If you’ve ever traveled the Florida Turnpike, you know firsthand how tempting it is to drive faster than the posted speed limit (an average of 70 mph). It’s a long, straight drive with little to look at along the way. Ironically, the exception is the occasional motorist who has been pulled over for speeding.
The Turnpike is generally considered to be a speed trap (technically, it’s a long series of speed traps). If you drive faster than 70 mph, there’s a good chance you’ll be cited for the violation.
But think twice before paying the ticket. An experienced traffic defense attorney may be able to get the charges dropped.
Who Patrols The Florida Turnpike?
The Turnpike is patrolled by Troop K. This has been the case since 1957. Their vehicles are built with special high-speed engines that ensure they’re able to overtake offenders. If you’re caught speeding, don’t try to outrun them.
In addition, Florida Highway Patrol command aircraft that patrol the length of the Turnpike from the air, looking specifically for motorists exceeding the posted limits. The aircraft fly high enough to be virtually invisible to drivers. But they’re equipped with technology that can easily identify each driver’s traveling speed.
The First Thing To Do If You’re Caught Speeding
The sheer volume of state troopers patrolling the Turnpike, both on the ground and from the air, can make it seem like fighting your speeding ticket would be a lost cause. In reality, doing so successfully is not only possible but relatively simple, especially if the officer who issued the citation made errors when doing so.
Some errors are enough to get your case dismissed. Examples include a missing signature by the issuing officer, a late filing date, and no mention of the location where the alleged offense occurred. Less-serious errors, such as an incorrect license plate, may result in reduced points on your driving record.
Errors are more common than most people realize. For this reason alone, it’s important to hire an experienced lawyer to help you fight your Florida Turnpike speeding ticket.
Our Florida traffic defense law firm, Skubiak & Rivas, has a longstanding track record for helping clients successfully challenge speeding tickets received while driving the Florida Turnpike. If you recently received a ticket on the Turnpike, contact us at 407-894-4449 for a free, no-risk consultation.