Kansas  |  Traffic Law

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Asked on: 2/02/12, 10:39 am

I am a 19 year old (will be 20 in April) and got my first speeding ticket in mid January. I have a court date next week and I'm unsure what to do about it? Here is the story: I go to the University of Kansas and I was on my way back from Christmas break but I took a different way because I had to make a stop elsewhere so I was using my Garmin to lead me in the right direction. However, one of the roads were closed due to construction so I had to go a completly different way and I got lost. I used my Garmin, however, I was still about 30 min delayed. I didn't know where I was nor did I know the speed limit but I assumed it was 30 so I slowed way down to 30 after realizing I was speeding but as I was getting closer to the end of town, I saw the speed limit change to 45. I had passed that 45mph sign and I see lights behind me, I didn't know it was for me so I just began to pull to the side and then noticed he was as well, obviously to pull me over. He said he clocked me going 43 in a 30 and I asked him, "I thought it was 45" and he said no, it is 30mph all along this strip. I said, okay. Got him my registration and such, he gave me a ticket, and I was on my way, very confused. This was in the town of Tonganoxie, KS (county of Leavenworth). I went back about a week later because I was going through town and decided to look at the signs where I had been pulled over. There are 3 45mph speed limit signs within this area. I had passed 2 of the 3 signs when the policeman pulled me over. This is my first speeding ticket, in fact it is the first time I've been pulled over (besides the one time when I was 15 when I got pulled over because my headlight was out). But what gets me is, did another policeman call him in because they clocked me speeding when I was speeding early on or was I really going 43 in a 30 when I thought it was 45? And in which way, what are my options? Do I get a deferral? Will this raise my insurance? Should I fight it? Etc.

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