Citizen Successfully Fights City Hall Over Traffic Ticket

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 7:29pm

One year ago, Jay Blum made a wrong turn and was pulled over for speeding.

The police officer from Oakwood Village, Ohio clocked Blum going 41 mph in a 25 mph zone.

Blum says he never saw the posted speed limit sign, and went back to check.

"I found a small sign, about as tall as I am, with another giant sign tacked underneath it. That's how I missed it. It doesn't even look like a speed limit sign," Blum said.

Blum recently started his own business, Five Fold Photography.

He snapped some pictures of the sign, then consulted the Ohio Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices to look up speed limit sign requirements.

Forbes Road runs parallel to a tow path.

By law, signs near pedestrian areas must be seven feet above the ground.

A tape measure clearly shows the sign Blum allegedly sped by is only 5 foot, 8 inches above the ground.

Blum appealed the ticket, and on March 11, the court ruled in his favor.

The process took a long time, but he says it was worth the effort.

His own investigation saved him several hundred dollars.

"I think they're going to wish they hadn't given me a speeding ticket," he said.

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