Good question. I thought they even mentioned something about going through the court system?
Do whatever you can to stop the speed limit.
I was doing some testing on my local lake recently. The lake is 1 mile x 1 mile and they land sea planes on it. I only ran it at half throttle and was just verifying that all systems were working before taking it out in the ocean. The speed limit is 35 mph on the lake, however, it is hardly ever enforced. I only go out there to test on winter days when no one is on the lake.
I was only running between 50 and 70 at half throttle. I was literally the only boat on the lake and was just putting around. Next thing I know, I am being waved in by a sheriff. He charged me with a crime for speeding on the lake. He had 4 radar readings, 4 in the 50 mph range and 1 at 68. It was a $250.00 fine and a manditory court appearance. It was total harrassment. I had four cops busting me and they taking a lot of pleasure in doing so. Didn't they have anything better to do?
Unlike a ticket, this would stay on my record. Now I have to spend over a grand to retain a lawyer to try to beat it. This sucks!
Last edited by Propster; 03-23-2007 at 06:42 PM.
So, if he is so concerned with "ocean going vessels" then how come he doesn't have the same distain for all the floating condos on the lake!? I'd rather be passed by a peformance boat at speed than a 40' Carver (or similar) at 15 - 20 knots leaving a 5' wake for all to deal with!!
Again - bogus agenda from an uneducated / uninformed "official".
I live in Washington State in Snohomish County north of Seattle. Most of the lakes in Snohomish county have a 35 mph speed limit. There are no speed limits in the sound or in the larger lakes and rivers in the east side of the state. I was being very safe by going out on a winter day with no one on the lake and stayed in the middle of the lake to ensure plenty of warning if anyone came out.
I was hoping to see if anyone had some defense strategies to beat it, such as
Float planes are considered vessels while they are in the water,
boats should be able to go the same speed as all other vessels.
Radar guns are not accurate unless the angle is within x degress of direction of craft.
Boats are not required to have a speedometer
Any ideas whould be helpfull. The speed limit on that lake has never been enforced. I have never heard of anyone getting a ticket on that lake. Over half of the boats speed on that lake and all of the jet skis. I would like to put together a defense that might have a chance of repealing the speed limit on that lake.
Sounds to me like they are inviting business as usual. They are pretty much telling everyone that you can go as fast as you want through those zones and their is nothing they can do except "ask" you to slow down. Is it my imagination, or is that cop winking at us in that pic?
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