Mr. Who Cares, Esquire
City of We Want Your Money
1010 Take Your Dough Dr.
We Want Your Money, MO. 66666-6666
February 12th, 2000 Make sure you date it!!!
I, __________________________ , do hereby request the following information in regards to Missouri Uniform Complaint and Summons No. 9999999-99 issued on January 28th, 2000 by P.O. Dunce (DSN 47). Change the State, ticket number, officer name, etc...
#1: All notes, records, and log files made by P.O. Dunce (DSN 47) in regards to the issuance of MUCS No. 9999999-99.
#2: Calibration records for any speed detection equipment used by P.O. Dunce in regards to the issuance of MUCS No. 9999999-99.
For a Red Light ticket, change this to "All studies regarding the need for a traffic control signal located at the intersection of (street & road)." If the ticket was by pace or VASCAR or photo radar, this should cover that, also. This is an extremely important item, as it will show any potential errors in equipment and/or procedure. If the prosecution raises an objection and the judge grants (or is concidering) Discovery, you can counter by stating that the information is public record, should be available via any Freedom of Information request, and surely should thus be allowed for a criminal hearing.
#3: The Operator’s Manuals for any speed detection equipment used by P.O. Dunce in regards to the issuance of MUCS No. 9999999-99.
If there is an objection, that same thing applies here. It's public record, and besides, both items should be kept and used by the officer in his duties. Make your arguments common sense and it will make the prosecutor's look pathetic.
#4: The We Want Your Money Police Department regulations and guidelines regarding the use, operation, and policies for the use of speed detection equipment.
This, of course, assumes they even have regulations. One police officer I work with mentioned he has never seen the regulations and never seen his unit's Operator's Manual. They are locked in the Chief's office for safe keeping. I laughed so hard I couldn't breathe for nearly a minute. He didn't quite understand why I found it amusing.
#5: All engineering reports and studies performed in the determination of the posted limit, to include, but not limited to, the most recent 85th percentile speed measurement and any collsion data used in the determination of the posted limit. The traffic engineering speed survey report as required by law concerning the posted and legal speed and specified in 23 CFR 630; 23 USC 109(d); 23 CFR 655.603 and MUTCD "2b–10 Speed Limit Sign, (R2-1) . concerning the required engineering survey for the section of road upon which the aforesaid allegation pertaining to the above citation of complaint and summons. For a Red Light ticket, change this to "All timing, maintainance, and engineering records for the traffic control signal located at the intersection of (street & road). This might be the most important point of your case. The prosecution will pull every dirty trick in the book to block this one. The same "public information" argument applies. Plus, if you don't mind letting the cat out of the bag, you can add that this report is required by Federal law. Be sure you know why...
#6: A listing of traffic tickets issued by P.O. Dunce for the month of January 2000, to include: date and time issued, alleged violation, and disposition, (if determined).
Again, sure to get an objection. Same reply... FOI. But, in this case, you can let it slide much more easily. This is just a ruse to get the prosecutor into a "just another idiot hoping to show it's about quota" mode. If he's expecting you to fight based on quotas and "he didn't show me the radar" defenses, he'll be that much more surprised and undefended when you start hitting him with "Federal law requires the speed limit to be set to..." and "the officer's Operator's Manual requires... but the officer failed to do so..."
#7: A total tally of all traffic tickets issued by the We Want Your Money Police Department for the month of January 2000, to include: date issued, alleged violation, the DSN of the issuing officer, and disposition, (if determined).
#8: Anything else that your heart desires, the officers underwear size, The date he last was not constipated and so on.
Michael A. Tipmra Jr.
If there are any fees related to this request, please send an itemized bill for said fees to: Your name and address... not mine...
I have enclosed a self addressed stamped envelope if such a need arises. If there is further need for contact in which written correspondence is insufficient, please call (XXX) XXX – XXXX.
Thank you in advance for your courtesy. Very truly yours,
Michael A. Tipmra Jr.