Situation: 4 lane road (not quite limited access but close) in Virginia. Clocked at 68 in a 50 MPH zone. Policeman was quite nice about it, pointed out that the location was a prime one for them to clock speeders, “a bit above 50 no big deal, but 68 is pushing it”. I honestly didn’t realize I was going that fast - wasn’t watching my speedometer closely and I guess the rush hour traffic had died down enough that it was even possible to go that fast.
It’s a 4-point offense, per the DMV. Offsetting that is the “good driver points” (one per year of driving safely); as I’ve never had a moving violation before, I’ve got the max of 5 of those accrued.
So, I gather, I won’t actually “get points” for this. And Virginia got rid of that hugely punitive multi-thousand-dollar fine they had for a bit (which applied only to Virginia-licensed drivers). Might not have applied anyway, I think that was for 20-over-the-limit.
The only “defense” I might have is that my car may be off, speed-wise. The mileage has dropped in recent months (I’m getting 270 miles on a tankful vs the 300+ I was getting before) and I might argue that the speedometer is “off” (if I can get it tested and confirmed beforehand). If testing showed that, would a judge even consider reducing the fine?
I think the fine is something like 200+ dollars. Which I could just pay, and be done.