Chamblee, GA - 39 in a 25

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This morning as I was taking my daughter to school, a LEO walks out in front of me and waives me into his parking lot. To be frank, I was in no hurry this morning so I didn't even hang my 1 (mistake #1) and was just accelerating from a turn onto chamblee Dunwoody heading for my left turn 1/4 ahead. I thought nothing of it until I saw him step out in front of me....I didn't see him before that either (mistake #2 - not aware of my surroundings). I was running VVaze but he was not marked.

The ticket he handed me indicated I was clocked going 40, I'm what was apparently a school zone. I believe it's 35 otherwise. Where I turned onto the road was beyond the school zone lights, etc. So I don't think there are any markings tht I was in a school zone (based on looking for them as I went back through the other way after dropping off my daughter, so there are no indicators that saw.)

By my own rule, I don't speed in school zones (intentionally), as I have school age children.

He did drop it to 39 in a 25, and indicated that I would not get the 2 points that came with a 15 over PSL. I have not been ticketed in over 20 years, and I'm most concerned with my insurance rates considering the egregious rates in GA.

Chamblee is clearly in it for the revenue, but I'd appreciate any recommendations. I could argue that it wasn't marked so I was only 4-5 over PSL, but I doubt that dog hunts...since I would still be speeding in the eyes of the law.

I'd happily lawyer up if I could get it changed to a non-moving violation, so if any of you have a recommendation send it my way.
 

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yeah, did some work in chamblee, they are sinking major money into that area. i worked on Luxury apartments. If they sink that money into the area you know they are going to want more revenue in return. Try to speak to a laywer. @Transporter is in that area and he might PM you with some advice
 

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Is this the School Zone OTP on the hill between Mt Vernon and Roberts/Spaulding roads?

The main issue here is if you have a dash cam and can prove you were outside of the actual school zone, the LEO by GA Law can’t write tickets under 10 MPH “except” in a school zone, marked historical area, or certified residential area (read organized subdivision). Of course Georgia State Patrol are exempt and can write one over anywhere if they want to. Only school zone applies to Chamblee Dunwoody.

Lastly, does the ticket state how the speed was obtained plus is it DPD or SSPD or County?

I was ambushed along there and told the officer that there was no way I was speeding as I wasn’t even up to the speed of the school zone yet because I had just made a left onto C-D. He wrote me anyway and I had to take him to court. I had just dropped off my shooting buddy and his Ring showed the time and my SUV in his driveway (before I had my dash cam).

I, like you, don’t speed in school zones because there is no time to be saved or made up plus the return is way to small for the fine and points/insurance increases if ticketed.

I am wondering if the kind “No Points” comment wasn’t being nice but hoping it would keep you from appearing by simply paying it!
 
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With Chamblee, if you go online and check the fine, it is likely higher than the state maximum for the speed. I paid them and did not hire an attorney. In a brief informal chat with a lawyer, he said it is unlikely that insurance will track down a ticket for no points.

You need to get ALP 2RX1TX front and rear.
 

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Transporter - this was ITP on C-D, just west of PIB. It was a Chamblee PD motorcycle LEO, and the ticket says it was laser that was calibrated 20 min before he shot me.

I do have a dashcam recording, and I'll pull that tonight when I get home, and post it.
 

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Okay, think I am sure of which school then.

Bummer I thought you were running TMG or ALP. I have had my share of bad run-ins with Chamblee PD.

One of them pulled me over the first day of the month and said my tag was expired. It wasn't expired, I renewed my tag by mail and just hadn't yet received my tag decal in the mail. He pulled me up, I was clean, pulled the vehicle up, it was clean and insured, checked the tag it was current and paid, still wrote me a ticket for expired tag decal! Jerk! Couldn't mail it in, had to go to court and waste my time proving I had my current tag decal.

Let me know if I can help with anything?
 

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Heres the video - no indication that I'm in a school zone

 

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I’d fight it that’s Edmonton stuff right there walking out in front of you.
 
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Heres the video - no indication that I'm in a school zone

Looks like a beatable ticket depending how competent your attorney is. No school zone signage. Non-compliant with the MUTCD from the looks of it.

Was there a school zone sign anywhere?
 

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Oh hell yeah fight that. No signage or road markings. If there is a school zone it should be painted on the road and signs galore... And then add some dragon capable laser protection ASAP.
 

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I was under the impression 14 and under is no points in Georgia
A school zone may be different
Free consult a lawyer
If it's no dmv and no insurance points just pay but make sure both are zero first
 

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