I was traveling west on Hwy 64 in Wake county moving with traffic. I realized the vehicle in front of me was slowing down and I wasn\’t sure why, I decided to go around him which I did after checking my mirror. After going around him, I pulled back into the right lane and proceeded to exit the road when I noticed a police car with flasher on. I pulled over and asked the officer what I had done wrong. He replied that I was speeding. I said that I was driving with traffic and didn\’t realize I was speeding. His response “we were all speeding, the speed limit is 55 and we were all driving 65”. He told me that when I moved to the left lane to pass, my speed increased to 72 mph and when I moved back into the right lane my speed was 70mph. I really believe if he had continued to track my speed, he would have seen that I was going about 60 mph when he pulled me over as I was getting ready to exit the road. I now have to appear in court on June 22, 2017 and have tried to change the date as I will be out of the state on vacation at that time.
Dear Anon: Not much to do to change your date ahead of time here in Wake Co (Raleigh). You CAN, however, go to “convenience court” at the WCJC any day before your court date and handle the case then. Can’t do a trial or anything (cop won’t be there), but you can bargain with the DA about what you need (and what he’ll give). If your record is decent, ask for an “IE” (improper equipment). It’s not even a moving violation and won’t affect your insurance. There may be some other options open to you too. Check around our blog and in this forum to see what you might need to do if the DA doesn’t want to give you IE. Best,