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PostPosted: Thu Nov 05, 2009 10:34 pm 
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from Toronto Star

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A driver's argument against a speeding ticket backfired when he produced his key piece of evidence – that his illegal radar detector hadn't gone off.

That admission cost him another ticket, Halton Sgt. Brian Carr said on Wednesday.

He was clocked at 92 km/h in a 70 km/h zone on Appleby Line using a LIDAR (Laser Speed Measuring Device), Carr said.

"The driver vehemently denied the officer had clocked him on LIDAR," he said. "He triumphantly produced a LIDAR/RADAR detector and indicated that it never activated and therefore the officer had not obtained a speed reading."

The unit was seized and the Smithville man was issued an additional ticket for possessing a speed-measuring detector. The devices are illegal in Ontario

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 05, 2009 11:03 pm 
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I wonder if the the JP bought his defence and acquitted him of the speeding charge at least? Kinda funny if they did.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 06, 2009 11:00 am 
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I wonder if he was texting at the same time............"No, officer I wasn't making a phone call........."

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 06, 2009 11:24 pm 
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LOL, he incriminated himself....talk about stupid!

"Hey JP, here's my defense, my radar detector which is illegal in Ontario, didn't go off!!"

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Next he should have said, "And I would simply NEVER speed while transporting cocain", then produced a couple pounds as proof.


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"The osifer had no idea I had 10 wishkey's before I came to the house court today"...............................*hic*

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How does this work though? A radar detector it not illegal to possess. If I want to sit out on my front lawn with one in my hand, I am not breaking the law. Only when one is driving a vehicle that is equipped with one, is any law broken. He was in court with the device, and not in a vehicle at the time the charge was laid, therefore he did not break the law at the time that the radar detector was seen, and then taken from him.

Further, I thought (and I could be wrong) that testimony in one trial cannot be used to against a person in another trial or to charge someone with further offences. Another investigation must take place for another charge to be laid.

Although, this guy is clearly a bonehead, I think he may have grounds to appeal.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 03, 2009 10:36 pm 
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PbFoot - there was no court during this story......don't know where that is coming from

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Oh wow! The guy did this at the roadside? Dumber than I though!

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PbFoot wrote:
Oh wow! The guy did this at the roadside? Dumber than I though!


He sure did. And it's not the first time I've heard of things like that happening, either. :shock:


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