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Motorist wins fight over speeding ticket

September 24, 2005

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Zamir Bavel is fighting a speeding ticket he received in March 2004. He has spent about $1,000 on fighting the $45 ticket. Bavel wants the police department to have mandatory training on radar guns for officers before they are allowed to issue citations. He also claims that there could have been interference with a radar gun resulting in an incorrect reading.

Zamir Bavel is fighting a speeding ticket he received in March 2004. He has spent about $1,000 on fighting the $45 ticket. Bavel wants the police department to have mandatory training on radar guns for officers before they are allowed to issue citations. He also claims that there could have been interference with a radar gun resulting in an incorrect reading.

A Lawrence man has won his court battle against a $45 speeding ticket.

A Douglas County District Court judge on Friday found Zamir Bavel, above, not guilty of speeding.

Because of the decision, Bavel won't have to pay a $45 ticket issued to him in March 2004. Bavel's persistence in the case was described in a recent Journal-World article.

"I am very pleased with the outcome," Bavel said Friday. "I feel I made my point."

Bavel, who represented himself in court, argued that Lawrence Police officers don't have enough training to operate radar guns and shouldn't be allowed to issue speeding tickets, including his. The lack of training, he said, means some officers may incorrectly read speeds on radar guns.

Bavel, a computer science professor at Kansas University, also has said he wasn't speeding when he was issued a ticket near 19th Street and Ousdahl Drive.

It wasn't immediately clear if his victory would result in changes in police training.

Comments

laughingatallofu 9 years, 2 months ago

Good for him! It's about time those yahoos are held to account for the way they waste taxpayers' money.

blueblood 9 years, 2 months ago

what are you talking about? it's this guy that tied up district court for days on end that cost the city money, not the police department. well i guess if i say i wasn't speeding, then by god i wasn't speeding.

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