So this ticket I want to fight to the end. Question is what do I say to the justice of the peace when it is my turn? I know speeding is absolute liability so I don't want to make excuses and I do not want to embarrass myself. When I am asked, do I just be honest and politely say I pleaded not guilty to avoid an increase in my insurance rate?
however if it helps, I thought I had a good excuse for mine, when I spoke to the prosecutor, (even had supporting documentation)
BUT she simply said "should you have been driving?"
From what I've read here, unless its life and death and your racing to a cop shop, anything else is an excuse;
1> I didnt see the sign
2> I thought this was an xxxx limit
3> Its my first offence
4> please please please, sobbing>
5> Getting your tits out
6> I was gonna poop/puke/pee myself
7> I was late for work
8> I'm an EMS/Police/ff and was late for my shift
9> I was going to get fired if I was late again
10>I was overtaking a dangerous situation
11> My life was in danger
12> I was pregnant about to deliver (hmmm maybe, but they'll probably say that you should have stopped and called 911)
unless its a really valid, they'll only see it as an excuse and theres "no excuse EVER for speeding"
I think this kinda stuff should get done at the roadside,
most UK cops will cut you a break, or even give you a severe talking to,
here they are just out to write you a ticket, there not even vaguley interested in the reason.
(thats just my IMHO and from also the posts I've seen here)
Of course I'm new here so somone more expertly will chime in