About 16 months ago I was pulled over for doing 127 in an 80 zone on my 1978 CB400. I would agree that I was doing around 120, but not much more as I was riding an old, out of tune 400. The road was completely clear. The (unmarked) cop was the only other car.
My record was spotless and I informed the officer that I was unaware of the (new at the time) excessive speeding law. I was calm and polite. He impounded my bike for 7 days and wrote me an excessive speeding ticket.
I disputed the ticket almost immediately and my court date is coming up in late June. I do not want to dispute that I was speeding. I want to try to reduce the infraction in order to avoid the ICBC fees.
I'm not sure which defence I should use. Some of them are probably a bit thin, but here are all of the options that I've come up with:
- Show evidence that I cannot afford the fine.
- Claim that I was not endangering any other motorists and that my record was clean, that the charge is excessive.
- Attempt to prove that my 400 was incapable of reaching that speed. (I have tuning parts and shipping info that shows that the parts were in the mail when I was pulled over.)
- Dispute that the public was not made aware of the new law. The new drinking and driving penalties, however, were heavily advertised around that time.
Has anyone had any success disputing excessive speed tickets? Any advice?
Also, if this is the wrong forum, sorry, and please feel free to move the thread.