Tesla’s built-in dashcam saves Model 3 owner from strange traffic citation

Credit: Twitter/@pmoconne

The owner of a Tesla Model 3 is crediting his vehicle’s built-in dashcam for helping him argue against a ticket he received from a cop who accused him of not using his turn signal at a traffic light.

Tesla Model 3 owner and Twitter user @pmoconne was pulled over in his home state of Indiana while driving on what is essentially a normal day. Nothing seemed out of place during the incident, with the Model 3 owner following a truck as he turned left.

After completing the turn, an officer promptly walked into the middle of the street, stopping @pmoconne and waving him to pull over at the side of the road. The officer stated that the Tesla owner did not use a blinker while turning left, and he issued a traffic ticket worth $171 for “Failure to Signal for Turn or Lane Change.”

A video uploaded on the Tesla owner’s Twitter account clearly shows the reflection of the Model 3’s turn signal in the tailgate of the Chevrolet pickup truck directly ahead of the electric car.

Indiana State traffic law 9-21-8-25 states that “A signal of intention to turn right or left shall be given continuously during not less than the last two hundred (200) feet traveled by a vehicle before turning or changing lanes. A vehicle traveling in a speed zone of at least fifty (50) miles per hour shall give a signal continuously for not less than the last three hundred (300) feet traveled by the vehicle before turning or changing lanes.” The law requires the driver of the vehicle to maintain the use of their turn signal even when in a turn only lane.

The Model 3 owner’s traffic ticket was revised, removing the $171.00 fine after it was proven he used his turn signal at the traffic light. (Credit: @pmoconne/Twitter)

Fortunately for the Model 3 owner, video recordings from his Tesla’s built-in cameras were on his side. During his appearance in court, @pmoconne challenged the officer’s account by presenting his Model 3’s dashcam footage in his court appearance. The Tesla owner pointed out the reflection of his vehicle’s blinkers on the tailgate of the Chevrolet pickup ahead. Thanks to the footage, the judge came to the conclusion that the case must dismissed. The $171 fine was promptly removed as well.

In the past, Tesla’s built-in dashcam has been responsible for resolving questions of accident liability, hit-and-run cases, and instances of vandalism. This example of getting an owner out of a wrongfully applied traffic violation shows the feature is more valuable than most Tesla owners think. In this case, it saved @pmoconne, the owner of both Model 3 Long Range and Performance variants, $171.00.

Joey Klender: Joey has been a journalist covering electric mobility at TESLARATI since August 2019. In his time at TESLARATI, Joey has broken several big stories, including the first images of the Tesla Model S Plaid, the imminent release of the 4680 Model Y through EPA certification, and several expansions to the Lucid AMP-1 factory in Arizona, to name a few. His stories have been featured in several publications, including Yahoo! Finance, Fox News, CNET, and Seeking Alpha. In his spare time, Joey is playing golf, watching MMA, or cheering on any of his favorite sports teams, including the Baltimore Ravens and Orioles, Miami Heat, Washington Capitals, and Penn State Nittany Lions. You can get in touch with joey at joey@teslarati.com. He is also on Twitter @KlenderJoey.
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