I don’t see any potential problems here:
Attention lead foots: Police don’t need radar to cite you for speeding.
The Ohio Supreme Court ruled this morning that an officer trained to estimate speed by sight doesn’t need an electronic gauge to catch speeders.
The 5-1 ruling was a defeat for 27-year-old Akron-area motorist Mark W. Jenney and speeders across the state. Jenney had challenged a visual speed estimate by a Copley police officer, but a trial court and the 9th District Court of Appeals upheld his conviction.
The 8th District Court of Appeals, based in Cleveland, has ruled that police need more than sight alone to meet the standard needed to convict someone of speeding.
“The Eighth District stands alone in holding that an officer’s visual estimation of the speed of a vehicle is insufficient to support a finding of guilt, and we agree with the courts that have found the opposite,” Supreme Court Justice Maureen O’Connor wrote for the majority. “Rational triers of fact could find a police officer’s testimony regarding his unaided visual estimation of a vehicle’s speed, when supported by evidence that the officer is trained, certified by (the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy) or a similar organization, and experienced in making such estimations, sufficient to establish beyond a reasonable doubt the defendant’s speed. Independent verification of the vehicle’s speed is not necessary to support a conviction for speeding.”
First off, let’s just point out how hopeless our press is these days- “Attention lead foots.” This ruling doesn’t affect just speeders, it affects everyone, because you are now a de jure speeder so long as a cop says so. It doesn’t matter if if you were actually going ten miles under the speed limit, it is now legal to ticket you anyway, on the obviously firm legal position of “THE COP SAID SO.”
Second, I can not imagine this will be allowed to stand an additional challenge, but this just opens up the door for all sorts of mayhem. Aside from the various ways this can be abused by cops wanting revenge on a neighbor or an ex, or the ways this will complicate driving while black, this also will become the newest way to detain and end up searching anyone who drives on the road. The pretext will be speeding, and then they’ll just lie about you looking suspicious. Drug warriors are very happy, as the police will now have the right to pull you over whenever they want and can just claim that you were speeding.