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SCHMID MOTOR VEHICLE OPERATOR LICENSE CASE. (09/12/61)

THE SUPERIOR COURT OF PENNSYLVANIA


September 12, 1961

SCHMID MOTOR VEHICLE OPERATOR LICENSE CASE.

Appeal, No. 212, Oct. T., 1961, from order of Court of Common Pleas of Montgomery County, No. 1542 of 1961, in case of Commonwealth ex rel. Bureau of Traffic Safety v. David M. Schmid. Order reversed.

COUNSEL

Elmer T. Bolla, Deputy Attorney General, with him Anne X. Alpern, Attorney General, for Commonwealth, appellant.

No argument was made nor brief submitted for appellee.

Before Ervin, Wright, Woodside, Watkins, Montgomery, and Flood, JJ. (rhodes, P.j., absent).

Author: Woodside

[ 196 Pa. Super. Page 120]

OPINION BY WOODSIDE, J.

David M. Schmind was convicted of speeding in New Jersey at 82 miles per hour in a 60 miles per hour speed

[ 196 Pa. Super. Page 121]

    zone. Within the last few years he had had other motor vehicle law violations. After the Secretary of Revenue received notice of the conviction from the New Jersey officials, he suspended Schmid's motor vehicle operator's license. Schmid appealed, contending that his speed in New Jersey had been detected by radar, and that the secretary was without authority to suspend the license of an operator whose excessive speed was not determined in the same manner as prescribed by statute for the apprehension of speeders in this Commonwealth.

The case was heard by Judge FORREST for the court below. It is evident from reading the record that Judge FORREST was not impressed by the argument of Schmid. He recognized that the offense for which the secretary suspended Schmid's license, under 618(e) of The Vehicle Code of April 29, 1959, P.L. 58, 75 P.S. ยง 618(e), was the act of speeding, and that the rather report was merely evidence of the offense. When Judge FORREST'S attention was called to a similar case in which another judge of his court, less than a month before, had reversed the order of suspension made by the secretary, he properly concluded that the law of his judicial district had been established, and that it was his duty to follow it.*fn1 The Commonwealth appealed.

Sheehy Motor Vehicle Operator License Case, 196 Pa. Superior Ct. 122, 173 A.2d 752 (1961), governs this case. For the reasons set forth therein the order of the court below must be reversed.

Disposition

Order of the court below in reversed, and the order of the Secretary of Revenue suspending appellee's license is reinstated.


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