Florida Highway Patrol officers have been issuing inaccurate laser speed gun tickets on the Midpoint Memorial Bridge toll plaza between Coral Ridge and Fort Meyers. After hearing a complaint, WBBH-TV double-checked a day's worth of tickets issued at the same location and discovered a number of tickets were based upon the wrong speed limit. The mistake often added as much as an extra $100 to the cost of the citation.
Roger Parks, a truck driver, was the first to notice the problem after he looked at a ticket he received for doing 44 MPH in a 25 zone. It noted that the officer was 700.6 feet away when he issued the penalty. Parks later measured that 700 feet himself and discovered it would have placed his vehicle in a 35 MPH zone. The error turned a $78 ticket into a $178 ticket. Parks plans to fight.
Another motorist who received an inaccurate ticket didn't have the time to fight. He paid up instead