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?

“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

Unmarked Police Car? You may not be required to pull over.

Written by Gregory Monte. NOTE: The purpose of this post is to show how technicalities in the law can be used to win a traffic court case. In no way, shape or form am I suggesting that you should try to elude the police. Eluding the Police As you might imagine, eluding/evading a police office is … Continue reading Unmarked Police Car? You may not be required to pull over.

Very Sneaky: Cops Dressed as Construction Workers.

Written by Gregory Monte. I was alerted to this situation after reading the National Motorist Association website today.  An article was posted about New York State Troopers disguising themselves as construction workers in order to catch violations of the motor vehicle code. “During ‘Operation Hardhat,’ troopers dressed as highway workers, while stationed in active work zones, … Continue reading Very Sneaky: Cops Dressed as Construction Workers.

Can a Cop Pull You Over for Cursing?

Written by Gregory Monte. I was inspired to write about this topic because of an interesting 2019 court decision from North Carolina.  As you will read further along in this post, a woman was pulled over after a police officer heard someone in her car yell “mother-fucker.”  When I started researching the case a bit more … Continue reading Can a Cop Pull You Over for Cursing?

Using the Shoulder to Pass a Car Turning Left. Is it Legal?

Written by Gregory Monte. Pennsylvania – The Reasonable State Back in April I wrote a blog post about how Pennsylvania was more reasonable than other states when it comes to its issuing speeding tickets: Speeding Tickets in PA – More Reasonable Than Many Other States. Well, it turns out that my home state is also reasonable when … Continue reading Using the Shoulder to Pass a Car Turning Left. Is it Legal?

A Traffic Ticket for Hanging an Air-Freshener Off Your Rear-View Mirror?

Written by Gregory Monte. Many states have motor vehicle statutes that prohibit drivers from hanging items off the rear view mirror of a vehicle.  In this post I cite several examples to illustrate the many ways that the law can be written.  Some are clear and straightforward (Vermont) and some are as vague as they come … Continue reading A Traffic Ticket for Hanging an Air-Freshener Off Your Rear-View Mirror?