so if i was not locked by radar, why is my speeding ticket still good?
I get this question all the time. NC courts have held that in order to estimate your speed, a visual estimation is the most important prong. In fact, the visual estimation is actually all they need! A radar lock is just a corroboration for the visual estimation. Even in civil litigation where questions of a negligent party's speed come up, courts have held that the average person can give a legitimate estimate as to whether or not a car is speeding. Of course, police are usually trained in these estimations, only making their assertions more solid.
Recently, hundreds of tickets in Asheville were dismissed by the District Attorney because of questionable radar equipment. That might make one wonder why they dismissed all those if what I'm saying is true. The reality is, enough people don't understand that the radar isn't necessary, therefore they would come to court ready to challenge their ticket based on this idea. That would only clog the court rooms and cause more serious matters to be delayed, therefore dismissing those tickets was the most efficient thing to do.