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Would getting a speeding ticket in a school zone prevent me from getting a job in law enforcement?

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I recently received a ticket for going 30mph in a school zone. I was behind a truck which blocked my view of the sign. Anyway, would this prevent me from getting a law enforcment job? Or how much effect would it have on me.  I have no other tickets.  Also, I did notice later that on the east side of the school the sign says 8:30 for the school zone to be in effect, the westside says 9:15. Would this be worth fighting? I'm in my last year of a 4 yr criminal justicedegre and I'm worried about how this will effect me.

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 Probably wont affect you.


Not being able to see the sign is no excuse. If you couldn't see the sign, that means you were following too closely. Lucky you didn't get two tickets. As far as the different times, it sounds like the two different time discrepancies are on two different roads (eastside and westside of the school). Is this correct.


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Not making excuses. I guess my big concern is the backgound check and any impact this will have.  And to answer the question about the signs, they are on the same road, just different sides of the school.

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I would not fight it, get it fixed by a lawyer.  I have seen it quite a bit that if there is no sign posted or you do not know the speed limit then the speed limit is 25mph by state law.  That is for Missouri I do not know where you live but I would assume there is something similar.  I am not an officer but I would just put it on your application and take full responsibility and do not make an excuse for it. 

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I kinda chuckled at this one.


How is it possible to be so close to a truck as to obscure a school sign AND the school AND the students AND the day of the week AND the hour of the day. .... See where I am going with this? Unless I am missing something here, a judge or traffic commissioner is not going to go with a 'truck in my vision' defense. From what I know, school zone specific speeds are applicable only when school is engaged.


And no, it will not affect your LEO career.


You could look into Traffic School.


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I guess I made a mistake mentioning about the two different zone postings. And being too close to a truck. My goal was to find out about the impact on this ticket on my future employment  and the backgroung check involved. Not to make excuses. I guess I was looking for straight answers from this forum, not to be made fun of.

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Oooh, you're gonna have to get used to the ribbing. It's part of the LEO landscape. This is all very lightweight chest thumping right here. If you can't spar with us, you might want to ask for sparring lessons (costs less than a school zone ticket) or maybe look at a maitre d' position.


And straight answers? They are already here. Some are buried among the verbal fluff.


Relax. And come on in .... the water is fine.


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Wow! Not much has changed I see!

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WHAT ? five hours and gone already ?He thought somebody was making fun of him and he's GONE ? Wow,that's real thick skinned. Sorry Chief,somebody called me a pig.I'm going to cry and turn in my badge. Looks to me as though he DID recieve straight answers.That's a four year degree down the toilet !!!

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Come and gone in a couple hours. Is that a new record? Nobody was even mean to the kid. He needs thicker skin if he is serious about law enforcment.

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I guess I'm confused.. he was saying that he was going 30mph in a school zone... did he mean to say that he was going 30mph over?  Cause school zones are 35mph where I live.  Hmmm....


Even if the school zone was 25mph.. would someone really get stopped at going 5mph over?


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 Catwoman:  school zone speed limit in my state is 15 MPH.  At 30 MPH he would most likely have been cited here.  I gues our limits are lower because our kids are slower  


As far as the OP.  If the comments I read ran him off he/she may want to reconsider a law enforcement career.  My advice would be admit the mistake and move on.  If asked during an interview disclose the ticket aend admit HUA and move on.  Unless there is a pattern of serious traffic infractions this one ticket won't hurt your chances.

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I guess I made a mistake mentioning about the two different zone postings. And being too close to a truck. My goal was to find out about the impact on this ticket on my future employment  and the backgroung check involved. Not to make excuses. I guess I was looking for straight answers from this forum, not to be made fun of.


 


 


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You guys are easy.  In Colorado where I work there is no violation for under $75.00.  Speeding in a school zone is $10.00 for every MPH over the posted speed limit, and $30.00 Court processing fee.This is the cheapest there is  here. 


A red light violation will set you back $150.00 and $30.00 Court processing fee.  We will reduce the points, but you will pay the full fine on any plea deal.


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Hi folks.


This is an example of the kind of hit and run stuff an originator poster with no standing will engage in on the site. (Did anyone mention that if the guy was doing 30 behind a truck, that the truck was also doing 30 and why didn't the officer stop the truck instead of the car? Fantasy scenario maybe? Never actually happened?)


If you get the notion we are dealing with a person who will ultimately go dark (Anonymous), then make sure to hit the quote button AND mention their username in any reply you make. It helps keep track of who's who in the zoo.


Thanks.


By the way, I liked the reference regarding cameras. I keep forgetting that we are nearly 360 degrees these days. Big Brother and all that you know. Remember Flight 1549 that ditched in the Hudson and Capt. Sullenberger emerged as a hero? Yup, all captured by happenstance on a building camera. And we had a fatal accident in our jurisdiction captured on video by a camera that 'happened to be pointed' on the street. Decent evidence.


Cameras. Allen Funt would be proud. (Yeah, you can Wiki it.....)


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Hi folks.


Snipped, 

Cameras. Allen Funt would be proud. (Yeah, you can Wiki it.....)



 


Wow you are an old guy aren't you?


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Hi folks.


Snipped, 

Cameras. Allen Funt would be proud. (Yeah, you can Wiki it.....)



 


Wow you are an old guy aren't you?



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I guess I'm confused.. he was saying that he was going 30mph in a school zone... did he mean to say that he was going 30mph over?  Cause school zones are 35mph where I live.  Hmmm....


Even if the school zone was 25mph.. would someone really get stopped at going 5mph over?



School zones here are 20mph. Guess they do vary from state to state :)


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Cameras. Allen Funt would be proud. (Yeah, you can Wiki it.....)



So if we don't have to Wiki it (or google it), does that mean we're old?? I can vividly remember Allen Funt (lol)




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School zones here (NY state) are not uniform. I assume it is decided case-by-case by county governments. I see 15, 20, and even 35 (in semi-rural areas).




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Thanks for being candid, Sarge!



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Hi folks.


This is an example of the kind of hit and run stuff an originator poster with no standing will engage in on the site. (Did anyone mention that if the guy was doing 30 behind a truck, that the truck was also doing 30 and why didn't the officer stop the truck instead of the car? Fantasy scenario maybe? Never actually happened?)


If you get the notion we are dealing with a person who will ultimately go dark (Anonymous), then make sure to hit the quote button AND mention their username in any reply you make. It helps keep track of who's who in the zoo.


Thanks.


By the way, I liked the reference regarding cameras. I keep forgetting that we are nearly 360 degrees these days. Big Brother and all that you know. Remember Flight 1549 that ditched in the Hudson and Capt. Sullenberger emerged as a hero? Yup, all captured by happenstance on a building camera. And we had a fatal accident in our jurisdiction captured on video by a camera that 'happened to be pointed' on the street. Decent evidence.


Cameras. Allen Funt would be proud. (Yeah, you can Wiki it.....)


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No, but it doesn't say much for attention while driving or observation skills. If that is the only ticket, you can always chalk it up to a case of the dumb ankle attack? Good luck in your pursuit...

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I'm renaming this thread SCDD aka same c**p, different day.  This stuff is getting SO old!


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TheSarge says ...



Hi folks.


This is an example of the kind of hit and run stuff an originator poster with no standing will engage in on the site. (Did anyone mention that if the guy was doing 30 behind a truck, that the truck was also doing 30 and why didn't the officer stop the truck instead of the car? Fantasy scenario maybe? Never actually happened?)


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If in fact the scenario occurred, I doubt that it occurred the way the OP described it.  If it was as the OP described it, we would have made a double T-stop and cited both the driver of the truck and the OP.  Just a hunch, I'll bet (if incident did occur) the OP was speeding well in excess of the School Zone limit in his area at which time he passed the truck.  He didn't see the sign but I would also bet that he knew he was driving within a posted "School Zone" and therefore knew what the speed limit was at the time he drove through the area.  BTW, ignorance to the law (not seeing the sign what-ever the reason as he described it) is NOT a defense.  Did this really occur or was this a fantasy scenario?  We may never know as the OP displayed a lack of thick skin, cried at the fact that he was being made fun of and or teased and bolted from the sight.

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TheSarge says ...



Hi folks.


This is an example of the kind of hit and run stuff an originator poster with no standing will engage in on the site. (Did anyone mention that if the guy was doing 30 behind a truck, that the truck was also doing 30 and why didn't the officer stop the truck instead of the car? Fantasy scenario maybe? Never actually happened?)


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If in fact the scenario occurred, I doubt that it occurred the way the OP described it.  If it was as the OP described it, we would have made a double T-stop and cited both the driver of the truck and the OP.  Just a hunch, I'll bet (if incident did occur) the OP was speeding well in excess of the School Zone limit in his area at which time he passed the truck.  He didn't see the sign but I would also bet that he knew he was driving within a posted "School Zone" and therefore knew what the speed limit was at the time he drove through the area.  BTW, ignorance to the law (not seeing the sign what-ever the reason as he described it) is NOT a defense.  Did this really occur or was this a fantasy scenario?  We may never know as the OP displayed a lack of thick skin, cried at the fact that he was being made fun of and or teased and bolted from the sight.



That is so true, Skoolcop!  I just got a ticket :(  I was going an undisclosed amount over the speed limit.. when the Officer asked me why I was going so fast, I didn't lie,  I told him I had no reason to be driving that fast.  Which was true.  So, basically, my point the officer was, I'm not going to offer up an excuse... Nice Officer.. told him to be safe after he gave me the ticket and have been driving slow ever since.. lol


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No.



I guess he didn't like my answer.


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Just wanted somebody to cry with him and for him.When he found no sympathy he picked up his jax and went home.

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Just wanted somebody to cry with him and for him.When he found no sympathy he picked up his jax and went home.



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