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Got a speeding ticket with a broken speedometer - July 10, 2014, 08:58 AM

Yesterday morning my speedometer started to acting up and my check engine light came on so I decided to read the codes from the car when I got home and one of them was a bad speed sensor and unfortunately before I got a chance to even fix it I ended up getting a speeding ticked last night in Vienna for 40 in a 25 and I explained to the officer that my speedometer stopped working earlier that day and he told me to get it fix and bring the paper work to court.

Now my question is can I just order the part and install in myself as I was planning on during anyways and just show the receipt for the new part and maybe a picture of the code the car is showing or do I have to take it the shop?

Also has anyone been in this situation before and what was the outcome ?

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July 10, 2014, 09:17 AM

I would at least get a diagnosis from a shop stating that error and that the speedo is off, then do the work yourself and bring in receipts with paperwork.


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July 10, 2014, 09:24 AM

You'll need a state certified inspection shop to certify that the speedo was off/broken.



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July 10, 2014, 09:58 AM

Your first mistake was communicating with the police.

At this point your only real choice is to pay someone to have it checked and fixed. 15 over though unless you're a saint you're still gonna get hit with failure to obey a hwy sign or improper driving, they may drop it to 34 in a 25.


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July 10, 2014, 10:03 AM

i got a speeding ticket on i-81 years ago after putting oversize tires on my truck. got a 74 in a 65. i told cop i was cruise set on 65 and played dumb. he knew the tires threw off the speedo but still gave me the ticket. i went to the dealership, ordered the correct speed sensor for that size tire, (it was not in stock) took the receipt and wrote a letter explaining i did not realize the new tires threw the speedo off that much and that i corrected the problem by ordering the correct part and installing it myself by haines manual and provided the copy of the receipt. said i was sorry for wasting the officer's time and the court's time with the matter and it was dropped. (mailed it in prior to court) went back to dealership and got my money back for the part i never picked up. sometimes it works out like that.


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July 10, 2014, 10:07 AM

When you admitted to the officer that your speedometer was inoperable he could have turned around and written you up for speeding AND defective equipment, so kudos to him for being cool about it. It would be nice to get a shop to corroborate your bad sensor situation, but photo evidence of the diagnostic code, a printout of the chart that shows what the code indicates, and a receipt for the new sensor should be convincing as anything. Then you have the unpleasant task of trying to get the speeding charge dropped.
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July 10, 2014, 10:17 AM

You couldn't tell you were going faster than 25?


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July 10, 2014, 11:59 AM

Yeah I don't even look at my speedo it's so far off. Anywhere between 5-45 I have a good enough gauge within a few mph to tell how fast I'm going. The CB I'm building doesn't even have gauges.

I doubt you will get it fully dropped. As mentioned above you knew you had faulty equipment and were still riding it while speeding. I guess it's worth a try since you will be replacing it anyways.


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In the meantime, get a gps speedviewer app on your phone and tape it to your dashboard or something.
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July 10, 2014, 09:01 PM

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You couldn't tell you were going faster than 25?


My thoughts exactly.


Speedo broken or not, you're still required to obey the law. Sounds like you don't want to drop the coin on having it professionally fixed so your next best thing would be Nates (shift) route.


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July 10, 2014, 10:16 PM

Hi guys thanks for all the replays
I decided to just order the part and try to install it myself go to court with the receipt of the part and pictures to prove that the speedometer was in fact broken and has been fixed. The speed limit was 25 and i was just trying to get to my destination and did not happen to look at the speed limit while I was driving which was my mistake specially since its Vienna and if you ever drive in Vienna you know not to speed ... and the fact that i had no working speedometer to even look at my speed to realize i might be going over the limit did not help .... but ya i messed up and now will just have to face the consequence ......

I will def be going to court and hope i get lucky and they drop the charge to faulty equipment

I will post the outcome after my court date

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