School Speeding Ticket When Schools Are Closed?

Written by Gregory Monte.

Amid all of the school closures around the country, you would think that the automated speed enforcement around schools would be unnecessary, right?

Not in New York, however.

According to a spokesperson at the NY DOT:

“The law states the cameras must be on year-round from 6 a.m. – 10 p.m., Monday – Friday. While schools have been shut down due to COVID-19, they are still serving meals to children, and kids may still be in the street. The purpose of the speed camera program is to deter speeding. Even with less cars on the road and school currently not in session, drivers should to continue to follow the speed limit.”

The only problem is that meals are only being served from 7:30AM to 1:30PM.

But it’s all about the children, right?

By the way, it should be fewer cars, “not less” cars. Maybe the DOT spokesperson needs to go back to school.


Free Resources

The Basic Speeding Ticket Defense

This is a 9 page review of the most basic way to beat a speeding ticket – even if you actually were speeding. This particular strategy will almost always work, but it does depend on one aspect of the circumstances surrounding your ticket.  For the strategy to be effective, there must be an issue with the speed limit signs, themselves. It’s all about the need of states/localities to comply with their “Obedience to Traffic Control Devices” statutes.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Click to Download the Free “My Son’s Opening Statement for his Trial in the Court of Common Pleas, Wayne County, Pennsylvania”


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.

Click to Download the Free “Brief Prepared for Submission to the Wayne County, PA, Court of Common Pleas”

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