In PA, Very Few Holiday Crashes Involve Alcohol

Written by Gregory Monte. The Pennsylvania State Police step-up enforcement on the roads during the following holiday seasons: New YearsSpring BreakMemorial DayJuly FourthLabor DayThanksgivingChristmas You can see the breakdown of tickets issued by going to the “Pennsylvania Pressroom” page on the State Police Website. When I sifted through the data from Memorial Day 2016 through Labor … Continue reading In PA, Very Few Holiday Crashes Involve Alcohol

A “Speed Trap” for the Cops?

Written by Gregory Monte. If a cop gives you a “break” on your speeding ticket, can you use this leniency against him in court?  Sounds like a terrible thing to do, right?  Maybe, but it might be worth a try if you are pissed off enough about getting that ticket in the first place.  The way … Continue reading A “Speed Trap” for the Cops?

DA Chastised by Judge in Parking Ticket Case

Written by Gregory Monte. I love to read cases where a defendant represents himself pro se in court.  It reminds me why I started this blog in the first place - to provide information to such individuals so that when they go before a judge they have a fighting chance to win. Improbable Victory for Pro … Continue reading DA Chastised by Judge in Parking Ticket Case

“Testilying” – How Cops Routinely Lie in the Courtroom

Written by Gregory Monte. I first discussed the issue of cops lying in court back in early June – Cops Would Never Lie in Court … Right? I bring it up again, because in the course of recent research I came across a term that I had never heard before.  In People v. Campbell, 2019 IL App … Continue reading “Testilying” – How Cops Routinely Lie in the Courtroom

A $290,000 Speeding Ticket? Be Thankful You Don’t Live in Switzerland.

Written by Gregory Monte. The announcement of this expensive speeding ticket was big news back in 2010, but I don’t ever remember hearing about it.  I guess it was back before the time I cared all that much about traffic issues.  How times have changed. What is going on here? “In 2002 Swiss voters approved replacing … Continue reading A $290,000 Speeding Ticket? Be Thankful You Don’t Live in Switzerland.

Does a Speeding Ticket Have to Indicate Your Speed?

Written by Gregory Monte. This blog post only addresses Pennsylvania law, and the short answer is "yes."  As for other states, the small amount of research I did indicates that this information is not required anywhere else in the United States. Pennsylvania's Title 75, Section 3366 is pretty straightforward: "In every charge of violation of a … Continue reading Does a Speeding Ticket Have to Indicate Your Speed?

Traffic Tickets Provide “Revenue” and “Profit” for the Government.

Written by Gregory Monte. “Revenue” Don’t you just love how the government uses the term revenue to refer to money that it takes from people without their consent?  Two classic examples: TaxesTraffic Fines Whereas a real business earns revenue/profit by producing a product that consumers voluntarily purchase, government uses force when it conducts its affairs.  This … Continue reading Traffic Tickets Provide “Revenue” and “Profit” for the Government.