Tampa, FL asked in Traffic Tickets for Florida

Q: I was stopped at a Red Traffic Light, when suddenly I rear ended!! I got an “improper backing” citation of $163 dollars!

She had to suddenly stop, the car in front of me tried running the yellow light, then didn’t and caused me to slam on my brakes and then the car/SUV rear ended me!! She jumped out starting to yell at me!! She parades through 5 lanes of traffic asking for anyone willing to be her eyewitness that I backed up into her!! This Florida’s Hwy., Patrol Officer without any proof gives me the citation because of a car sitting in the next left turning lane, no way the driver could have seen her bump into my rear bumper!! They did tell this Hwy., Officer they did see me backing up at a red light! A falsehood for sure!! He gave the rear end driver all the time in the world when speaking to her but he never got a statement from me, he didn’t ask me what happened!! He has no proof about anything that happened to me by this twenty something year old woman driving her boyfriend’s 2021 new SUV!!

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Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
  • Freeeport, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: If the car in front of you suddenly stopped, it seems like you probably shouldn't have been also trying to run the yellow light. But, at any rate, to prove you backed up, the prosecution will have to call the supposed witness. If that person testifies, you can impeach the witness' testimony by your testimony that the witness was not in position to see what happened.

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