I got a ticket last night from one of the local cops. I was going down a long straight road and noticed headlights wayyy behind me. I automatically slowed down about 5mph just in case. I was going probably 40 in a 30, give or take. The car got closer, then I realized it was a Cop, and he pulled me over. He gave me a ticket for going 45 in a 30, and sent me on my way.
Here's the thing - I have a radar detector. It's a Beltronics 995. Just like any radar detector, it's obviously not perfect and far from failproof. BUT, I've used this radar detector for quite a while around town, and I know how it works - very well. The entire time this Cop was behind me, when he got closer, AND the entire 10 minutes his cruiser sat behind my truck, my radar detector never went off. I've had Cops from the same town (same cruisers, same K-band), pull me over, pass me, sit behind me, etc, and it always goes off. Even if he had used Instant On on me, my radar detector would have gone crazy the whole time he sat behind me.
This really pissed me off, so I asked him. I said look - if you're sitting right behind me with your radar gun, how come my radar detector is just sitting at "Highway"? His response, after looking dumbfounded, was "Uh umm.. maybe your thing is broken" and then "Maybe it doesnt pick up from behind" - Wrong, and especially wrong when he is sitting 10 feet behind it. A silly $39 Cobra would have picked him up.
SOO.... When I go to court, I'm wanting to plead not guilty. I strongly feel this officer never had his radar gun ON the entire time. Yes, I do believe he made it up. Yes, I was most definitely exceeding the 30mph speed limit, but can they prove that?
What should I do? Flame suit ON.