Farmington, MI asked in Traffic Tickets for Michigan

Q: Is an "unsafe start" traffic violation solely up a Police Officer's discretion? Is this ticket worth fighting>?

I really feel like my CI was issued solely because i was on Woodward ave. with a muscle car. I took off from a stop light but didn't accelerate quickly until I was well past the light. I keep it under the speed limit and didn't spin my tires. My car is louder than a newer car which could add to the perception of speed. When I asked the officer what was her definition of an unsafe start she said any acceleration she feels is excessive. Seems pretty thin to me with her being 4 cars back. Is this worth fighting?

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Mark Bredow
Mark Bredow
  • Traffic Tickets Lawyer
  • Bloomfield Hills, MI
  • Licensed in Michigan

A: Sure. Particularly if you have a witness. It all depends on the facts of the case. Unsafe doesn't require speeding or spinning tires and can include "jackrabbit" starts and rapid acceleration from a rolling start. You could win. You've got nothing to lose.

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