A driver in Massachusetts was sent to traffic court for speeding. The evidence against the driver was that a policewoman observed the driver’s car alongside a second car at a certain moment, and the policewoman had already clocked the second car going faster than the speed limit. The driver argued, “The second car was passing me. I was not speeding.” The judge ruled against the driver because, in the judge’s words, “If two cars were side by side, both of you were speeding.” If you were a lawyer representing the accused driver, how would you argue this case?
Solution 8DQ If two cars are moving in same direction and one car is overtaking the other car, the two car will be side by side for a significant amount of time. Also the policeman will see the change in angle, not the linear speed of the car. So even if the two cars appear to be moving with same speed, the car which is at farther distance from the policeman actually move faster compared to the one moving closer to the policeman. Hence, it is not possible to say, if both cars are side by side, they are moving with same speed.