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155 MPH in a 65 | Nevada's Fastest Speeding Ticket of 2019

155 MPH in a 65. First prize!

Nevada Highway Patrol's fastest-speed speeding ticket for the year 2019 was handed to Aaron Snyder of Henderson, Nevada late at night on June 16, a bit over a year ago. At the time, Snyder was wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with the word "THRILLS." How appropriate.

If you have been watching Real World Police lately - and, come on, we both know you have - you might remember Deputy Sheriff Felipe Perez. He was the guy who thought - incorrectly, on that occasion - that his badge would summarily excuse a 134 MPH run in his Hellcat. While his child was in the backseat. Mr. Sheriff Perez had also neglected to put license plates on his car. Perez was cited for 134 MPH.

Depending on how closely you paid attention to the Perez video, you might also be aware that the Deputy's charge was amended downward. Significantly. What began as "Speeding 41+ MPH Over Posted Speed Limit" ended up as a parking ticket.

But there was more to the story. Our investigation found that Deputy Perez did not get special treatment in having his super-high-speed-speeding-ticket turned into a no-speed-at-all parking ticket. That's the norm. As long as you actually show up or even phone the Justice Court, you, too, can get just about any Nevada Highway Patrol speeding ticket amended to a non-moving violation.

The catch? Only the crime changes. Your fine — which is technically a "bail forfeiture," since moving violations in Nevada are criminal offenses — stays the same. Which is why Deputy Perez's parking ticket cost him a cool $706, plus the time and expense of traffic school.

Aaron Snyder's 155 MPH encounter with the highway patrol earned him the belt as 'fastest-speed speeder [caught by NHP] in 2019, but - despite the obvious moving violation, Snyder's citation was amended much the same as Perez's: it turned into a parking ticket. In fact, Snyder came out ahead of Perez in his wallet and on his speedometer. Snyder was given a mandatory court date, and the court determined that an appropriate penalty was $255. Total.

Some might point out that he hired an attorney. It is not clear, however, that the attorney made any difference beyond Snyder not having to personally show up in court.


(a) Although Snyder was 'only' cited for 98 MPH, the citation also reads "Actual Speed: 154 MPH." In the video, however, Trooper Provost states many times that he clocked Snyder at 155. Those claims notwithstanding, the citation's brief narrative states that the radar-clocked speed was 153 MPH. I don't know the reason for the discrepancies.

(b) On October 1, 2019, Nevada Assembly Bill 434 went into effect, reforming - a bit - the state's approach to traffic violations. The new law states that for someone arrested for a violation of Nevada’s traffic laws, “…there is a presumption that the person should be released on his or her own recognizance.” This presumption doesn't apply to arrests for reckless driving, vehicular manslaughter, DUI; or if the person willfully refuses to pay court-imposed obligations and refuses to perform community service to satisfy a court-imposed obligation; or if the court finds that releasing the person “…would substantially jeopardize public safety.”





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