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NSW Traffic Law - Appeal Speeding Fines if Caught by Camera?

Discussion in 'Traffic Law Forum' started by AlexS, 27 August 2015.

  1. AlexS

    AlexS Member

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    I was riding my motorcycle on a busy 3 lane road at 8.57 in the morning in a school zone. I was on the left lane at the traffic light (where the camera is at). All the left lane traffic in front of me were turning left so I decided to merge to the middle lane. I checked my mirrors and proceeded to start merging (at 30 km/h) to the middle lane. Right when I was about half-way through the merge I realised a van on the right lane also started merging to the middle lane. As the road was wet, my only solution that I managed to come up with at the time was to accelerate. The reason for that is:
    1) Slamming on the brakes would've been dangerous since the road was wet and I was in the middle of a merge (pretty sure I wouldn't have been able to stop in time regardless).
    2) Going back to the left lane would've been dangerous due to the stationary cars at the left lane attempting to turn left.

    Accelerating helped me get in front of the van safely however I'm pretty sure the camera got me. If it did, would I be able to appeal the speeding fines it in Traffic Law court with a good winning chance? I'm a learner rider and I just got my L's recently (about 2 weeks ago).

    An illustration that I drew using MS paint (red circle = where the traffic lights are at)
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    Thank you
     
  2. Ozwarlock67

    Ozwarlock67 Well-Known Member

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    If you think you have a good case, you could try and defend it....but wait and see if you actually get a ticket first.
     
  3. AlexS

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    You do have a point. It's just that I've been too anxious which I believe is starting to affect my riding. I'll wait and see if I do get one (hopefully I won't).

    Anyway, what do you guys think? If I do get one, would I have a good winning chance if I plead leniency?
     
  4. Ponala

    Ponala Well-Known Member

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    What are you trying to achieve? To get out of it, to have the fine lowered, to take it to court................
     

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