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Speeding tickets and aircraft -- no Audi content

Speaking of speeding tickets....anyone have any success fighting tickets
issued after your car was clocked by an airplane??

Got pulled over by a state trooper last month who was just sitting on the
side of the turnpike.  Not even running Radar.  Pulls me over and says,
"sir, we're working with aircraft today we clocked you at 90 and 93 mph."
Mind you, the issuing officer didn't observe the alleged speeding.
He goes on to say that I passed a car on the right, and "that's not allowed
on the Maine turnpike." Incredulous, I say, "you mean if I'm in the left
lane and the guy in front of me is going 60, I can't pass him on the
right??!? He hesitates a few seconds and says,"that's how the statute

Well that's NOT how the statute reads.  I looked up the section and title he
cited me on and passing on the right isn't even mentioned! Not a word.
Looked elsewhere and there are specific instances where passing on the right
is allowed.  I think it was a case of "you have a radar detector, so you're
guilty of everything I can think of."

AFA the airplane is concerned, I never saw one.  Doesn't mean it wasn't
there of course, but it seems to me that there is much room for error when
clocking a car from a plane 2-3 thousand feet in the air.  What if the plane
isn't right above you? What if the guy with the stopwatch looks away and
presses the stop button 2-3 seconds late? The tick marks are only 1/10 mile
apart on the road.  How many guys in the plane? Is the guy in the plane a
state trooper too, or just some guy with a plane?...etc. Won't the guy in
the plane have to appear in court to make this stick?

I'll be fighting this one.  Suggestions welcome.

1989 200TQ