Outrage! Ohio Court Says No Radar Needed for Speeding Tickets, Cops Can Guess
By Gene Byrd
Jun 19, 2010
Ohio residents are outraged as the Ohio Supreme Court believes police officers are so skilled they can only look at a vehicle and estimate its speed. The Plain Dealer reveals a "Supreme Court decision that said a police officer could write speeding tickets just by looking at a vehicle and estimating how fast it is moving."
This baffling decision means a police officer could write speeding tickets just by looking at a vehicle and estimating how fast it is moving.
"Opening this Pandora's box will create an environment where there will be substantial abuse by law enforcement officials, not just over speeding, but from illegal searches, racial profiling and just police officers wanting to stop people for reasons legal and illegal," ACLU Ohio legal director James Hardiman told the newspaper.
Truck Industry Examiner Jason Cox writes: "This has got to be the most asinine ruling I have ever heard. This kind of takes away from the judicial saying 'Everyone is considered innocent until proven guilty.' How in the world can you "prove" a guess?"
The Cleveland Plain Dealer has more details on an upside down decision from the court and reveals that two lawmakers, one a Democrat, the other Republican -- plan to introduce bills this fall aimed at overruling the court.
Title edited for correction. -Ed.
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