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DAVID CLARK
Criminal Defense Attorney

Pacing in Bucks Countys Speeding Case

Bucks County uses different methods to determine whether or not the vehicle is speeding or traveling at a particular rate of speed on a general highway. In most cases, police can use generalize police cruisers with radar to pace that vehicle.

Most times, pacing in Bucks County speeding cases is just one of the many methods that police use to make traffic stops. However, following up with an experienced speeding ticket attorney could be beneficial for your case.

Is Pacing Admissible Evidence in Speeding Cases?

Pacing in Bucks County speeding cases is admissible as evidence of speeding in cases. Oftentimes, scientific evidence is also used in conjunction with the pacing. For instance, in most cases of pacing, a police cruiser will have radar on the cruiser while there may be other vehicles between the cruiser and the vehicle being followed.

Pacing will start measuring whether or not a vehicle is traveling above the speed limit. Once the police cruiser closes in, radar built in a vehicle can then determine the speed of the vehicle scientifically confirming what the pace has already determined.

Potential Pacing Case Complications

Issues involving pacing in Bucks County speeding cases can include the number of vehicles on a particular roadway at the time. This could impact whether or not police are able to make an accurate pacing reading given certain circumstances, road conditions, weather, and other outside factors.

When Does Pacing Make the Most Sense for Law Enforcement?

Pacing, generally, only works when there are limited vehicles on a roadway at a given time. When multiple vehicles exist on a roadway, pacing becomes nearly impossible. As such, other signs must be used to determine what a vehicle’s speed may or may not be, such as aerial pursuits or handheld radar guns.

Even in those cases when multiple cars are on the roadway at one time, pacing in scientific methods becomes much more difficult to corroborate one another and determine whether a vehicle is actually speeding above the registered speeding limit.

Defining Accurate Speeding Determination Methods

There must be adequate grounds and conditions for accurate pacing. The second way is through scientifically-approved evidence, such as radar guns and/or aerial pursuits, which can corroborate a police’s pacing and determination that a car is going a specific speed limit. In those cases, if all is corroborated, it makes for a solid case against the operator.

However, when challenging those cases, all of those outside interferences and the challenging of specific scientific evidence are essential. Having the ability to touch the calibration, the maintenance, and the accuracy of radar guns mounted by hand or on vehicles as well as aerial pursuits are essential.

Pacing in and of itself is not scientific and without corroboration, it is simply a police officer’s word against an operator’s word. With the right attorney challenging those observations, often cases of speeding can be dismissed or lead to acquittals.

Possible Pacing Defenses

Most common defenses in pacing in Bucks County speeding cases involve challenging whether or not an accurate reading has taken place. They can be challenged in two ways. The first is by sight observation. That is whether or not there are multiple cars on the roadway, whether or not there are some kind of interference in the pacing and/or observations made by police, and whether or not the devices used to confirm the pacing are scientifically sound.

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David Clark Attorney at Law

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