Ohioans are fuming and legislators are vowing action after the Ohio Supreme Court ruled last week that a police officer could write speeding tickets just by looking at a vehicle and estimating how fast it is moving, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer. The ruling said that no radar detector is needed for a speeding citation to stick, just a certificate showing the officer has been trained to make educated guesses on what a speedometer is reading. The Ohio ACLU called the ruling a “Pandora’s box” of potential abuse by law enforcement officials, “not just over speeding, but from illegal searches, racial profiling and just police officers wanting to stop people for reasons legal and illegal.”
Both political parties promised legislation aimed at overruling the court. The 5-1 ruling, written by Justice Maureen O’Connor, stated: “We hold that a police officer’s unaided visual estimation of a vehicle’s speed is sufficient evidence to support a conviction for speeding,” assuming the officer is trained and certified by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy or similar organization.