    so i'm driving to work this morning, going west on king edward in vancouver. A guy jumps out into my lane from a side street and says i was doing 75 and shows me the reading on the radar. comes back 5 mins later with a $138 ticket for speeding in a municipality. now my problem is that it was raining really hard this morning. I was in the right lane, with a school bus next to me in the left lane. I was going the same speed as the bus... i really dont know exactly how fast i was going, but it was not 75 thats for sure. maybe 55. now i seem to remember that radars are not very effective in the rain. i'm not sure if it was a laser gun that he was using or a regular radar gun.... maybe its the lasers that dont work very well in the rain. anyways, i also read that radars need a reflective surface for the beam to come back to them, and the police usually use a license plate on the front of a vehicle. now my car does not have a front plate. the cop didnt give me a ticket for it. would the radar still be effective if using the headlights or something for a reflective surface? anyways, i feel that i should dispute this ticket, since the conditions were less than perfect for a radar speed trap, and i dont think i was going 75km/h... should i bring up all my points in court like the poor weather conditions at the time, not having a front plate and all that? or would it make my case even worse? the judge would say that i was speeding in the rain therefore making it more dangerous and irresponsible? i really dont care about the fine. It's the points that i cant have....
    You have next to no chances of getting that ticket thrown out.

    Quote Originally Posted by noodling12 View Post
    well, it's illegal to drive without a front license plate so you can scratch that idea out...
    Actually I think it IS legal to not have a front plate in BC. I know you must have one if you go to Alberta though. Not 100% sure on this...
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    i think you should fight it on the basis of driving in a safe manner (i.e. with flow of traffic).. even though it IS speeding...

    or hope the cop doesn't show up... maybe bring him some timmy hoes and see if he lets u go.. haha

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    Quote Originally Posted by kerunt View Post
    You have next to no chances of getting that ticket thrown out.



    Actually I think it IS legal to not have a front plate in BC. I know you must have one if you go to Alberta though. Not 100% sure on this...
    rly ? i thought albertans didn't need a front license plate.. cuz all my buddies from Alberta don't have front ones..

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    It is illegal not to display a front plate. They also aim laser at headlights not the plate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kerunt View Post
    You have next to no chances of getting that ticket thrown out.



    Actually I think it IS legal to not have a front plate in BC. I know you must have one if you go to Alberta though. Not 100% sure on this...
    ya it's illegal not to have a plate in BC. it's legal in Alberta, you've got the two confused

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    Hmm, I am 100% sure I was told the exact opposite a number of years ago. Perhaps that person was wrong or things changed... either way, I stand corrected .
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    Fight the ticket and prepare a defense if you really believe you
    weren't speeding.

    Why are you so concerned about 3 points?
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    because i'm currently on probation... just got my license back in october.

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    That could be bad. Good luck. At least you know now that buses will go as fast as you used to drive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xpl0sive View Post
    how would i find out what device was used?
    Submit a form to the court for "disclosure". It will also give you the particulars of what the officer has jotted down as far as notes on the event.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kerunt View Post
    Hmm, I am 100% sure I was told the exact opposite a number of years ago. Perhaps that person was wrong or things changed... either way, I stand corrected .
    You do stand corrected, I do know some guys get a sticker of their plate done so they don't have to drill holes into their bumpers and can mount the plate/sticker where they like.
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