Written by Gregory Monte.
Should the police engage in high speed pursuit of motorists who commit violations of traffic laws?
The Traffic Ticket Nazis who I write about on a regular basis (hard-core believers in strict enforcement of all traffic laws under all circumstances) would probably answer in the affirmative. After all, you have to teach those “ne-er do wells” a proper lesson for flouting the rules, right?
“Chase ‘em down and write ‘em up!”
Well, the Fine Law Firm did an analysis of the results of these high speed chases and found that:
“From 2014-2018, fifty-six percent of people killed during police pursuits were someone other than the fleeing driver.”
This calculates out to 1,123 innocent bystanders killed because the police felt the need to ensure that “justice” was carried out.
But of course they are chasing down hardened, dangerous criminals, right?
No, not really.
“According to the International Association of Police Chiefs (IACP), as many as 91% of law enforcement pursuits begin in response to a non-violent crime. The IACP found that 42% involved a simple traffic infraction …”
My Free Resources
Applying the Traffic Ticket Defense Method to Challenge a Citation.
This is a seven-page, detailed explanation of my three-step method for challenging any traffic ticket. I use the “Driving at a Safe Speed” statute from Pennsylvania to illustrate this method, but it can be applied to any other statute that you might be cited for in the vehicle code.
In addition, no matter what state you live in, the procedure is the same: you need to understand the statute you allegedly violated, look for technicalities in that statute and (most importantly) find case law to support/reveal those technicalities.
The Pennsylvania Stop Sign Defense Strategy in a Nutshell.
This is a one-page, eight-point summary of the strategy I discovered while researching ways of beating unfair stop sign tickets. It is specifically geared to Pennsylvania but can also be applied to most other states.
My Son’s Opening Trial Statement at the Court of Common Pleas.
This is an elegant, one-page, powerfully concise expression of my defense strategy.
The Brief – My Son’s Case Brief for the Court of Common Pleas
- An eighteen-page argument for why an illegal stop sign is not enforceable.
- Requested by the President Judge at Wayne County, PA, Court of Common Pleas.
- A highly distilled application of the Pennsylvania Stop Sign Ticket Defense.