Texas Man Fights Traffic Violation With Constitutional Arguments And Math Formula (Letter)
A Texas man who was reportedly caught in a traffic violation by a speed camera is fighting back, with an appeal that cited several constitutional arguments and even a complex mathematical formula.
The unidentified man, pleading not guilty to the ticket he was issued, says he received a letter claiming he was speeding in Plano, Texas, on March 20, the Daily Mail reported.
In Plano, appeals to traffic violations are required to be heard in court. He then suggests that his fine be dropped “out of respect for taxpayers, and my desire that their hard earned money not be wasted in such proceedings.”
The letter was posted to Reddit under the title “This is how my brother tries to get out of a speeding ticket,” according to TheBlaze.
He proceeds to write that all charges should be dropped, citing that the 6th Amendment gives him the right to face his accuser, which in this case, is a camera. The man also argues that the government has no way to prove his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, and he’s neither under legal obligation to name someone else as guilty nor required – under the 5th Amendment – to implicate himself.
He goes on to ask for “evidence the prosecution may have of my involvement in the ‘offense,’” including camera maintenance records and for the traffic light at the intersection in which the camera recorded him.
The man also argued that a video that shows the yellow light at the intersection only lit up for 3 seconds, 50 percent less than the safe what is required for 40 mph zone, as recommended by the Institute for Transportation Engineers.
Included in his letter was a mathematical formula the ITE used to make its recommendation, which was done “to ensure pedestrian safety and adequate time to stop safely.”
The result of the man’s appeal was unknown, the Daily Mail reported.