Alexandria Refunds 2,000 Speeding Tickets Because Of Improper Speedometer Tests

October 3, 2019

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A Northern Virginia city is issuing refunds for more than 2,000 speeding tickets because the tickets were issued using police speedometers that hadn’t been adequately tested. 

About 2,169 speeding tickets given in Alexandria over a three-year period are eligible for refunds, the city said. A city official discovered in October 2017 that speedometer tests weren’t conducted properly on five police cars. 

The tests that raised concern were conducted from March 2016 to May 2019. 

The city opted to void the tickets because it might not have been able to defend them in court. 

“We recognize the burden placed on those affected, and we have taken significant proactive steps to restore public confidence and prevent future errors,” said City Manager Mark Jinks in a statement. “Our community and our police officers should be able to expect that speeding tickets are based on properly tested equipment, and we sincerely regret that the City did not meet that expectation in certain cases.”

As a result of the incident, the city said all speedometer test records will undergo a secondary review. 

Drivers eligible for a refund were mailed notifications Oct. 2 and can request a refund online until March 15, 2020. 

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