A police officer revealed why you can still be stopped if you go below the speed limit.
Speeding is still against the law by not respecting the speed limit and carries a hefty fine.
This was brought to light in a thread that started in a Quora thread asking, “Can you still get stopped for speeding?”
Mark Werner, a police officer with many years of experience, primarily in criminal law according to his profile, responded that he would indeed do so and had done so on numerous occasions.
Most of them are seniors and he treats them gently.
However, Werner is mindful of safety and instructs the seniors to have their eyes tested.
“Sure. I stopped several drivers for it,” said Werner.
“Usually they are seniors and I ended up not writing them a certificate but sending them back to the DOR people for re-examination.”
Werner reported on a special situation in which an eye test seemed particularly necessary.
“I pulled over a guy for coming off a side street right in the path of my police car, and also a car coming the other way…” Werner explained.
“Narrowly avoided an accident.
“When I finally pulled him over (he wasn’t paying any attention to my red lights and I had to siren the siren) I got his driver’s license and found he had a ‘glasses’ restriction. He wasn’t wearing glasses…”
Werner explained how their conversation went afterwards.
Werner asked the man he had stopped, “Where are your glasses, sir?”
The man replied, “Right here in my pocket, boy. I never drive without them!”
Proving his point, Werner said: “He was tested again……”
There is a special law that governs going below the speed limit.
If you’re stopped and ticketed for speeding, you could face a hefty fine.
In New York State, the first offense costs $150 plus a mandatory surcharge of about $88 to $93 and is a three-point offense, according to New York Speeding Fines.
The basic fine is up to $300 for a second violation in 18 months and $450 for a third violation in 18 months.
“Unlike speeding, the speeding ticket is not based on speed. However, that doesn’t mean the ticket is cheap,” said NY Speeding Fines.